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365 Reflections on Why Geography and GIS Matter

365 Reflections on Why Geography and GIS Matter | APHG Unit 1 (Geographical Skills) | Scoop.it

"In 2011, beginning on New Year’s Day, as president of the National Council for Geographic Education, I wrote one tweet everyday beginning with “What is Geography? 1 of 365” and posted them to my Twitter page. OK, I confess that I actually posted multiple posts every day, sometimes up to 10. There is just so much on this topic to write about! And I continue these efforts in 2012.

 

My goals in the series were several. First, I sought to point out as organization president how the NCGE serves the geography education community, and has been doing so since 1915. Through its webinars, book and journal publications, annual conference, curriculum, research, partnerships, and networking opportunities, the NCGE supports excellence in teaching and learning geography. Second, I wanted to provide evidence of the diversity of geography. Those outside the geographic community might have an incomplete or even erroneous view of geography as a discipline. I wanted to nudge people beyond thinking of geography only as the location of things, to provide an idea what geographers study and what they care about. I explored themes of scale, patterns, and relationships, topics such as watersheds, energy, ecoregions, climate, and population density, and discussed different regions while on work travel to Salzburg Austria, San Francisco, New York City, San Diego, Minneapolis, and elsewhere. Geography is diversity in people, landscapes, issues, skills, and themes....."


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Top 20 Web Resources for GIS in Education

This is a fantastic list of GIS education resources. 


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Location always matters!

Location always matters! | APHG Unit 1 (Geographical Skills) | Scoop.it

Even the three little pigs need to know the basic tenets of geography.


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Victoria McNamara's curator insight, December 11, 2013 10:57 AM

This image has a lot to do with geograpy because of where the pig placed his new home. Location is key when deciding where to place a building or home. If a new mall is being built they want to make sure they put it in a popular area where people are like in a city.  In this example the pig placed his home right next to  a sausage factory where this factory could use him to make sausage. He probably should have built his home in an area away from the factory like in a neighborhood. 

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Mapping Earth's surface in 3D

Mapping Earth's surface in 3D | APHG Unit 1 (Geographical Skills) | Scoop.it
The German satellite radar twins - TanDEM-X and TerraSAR-X - are a year through their quest to make the most precise, seamless map of varying height on Earth.

 

Geospatial technologies continue to make advances as well get to understand this world with increasing accuracy (shown above is a Digital Elevation Model of Iceland--turn head to the right and say 'oh'). 


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Daniel Lindahl's curator insight, March 20, 2015 6:02 PM

In this BBC article, the author discusses the future of mapping. The use of DEM (digital elevation model) allows cartographers to map extremely tall mountains more precisely.  This same technology could some day allow cartographers to more accurately map the ocean's floor as well, the most unmapped area on Earth's surface. 

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40 maps that explain the world

40 maps that explain the world | APHG Unit 1 (Geographical Skills) | Scoop.it
Visualizing everything from the spread of religion to the most racially tolerant countries to the world's writing systems.

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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, August 31, 2013 3:02 AM

An interesting introduction to maps - you can map just about anything. 

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Is the World Empty? Or Overcrowded? It's Both

Is the World Empty? Or Overcrowded? It's Both | APHG Unit 1 (Geographical Skills) | Scoop.it

"For city dwellers, it may seem like the world is packed full with people. But not everywhere is so densely populated; in fact, many places in the world are seemingly void of life.There are over 7 billion people on the planet, a massive number that paints an image of human life sprawling densely over the planet...humans are unevenly distributed across the planet, leaving some areas that are densely populated and others that are largely void of life."


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Samantha Tovias's curator insight, January 13, 2014 2:39 AM

What this article states is that in some places of the world it's crowded with a lot of people and there's not much space. People struggle to find places to live without being really close to ones neighbor. They also have to struggle over  job opportunities. Due to this they struggle with poverty and the places they are at aren't so clean. This is because people make a lot of trash and where there's many people there is a lot of trash. Therefore it's not so sanitary and they have to deal with lack of space and sanitation.

 

On the other hand, in some places of the world, there is much space to be inhabited by humans. But it's basically free land because no one lives there and there's no building occupying it. But this land could be used for many things such as building neighbor hoods, buildings, and business. Sometimes it's good to have that land free from everything because that way when there's really a reason to use it we can just go back to it with no worrys. Just as long as we don't use up too much land it should be fine. We also need to know how to control how much nature we use up. Because its also not healthy to have a lot of pollution with no trees to cleanse our oxygen. That's a hazardous precaution us humans should take.

Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, January 13, 2014 6:30 PM

The most amazing conversation I had in Jamaica was with a musician who had traveled the world as I have. He worried about the crowding in Asia. We talked about the uneven distribution of space. I like peering down from a plane while traveling over the west ( in America) lots of white spaces on the map.

Christian Madison's curator insight, January 13, 2014 7:18 PM

Well some places, such as deserts, are really hot, dry, barren and devoid of life; mostly because it's impossible to build anything on such soft ground. While places such as Texas has really dry and hard ground perfect for building foundations.  Then there's the amount of resources in that area, I.e. Water, food, tree, etc.,  and many other factors that contradict if it's inhabitable.

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Indonesian indigenous groups fight climate change with GPS mapping

Tribal rights advocates and rainforest defenders are using community mapmaking to protect ancestral land

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oyndrila's curator insight, January 9, 2014 12:12 PM

Technology to rescue the indigenous people !

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Interactive Wind Map

Interactive Wind Map | APHG Unit 1 (Geographical Skills) | Scoop.it
Mesmerizing.

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Tracey M Benson's curator insight, March 13, 2014 4:30 PM

Stunning interactive wind map.

Richard Thomas's curator insight, March 13, 2014 5:23 PM

Excellent for visual learners.

K_Lynam's curator insight, March 20, 2014 4:43 PM

The Ides of March definitely BLEW into our area!  Perfect timing to find @Seth Dixon's Scoop of this interactive Wind Map!

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Map Skills: MINI Interactive Whiteboard Software Lessons

We've taken our complete Map Skills Series and divided it into 95 ready-made, downloadable lessons. Whether you are teaching a unit on Population Density, Ec...
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SMART Table Activity - US Geography

Students will have a reinforced concept of geography in the United States.
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Kids Who Get Driven Everywhere Don't Know Where They're Going

Kids Who Get Driven Everywhere Don't Know Where They're Going | APHG Unit 1 (Geographical Skills) | Scoop.it
A new study suggests vehicular travel affects children's ability to navigate their neighborhood and connect to their community.

 

We learn about the places around us by exploring.  Literally our mental map is formed by making choices (in part through trial and error) and that process strengthens our spatial perception of the neighborhood.  Research is showing that kids with a 'windshield perspective' from being driven everywhere are not able to draw as accurate maps as children for who walk and bike their neighborhood.  The built environment and the transportation infrastructure in place play a role in developing spatial thinking skills for young minds. 

 

This is a compelling article with some important implications.  What are the ramifications for geographers?  City planners? Educators?  Families moving to a new neighborhood?   


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Victoria McNamara's curator insight, December 11, 2013 10:52 AM

We may not realize it but when we take our kids out on drives to run errands or if we move to a different area we are ruining their understanding of the area they live in. Children often have a hard time of figuring out where they are if they constantly in a car looking at new places. This can cause them to lack a sense of direction and maybe have trouble remembering streets or landmarks near their homes. 

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QGIS

QGIS | APHG Unit 1 (Geographical Skills) | Scoop.it

Do you want to use GIS but don't have the budgetary support to install expensive software?  Don't know where to start?  QGIS is a free, open-source GIS that is a nice option for schools operating on a limited budget that still want a full GIS platform.

 

Here is an excellent set of video screencasts that are an introduction to what GIS is, using the QGIS software: http://linfiniti.com/dla/ .  This site also has sample data, tutorials and worksheets.

 

Another excellent tutorial for novices to GIS is found here: http://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/tutorials/qgis-basics-journalists/ .  This tutorial was especially designed for journalists creating maps, and walks you through the installation process as well as some of the basics of the user interface.

 

Many small city governments without the budget to run proprietary GIS software use QGIS and here is a repository of QGIS resources including blogs, forums, tutorials and user manuals: http://www.townshipgis.org/resources/qgis ; An excellent blog with QGIS tutorials is: http://qgis.spatialthoughts.com/


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DanielePiccolo's curator insight, April 20, 9:21 AM
Articolo molto utile per entrare nel mondo di QGIS
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Is GPS Ruining Our Navigation Skills?

Is GPS Ruining Our Navigation Skills? | APHG Unit 1 (Geographical Skills) | Scoop.it
Relying on GPS devices can erode our ability to develop mental maps.

 

While GPS technology can help us in a pinch, relying primarily on a system that does not engage our navigation skills will weaken our ability to perform these functions.  While this intuitively makes sense, that the 'mental muscles' would atrophy when not used, it is a reminder that an overuse of geospatial technologies can be intellectually counterproductive.  

 

A distinction should be made between outdoor GPS usage (where the user receives data and makes navigational decisions) and vehicular GPS usage (where the computer typically will make all the decisions for you).  As long as you are a part of the decision-making process, you will be strengthening your navigationals skills.  In London cab drivers, they've discovered that their brains expand as they aquire 'the knowledge' of the city: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-16086233 ;


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Seth Dixon's comment, August 27, 2012 12:16 PM
The brain is just like a muscle and if you turn over the spatial analysis part of your brain over to a machine, you lose the ability to understand spatial relationships in you own neighborhood.
Paige T's comment, August 28, 2012 2:25 PM
GPS devices can work as an easy, quick solution once in a while. However, we are becoming very reliant on them to the point where some people are watching the GPS rather than the road. I recently drove through a town for the second time and had almost no memory of where I was going because the first time around I used a GPS to navigate my way. Maps are great because you can not only plan out your route, but you can also easily see the surrounding area.
Daniel Lindahl's curator insight, March 20, 2015 5:54 PM

This article emphasizes that in recent years people have put a heavy reliance on their GPS systems. This is not a bad thing, but it means that people hardly ever look at maps anymore. By not looking at maps, people not only limit their spatial view locally, but also their ability to understand where places are on a global scale. This limits geographic literacy. 

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Make a Map Tour Story Map

Make a Map Tour Story Map | APHG Unit 1 (Geographical Skills) | Scoop.it

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Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria Inc. (GTAV)'s curator insight, October 15, 2013 10:40 PM

The Storytelling Map Tour template is one of the free templates Esri provides for creating story maps. This tip shows you how to create a map tour story map by downloading the template Esri provides, creating a web map using ArcGIS Online for your tour, and then configuring the template to display your web map. It's easier than you think!

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Interactive - National Geographic Magazine

Interactive - National Geographic Magazine | APHG Unit 1 (Geographical Skills) | Scoop.it
"The World of 7 Billion" - a beautiful map on population & income: http://t.co/72JMbx4XHA #wow RT @NatGeo @BillGates http://t.co/XL83cRhbjx

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The Future of Remote Sensing?

"We are pleased to introduce the world's first high-resolution HD video of Earth taken from a commercial remote sensing satellite.

This video showcases a selection of the first videos taken from SkySat-1, the first of our planned 24 satellite constellation. The video clips have not yet been calibrated or tuned. SkySat-1 captures up to 90-second video clips at 30 frames per second. The resolution is high enough to resolve objects that impact the global economy like shipping containers, while maintaining a level of clarity that does not determine human activity."


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Daniel Lindahl's curator insight, March 20, 2015 6:06 PM

This video, created in December of 2013, illustrates the first HD video recorded from a remote sensing satellite. A milestone such as this one opens tons of doors for future progress on remote sensing. 

Max Minard's curator insight, March 21, 2015 11:00 PM

Over the past years, remote sensing has established major innovations such as capturing the world's first high-resolution HD video of Earth taken from a satellite. Within the link, a video is shown to show the viewer the exact HD video taken and portrays detailed depictions of the world's surface along with labels pertaining to these specific locations. What this means for the future of remote sensing is that geographers can now access high resolution videos of any part of the world from remote sensing technologies located in space. These innovations show the bright future of geographical technologies and opens the door to many possibilities people can take to further improving remote sensing. 

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Teaching the city

Teaching the city | APHG Unit 1 (Geographical Skills) | Scoop.it
Think local when it comes to practicing geography and social studies skills with elementary school students.

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How to make a Population Pyramid

Population Pyramids are a graphical illustration that shows the distribution of age and sex in a population. They are also commonly known as age sex pyramids...
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