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Relates to AP Human Geography Unit 2: Population and Migration
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Interactive Time-Lapse Map Shows How the U.S. Took More Than 1.5 Billion Acres From Native Americans

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This interactive map, produced by University of Georgia historian Claudio Saunt to accompany his new book West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History
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The Threat of a Brain Drain Under a Trump Presidency Is Real

The Threat of a Brain Drain Under a Trump Presidency Is Real | APHuG Population | Scoop.it
Top science and tech talent could choose to set up in other countries that are more hospitable to their work.
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Strange Bedfellows: Business, Labor On Immigration : NPR

Strange Bedfellows: Business, Labor On Immigration : NPR | APHuG Population | Scoop.it
Strange bedfellows: Business, labor on immigration (Strange Bedfellows: Business, Labor On Immigration - NPR http://t.co/lZkubzpw)
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Mercator’s 500th birthday: ArcGIS Resource Center

Mercator’s 500th birthday: ArcGIS Resource Center | APHuG Population | Scoop.it

While the web mapping world still relies too much on the Mercator projection for my preference, it is a testament to the enduring impact that his ideas have had in literally shaping our World.  When discussing map projections, this article has some valuable materials. 


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Paige T's comment, September 10, 2012 11:37 AM
This map may have some major distortion problems but Mercator found ways to "fix" this. Although the regions closer to the poles may be distorted, he spaced his lines accordingly in order to indicate to the viewer that there is distortion. Navigators have found this map very useful throughout the centuries because a straight line drawn on this map are lines of constant compass bearing.
Jesse Gauthier's comment, September 10, 2012 9:36 PM
This is another example of why people viewing a flat map, matted on a wall, are not getting exposure to an accurate model of measuring the world. I know when I was in public school, we were used to looking at mostly flat, wall maps. The curvature gives a person viewing this a great representation of the degrees in which these land masses are situated on the globe.
Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 11, 2013 7:55 AM

While the web mapping world still relies too much on the Mercator projection for my preference, it is a testament to the enduring impact that his ideas have had in literally shaping our World.  When discussing map projections, this article has some valuable materials.

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Anthropocene: Why You Should Get Used to the Age of Man (and Woman)

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The cover package of this week's TIME—which should still be on newsstands—detailed the 10 ideas that are changing your life. What kind of ideas, you ask?

 

"Welcome to the Anthropocene. It’s a new geological epoch, one where the planet is shaped less by natural forces then by the combined activity, aspirations—and emissions—of more than 7 billion human beings."  Humanity's technological advancements and impact on the Earth's planetary systems is significant enough that many scientists agree that it has fundamental shifted the geologic paradigm. 


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A Cartographic Rendering of Panem

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The Hunger Games fascination is at a high-water mark, and this dystopian Young Adult novel is set in a futuristic, post-apocalyptic, North America. While much of what was written isn’t geographically accurate, the capital and the districts that serve as its hinterland have numerous clues that connect with the current (and actual) geography of North America. Why not try to map it? While not an “accurate” project, this can be a fun way to infuse geography into an English class or vice versa. What would your map of Panem look like? How come?

 

UPDATE: A reader from the Virginia Geographic Alliance shared a ready-made lesson plan using this resource available for downloading at: https://sites.google.com/a/salem.k12.va.us/painter/home/ideas-for-teachers ; THANKS!!


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jpainter's comment, March 25, 2012 9:14 PM
I have a lesson based on this and alliances on my website https://sites.google.com/a/salem.k12.va.us/painter/home/ideas-for-teachers
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@jpainter: I love it! Thank you so much for sharing.
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What can you do with geography?

We all know that geography is important; but what can you do with it? As students across the country prepare for the 2012 National Geographic Bee, we've expl...

 

This is essentially a commerical for Google Earth, but don't let that overshadow the overriding message of the essential nature of geography in education and the usefulness of geographic and spatial analysis on the job market. 


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Why more Mexicans are staying home

Tiny Tamaula is the new face of rural Mexico: Villagers are home again as the illegal immigration boom drops to net zero. Full story on CSMonitor.com: http:/...

 

Contrary to popular opinion, illegal immigration from Mexico to the United States is not really a problem in 2012.  As conditions on both sides of the border have changed, this gives a glimpse into the life choices of Mexican villagers.  For more on this issue see the complete article at: http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Americas/2012/0408/Home-again-in-Mexico-Illegal-immigration-hits-net-zero ;


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Cam E's curator insight, February 4, 2014 11:55 AM

I enjoy stories like this, because it demonstrates people willing to fight for their home. Many interesting ideas lie behind stories such as this one, but what I find especially intriguing is the dynamics of money in relation to these small rural villages. Money and "income" drives our current economic positions, but there are some places which were left behind and have none of the jobs we in the first world would traditionally think of. They had to either subside off their own products through farming, or trade their livelyhood for a small amount of money. Put simply, money is necessary for a so called "modern" existence, but not necessary for survival. These villagers are working for their own future in their home country now though, while it may not be necessarily profitable in the short term, it will pay off for their children in the long term.

James Hobson's curator insight, September 23, 2014 11:29 AM

(Mexico topic 1)
"Things are not good in the United States. There is not a lot of work and Mexicans like to keep busy." I was surprised by this this comment which sums up one of the main reasons why many Mexican immigrants are returning to Mexico. This implies that as the American economy has worsened, Mexico's must be improving (at least by comparison). This completely supports the concept of Mexico evolving into a "semi-core" country.
   Additionally, I hope this quote will help to shed some truth onto the negative lazy stereotype many Americans associate with immigrating Mexicans.

Adam Deneault's curator insight, December 6, 2015 6:39 PM

With a little help from the video, it is clear now, to understand why many Mexican folks are actually not leaving their country for the US. It said in the video that there is not a lot of work in the US and Mexicans like to keep busy. Also, a lot of Mexicans are finding opportunity right in their own country where there once was no opportunity. Electricity reaches the house, they have paved roads and updated pipes. They will need to rely on us for fuel. It is also nice for them to know that they do not need to leave their families behind in Mexico while they go to the US, they can have the satisfaction of working in local fields and seeing family when they get home at the end of the day. 

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The Miniature Earth Project

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Miniature Earth. What if the population of the world were reduced into a community of only 100 people?

 

Reminicent of the picture book, "If the World were a Village" by David Smith, this infographic and website attempts to make large statistics more meaningful to young learners. 


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Emma Lupo's curator insight, October 21, 2014 1:10 AM

Intro to liveability

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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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How to Make a Human Arabesque

This film and photographic experiment set out to prove The Power of X by attempting an Ideas Worth Doing for TEDxSUMMIT. The project fused architecture, danc...

 

This is a great demonstration of spatial thinking extending far beyond 'just' the discipline of geography.  Using spatial thinking, we can create truly breath-taking works of art.  To see more about this on the TED-ED site, see: http://ed.ted.com/on/AOxez5KX  


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This is a great demonstration of spatial thinking extending far beyond 'just' the discipline of geography.  Using spatial thinking, we can create truly breath-taking works of art.  Read more about this on the TED-ED site.

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Incredible Shrinking Country

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There are “babyloids” and relatives-for-rent in an increasingly childless Japan.

 

While many parts of the world are concerned with population growth, Japan is struggling to find ways to slow down the demographic decline.  What economic and cultural forces are leading the the changing nature of Japanese demographics?  A video that explains the changing nature of modern Japanese relationships and gender norms can be accessed here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/30/japan-population-decline-youth-no-sex_n_1242014.html


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Kenny Dominguez's curator insight, November 20, 2013 6:30 PM


Japan in the future will have a great economy because there will be more people working than being retired collecting a monthly check. Which means they have more taxes coming in than being given out and they can use that extra money to help create better things for their society.  It also could mean they wont have so much of a deficit like the United States does.

Paige McClatchy's curator insight, December 14, 2013 5:21 PM

Japan's shrinking population poses many challenges to the state, namely a shrinking work force. While Japan is a very developed country, it still needs people to continue its growth. Perhaps the government should subsidize families with more than one child? a la reverse One Child policy. As I'm sure Japan would not welcome an influx of Han Chinese.

Jacob Crowell's curator insight, December 15, 2014 2:14 PM

In Japanese culture older generation are taken care of by their decedents. With more and more people not having children it is going at odds with long standing cultural traditions. What will happen when these people are no longer able to take care of themselves and have no one to turn to for assistance. Japan will  have to adapt and consider solutions that go against their norms regarding familial structure.

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NCGE resources for AP Human Geography

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Supporting Geographic Education since 1915...

 

The National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) has compiled resources that can benefit AP Human Geography teachers.  Especially of note is a list of way to help prepare 9th grade students for the AP exam.


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Afghanistan Itself Is Now Taking In the Most Afghan Migrants

Afghanistan Itself Is Now Taking In the Most Afghan Migrants | APHuG Population | Scoop.it
By the end of the year, officials expect some 1.5 million migrants to return to Afghanistan — many of them forcibly, and including some registered as refugees.
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Big Poultry finds workers in an immigrant community known for its culture of forgiving | Oxfam America

Big Poultry finds workers in an immigrant community known for its culture of forgiving | Oxfam America | APHuG Population | Scoop.it


Thousands of people from the Marshall Islands have migrated across the world to work in the poultry industry and build a community in Springdale, AR, home of Tyson Foods.

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The Islamic World's Quiet Revolution

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"Forget politics. Muslim countries are poised to experience a new wave of change -- but this time it's all about demographics." 

 

For generations the talk about demographics has been that Muslim-majority societies have cultural factors that keep fertility rates high despite the global trend that indicates that fertility rates will drop as societies become more wealthy and developed.  This 'cultural immunity' is not as impermeable as was once thought and we are now seeing falling birth rates and fertility rates throughout the Muslim World.  This article is heavy on statistics and charts, which would be a benefit to student as a potential Free Response Question. 


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Sporcle: Geography Quizzes

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The best trivia games and quizzes on the internet.

 

With over 800 games and quizzes on this site with varying skill levels, there is something for everyone here.  Some are standard quizzes such as "European Countries" or "Asian capital cities."  However some get you to reorganize your global knowledge in ways you've never considered.  For example, What is the most populous city in the world for each given time zone (not that easy right)? 

 


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No, a nation’s geography is not its destiny

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One of the most widely accepted alternative theories of world inequality is the geography hypothesis, which claims that the great divide between rich and poor countries is created by geographical differences.

 

This article is an excerpt of the forthcoming book "Why Nations Fail" that should serve as an ideological counterweight to the book "Guns, Germs and Steel."  The authors argue that the wealth of a country is most closely correlated with the degree to which the average person shares in the overall growth of its economy, meaning that political institutions are more relevant to economic success and development than physical geographic resources. 

 

For more on this upcoming book and it's hypothesis see this NY Times review: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/18/magazine/why-countries-go-bust.html


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Google Earth Teach geteach.com

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Free site dedicated to help teachers educate and engage students using Google Earth...

 

This is a phenomenal site, designed by an AP teacher to bring geospatial technologies into the classroom in a way that is incredibly user-friendly.  This site allows you to use Google Earth with clickable layers.  With multiple data layers of physical and human geography variables, this interactive globe puts spatial information in powerful, yet fun, student-inspired platform.  The video tutorial can be found at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUei7bth0MY


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GIS demonstrates links between health and location

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The neighborhoods in which children and adolescents live and spend their time play a role in whether or not they eat a healthy diet, get enough exercise or become obese, concludes a collection of studies in a special theme issue of the American...

 

Spatial analysis shows that numerous disciplines can utilize the 'geographic advantage' to improve research. 


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Furniture designed to Maximize Space

Amazing design and stylish furniture...

 

While I typically focus on the geospatial, this is an excellent example of (non-geo) spatial thinking.  The design in this furniture reminds me of the work of urban planners--mixed use areas to satisfy the needs of many populations. 

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World Atlas with Geography Facts, Maps, Flags

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World Atlas is an educational resource for world maps, atlases, and in-depth geography information. Teachers and students: free maps of Europe, USA, Canada, Florida, Caribbean Islands and much more.

 

This World Atlas, in addition to have many maps at a variety of scales as is very common these days, has the added feature of embedding facts and other informative features based on your scale and regional context.  Students can explore this at their own pace to learn about what every region of the world that interests them the most.


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For first time since Depression, more Mexicans leave U.S. than enter

For first time since Depression, more Mexicans leave U.S. than enter | APHuG Population | Scoop.it
A study sees a decline in immigration to the United States from Mexico after tightened border control, increased deportations, a flagging U.S. economy and a declining Mexican birthrate.

 

The wave of immigrants coming into the USA is something of the past. Push factors: Why are more Mexicans choosing to stay in Mexico?  Pull factors: Why is the United States less on an option for many would-be migrants these days?  Cross-border issues: How are issues on both sides of the border changing these patterns? 


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Mikaela Kennedy's curator insight, February 7, 2013 5:48 PM

One of the last lines in this really stood out to me: "Mexicans would rather be in a precarious situation than a situation of fear."  I feel as though that is true for all people living on earth. 

James Hobson's curator insight, September 23, 2014 11:59 AM

(Mexico topic 3)

   Instead of focusing on the reasons behind the decline/reversal in Mexico-America immigration in my first topic, for this article I would like to mention how the facts cited differ so greatly from what is being broadcast and inferred from larger news agencies. Especially within the last few months, I would've thought that Mexican immigration into the US would be at an all-time high. Never would I have previously guessed that it would be closer to a net gain of near 0 (or even a net loss). This goes to show how news agencies "cater" to certain demographics of people and what they want to hear. To me it's like a lobbyist recruitment, trying to gain more supporters of a specific cause in hopes of achieving a specific goal.

   On a separate note, I was interested in the mention of how certain researchers believe the pattern could shift again once the US economy begins to further recover. I wonder if a rise in immigration would actually happen, given that Mexico's economy is now more developed and providing more opportunity? That's something to think about...

Adam Deneault's curator insight, December 6, 2015 6:31 PM

I personally do not keep up with immigration statistics in the US whether they be legal or legal, I just knew that people all the time illegally immigrated here from Mexico or other countries. Most of the illegal citizens live in Texas and California. Until now, I never knew that people actually immigrated back to Mexico from the US. This reverse immigration of Mexicans is from a few kay factors, tightened border security, a weak U.S. job and housing construction market. Whether the reversal is temporary or permanent, it could have significant implications for the United States.There is also an idea, that this trend of leaving the US could reverse itself if the US economy boosts, or the Mexican economy fails. 

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AP Human Geography Models and Theories

This is a great public Prezi that covers many (all?) of the models and theories that are a part of the AP Human Geography course.  I love it when teachers digitally share their resources, so others can benefit from their class work.   


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The BRIC Countries

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For some time now, Brazil, Russia, India, and China have been grouped together under the acronym BRIC.

 

What are the demographic profiles of these "BRIC" countries that are increasingly looming large in the global consciousness?  While they to not quite fit the profile of more developed countries (MDCs), the BRIC countries are notable for how rapidly they are closing the gap in many metrics. 


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Hector Alonzo's curator insight, November 2, 2014 9:21 PM

The BRIC countries are among the top 10 riches countries in the world and this article shows data supporting the idea that by 2050, These countries will pass the top 4 countries due to their booming economies. As the countries continue their upward climb they will be closer to securing their place atop of the richest countries list.