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.
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.
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?
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.
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
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.
"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.
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)?
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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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