"We're far less politically divided by geography than it may seem....Of course, it’s true that Americans aren’t of one mind on many political issues. But it is important that we not look at these maps and infer that we are so politically polarized by geography. In fact, most Americans live in places that are at least somewhat politically and ideologically diverse — even if that’s not reflected in how congressional district boundaries are drawn. In terms of the most important driver of political choices — partisanship — most of us live in a purple America, not a red or blue America."
"I recently saw this map in a Washington Post article about modern day slavery and was immediately was struck by the spatial extent and amount of slaves in today’s global economy. As stated in that article, “This is not some softened, by-modern-standards definition of slavery. These 30 million people are living as forced laborers, forced prostitutes, child soldiers, child brides in forced marriages and, in all ways that matter, as pieces of property, chattel in the servitude of absolute ownership.” This map shows some important spatial patterns that seem to correlate to economic and cultural factors."
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Peer group influences affect children much earlier than researchers have suspected, finds a new University of Maryland-led study.
Linda Alexander's insight:
Interesting study that suggests many social and emotional programs should begin much earlier than the middle or high school years. Moreover, with the new National Standards/Common Core as well as other external pressures to increase classroom collaboration and group problem solving/discovery, this study suggests that faculty professional development regarding group dynamics as well as the overall monitoring of groups should be robust and ongoing.
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“This process—which has been called design thinking—draws on methods from engineering and design, and combines them with ideas from the arts, tools from the social sciences, and insights from the business world.
As you'll see from my comments, I disagree with this author's conclusions about design thinking not being applicable in schools. I am not sure the author understands children or curricular design all that well. How about you?
"The French have a wonderful word—flâneur—for someone who seeks to explore and understand the nature of a city’s landscape, usually by taking spontaneous adventures amidst the ebb and flow of life going on around them. In this week’s theme we invite you to lose yourself reading about the flâneur-esque adventures of Maptia’s streetwise connoisseurs and explore a myriad of cities through their eyes."
A wonderful site that currently explores 21 global cities. If you've ever traveled to India (any major city within it), Mexico City, Rome, or any another travel destination where the human street population is somewhat off the charts, you'll enjoy these blog posts. Meanwhile, I am thinking about entering a post of my own! This is a perfect site to share with students prior to journal writing or school trips abroad.
The adoption of Mind Maps in teaching has grown recently due to the benefits of using Mind Maps to learn and the availability of free online mind mapping software.
Teachers have recognized the value of using Mind Maps to engage students, encourage creativity and, most importantly, teaching how to learn rather simply memorizing content. Mind Maps have even been integrated into emerging teaching techniques such as the Flipped Classroom and Design Thinking as outlined in the Mind Map on the right.
How do teachers harness the full power of Mind Mapping? Below is some ideas on how teachers and student can use Mind Maps both in and out of the classroom.
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