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All Over the Map: 10 Ways to Teach About Geography

All Over the Map: 10 Ways to Teach About Geography | Educated | Scoop.it
We have created 10 activities for teaching about geography using Times content, all related to the National Geography Standards.

 

This is a set of 10 activities that all use New York Times resources are all connected to the National Geography Standards and applicable to any social studies classroom.  It's great to see geography getting this publicity in the NY Times, but it's fantastic to have these easy-to-use ideas for the classroom that are rich in content.  

 

Tags: K12, Geography Education.


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Before-and-after maps show how freeways transformed America's cities

Before-and-after maps show how freeways transformed America's cities | Educated | Scoop.it
Beginning in the 1950s, cities demolished thousands of homes in walkable neighborhoods to make room for freeways.

 

At the time, this was seen as a sign of progress. Not only did planners hope to help people get downtown more quickly, they saw many of the neighborhoods being torn down as blighted and in need of urban renewal.  But tearing down a struggling neighborhood rarely made problems like crime and overcrowding go away. To the contrary, displaced people would move to other neighborhoods, often exacerbating overcrowding problems. Crime rates rose, not fell, in the years after these projects.  By cutting urban neighborhoods in half, planners undermined the blocks on either side of the freeway. The freeways made nearby neighborhoods less walkable. Reduced foot traffic made them less attractive places for stores and restaurants. And that, in turn, made them even less walkable. Those with the means to do so moved to the suburbs, accelerating the neighborhoods' decline.


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UCCE Sonoma County's curator insight, May 20, 11:24 AM

And perhaps the shift to the suburbs started taking prime ag land out of production to grow houses and neighborhoods. 

LEONARDO WILD's curator insight, May 20, 5:44 PM

yet still the practice continues, especially in Third World nations trying to "catch up" with First World nations ...

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, May 21, 9:40 AM

unit 7

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5 Apps for Creating Digital Portfolios on iPads - iPad Apps For Schools @rmbyrne

5 Apps for Creating Digital Portfolios on iPads - iPad Apps For Schools @rmbyrne | Educated | Scoop.it
As the end of the school year nears you may find yourself asking students to create collections of examples of their best work of the year. There are a lot of ways that your students could go about accomplishing that task. Here are five free apps that can be used for the purpose of creating a digital portfolio.

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Linda Foote's curator insight, May 15, 11:42 AM

Teachers at Deer Canyon Elementary are having great success with Seesaw!

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, May 19, 11:51 AM

Les portfolios sont intéressants mais ils faut en mon avis un PC de bureau pour l'instant.

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Forget Google Translate: 3 Ways to Get an Accurate, Quick Translation - MakeUSeOf.com

Forget Google Translate: 3 Ways to Get an Accurate, Quick Translation - MakeUSeOf.com | Educated | Scoop.it

"The problem is two-fold. Firstly, translations are being made by people who don’t have a perfect command on the target language. We’ve also became far too dependent on Google Translate which offers a questionable service at best.


Thankfully, there are services that offer affordable and accurate translations you can depend on. Here are three of the best, and three of the rest."


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Educational Leadership:Teaching with Mobile Tech: How to Transform Teaching with Tablets

Educational Leadership:Teaching with Mobile Tech: How to Transform Teaching with Tablets | Educated | Scoop.it

"If students were doing awesome things with an iPad, what would that look like? Here's another way of putting it: How does an iPad align with a vision of meaningful and purposeful learning?

 

Bereft of examples and inspiration, many educators struggle to conceive of iPad integration beyond mere substitution for whatever came before. Educators need guidance on how to leverage iPads as hubs of innovation that nurture the learning skills, competencies, and habits of mind that help students develop skills for today's world.

 

With that in mind, here's a look at two teachers and their iPad-infused classrooms."

 


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Ajo Monzó's curator insight, May 19, 5:49 AM

Very interesting, thanks!

Mershon Viscusie's curator insight, May 19, 1:41 PM

Questions to ask:

How will learning be different?

How will students improve as learners? As scholars? As citizens?

What will they be able to do 3 or 4 years after the ipad adoption that they can’t do now?

If ipads are the answer, what was the question?

What does awesome look like?

How does an ipad align with a vision of  meaningful and purposeful learning?


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Kahoot! as a Review Tool

Kahoot! as a Review Tool | Educated | Scoop.it
Kahoot! is a classroom response system which creates an engaging learning space, through a game-based digital pedagogy. Kahoot! is an easy-to-use blended learning platform which works on any device, making the classroom interactive, encouraging both educators and learners to ask great questions.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 11, 3:36 PM

Here are resources to join the 166,000 students preparing to take the AP Human Geography Exam this Friday:

  • Above is the link to a Kahoot! APHG review...a good way to gamify the review process.  
  • There is also this APHG Kahoot! interactive quiz--in this one the students match a development clue to a regional map.
  • This Prezi is a systemic, unit-by-unit review of major ideas. 


Tags: APHG.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, May 21, 9:47 AM

test review

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Motion of Tectonic Plates

"This video is from the BBC documentary film Earth: The Power Of The Planet.  The clip is also embedded in this story map that tells the tale of Earth’s tectonic plates, their secret conspiracies, awe-inspiring exhibitions and subtle impacts on the maps and geospatial information we so often take for granted as unambiguous."


Tags: physical, tectonics, disasters, mapping, geospatial, mapping, video, ESRI.


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The bizarre history of cellphone towers disguised as trees

The bizarre history of cellphone towers disguised as trees | Educated | Scoop.it
They're tall. They're totally absurd. And they're everywhere.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 24, 12:28 PM

While I'll admit that most of these cell towers aren't fooling anyone that they are actually blending into the local landscape and ecosystem, there is a reason that we work to conceal elements of modern infrastructure that are considered unsightly. 


Tags: infrastructure, technology, landscape.

LEONARDO WILD's curator insight, May 4, 9:27 AM

And they are emitting vast amounts of electrosmog! What would happen to our society (civilization?) if all these electro-magnetic field emitting technologies would be seen to be more destructive to our health than we are led to believe?

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Twitter Made Clear and Understandable

Twitter Made Clear and Understandable | Educated | Scoop.it
Beaverton PE Teachers Explain Twitter In A Short Video

Have you ever been frustrated trying to explain Twitter someone that
doesn't have an account? I think that if you share this video of teacher,
Christy Wilson, @wilson_physed explaining Twitter to a group of Beaverton
PE teachers, it will help get the point across. The candid way in which she
explains Twitter without the aid of slides or visuals is outstanding. I
hope administrators or technology coaches share this video and see if this

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25 states now require computer science for high school graduation - Education Dive

25 states now require computer science for high school graduation - Education Dive | Educated | Scoop.it

"As computer science skills like coding become increasingly relevant in the job market, a number of states and districts are making moves to set students up for success. 

 

Today, 25 states require students to take a computer science course in order to graduate from high school — more than double the number with such a requirement in 2013.

 

Additionally, a large number of districts are weaving coding instruction into early learning curriculum, impacting students as young as kindergarten. "


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James Schreier's curator insight, April 28, 8:59 AM

It is fascinating that almost 50 years ago,  many university business school required flowcharting and programming -- then many dropped or changed requirements.  A couple generations missed these skills -- now coming back with a roar!

Dennis Danielson's curator insight, May 6, 7:30 PM

25 and counting....

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The world’s languages, in 7 maps and charts

The world’s languages, in 7 maps and charts | Educated | Scoop.it

"These seven maps and charts, visualized by The Washington Post, will help you understand how diverse other parts of the world are in terms of languages."

 

Tags: language, culture, infographic.


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Melissa Marshall's curator insight, April 30, 8:15 PM

A site to help students understand how diverse the world is - and particularly, that the English language is not the dominant language in the world! The use of infographics - data presented visually - help students compare languages across the world. 

Simone Percy's curator insight, April 30, 10:56 PM

Good visual to represent the number of people speaking languages around the world.

Maria Yolanda Garcia OLAVE's curator insight, May 2, 4:49 AM
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The Qualitative Formative Assessment Toolkit: Document Learning with Mobile Technology - Edutopia

The Qualitative Formative Assessment Toolkit: Document Learning with Mobile Technology - Edutopia | Educated | Scoop.it
What is qualitative formative assessment? Some call it anecdotal or informal assessment. However, such designations imply passivity -- as if certain things were captured accidentally. I believe the word "formative" should always be included with the word assessment because all feedback mechanisms should help shape and improve the person (or situation) being assessed. Wedging the word "qualitative" into my terminology differentiates it from the analytic or survey-based measures that some associate with the term formative assessment.

For my purposes, qualitative formative assessment is the ongoing awareness, understanding, and support of learning that is difficult or impossible to quantify. An informal observation or the look on a learner's face can inform a teacher about a student's progress, yet such signals are challenging to capture or convey to the relevant agents (i.e., the learner, the teacher, or the parent).

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Jane Reader's curator insight, April 27, 9:43 PM

Using cameras is a great way to start. Need to work on the video aspect and also the sharing and storing.

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Who Owns Antarctica?


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Blake Joseph's curator insight, April 24, 3:48 PM

With Antarctica being the coldest, driest, and most isolated continent on earth, it is surprising that 51 different countries own pieces of land on it. As of now, the lands there can only be used strictly for scientific research, but I presume that treaty will not be in effect forever. Hidden resources yet to be discovered and future technology and is bound to give us some reason to permanently settle in this barren land someday. Discovering oil or minerals would be a good bet, as it was a leading factor in causing Dubai to form in the Arabian Desert, or the city of Perth in Western Australia. A healthy fishing industry could even help support future economies there. While weather has always been an important factor in human colonization, it does not make a place totally inhospitable. If economies can form in places like Barrow, Alaska and Longyearbyen, Norway, I don't see future  settlements in Antarctica as an impossibility.

Norka McAlister's curator insight, April 25, 5:20 PM

In reality, no one own Antarctica for now. However, it is governed under the Antarctica treaty of 1959.  There are a few reasons why no one has been claimed Antarctica, one being that is has extremely cold temperatures that drop to -122 °F. The continent also has a vast amount of thick ice that is 3 miles deep and covers its surface. In addition, it would be very costly to explore these regions and difficult to build infrastructure and transport food due to the cold temperatures and frozen seas. The Antarctica treaty of 1959 is an international agreement which states that no one cannot own the Antarctica. However, some countries have claimed some part of Antarctica. These designated areas are only to be used for scientific research purposes. Also, since an international agreement has been putted in place, Antarctica cannot be used for military purposes. The agreement also stresses freedom of scientific investigation but prohibits nuclear testing and waste disposal in Antarctica. This research has helped scientists discover new truths about global problems, climate change, and geology. 

Kristin Mandsager San Bento's curator insight, May 1, 4:16 PM

It will be interesting to see what happens to Antartica as the climate shifts and continues to get warmer.  What is under the frozen tundra?  Will it be something of a natural resource or mineral?  I think this is when the fight will get real about the slice of pie and how much each has.  

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New Ways of Using Multimedia in Classroom - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

New Ways of Using Multimedia in Classroom - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Educated | Scoop.it
Great benefits and ways to use multimedia in the classroom.

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Spruce Up Your Centers with Technology

Spruce Up Your Centers with Technology | Educated | Scoop.it
Learning in Hand Show #31 is about giving your learning centers or stations a makeover. The collection of activities teachers provide their students at a center can be enhanced with technology, even if there’s only one computer or tablet...

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John Evans's curator insight, May 19, 8:53 AM

So many great resources shared in this one post! Be sure to check it out!

Stephanie Sapp's curator insight, May 19, 8:33 PM

QR codes are great for centers.  Tony also mentions Wonderopolis which is a really fun website for students to gain knowledge and do follow up activities on the same website.

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The Nerdy Teacher: Making Is Not Just For STEM #MakerEd

The Nerdy Teacher: Making Is Not Just For STEM #MakerEd | Educated | Scoop.it
I'm an English teacher and I'm building a Makerspace. Since October, I've been raising funds and working out deals to put in a Makerspace in our school library. I've been working with our Media Specialist to make this happen and I've had wonderful support from our admin staff. We are close to having a completed space and have chosen to call it the Blue Devil Maker's Lounge. I had a chance to take my Freshmen down to the space to show it off and share with the students what will be possible in the space. While a bit stressful, the Maker's Lounge has been a great project where I have learned many different things from friends across the country and right at home in Michigan. However, there has been some skepticism. 

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mrsjgarcia's curator insight, April 9, 11:26 AM

 We are woking on creating makerspaces in our library this year, initially for ICT but also as a club. I am hoping once things are going strong, our kids will drive the learning and other teachers will get to see first hwnd, how powerful that can be.

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Chart students’ growth with digital badges

Chart students’ growth with digital badges | Educated | Scoop.it
Digital badges offer a new, flexible assessment model that can give students recognition for everything they accomplish — in the classroom, after school and in all areas of their lives.

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Tom Perran's curator insight, May 19, 6:21 AM

Thinking about using badges next year. Looks like a good tangible motivator.

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7 cutting-edge apps that connect parents and teachers - Daily Genius

7 cutting-edge apps that connect parents and teachers - Daily Genius | Educated | Scoop.it
The parents/teacher relationship used to happen once a term at parents’ evenings when every parent can have 5 minutes with each teacher to discuss a whole term’s work, while the next parents in the queue eavesdropped.

These new-fangled communications technologies we’re always talking about mean that schools can be in near-constant contact with parents to send reminders and messages and help keep their kids’ education and welfare on the straight and narrow

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Free Technology for Teachers: Think Kit - A New Way to Create Diagrams on Your iPad

Free Technology for Teachers: Think Kit - A New Way to Create Diagrams on Your iPad | Educated | Scoop.it
Think Kit is a new addition to Paper, a popular and free iPad app for sketching notes and drawing. Think Kit offers tools for creating diagrams, flowcharts, and mind maps. Within Think Kit you will find a Diagram tool for drawing straight lines, connecting lines, and drawing shapes. The Fill tool in Think Kit allows you to color the shapes in your diagrams. Think Kit's cut tool makes it easy to cut and move shapes in your diagrams.

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19 Tips, Tricks and Apps for Classroom Management - Class Tech Tips

19 Tips, Tricks and Apps for Classroom Management - Class Tech Tips | Educated | Scoop.it

"If anyone tells you that an iPad is just for playing Angry Birds, this list of teacher tools is sure to change their mind.  Check out these tips, tricks and apps for classroom management!"


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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Nearly 60% of Teens Use Their Own Mobile Devices in School for Learning

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Nearly 60% of Teens Use Their Own Mobile Devices in School for Learning | Educated | Scoop.it

 

This year’s report, Digital Learning 24/7: Understanding Technology – Enhanced Learning in the Lives of Today’s Students, provides landmark findings on the efficacy and value associated with popular digital learning initiatives: blended learning, online learning, school-assigned mobile devices and STEM learning.  The views, values and experiences of students taking part in these digital learning initiatives are compared with students in more traditional classroom-based education.
“We hope by highlighting the views and values of today’s students, especially those students who are living a digital learning experience, this year’s report stimulates new discussions around the effective use of digital tools, resources and content to support student learning,” said Julie Evans CEO of Project Tomorrow.


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Ly Torn's curator insight, May 4, 11:33 PM

Selles artiklis on kajastatud üht uuringut, mille tulemusena toodi välja, et ligikaudu 60% teismelistest kasutab oma nutiseadmeid koolis õppimise eesmärgil. 

Dennis Danielson's curator insight, May 6, 7:27 PM

LOTS of new data here on Digital Learning from the Speak Up survey.

CTD Institute's curator insight, May 8, 9:25 AM

A must for all educators involved with implementation of mobile projecst in K-12 institutions.

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Google Apps for the iPad - Shake Up Learning

Google Apps for the iPad - Shake Up Learning | Educated | Scoop.it
The following is a list of Google Apps for iOS (from Google, Inc. and third parties). This list is exhaustive and includes several apps that are not on the infographic Guide to Google Apps for the iPad. Some of these have natural classroom integration, and some are more for personal or business use. Some are optimized for both iPad and iPhone, some are only optimized for iPhone. Each app title is linked directly to the App Store so you can click directly from your device to download each app.

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Tom Perran's curator insight, April 30, 5:53 AM

Some useful links here. 

juanjovilar's curator insight, May 4, 2:52 AM

Relación de Apps de Google para iOS, aunque también las encuentras para Android y escritorio de Chrome.  

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Transform Your School: Practical Tips for Starting a Makerspace @DIANARENDINA

"Makerspaces are an amazing way to bring STEAM, creativity and informal learning into your school, but with so much information out there, many educators aren’t sure of where to get started. In this session, you will get ideas and inspiration on how to bring the Maker Education Movement into your school. Topics covered will include: cultivating a Maker culture, getting student input, finding space, securing funds and donations, gathering supplies, making it happen, and sharing with others. Throughout the presentation, you will see examples from the creation of our school’s library Makerspace, as well as examples from other schools."


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Norton Gusky's curator insight, April 18, 8:03 AM

Here's a slide deck that outlines the key issues for moving forward with a Maker space. In the Pittsburgh area Maker Spaces are popping up in schools, libraries, community centers, and wherever kids are building and creating. 

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"Most Likely To Succeed" Shows How Classrooms Modeled On Real Life Can Help Kids Succeed In Real Life - Fast Company

"Most Likely To Succeed" Shows How Classrooms Modeled On Real Life Can Help Kids Succeed In Real Life - Fast Company | Educated | Scoop.it

"Education-bashing has become something of a national sport in the United States. From hurling criticism about slipping test scores, socio-economic disparity, dropout rates, to raising concerns about poor teaching standards and school resources, the popular narrative is that U.S. schools are failing children. There’s good reason for the pile-on: in many cases, the problems are real.

While most of the conversation around education reform centers on how to address these existing issues, another point of view has been gaining momentum over the last several years. It’s a point of view that is less focused on fine-tuning the current system for high performance—since the system was built in 1893 with the goal of churning out "good workers"—and more about rethinking education entirely and how it meets the world’s rapidly changing economy in the information age.

This topic is explored in depth in the feature-length documentary, Most Likely to Succeed, which premiered at Sundance and will appear at the Tribeca Film Festival April 24. In the film, director, writer and producer Greg Whiteley casts a light on the shortcomings of established education methods by focusing on one school that’s defying convention, San Diego’s High Tech High. While following two ninth-grade classes for a year, with classroom instruction unlike anything you’ve ever seen, the doc offers some inspirational ideas for how to help students rise to the occasion of an innovation economy that requires critical thinking."


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Mark Monsen's curator insight, May 12, 1:40 AM

link to problem based learning

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The 8 most common mistakes when integrating iPads into the classroom

The 8 most common mistakes when integrating iPads into the classroom | Educated | Scoop.it

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Martin Debattista's curator insight, April 24, 2:35 AM

iPads or any kind of tablet for that matter.

Justin Henriks's curator insight, April 26, 7:36 PM

Some really good thoughts! We certainly do need to change the way we use software/apps and allow students to have greater power in deciding which apps to use and how they use them. As teachers, we are not always the expert on how to use apps!

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52 Places to Go in 2015

52 Places to Go in 2015 | Educated | Scoop.it
Untrammeled oases beckon, once-avoided destinations become must-sees, and familiar cities offer new reasons to visit.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 3, 11:39 AM

Most geographers have more than a little bit of wanderlust.  Maybe we don't all have the pocketbook for it, but so many people have the desire to explore, travel and see parts of the world that feel as if they are mythical.  For students that have the curiosity, it our mission as educators to cultivate that and help them frame the world into a geographic perspective.  I've always felt that window-seat flyers are have the seed of a geographer embedded within them...let's make sure those seeds can grow. 


Tags: place, tourism.

Aki Puustinen's curator insight, April 19, 9:51 AM
Yes Sir - June to Milan !
Norka McAlister's curator insight, April 25, 5:16 PM

There are a variety of places to choose from when it comes to vacationing, but one of these places may be in your next trip in 2015. All countries have their own attractions. You will find from old cities to modern suburbs to sky-scraping metropolitan cities establishing their place global tourism market. But one thing that shocks me is how the country of Cuba has been open to the tourism business, where for so many years their communist system has been failing and now they seem to be attracted to the tourism business. In many of these countries, building development has stopped for long time but in other places, modern infrastructure brings more tourists to the city. Urbanism plays a big role in how to distribute the cities. Furthermore, cultures, cities, variety of natural landscape, natural beaches, and tradition are some of few points that attract tourism business in the area. However, in some of these places religion, political, and security needs to be addressed and policies must be implemented in order to market these areas as tourist zones. Islamic countries, communist countries, old and modern cities, and even poor countries are all becoming good places to visit in 2015.