In our unit about population, we look at levels of development around the world as measured by the United Nations. This page shows a human development index created for the United States.
BONUS for my students: After exploring and analyzing the HDI map, answer the following questions in the form of a brief but well-developed paragraph: How does Colorado compare to other states in the U.S.? Make a prediction about what might be the cause of differences that you find.
Chiwa - Mchinji, Malawi Shot over a period of 18 months, Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti's project Toy Stories compiles photos of children from around the world with their prized possesions—their toys.
This is a very interesting photo essay depicting the differences in what possessions children value around the world. Take a look at the pictures on the page and think about your favorite toys when you were a child. How do they compare to what you see in the pictures?
BONUS--Answer the following questions in complete sentences:
*What patterns do you notice in these pictures?
*Which picture surprised you?
*What do you think causes the differences in what these children value?
Analyze the map and determine where the United States ranks in terms of the gender gap. Explain any information on this map that surprises you. Make predictions about some possible factors that determine the extent of a country's gender gap.
The new geography, with digitized data and analysis in its toolbox, is helping to solve the world’s most pressing and mystifying problems such as genocide.
Heather Ramsey's insight:
One of the activities Emily Griffith Geography students complete is an analysis of the documentary program "Geospatial Revolution." The video gives examples about how geospatial technology is being used in our society, from making UPS deliveries more efficient to tracking people in need during a natural disaster. The page linked above highlights how satellite imagery is being used to combat human rights violations.
BONUS for students: What are human rights workers looking for in the satellite images? Give an example of how the information they gather could be used.