My name is Heather Ramsey and I am a Social Studies teacher at Emily Griffith High School in Denver, CO.
We are an alternative school that focuses on retrieving students aged 17 to 21 who left high school before earning a diploma.
A big focus at our school is student engagement, and my goal is to use technology as a resource to help me engage my students. “Scooping” and sharing content is a way in which I can promote literacy with Social Studies students. I include questions in my scoops so that students can respond to the content and practice writing skills for credit toward their course.
I hope you enjoy the content as much as I enjoy finding it. A big thank you to other curators for the excellent content they provide!
The Spanish names bequeathed by early settlers later took on a Midwestern inflection. Now the Spanish versions are making a comeback — to some speakers' discomfort.
Heather Ramsey's insight:
This article talks about how many of the cities in Southern California were anglicized as they were developed. I tell people I am from "near LAW-san-gel-es" but that's not the original pronunciation (just a very common one). We have many places in Colorado with names influenced by the Spanish or Native American languages, but their known pronunciations are much different. How do you pronounce Buena Vista? Niwot?
Here is a link to an article more specific to Denver:
What if you put all 7 billion humans into one city, a city as dense as New York, with its towers and skyscrapers? How big would that 7 billion-sized city be? As big as New Jersey? Texas? Bigger? Are cities protecting wild spaces on the planet?
This article is full of interesting thoughts about population and how close together or spread out people live to each other. In the Denver metro area, there are places that are very densely populated (like the city and county of Denver) and there are areas that are much less populated (like Littleton or Lafayette). BONUS for students: If there is room for people to stretch out more why don't they? Think of this in terms of Denver; if people can move out east onto the Plains instead of living in a more crowded part of Denver, what is stopping them?
The title pretty much sums up what the article is about. In class, we will have many opportunities to talk about how geospatial technology is having an effect on society, and this article will give you even more insight. Here's my favorite quote from the article: "'All cultures produce a world map that puts their own interests and concerns at its heart. Even Ptolemy said any world map must make decisions about what it includes and what it leaves out. Some of those can be sinister decisions, but more often they're simply practical ones. Do you need to show the North and South poles if you don't think you'll ever go there? Probably not.'"
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.
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?
WASHINGTON -- With their economies and housing markets gaining strength, some of the nation's biggest boom-to-bust cities in the Sun Belt are starting to become magnets again, attracting a growing number of people primarily from the northern part...
Heather Ramsey's insight:
This article is full of statistics, but they help show the effect of domestic migration on several cities in the Southwest United States. Domestic migration is the movement of people within a country, such as from one state to another. This is good news for some cities--more people can mean more demand for housing, more work for construction companies, and more jobs for people in that area. However, even though growth had slowed down in the Southwest region over the last few years, the population is still quite high for some resources to support. Can you think of a resource that we study in our Geography class that is highly affected by the population?
In the United States, we are constantly trying to improve education so that we can help students succeed in the global community. Our education system is often compared to those in other countries to see how American education "measures up." However, there are many differences between schools around the world.
BONUS: After looking at the pictures, compare American education and education in other countries. Write a paragraph explaining the similarities and differences that you INFER from the pictures and captions.
The happiest city in America is Napa, California -- and the saddest all swear too much. (Happiest states by Tweet: http://t.co/tgOHvKdy)
Heather Ramsey's insight:
The map shown in this article is just one more great example of different information that can be shown on a map. Twitter (and social media in general) is being used more and more as a way to gather data about people.
What is missing from this map that would make it more effective?
Between 1990 and 2009, cigarette consumption in regions of the world like Western Europe dropped by more than 25% - but that is only one side of the coin. Historically, cigarette consumption has been a privilege to the rich and high-income countries. Now, with those countries understanding the risks of cancer and the dangers of smoking, the number of smokers decline. But in the past twenty years, for example, the use of cigarettes in the Middle East and Africe has increased by 60%: "Among the 14 countries where 50% or more of men smoke all but one country (Greece) are classified as low- or middle-income."
"As consumption rates continue to increase in low- and middle-income countries," the ACS report reads, "these countries will experience a disproportionate amount of tobacco-related illness and death." In 2009, China consumed 40% of the world's cigarettes.
This is one of my favorite infographics of all time. In terms of the Starbucks map, we get a visual idea of economic interdependence and the global effort that goes into making a cup of coffee. The McDonalds map shows both shocking and surprising information about where most of its restaurants are.
Take a look at the bottom right corner of this infographic. It shows the sales for various fast food chains as of 2003. If you look closely, you can see that they have included the GDP of Afghanistan, which is about half the total profits that McDonalds made in 2003...
sunfoundation: “ YouTube Trends map shows most popular videos by region. I don’t know about you, but when I go to YouTube, I check my subscriptions and then look at what videos are currently popular....
Heather Ramsey's insight:
When I saw this image it kind of baffled me. I thought about what would make some YouTube videos more popular than others in a particular region. Then I wondered about how one finds YouTube videos in the first place. Personally, most of the YouTube videos I watch are ones that have been shared with me by my Facebook friends. The majority of my Facebook friends live in the same general region of the country as me. If I really like the video, I share it with my friends, and then maybe they share it again. So if people are using the same method of finding YouTube videos that I am using, then they are getting those videos from people who are close to them, geographically speaking, and the video diffuses throughout the region. So it's not that people in L.A. don't like the same things that people in New York like, it's just a matter of HOW they are exposed to those things.
This is all totally hypothetical, of course. As far as YouTube videos go, my favorite is "Marcel the Shell." Now, go forth and watch it...
This NASA website allows you to see when the International Space Station will be flying over your location. The ISS crew captures amazing images of the Earth, including great pictures of large urban areas at night. It is a great opportunity to see settlement patterns and compare how different cities have developed. I follow Commander Chris Hadfield on Twitter to see pictures he tweets from the ISS and they are pretty breathtaking! (https://twitter.com/Cmdr_Hadfield)
This page does not look like much when you first get there, but there is a lot of interesting stuff on it. Take a look at the list of links. Those are questions that were given to people around the country in a 1999 survey to see the differences in the way people pronounce words. For example, how you pronounce the word "crayon" could be different from someone else's pronunciation. The people doing the study used dot maps to represent the answers people gave to their questions. BONUS for students: Why do you think a dot map was used to represent the survey data instead of another type of thematic map?
More residents are becoming a part of the large exodus to Adams County from Denver and other parts of the metro area, according to a Denver Post analysis of the U.S. Census Bureaus American Community Survey.
Heather Ramsey's insight:
Here is another one from right in our backyard. Denver has been experiencing migration between counties. This article discusses the economic reasons behind Adams County's new popularity among people in Denver. We have a tendency to think about migration mostly in terms of people moving from one country to another, but it happens on a smaller scale as well.
BONUS for students: What factors are causing people to leave one county for another? Do any of these factors apply to you? Include evidence from the article in your answer.
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has ordered the Children's Pool beach in La Jolla closed at night after viewing a surveillance video of people "harassing, taunting and causing stress" to mother seals and their pups on the beach under the...
This site has lots of great examples of size comparisons between the United States and other coutnries/continents around the world. Which one is the most surprising to you? Why do you think you had a different idea of the size of the place that surprised you?
Since World War II, African nations have gained independence after many, many years of being ruled by other countries. For many of these newly independent countries, there have been struggles over how to set up the government which results in some conflict. South Sudan is in that transitional stage now, and it is an example of how complicated it is to establish a new government.
BONUS: See Mrs. Ramsey for an article about a particular issue that people in South Sudan are experiencing, and an opportunity to write a paragraph for credit toward your class.
As climate change alters rainfall patterns and river flows, tensions are bound to rise between states and countries that share rivers that cross their borders. In the Rio Grande Basin of the American Southwest, that future inevitability has arrived.
The story map linked here shows how different parts of the East Coast were affected by Hurricane Sandy. Notice how there isn't a totally perfect pattern for the impacted areas; some inland areas were affected more than others even though they were farther away from the ocean.
Find In-depth Review And Infographic About The Impact of Text Messages on The English Language. Learn more about the history of text messages, facts and stats from UK, USA and the World, including the new words & acronyms added to dictionary.
The infographic on this site shows interesting facts about how communication has evolved and how it currently influences our society. What do you think about the theory that texting has an impact on language?
*Just a reminder: I won't accept ur work if u use txt abbreviations...