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 Colorado Public Research Interest Group analyzed federal highway data to conclude Coloradans are driving about 11 percent per person less than a decade ago.
Heather Ramsey's insight:
Where do you fit into COPIRG's study? How do you get around? Do you use public transit by choice or out of necessity? If you had a choice, would you want to pay for a car and all the things that go with having one, or would you continue to walk/bike/take the bus?
Ever wonder why Illinois has a silent 's' or why Hawaii has interstates? You're not alone. Thanks to a map courtesy of Reddit user RedLinkJ, we can see what burning questions the public wants to ask about all 50 states.
"One of the people I regard most highly here at Esri has created an online atlas of Mexico. The maps can be accessed in many different ways, such as an ArcGIS Online presentation with a description here, as an iPad iBook, but I think most importantly, as a series of story maps. Each of these separate story maps contains 1 to 6 thematically related maps on the following topics:
Explore Mexico (Crime vs. Tourism)Mexico’s Natural WondersMexico’s Historical MonumentsGeography of Mexico – Did You Know?Indigenous People of MexicoCartograms of Mexico
I pulled shapefiles of building footprints for nine major cities in the US, calculated the areas of the building footprints (outlines of buildings at ground level) and mapped them.
These maps (hi-res) allow you to differentiate between city centers, industrial areas, and residential neighborhoods. You can also see variations among housing size in some areas, though the scale prevents you from delineating individual buildings. (Some of the shapefiles contained >1M buildings, which ArcGIS couldn’t render at 300 dpi.) Anyway, I hope the urban planners out there enjoy this!
"Since the creation of the United Nations, 80 former colonies have gained their independence. This includes all 11 Trust Territories, which have achieved self-determination through independence or free association with an independent State. The Special Committee continues to monitor the situation in the remaining 16 territories, working to facilitate their advance towards complete self-determination."
"Lost Boy" refugees from Denver and other cities who went back to Sudan to bolster the multibillion-dollar U.S. effort to nurture Africa's newest nation are caught in the outbreak of fighting and fleeing. And University of Colorado graduate Daniel Majok Gai, 33, risked his life helping lead civilians away from gun battles.