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!
Nothing unites communities and politicians like the lonely wail of a train whistle.That is especially true when those whistles and horns blare day and night in neighborhoods, killing sleep and the potential for much-needed economic development.
Heather Ramsey's insight:
This is a good example of how different human systems can sometimes clash.
"Patchwork Nation is a demographic/geographic breakdown of the nation into 12 different kinds of communities. Using counties as building blocks, we have identified different kinds of places – everything from rural agricultural areas to the wealthy suburban places, which we use to examine how various kinds of communities experience culture, the economy and politics. "
"Just as you shouldn’t trust everything you read or see on television, you should never blindly trust information just because it is on a map. All maps posit arguments. Maps present information about how something is. All maps posit arguments. Maps present information about how something is. Just as there are no unbiased arguments, there are no unbiased maps."
Via Seth Dixon, FCHSAPGEO, Mike Busarello's Digital Textbooks, Greg Hill
"Stop reducing geography to maps: maps are a tool to illustrate and communicate information. It’s a subjective representation of the world. A monkey drawing a map is not necessarily a geographer. It takes a deep understanding of the mechanisms behind the map to actually be able to produce a relevant one."
"MapStory is a place to unify and improve our shared knowledge about global change. We envision a world where everyone's wisdom can be tapped, peer reviewed and organized into a non-commercial global data commons that helps us all improve our understanding of global dynamics, worldwide, over the course of history. "
Mercator projection with Africa at the top. ta9909: “Very fun interactive here: http://www.jasondavies.com/maps/transition/ (Click ‘pause’ though or you’ll start to get dizzy after a while.) ” (Mercator projection with Africa at the top.