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!
"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.
"Giant 70-foot concrete arrows that point your way across the country, left behind by a forgotten age of US mail delivery. Long before the days of radio (and those convenient little smartphone applications), the US Postal service began a cross-country air mail service using army war surplus planes from World War I. The federal government funded enormous concrete arrows to be built every 10 miles or so along established airmail routes they were each built alongside a 50 foot tall tower with a rotating gas-powered light. These airway beacons are said to have been visible from a distance of 10 miles high."
This will give you a renewed appreciation for our postal system. It is sometimes hard to believe that human society got by without some of the technological abilities that we have today, but it DID happen! Can you imagine navigating the seas using the stars? How about crossing the Great Plains with only a compass and your wits, before there were interstate highways (or roads at all)? In the age of email, we take the US Postal Service for granted, but try to imagine what their job was like without the technology we have today. The page linked above explains the system of arrows placed across the US to help guide airmail planes along their routes.
BONUS for my students: What other interesting navigation techniques can you find from the days before GPS?
"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
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.