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Why Geography Education Matters

Why Geography Education Matters | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it

"This blog-a-thon submission comes from Joseph Kerski of the National Council of Geographic Education (2011 President). Joseph writes about why geography education matters and how it applies to each one of us."

 

 

This was one great orange! Thank you GS!

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austin tydings's comment, August 27, 2013 2:41 PM
Geography, is a subject where it takes all the skills from science, math, English, and social studies, and combines it into a in depth thinking class. It makes you find the problem, fix it and tell how and why you fixed it . For example, a crop is not growing in a dry area, then you try it in a wet area and it grows, now you have to find out why it grows in a wet area and not a dry area and explain why. It is good to start out early learning about the basics in the core classes then later in the more advance classes, to understand how to fix a problem.
Annenkov's curator insight, September 13, 2013 2:09 AM

"Geography education applies to each one of us" - not only for children, but for adults in everyday life. Who is interested in developing a personal geoculture?  

Peter Phillips's curator insight, October 5, 2013 7:37 PM

Using an orange to learn the continents of the Earth :) great idea. 

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27 stunning satellite images that will change how you see our world - Geoawesomeness

27 stunning satellite images that will change how you see our world - Geoawesomeness | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it

"The images come from the amazing book called “Overview: A New Perspective of Earth”. that just hit the stores around the world. The book is a stunning and unique collection of satellite images of Earth that offer an unexpected look at humanity, derived from the wildly popular Daily Overview Instagram account followed by almost 0.5 million people."

 

Hagadera, seen here on the right, is the largest section of the Dadaab Refugee Camp in Northern Kenya and is home to 100,000 refugees. To cope with the growing number of displaced Somalis arriving at Dadaab, the UN has begun moving people into a new area called the LFO extension, seen here on the left. Dadaab is the largest refugee camp in the world with an estimated total population of 400,000.


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The Environmental Cost of Consumption

The Environmental Cost of Consumption | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
Environmental artist J Henry Fair captures the beauty and destruction of industrial sites to illustrate the hidden impacts of the things we buy – the polluted air, destroyed habitats and the invisible carbon heating the planet

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Sally Egan's curator insight, October 30, 6:28 PM
Photographic essay illustrates the impacts of human use of resources. The beautiful images illustrate the extreme impact on the environment.
Sally Egan's curator insight, October 30, 6:30 PM
Photographic essay illustrates the impact of human activity on environments.
Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, November 16, 5:37 PM

Production and consumption - interconnections and consequences 

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GIS & Sports: a match made in the Cloud

GIS & Sports: a match made in the Cloud | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
As we’re cheering on our favorite sports team, we rarely focus on other things going on around us, save poking fun at our friend who is cheering for the other team. We almost certainly are not considering the influence that GIS analysis has had on the game, but — despite our failure to notice —
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Resettling China’s ‘Ecological Migrants’

Resettling China’s ‘Ecological Migrants’ | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
Miaomiao Lake Village is just one of the new communities built to accommodate the world’s largest environmental migration project. But residents are struggling to adapt.
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Why Malthus Is Still Wrong

Why Malthus Is Still Wrong | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
Why Malthus makes for bad science policy

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 6, 9:53 AM

The ideas of Thomas Malthus have always loomed large; the scope includes some of the biggest issues facing humanity's continued existence on this planet.  His controversial ideas have been debated and inspired some policies that were especially damaging.  This anti-Malthusian op-ed was written by the Publisher of Skeptic Magazine; I typically pair this with the neo-Malthusian op-ed written by the  President of the Canada's Population institute.  Comparing and contrasting the merits of these articles provides a way to get student to assess the strengths of an argument and to identify the bias/perspective of the author.  

 

Questions to Ponder: What did Malthus get right?  What did he get wrong? 

 

Tagsop-ed, demographics, population, APHG, unit 2 population

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‘The Wall Is a Fantasy’

‘The Wall Is a Fantasy’ | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
A week in the borderlands with migrants and guards.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 14, 4:40 PM

This is not a political statement but a reiteration of the geographic realities of borders; they are inherently permeable and unite people just as much as they divide. 

 

Tags: Mexico, borders, political.   

Alexander peters's curator insight, October 17, 12:41 PM
The Wall Is a Fantasy
By DECLAN WALSH OCT. 14, 2016
This article talks about an american high jumper that want a wall torn down so he goes to Donald j .Trump and he said no. I liked this article because it talks about the political side of things.
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Satellite imaging will revolutionize the way information is gathered, parsed and monetized

Satellite imaging will revolutionize the way information is gathered, parsed and monetized | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
A massive stream of photos from space will track war crimes, find real-time environmental problems and count the number of cars in Wal-Mart parking lots to help you game the stock market.
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Being white, and a minority, in Georgia

Being white, and a minority, in Georgia | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it

"A generation ago, this Atlanta suburb was 95 percent white and rural with one little African-American neighborhood that was known as 'colored town.’ But after a wave of Hispanic and Asian immigrants who were attracted to Norcross by cheap housing and proximity to a booming job market, white people now make up less than 20 percent of the population in Norcross and surrounding neighborhoods. It’s a shift so rapid that many of the longtime residents feel utterly disconnected from the place where they raised their children."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 22, 3:41 PM

This article touches on some pretty weighty (and sensitive) topics, but in a fairly nuanced manner.  Local ethnic neighborhoods change as international migration patterns bring in new residents and this demographic shift can is currently impacting national political parties.  That's geography, various processes at a variety of scales that are all interconnected.  

 

Tags: migration, ethnicity, neighborhood, scale.  

Linda C Morse's curator insight, October 15, 1:26 PM
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Fascinating Relief Maps Show the World's Topography

Fascinating Relief Maps Show the World's Topography | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
The amazing relief maps below were created by Russian Anton Balazh with data provided by NASA. You can find additional renders of Earth at his stock photos portfolio at Shutterstock where you can buy some of his works in high resolution.

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16 Ways 9/11 Changed The Way We Do Business

16 Ways 9/11 Changed The Way We Do Business | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
Tangible consequences--from how we go to market, to how we manage risk--care of those in the trenches.
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How the 9/11 Attacks Still Damage the Economy Today

How the 9/11 Attacks Still Damage the Economy Today | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
The 9/11 attacks deepened the 2001 recession, led to the War on Terror, and helped create the largest debt in U.S. history.
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Study Confirms 9/11 Impact On New York City Economy

Study Confirms 9/11 Impact On New York City Economy | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
Bureau of Labor Statistics issues first economic analysis of Sept 11 attack that uses actual federal job data reported by employers rather than surveys or samples; report confirms what was already known: that attack had immediate, devastating impact on city's economy; graph (M)
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11 Facts About Food Deserts

11 Facts About Food Deserts | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it

"Food insecurity has a high correlation with increased diabetes rates. In Chicago, the death rate from diabetes in a food desert is twice that of areas with access to grocery stores."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, November 16, 12:27 PM

Food deserts are places where residents have limited access to healthy food.  Here is a great map from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture that shows low-income census tract that are more than one mile from supermarkets and rural areas that are more than 10 miles from the nearest supermarket.  Esri has also produced a food desert map that shows where unserved people (farther than 1 mile in urban/10 miles in rural) live in poverty.  For a household with a private automobile, distance to a supermarket isn’t that crucial an issue, but without an automobile, this lack of healthy food available becomes a significant challenge for residents that live in this neighborhood.  

 

Tags: food, urban, povertyplace, socioeconomic, food desert.

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Data USA

Data USA | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
The most comprehensive visualization of U.S. public data. Data USA provides an open, easy-to-use platform that turns data into knowledge.

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Lilydale High School's curator insight, November 5, 6:23 PM
Data about many aspects of places, industry, education in the US.
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Data USA
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Five GIS Projects That Are Changing The Way We Understand Racism

Five GIS Projects That Are Changing The Way We Understand Racism | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
Maps have always been a way that we were able to conceptualize the topography of our universe. Now the use of GIS has given us more insight into the history of inequality embedded in our country than ever before. Here are just a few of the GIS projects working to use spatial analysis in order to reveal the historical and current prejudices that people of color face every day.
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The Deception of Density

The Deception of Density | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
If we think carefully about the flaws in measuring how dense a place is, we can better articulate what we actually value about urbanism.
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Four maps that explain the chaos of the Middle East

Four maps that explain the chaos of the Middle East | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it

"Without trying to defend or absolve U.S. policy, then, it is worth stepping back to ask what shared historical experiences might have left these four countries — Iraq, Syria, Libya and Yemen — particularly at risk of violent collapse. The following maps help highlight how, at various points over the past century, historical circumstances conspired, in an often self-reinforcing way, to bolster the stability of some states in the region while undermining that of others."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 19, 4:31 PM

These maps are not cartographically inspiring, but the it's the historical and political insight that makes them valuable. The goal of this set of maps is to find some underlying causal reasons for political stability(or more importantly instability) in the Middle East. These four maps focus on these key issues:

1. Century-old states are more stable today

2. Colonial rule led to fragile states

3. Instability and regime change

4. The shadow of the Cold War

 

Tags: MiddleEast, war, conflict, political, geopoliticshistorical.

Kelly Bellar's curator insight, October 22, 9:30 AM

These maps are not cartographically inspiring, but the it's the historical and political insight that makes them valuable. The goal of this set of maps is to find some underlying causal reasons for political stability(or more importantly instability) in the Middle East. These four maps focus on these key issues:

1. Century-old states are more stable today

2. Colonial rule led to fragile states

3. Instability and regime change

4. The shadow of the Cold War

 

Tags: MiddleEast, war, conflict, political, geopoliticshistorical.

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Country Cluster Quiz

Country Cluster Quiz | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it

"No borders. No landmarks. No context. How many countries will you be able to recognize? Here’s how this works. I give you a the outline of several countries together, without borders or any other context, and you guess which countries you’re looking at."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 21, 4:26 PM

This is not the most difficult geography quiz (as advertised on Buzzfeed), but it does take some time since all the countries in a given cluster aren't all immediately obvious.  The fact that it is multiple choice certainly simplifies the this quiz.

 

Tagsmapping, trivia, funborders.

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Geographers Studied Shrinking U.S. Cities for Two Years

Geographers Studied Shrinking U.S. Cities for Two Years | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
They hope their analysis of 40 years of urban decline inspires planners.
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Music and Resistance

"Life imitated art in early 1980 when South African school children, fed up with an inferior apartheid-era education system, took to chanting the lyrics of Pink Floyd‘s 'Another Brick in the Wall.' The song, with its memorable line stating, “We don’t need no education,” had held the top spot on the local charts for almost three months, a total of seven weeks longer than it did in America. By May 2, 1980, the South African government had issued a ban on 'Another Brick in the Wall,' creating international headlines."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 8, 3:38 PM

How a song about rigid school rules in England became banned in South Africa is a fantastic lesson in cultural diffusion and glocalization (where the global becomes intensely local).  Here we see an historical example of a global cultural phenomenon taking on local political dimensions.  If you are interested in teaching more about the social and historical content of music, check out TeachRock.org.      

 

Questions to Ponder: Why would this song resonate in South Africa?  How might the video/lyrics map onto the South African situation? 

 

Tags culturediffusion, globalization, popular culture, South AfricaAfrica, music.

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Historic Aerial Mapper

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"This application was developed by The Providence Plan utilizing photos from the Rhode Island Geographic Information System."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 30, 1:56 PM

This map is a great archive of historic satellite imagery of the Ocean State, with a special nod to Providence.  This is a great tool that can be used to show how and particular place in Rhode Island has changed over the years at the neighborhood scale.  At the metropolitan scale, it is easy to see the population grown, development expansion, and urban sprawl.  The years of data coverage are 1939, 1952, 1962, 1972, 1981, 1985, 2003, 2008, 2011, and 2014.  

 

Additionally, here is an historical StoryMap of Virginia's legacy of Redlining neighborhoods. 

 

Tags: mapping, Rhode IslandESRIStoryMap, GIS, remote sensing.

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Cotton Candy Grapes?!?

Cotton Candy Grapes?!? | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 20, 3:03 PM

After years of seeing fruit-flavored candy, we are now seeing candy-flavored fruit. The company Grapery is very careful to highlight that these patented fruit varieties are not GMOs, but the cotton candy flavored grapes are cross pollinated by hand (by fruit geneticists). You can watch this 4 minute CBS video about the agricultural production and marketing of this new product. Yes, I've experimented with these at a friend's house, and they really do taste like cotton candy (and no, I'm not planning on purchasing any).     

 

Questions to Ponder: Does this make you leery about eating this or totally excited to try it? How come?  Why is the company so adamant to state that these grapes are non-GMO? According to the video, what are the primary concerns of most grape producers and how does that contrast with this company?  

  

Tagsfood, food production, agribusiness, agriculture, GMOstechnology.

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9/11 aftermath: Costs still permeate U.S. economy

9/11 aftermath: Costs still permeate U.S. economy | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
The price of Sept. 11 has clearly been high in American blood and treasure, but the attack and its aftermath have also been costly in countless other ways. And those costs will continue to pile up for years to come.
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How 9/11 Changed America: Four Major Lasting Impacts (with Lesson Plan)

How 9/11 Changed America: Four Major Lasting Impacts (with Lesson Plan) | FCHS AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY | Scoop.it
Teach with the Lowdown Suggestions for nonfiction analysis, writing/discussion prompts and multimedia projects. Browse our entire lesson plan collection here
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Ways 9/11 Impacted the U.S. Economy | GOBankingRates

Escalation and Stalemate Attempts to stop ISIS are ongoing. The coalition campaign against ISIS from August 2014 to October 2015 ran up a daily bill of $11 million, or roughly $4.7
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