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"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!
"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?
Using an orange to learn the continents of the Earth :) great idea.
What do you mean there's no such place as Further South Dakota?!
Don’t Panic – is a one-hour long documentary broadcasted on BBC on the 7th of November 2013.
The visualizations are based on original graphics and stories by Gapminder and the underlaying data-sources are listed here. Hans’s — “All time favorite graph”, is an animating bubble chart linking health and wealth which you can interact with online here and download offline here.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT POPULATION
Pânico, por isso, no Brasil?
Thanksgiving has some fascinating spatial components to it. My wife and I prepared an article for the Geography News Network on Maps101.com that shows the historical and geographic context of the first Thanksgiving and in the memorialization of Thanksgiving as a national holiday (if you don’t subscribe to Maps 101, it is also freely available as a podcast on Stitcher Radio or iTunes).
One of my favorite combinations of maps for Thanksgiving involves the geography of food production and food consumption. When we start looking at the regional dishes on Thanksgiving plates we can see some great patterns. This ESRI storymap asks the simple question, where did your Thanksgiving Dinner come From?
This StoryMap is a great resource to combine with this New York Times article that shows the regional preferences for the most popular Thanksgiving recipes. Where are sweet potatoes grown? Where do people make sweet potato pie for Thanksgiving?
Plymouth County, MA is heart of only 3 cranberry producing regions and is was also home to the first Thanksgiving. How has this New England local ecology and traditional food patterns influenced national traditions?
For these and more Thanksgiving resources on scoop.it, click here.
This website is interesting because it gives us the geography of where specific foods in the country are manufactured such as cranberrie sauce, turkeys, sweet potatoes and helps us develop a rich cultural history and earn solidarity of where we come from and the traditions that make us who we are in terms of culinary choices. The original thanksgiving with the early puritan settlers in New England most likely reflected dishes that were synonomous with foods that natives grew and other local items that were family in this area. Now because of industry we to choose foods that have their origin from markets nationwide.
Love to see where the traditional American Thanksgiving food comes from. We have that, but growing up in an all Italian household Thanksgivng was more then Turkey...it had an added Italian flavor. Start with antipasto that had a prosciutto that would met in your mouth, plus cheeses, muhrooms, other meats, then would come the soup, then the pasta, could be any variety then the Turkey, but you would also have a ham because you never knew who was going to stop by, plus all the trimmings and then finally dessert with Italian cookies and pastires along with the Thanksgivng traditions of pumpkin and apple pies. We took breaks inbetween courses to watch some football and make room for more food becasue it was all good. We literally ate all day. So for us out food came form all over the world. In a nation of immigrants, we added our own flavor to an American Holiday..and to me whats more American than brining in some of your own hertitage into a holiday..we are after all a "melting pot"
Create a color-coded Visited States Map, showing off your road travel in the United States.
The APHG course outline and description was changed over the summer and the 2014 test will reflect these changes. So what are the changes? I've created this slideshow to show what the changes are and add links to my site that might be thematically useful. The hyperlinks don't work in the first 4 slides so I duplicated the unit 1 slides at the end of the document (you can download this as a PDF file or the Powerpoint file as well).
Tags: geo-inspiration, geography education, APHG.
New changes to the 2014 test!!!
HUGGERS...this will affect YOU! Take a look!
"What do you think of when you hear the word literacy? Depending on what you teach, chances are geography is not the first thought that comes to mind. But believe it or not, geography and literacy naturally share many similarities. And you can deepen students’ learning in both geography and literacy when they are integrated in the curriculum."
The geography and literacy connection helps new generation student apply common core to better be prepared in the 21st century for vocation and keen awareness of geopgraphy, history and the world around them. Common core allows them to apply critical thinking and connections to the wolrd around them including a thurough understanding of geopgraphy. History and geography are being integrated to apply a different way of preparing students and creating a better awareness of changes in our world. literacy will not only be focused on reading but studying and analyzing data and statistics that help them become better integrated in the world around them.
Geography provides a lot of fundamental knowledge and gives you also a sense of place, which I find very relevant in times of globalization where you belong everywhere and nowhere simultaneously.
Understanding key terminology in geography is paramount to demonstrating deep knowledge of geographical concepts.
"Halloween and Thanksgiving are just around the corner and pumpkins are already showing up at roadside stands. Jack o’lanterns, decorative displays and pumpkin pies are the main destinies of most pumpkins in the United States. Elsewhere in the world, however, the pumpkin is nearly exclusively considered a food crop or animal feed."
This could spark a good October class discussion about pumpkins for high intermediates.
Every year it is expected around halloween that my family and friends will carve pumpkins. Then around chrstmas time it is expected that we will get our christmas tree to decorate. This is something lots of people do around this time. However what I never really linked together was that I was thinking about the geography of things by doing this. I know it is part of our culture and most people do it because it was a tradition. However what I never really thought about was where these pumpkins or christmas trees actually came from. There is a process that farmers have to go through to produce pumkins and pine trees, a process we probably don't even think about because we are so used to having these things around the holidays. When we think of pumpkins we thing of Jack-o-laters and pumkin pies, but to some people pumpkins are considered a crop and food source. We may not see it that way because our culture uses them around Halloween and for processed canned pumpkin for cooking. However not all cultures are like that, which is interesting to think about. Something that is considered seasonal in our culture might be an everyday crop for another culture. It is interesting to see how different places in the wolrd use such things as pumpkin so much different that we do in our culture.
I have been a long-time fan of pumpkin coffee, and tomorrow I will probably have some with my cousins and family... Some areas of Asia allow consumption of dogs, other areas of the US allow consumption of roadkill, and that is different from what most people in RI are used to... So I guess, it's not really my business what other people and countries do with their pumpkin crops, as long as it doesn't negatively affect other people. My neighbor has won some prizes, I think 3rd place in RI for largest pumpkin contests, which is pretty cool, because for several months, you can see their pumpkin garden from my backyard. Those pumpkins are enormous, and made me wonder if there was anything being done to make the modified pumpkins more usable in food. I know GMOs are a touchy issue, but to feed the starving people around the world, you have to wonder if one pumpkin at 2000 lbs could feed a village of people. Lots of people that don't like GMOs probably do unhealthy things in other ways, so their huge activism movements really boggle me. Labeling GMOs is one thing, but stopping genetic modifications seems as controversial as starting them, especially when some people can benefit from them. Whatever, I guess pumpkins are cool for whatever people want to do with them, including smashing them... this week on RIC's campus I saw a smashed pumpkin. The only thing that really popped into my head was not "what a waste," or "oh, those delinquents," but rather "that seems fun." I did assume though, that no one was hurt by the smashing of the pumpkin...
Every year, the candy-loving data heads at Zillow rank the 20-best cities around the country for trick or treaters in search of most candy on the safest streets.
Think everyone should just pull themselves up by their bootstraps? Try this one on for size.
Just incredibly awesome, but so, so sadly true.
Educating in poverty
Do you find this information surprising?
"After spending a month becoming familiar with the location of the seven continents and the major bodies of water, each student is given a pumpkin to turn into a globe. Students paint the entire surface of the pumpkin blue to represent water. Next, they use pushpins to position and trace the outline of each continent onto their pumpkins. They use actual globes as models and are careful to place the continents in the correct hemisphere. Then, they paint and label each continent a different color. They label the major bodies of water and use white paint to represent the North and South Poles."
I love Halloween and all that goes with it, especially pumpkins. This is such a clever idea.
What a fun way to celebrate Halloween in the history/geography classroom.
As German towns work to hide the emptiness, demographers say a similar fate awaits other European countries, with frightening implications for the economy.
"A comprehensive listing of world capital cities that have moved from one city to another."
What happens when a country moves it's capital city? Why would a country choose to move it's capital? This list (with some short historic and geographic context) helps answer those questions.
In May 2013, GeoGuessr came online and quickly became a favorite quiz game of geo-enthusiasts. Using 5 random locations in Google Street View. The game player can search the area in Street View and then make a guess as to where it is on the map."
"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."
Map skills are vital in the study of democratic place and space.
Exercise 14 :
Read the news and answer the questions:
a.What is the news talking about ?
b. There are two maps.Maps that is down has these questions ( Answer them ) :
c.Sum up the news ( five sentences in english )
d.Choose another map ( of Internert if you want ) and answer the questions 1,2,3 i 4. Add the map.
Send by moodle.Good luck¡
In the end, rank falls away
Veterans' Day today. Thank a vet for their service.
If you have never visited a veterans cemetery, I think it is important to go and just visit even if you do not have a realtive there. These men and women gave their lives for us in one way or another. No matter what creed, what belief or which religion they followed all are treated with same care. If you really want to see an amazing site goto a US Military Cemetery overseas. These gaves are maitained by the locals, French, Italians, Ducth, etc. They keep them neat, clean, with flowers and make sure our soldiers that died for them are not forgotten. The one overlooking Normandy is amazing. I have had the privledge to visit the US Cemetary near Rome and the feeling you get...well undescribable. Take a look here for a view of these cemeteries. http://www.abmc.gov/cemeteries/index.php
IN THIS week's print edition we look at an important issue in development economics: how to reduce the gap between the number of girls and boys being educated...
Whilst overall statistics highlight a narrowing of the gap regarding gendered access to education, the UN statistics also indicate the uneven nature of the improvement in terms of geographical location and age. For older girls in sub-Saharan Africa, the enrolment gap between girls and boys is widening.
Explore the world’s new coastlines if sea level rises 216 feet.
All the 'snowbirds' that commute seasonally between Long Island and Florida would need to find new habitats. And so would alot of other East Coast and Gulf of Mexico residents. How much time do we have?
This is perfect for a unit on climate change and global warming. I would definitely recommend this in geography classes because it is a wake up call. Students can see the effects of climate change and draw their own conclusions about what they believe about this. I would use this with in coorelation with a video about global warming, or even use this as a webquest activity.
#stopburningfossilfuels or #goodbyeflorida
"In the last of a series of programmes exploring global population for the award-winning This World strand, Rosling presents an 'as live' studio event featuring cutting-edge 3D infographics painting a vivid picture of a world that has changed in ways we barely understand – often for the better."
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Another fantastic presentation by Rosling
Rosling does a great job speaking of poverty and population. This would be an awesome text to use in a unit about poverty. This can be incorporated in a history class, economics class, sociology class, even an anthropology class if it is offered in highschools.
It is a perfect length video that can be used to introduce a writing assignment, a research project, or an in class group assignment. But it also shows the extremety of poor vs. rich. From what I have seen students like to state their opinions about issues like this. Teachers may have to watch out how they introduce this into their topic or discussion, but it is a worthwhile source to use.
Analyze the map and determine where the United States ranks in terms of the gender gap. Explain any information on this map that surprises you. Make predictions about some possible factors that determine the extent of a country's gender gap.
In Minnesota, ‘industrial’ operation shows effort to balance economic, environmental sustainability.
The author of thid article shares how his father moved to the farm in search for economic prosperity and opportunity. Then as a soon he desires one day to make his fathers farm into a place were organic food would be sold one day. Due to land projects and government needing the land his fathers orginal agricultural enterprise in the Minnesota region shifted. I was very suprised after reading this article that the best way to have economic and environmental sustainability is to work with with the markets and develop genetically modified foods as the most viable way to create a surplus in a highly urbanized growing landscape. I found it very saf fake food is prefered over real food that ws once made though the old school agricultural process of sowing reaping and harvesting natural foods to be placed in the market and provided to people.
Unfortunately in today's society, in order to participate successfully in the global economy, you have to have a big farm. Foods must be grown in a certain way in order to have the best yield and appease the consumers. The small farming approach just won't yield enough for the 7 billion people living on the planet. As bad as big farming may be, it has kept us all afloat and has even yielded surplus. In my opinion the problem is not with the big farming equation, the problem is what we do with the abundance of surplus we do away with.
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use in populations unit
The human popluation debate will always seem to be an issue. One can almost assume that the less developed countries are going to have the highest popluation but the most problems as well. A country that is classified as less developed are most definitely going to have low incomes due to the low number of jobs available, poor human development because there isn't enough people to be taking care of each other.
Right when we need it most, spatial skills are being taught the least.
A new report finds a hidden economic value of anywhere from $1.5 million to $1.8 billion a year.
The number is on the rise.