Medical facilities in North Dakota are sinking under a flood of uninsured laborers working dangerous jobs.
Jamie Strickland's insight:
This article is a great complement to the post I rescooped a few days ago, looking at the "mysterious" patch of light in North Dakota that appeared recently on remotely sensed images of the Earth at night. It illustrates how rapidly a place can change when rapid rates of growth accompany newly "available" natural resources.
From the NY TImes "We have created 10 activities for teaching about geography using Times content, all related to the National Geography Standards." Carla Saunders originally scooped this on "History and Geography in the 21st Century Classroom." GENIP recently released (via NCGE) the second edition of "Geography for Life"--the National Geography Standards. Here are some interesting activities using Times articles. I am a fan of the NY Times Learning Network--you can get great ideas here!
International shipping company DHL has released its second edition of the Global Connectedness Index. Using over one million data points, the report finds that the world is less globally connected than it was in 2007...interesting perspective.
China has issued a new passport map which shows disputed areas within its borders, upsetting neighboring countries. For my Global Connections class, this relates to the disputed territory of Kashmir we discussed early in the semester. This is a great example of how cartographic representations of political territory can elevate tensions.
This video from the New York Times can be used in a number of different ways in geography or sustainability education. My colleague and I teach an introductory general education course on sustainability using Jared Diamond's book Collapse (among others). This short video is a great companion piece to Diamond's discussion of Greeland and the Vikings.
Here is an interesting infographic that was posted to Flowing Data today. It looks at water accessibility and quality issues in Gaza. Very useful for highlighting the impact of conflict on basic human needs and natural resources.
Well, the effects of the DNC in Charlotte are certainly being felt! We made the "Dining & Wine" section of the New York Times today. The article contrasts our "traditional" association with barbecue with our "emerging" artisanal vibe. Interesting stuff.
Their expense has so far made them rare, but with prices coming down, these glowing, programmable spheres are set to become more common.
Jamie Strickland's insight:
Thanks to AAG's SmartBrief and Seth Dixon, my attention was drawn to this article. There is a fantastic YouTube video that accompanies the news report. It is about 14 minutes in length and very useful for discussing the tools and perspectives that scientists use to study the Earth, its human activities and the impacts of natural and human processes. I plan on using this in my Environmental Dilemma class tomorrow when I introduce "Tools of Enviromental Analysis.
Documentary from 1939 contrasting life in industrial cities versus the seemingly bucolic life in a small village or town. Plea for planning---Greenbelt and Radburn are featured. This would be great for illustrating urban change over time as well as for history of planning. Commentary provided by Lewis Mumford.
Declare Your Interdependence! Celebrate Geography Awareness Week with ...WebWire (press release)Geography Awareness Week, established by presidential proclamation in 1987, is an annual public awareness program led by National Geographic that...
This is a great infographic from the NY Times that is featured this week on the Times' Learning Network site. I am planning adapting the lesson plan (designed for Common Core ELA) for my World Food Problems class this Spring. Perhaps this might have some utility for the APHG Agriculture Unit?? Let me know what you think!
From my colleague, Seth Dixon: "The National Council for Geographic Education's Annual Conference 2012 is this week in San Marcos, Texas! I'll excited to hear so many engaging presentations (I'm on page 66). The latest edition of the NCGE newsletter is here as a flipboard and as a PDF. If you are at the conference, I hope you'll say hi!"
NCGE is my favorite conference--I am looking forward to being re-energized by all the good ideas presented. As for me, I am on page 61!
"Conservation groups say poachers are wiping out tens of thousands of elephants a year, more than at any time in the previous two decades, with the ivory trade becoming increasingly militarized." Yet another example of a "conflict resource" in Africa.
"The natural landscapes shown as captured by satellite imagery is as beautiful as anything artists have ever created. Some of the colors shown in the video may seem otherworldy. Most of those color anomalies are due to the fact that remotely sensed images have more information in them than just what we see in the visible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. Some of these images are processed to show different bands so we can visually interpret data such as what is in the near infra-red band, skewing the color palette." This is an amazing video. It would be a wonderful complement to any introductory class, but particularly for world regional geography or introductory physical geography/geology.