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From the food we eat to the energy, transportation, and water we all need, a warmer world will bring big changes for everyone.
B Sinica: This article touches every aspect of geography from culture to climate [considering] how the growing population plays the biggest role in determining the future of life on Earth. People need to recognize the problems and potential future issues with global warming and the rapidly changing environment. Though not many issues can be prevented or even solved, the least we can do is try to lessen the severity of devastation and prolong the current conditions as much as possible before the world becomes too extreme to manage.
Some tangible ways that climate change can impact us in the future:
Tags: climate change, environment, environment adapt, sustainability. National Geographic.
"A canyon is a deep, narrow valley with steep sides."
This encyclopedic entry is a concise explanation of the environmental forces that create canyons.
Tags: water, physical, geomorphology, landforms, National Geographic.
See a photo of an aerial view of a terraced rice field in China and download free wallpaper from National Geographic.
This image shows is one of the more beautiful cultural landscapes that shows the great extent of agricultural modifications of the environment. National Geographic's photo of the day is a great source for images that start class discussions and can enliven class content. You may download a high resolution version of the image here.
Tags: National Geographic, agriculture, landscape, China.
LOVED touring @natgeo hq's today; thisspecial shark camera helped produce this video video.nationalgeographic.com/video/news/ani… twitter.com/APHumanGeog/st…— Seth Dixon (@APHumanGeog) February 28, 2013
LOVED touring @natgeo hq's today; thisspecial shark camera helped produce this video video.nationalgeographic.com/video/news/ani… twitter.com/APHumanGeog/st…
To see videos (and many more pictures) of the National Geographic Society's headquarters, visit the Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance site. Especially interesting was National Geographic's production of a Cuba map.
The Road Map Project brings together experts in geography, education, and research to chart a course for the large-scale improvement of K-12 geography education in the U.S.
Some great educators and geographers have collaborated to design a "road map" for the future of geography education. This is their report.
Tag: National Geographic, geography education.
Ocean maps - National geographic
Tag: National Geographic, geography education.
Why should we learn about human migration? ow.ly/gCai8 twitter.com/NatGeoEducatio…— NatGeo Education (@NatGeoEducation) January 7, 2013
Why should we learn about human migration? ow.ly/gCai8 twitter.com/NatGeoEducatio…
I like this as it also sets up the beginning of the lesson if you were were unsure what to do with this.
Live presentations have been a part of National Geographic since the 1800s, and today more than 140 are viewable online. See this year's best.
These talks are always quality presentations and this set of 10 videos is a part of the Explorers Journal sponsored by the National Geographic Society.
Videos on various geography topics
Top 10 National Geographic Talks!!!!
Energy conservation starts at home....
This interesting National Geographic article emphasizes how consumption patterns in the home are connected to some of the serious global issues that we currently face. This article becomes an exploration into how to go about creating a more environmentally sustainable home.
The best energy is the one we don´t consumpt!!
In 2010, most states in the United States (including Rhode Island) adopted the Common Core State Standards as the new standards. The two main portions of the Common Core Standards are the English...
Will geography be permanently pushed out of the curriculum with the adoption of the Common Core? How can a teacher bolster spatial thinking and geo-literacy within the Common Core framework? If you've asked yourself these questions, this resource is for you.
At the dacha, the soul of Russia--and its cultural divide--is on display. In vacation cottages the women are in housedresses. The men, Speedos and rubber boots. They brood, plant, party, and restore their souls.
The dacha (a seasonal second home or a vacation spot) is incredibly important in Russia. It is is estimated that over 50% of city residences in Russia own a dacha as a way to culturally connect with the countryside. This is a nice glimpse into that life.
This map of Cuba, National Geographic's first map of Cuba in over 100 years, has an incredible backstory.
While touring the National Geographic headquarters, the cartographer Juan Valdés (pictured here with me) told me the story of his early days living in Cuba before Castro, Pictured is one of his 36 meticulous drafts produced to create this cartographic masterpiece of his home country. To hear it in his own words, embedded in this link is a 18 minute video of his talk at National Geographic on Cuba and the production of the map. The last 7 minutes are especially helpful for mapping students to see all the decisions and stages involved in creating a professional reference map.
Tags: cartography, mapping, National Geographic, Latin America, Unit 1 GeoPrinciples.
The Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance seeks to promote geo-literacy here in the Ocean State. So what is geo-literacy? The National Geographic Society’s Educational team...
As the Alliance Coordinator for the state of Rhode Island, I organized these three videos (two from National Geographic) and some pictures to provide a basis for understanding what geo-literacy is and why it is important for society and within the workforce. In the spirit of sharing, I thought I'd share these links beyond the borders of Rhode Island.
Tags: GeographyEducation, NationalGeographic, geo-inspiration, RhodeIsland.
Hiking to the top of Preikestolen (the Pulpit Rock) near Stavanger, Norway. An amazing and wondrous hike.
For the inner explorer in all of us, this is a geographic dream. Click here to read more about this fantastic climb from a National Geographic explorer.
Tags: Europe, landforms, NationalGeographic.
What is a border? What is a peninsula? A look into why geography is important to understand as students around the country prepare for the 2013 National Geog...
I loved participating at the Rhode Island Geography Bee this weekend. This video was shared with all the parents, teachers and students to help them understand that while the Bee may focus on specific bits of knowledge/trivia, it is the beginning and a foundation for spatial thinking to understand patterns and processes.
Tags: geo-inspiration, geography education.
This is a short video about why Geography is an important subject inhelping to understand the world in which we live.
Q1) Based on the information in this video, would you consider Geography as a broad subject and why?
Q2) Why do you believe that Geography is important? (Using examples from the video and your own opinion)
"Students are introduced to the physical and human features of Afghanistan."
This tremendous set of resources is the result of a partnership between The Choices Program (housed at Brown University) and National Geographic Education. This link takes you to a portal with lesson plans, videos, maps, student worksheets, etc. These are some of the materials that form the core of the Choices Program Summer Institute that focuses on the United States' involvement in Afghanistan.
Tags: Afghanistan, political, culture, Central Asia, National Geographic.
This is an article that contains videos and other bits of information on Afghanistan and the surrounding area. It has info on the Geography, culture, and politics of Afghanistan as well as colored maps!
One of the most interesting elements that I discovered in this article is information regarding the Wakhan Corridor, a region I had previously not heard of. Basically it is the small sliver of land in northern Afghanistan. This land barrier was created to ensure that British controlled India, and Russia. It just shows you in a perfect example the huge impact that Europe has had on the Middle East, politically, economically, and geographically.
De-extinction is a new term for to me but this week a TEDx conference hosted by National Geographic focused completely on this concept on the possibility of reviving formerly extinct species. Just because we think we can bring back a lost species, does that mean we should? What would be the benefits? Disadvantages?
I've read enough about passenger pigeons to know that beyond overhunting, the species went extinct as large swaths of North American forests became fragmented and modified. While we may be able to theoretically bring back a species, we cannot rewind the clock and bring all the essential ingredients to their former ecosystem that allowed them to thrive in the first place. De-extinction would NOT be repairing the world so that it was as if the extinction never happened, since other species in the ecosystem have adapted to their absence. Given the length of their absence, could these be considered "invasive species?"
Tags: biogeography, environment, National Geographic, environment modify, ecology, historical, TED.
In #NatGeo with engineers from Remote Imaging.Very cool.CritterCams and remote flying cameras. twitter.com/lkeysmathews/s…— Lisa Keys Mathews (@lkeysmathews) February 27, 2013
In #NatGeo with engineers from Remote Imaging.Very cool.CritterCams and remote flying cameras. twitter.com/lkeysmathews/s…
Today I've been at the the National Geographic headquarters in Washington D.C. with other Geography Education Alliance coordinators. They have the coolest toys to capture some amazing footage, including crittercams.
Seen one of these used on mt washington to get aerial footage of people on the summit.
January 19, 2013—The West African nation of Mali is making headlines after a wave of French military actions on Islamic extremist groups now controlling the northern part of the country. National Geographic Senior Writer Peter Gwin has...
This 6-minute video clip is a good way to help students understand the ethnic and geopolitical context of the Mali conflict. What impact did the superimposed borders of colonialism have in creating the conflict?
Tags: Mali, Africa, borders, political, conflict, war, colonialism, National Geographic.
La crisi propera no es deixa fer prou atenció als canvis geopolítics a l' Africa.
The winners have been named in the 2012 National Geographic Photography contest. As a leader in capturing the world through brilliant imagery, National Geographic sets the standard for photographic excellence.
This image of the Matterhorn was the 1st place winner in the "places" category in the National Geographic's 2012 competition. The winners are just as impressive as you would expect coming from National Geographic.
Wow....these should prove very useful for K, T and A classes.
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Resources from National Geographic Education to support teachers and learners of the Advanced Placement Human Geography course.
The National Geographic Education Foundation works to assist teachers to promote the status and quality of geography education. In keeping with that mission they have recently revamped their AP Human Geography page, dividing all their resources according to the 7 major units of the course (in the "tags" section below, I have attempted to do the same):
Tags: APHG, unit 1, unit 2, unit 3, unit 4, unit 5, unit 6, unit 7.
Useful tools for Geography Educators
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There will soon be 7 billion people on the planet. Find out why you shouldn’t panic—at least, not yet.
This whole year, National Geographic has been producing materials on the impacts of a growing global population (including this popular and powerful video). Now that the year has (almost) concluded, all of these resources are archived in here. These resources are designed to answers some of our Earth's most critical questions: Are there too many people on the planet? What influences women to have fewer children? How will we cope with our changing climate? Are we in 'the Age of Man?' Can we feed the 7 billion of us? Are cities the cure for our growing pains? What happens when our oceans become acidic? Is there enough for everyone?
Tags: population, National Geographic, sustainability, density.
I'm not a photographer, so Instagram isn't one on of my preferred social media platforms. However, since National Geographic is world renowned for their images, this is a perfect outlet to share more images that wouldn't fit into their articles or other collections. According to their Social Media expert, this foggy image of NYC is their most viewed image on Instagram.
I love National Geographic’s MapMaker Kit as a great way to have students produce their own oversized Mega Maps (8 rows of 17 columns), especially if you only have access to a printer that p...
Here are 6 lessons and activities designed around National Geographic’s Mega Maps and Tabletop Maps that can be printed with ordinary 8.5 x11 sheets of paper. This is a perfect way to celebrate and get ready for the upcoming Geography Awareness Week (Nov . 11-17).
Tags: mapping, K12, National Geographic, Geography Education.
MapMaker Kit. Download, print, and assemble maps of the United States in a variety of sizes. The mega map occupies a large wall, or can be used on the floor.
Have you every wanted to create a giant map but aren't sure if you can logistically pull it off? The National Geographic's MapMaker kit is just that, a kit for you to create wall maps from a standard printer and tile them together. The assembly itself is a great spatial thinking and fun exercise for students (and there are large world maps as well).
Tags: NationalGeographic, cartography, mapping, K12.
Video. Cartographers at National Geographic discuss how they select an appropriate map projection for the September 2012 magazine map supplement.
There is no one perfect map projection that fits all circumstances and situations. Think of a situation in which this map projection would be an ideal way to represent the Earth and in another situation that same projection would give you an incredibly limited perspective.
Tags: cartography, K12, geospatial, NationalGeographic, water.