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For years, researchers have puzzled over why Viking descendents abandoned Greenland in the late 15th century.
As the climate began to cool the diet of the Greenland settlers changed dramatically. Originally their diets consisted of about 20-30% seafood, but as farming became nearly impossible on this increasingly marginal land, it jumped up to about 80%. The economic livelihood of the settlements was in danger and the solution lay in a cultural transition, but one that they didn't want to make. "They saw themselves as farmers and ranchers rather than fishermen and hunters...[and were] worried about the increasing loss of their Scandinavian identity." In essence they abandoned Greenland in part because they chose not abandon their Viking heritage to embrace a culture that would have be more like that of the Inuits. Cultural factors may have mattered more than economic limitations.
Tags: Greenland, folk culture, historical.
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"Google Maps Engine makes it easy for you to create beautiful maps, share them with others, and reach your audience no matter where they are. It's built on the same platform that provides Google services to millions of people worldwide, so your users have a consistent and familiar experience wherever they are."
Google has become more and more involved with geospatial technologies and platforms. This new Maps Engine (still in beta testing) appears to be Google entry into the world of GIS. Maps Engine is not nearly as robust as ArcGIS Online or even Google Earth and it has many limitations (can't upload a CSV file with more than 100 data points, can't use KML or shapefiles, no archive of ready-made layers, etc).
It's redeeming value lies in the simplicity of the platform; if all you want to do is draw your own points, lines and polygons on top of a map and be able to get started within 30 seconds, then this is worth exploring. Those features are incredibly intuitive and user-friendly and I foresee various educational possibilities using this in the classroom, but am still 'test-driving' the platform.
Tags: google, GIS, geospatial, edtech, K12.
I love maps! Let's se what this little darling can do.
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Chiwa - Mchinji, Malawi Shot over a period of 18 months, Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti's project Toy Stories compiles photos of children from around the world with their prized possesions—their toys.
How are the lives of these children different from those in your neighborhood? How are their lives the same?
La imagen de portada engaña, no es éste un mensaje sobre la pobreza en el mundo, sino sobre los hábitos de apegos de los niños de todo el mundo, en función de su raza, estrato social, continente de residencia.
Es realmente muy tierno, vale la pena verlo. Además es muy visual, lo que lo hace todavía mas impactante y enternecedor.
geography and history were two of Dewey's most important tools in pedagogy in strengthening the imagination of the child
Use a printable outline map that depicts Central America.
This is my favorite map to use in classroom activities for Central America. Here is the full list of their (free) printable maps.
With a selection of fun, varied trivia on some of your favourite North American cities, this US Cities Quiz is the ultimate way to test your knowledge of US geography!
Tags: games, K12.
CIRES Fellow and NASA Chief Scientist Waleed Abdalati and CIRES Fellow Steve Nerem explain Remote Sensing and how it is used to study our planet. 'Like' CIRES…
These scientists explain some of the purposes and applications of remote sensing at a level that is accessible for just about any audience.
Tags: remote sensing, geospatial, unit 1 Geoprinciples, K12.
Totally agree with Seth Dixon. This is a great video that explains remote sensing.
These scientists explain some of the purposes and applications of remote sensing at a level that is accessible for just about any audience.
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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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.
Fulgurites are the rocks that form when lightning strikes sand (there are other types as well) and it creates a hollow tube. Think of it as petrified lightning--super cool!
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.
This lesson plan was specifically designed with Arizona examples and aligned to the Arizona state standards, but it be easily adapted. I saw a presentation based on this lesson at the NCGE conference as was incredibly impressed. Also, you'll note that like this one, there are many other lesson plans freely available on the Arizona Geographic Alliance website.
Tags: K12, borders, political, landscape, migration, unit 4 political.
Pigskin Geography is a 17-week program that motivates students to learn United States geography by tracking the travels of competing professional football teams with the NFL schedule.
Pigskin Geography is an incredibly dynamic way to teach the geography of the United States. Specifically tailored for 4-6 grade students, this program gives students a series of 17 weekly activities that are adapted to the NFL schedule that week. These questions do NOT rely on football knowledge, but uses this as an opportunity to introduce vocabulary teams, and explore other places. For example: “This week the New Orleans Saints will ‘march’ over Cairo, IL, going to their game in Green Bay, WI. Locate Cairo at the southern end of the Illinois. Cairo is located at the CONFLUENCE of the _______ River and the _________________River.”
Tags: USA, sport, K12, geography, GeographyEducation, training.
I'm a huge fan of Yann Arthus-Bertrand's artistic aerial photography. This image of Rio de Janeiro and the favela is a striking one. I am also posting this to show the how easy the website justpaste.it is to use. Students with no website creation training can produce sharable materials online. Now this isn't the most professional outlet, but I envision some middle school or high school students producing a class project that can be transformed into something that reaches a bigger audience as it is shared with a broader community.
Tags: remote sensing, images, art, worldwide, K12, edtech.
Tags: scale, K12, location.
It's #OpeningDay of the 2013 #Baseball season! Check out this great #geography lesson from the @baseballhall of Fame htl.li/iLlJU— NCGE (@NCGE1915) April 1, 2013
It's #OpeningDay of the 2013 #Baseball season! Check out this great #geography lesson from the @baseballhall of Fame htl.li/iLlJU
This resource has grade-level appropriate lessons on the spatial diffusion of of teams and the cultural geography of the baseball.
Tags: NCGE, sport, diffusion, K12.
The effects of war can be staggering and far-reaching. Often the costs are much higher than anticipated at the beginning. Read this press release for more details on the recent findings regarding the actual costs of the Iraq War, which are estimated to have cost over 190,000 lives and $2.2 trillion.
Tags: Iraq, conflict, K12, political, MiddleEast, war.
-Introduction (1 minute) -Sign up for a free Prezi account and give your students background with the Syria the Basics PREZI . (5 minutes) - Follow up with another PREZI about Youth...
Have you wanted to teach about current events in Syria but weren't sure where to start? This resource suggested by the Arizona Geographic Alliance has lesson plans, materials and resources for all grades.
Tags: Syria, conflict, K12, political, MiddleEast, war.
Income maps of every neighborhood in the U.S. See wealth and poverty in places like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Miami, and more.
This is the most user-friendly website I've seen to map economic census data. This maps the average household income data on top of a Google Maps basemap that can be centered on any place in the United States. This is a great resource to share with students of just about any age.
Tags: statistics, census, GIS, mapping, K12.
Very interesting aspect of our demographics here in Central Falls. Any one with an interest in demographics and the make up our city should take a look a this and compare it to other neighborhoods in Rhode Island. Knowledge is power. Empower yourself!
Can you find your neighborhood HUGGERS?
Compare the neighborhoods in and around your area. What trends do you see? Any surprises?
Play the Global development game: identify the world's countries and territories, rank them according to GDP then fingers at the ready for the picture round
This game is not as simple as it may appear. The first round challenges you to be able to recall basic facts, the second has you comparing countries while the third asks you about global current events. Hopefully geography education around the world can get past that '1st round' and into deeper content. Good luck (Hint: use a computer with a mouse since locating the countries on the map is a timed activity).
Are you ready?
Ughhhhhh, this is addicting. Must stop playing. Must keep playing so I can beat JC.
We have created 10 activities for teaching about geography using Times content, all related to the National Geography Standards.
This is a set of 10 activities that all use New York Times resources are all connected to the National Geography Standards and applicable to any social studies classroom. It's great to see geography getting this publicity in the NY Times, but it's fantastic to have these easy-to-use ideas for the classroom that are rich in content.
Tags: K12, Geography Education.
Using addresses you input and your choice of icons, we add your child’s favorite places to a custom neighborhood map that includes real cartographic features, such as street names and north arrow.
What happens when a city planner becomes a parent? Kids Placemaps! Combining cartographic expertise and a desire to start geography education at a very early age, the founders of Kids Placemaps have personalized a child's geography in a tangible, simple fashion.
Find out how the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Native Americans celebrated the first Thanksgiving together at Plymouth Plantation.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and this is a great resource with videos, primary documents, virtual field trips and lesson plans for all grades, K-12. Students can see aspects of lifestyles, housing types and economic activies of both the Pilgrims and the Wampanoags. For more resources about the Mayflower and the historically re-enacted village, see the Plimoth Plantation website.
Tags: K12, seasonal, historical, colonialism, virtual tours.
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.
Full album: http://www.marblesthebrainstore.com/brain-beats Music by Renald Francoeur Drawing by Craighton Berman "Tour the States" is track #1 from Brain Beats, a mnemonic CD...
It’s so often stated that geography education is so much more than just learning states and capitals. I wholeheartedly endorse that sentiment, but there is still some rudimentary importance to learning about where places are. I see it as analogous for English majors needing to learn basic grammar. You can’t write a masterpiece if you are still fumbling around with the alphabet. In geography, we can't have a nuanced discussion of place and interconnectedness if we have no sense of where any place actually is.
Tags: USA, K12, video, GeographyEducation.
A musical video that serves as investigation into the causes and effects of global climate change and our opportunities to use science to offset it. Featuring Bill Nye, David Attenborough, Richard Alley and Isaac Asimov. "Our Biggest Challenge" is the 16th episode of the Symphony of Science series. Visit http://symphonyofscience.com for more science remixes!
Tags: climatechange, environment, K12.