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8 Stunning One-Color Towns

8 Stunning One-Color Towns | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"We've all heard about the colorful towns around the world, there are really lots of them and their facades are very colorful and striking. But, are there any towns that are painted in only one color? Of course there are, but they are very rare. Exactly, the following list deals with these unusual tourist destinations - a one-color towns, enjoy the article."  Pictured is Izamal, Mexico on the Yucatan peninsula.     

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Brandon Murphy's comment, July 12, 2012 6:05 AM
What is the significance of having every building in a town the same color? Did it start as a lack of multiple resources/ an abundance of another? Or is it all part of the design?
Roland Trudeau Jr.'s comment, July 12, 2012 5:22 PM
Very beautiful in it's own respect, but it lacks the option of choice, and originality. It leads to a sort of cultural identity however making every place completely uniform.
Don Brown Jr's comment, October 22, 2012 8:35 PM
I wonder if tourism, rather than any strong sense of communal identity is the major force behind the continued dominance of the color yellow in Izamal?
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OverlapMaps - compare any two places

OverlapMaps - compare any two places | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"An OverlapMap is a map of one part of the world that overlaps a different part of the world. OverlapMaps show relative size."

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The above overlap map is the United Kingdom compared to the state of Pennsylvania.  This is a very simple way to demonstrate the true size of remote places, and 'bring the discussion home.'  This site is as simple and intuitive as it is powerful and easily applicable.  This is a keeper. 

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Hannah Provost's comment, September 9, 2012 9:23 AM
This is a very useful tool because as illustrated in our class activity with the oranges and trying to flatten it out onto a flat piece of paper, it doesn't work. This causes distortion with most maps in most textbooks because they are Mercator. This tool will help people realize the actual size of countries in comparison to other countries.
Michael Grant's comment, September 12, 2012 4:07 PM
This toll will and can provide a reliable mapping source to geographers everywhere. It is useful and fun. A neat way to learn cartography
Josiah Melchor's comment, September 12, 2012 11:31 PM
The OverlapMap is a very useful tool that will allow a user to compare different places and parts of the world. Having a more accurate size of a place is critical when comparing 2 or more places. I think that many users besides me will find this very convenient when other resources are not available.
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Soda vs. Pop with Twitter

Soda vs. Pop with Twitter | Geography Education | Scoop.it
One of the great things about Twitter is that it’s a global conversation anyone can join anytime. Eavesdropping on the world, what what!

 

While many educators have been using http://popvssoda.com/ to show the linguistic regions in the United States, this is a similar map, with the added social media component.  To map out these regions, the cartographer used the word choice on geo-tagged tweets as the data source.  For another twitter, map, the following link shows which regions are most actively engaged on Twitter: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/06/top-countries-on-twitter_n_1653915.html

What do these regions show us?  What types of regions are these?

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Chris W's comment, August 27, 2012 11:02 AM
This is a really cool use of twitter! I use the term soda, which most of the northeast uses as well.
Courtney Burns's curator insight, September 14, 2013 10:35 PM
Twitter is something that is becoming widely used, and is something I usually check everyday. I never really thought of twitter beyond advertising and communicating. It is amazing the kind of data that can be extracted from peoples tweets. In the soda vs. pop argument I would say soda which makes sense since the data shows that people in the Northeast refer to it as soda. Twitter is so current that you can actually get some current and accurate data just from reading the hash tags in peoples tweets. It's amazing that such information can be extracted from all around the world.
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Grocery Store Wars

Not long ago in a supermarket not so far away. Help fight the dark side of the farm. Rate the film, favorite the film, comment the film and subscribe to our ...

 

This is horribly cheesy and from an incredibly biased perspective, but it does embody how many see the organic movement (and is quite entertaining for old Star Wars buffs like me). 

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Historical Tornado Data Visualized

Historical Tornado Data Visualized | Geography Education | Scoop.it

This strangely beautiful map shows every tornado to hit the U.S. between 1950 and 2011.  What physical geographic factors lead to this distribution?  What are the impacts of this data on human geography?  

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Roland Trudeau Jr.'s comment, July 10, 2012 12:28 PM
Def in agreement with John I'm wondering myself as to what the cause of the hole is. Id speculate it is due to some sort of terrain issues. maybe even man made structures.
melissa stjean's comment, September 4, 2012 12:00 PM
the physical geographic factors that lead to the the distribution of tornadoes in the US is because the jet stream coming from the west and hot air from the Gulf of Mexio air both crashing together. This mostly happens in the Midwestern part of the country. Though there are times when supercell thunderstorms pop up in different parts of the country and can form tornadoes, such as the southern part of the US. The impacts of this data on human geography are can range from little damage to catastrophic causing billions of dollars in damage.
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Water Equity in Tourism

Water Equity in Tourism | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Tourism Concern fights exploitation in the global tourism industry. We are an independent, non-industry based, UK charity.

 

This is another way to conceptualize the geographic impacts of tourism.  Wealthy tourists from developed countries spend their money in less developed countries, creating a power imbalance within the local community between locals and tourists.  Local absolutely need the tourists dollars but these funds come and a social and environmental cost.  Tourists use far more local resources per capita than the local residents, one reason why some refer to tourism as an 'irritant industry.'  What other forms of social friction can arise from tourism?   For a more detailed response to this situation see this news article in the Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2012/jul/08/fresh-water-tourist-developing

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Five of Asia's Most Endangered Languages

Five of Asia's Most Endangered Languages | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Meet the "hairy Ainu" of Japan, Taiwan's Saaroa, the Kusunda of Nepal, the last Manchus and the Jarawa of India's Andaman Islands.

 

The rapid spread of  Mandarin, English, Spanish, Hindi-Urdu and Arabic as the 5 largest languages (most native speakers) is connected to the spread of globalization and the cultural aspects of that phenomenon.  These 5 declining languages represent the flip side of those cultural patterns.  

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Why there's an alarming rash of suicides among Dalit students

Why there's an alarming rash of suicides among Dalit students | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Despite the country’s claims to be a sleek 21st-century meritocracy, the habits of centuries of discrimination and social exclusion are not so easily shaken.

 

India is modernizing at a rapid pace, but some old class problems rooted in the caste system are still visible.  This is part of a large series called "Breaking Caste" with some excellent videos, articles and personal vignettes to humanize the struggles of those at the bottom of the social hierarchy.   

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Stacey Jackson's curator insight, May 8, 2013 8:34 PM

This was a very sad story to read. It's a shame that many Dalit students feel ostracized at elite Indian institutions, so much so some go as far as to commit suicide. This is a terrible personal loss for the families and neighbors of the students. But it also is unfortunate news for the country as a whole. India's economic and social growth likely depends on moving beyond old views on class and cate.

Cam E's curator insight, April 1, 2014 11:20 AM

This is interesting in that it's not some silent discrimination, but an extremely overt one where many of these people are being told to their faces that they will not be allowed to pass. My greatest respect goes out to those who fight the hardest for what they want and they must keep trying to achieve it, but sadly those in a position of power in the society were direct barriers to their progress, causing their hope to be lost and the Dalit students to commit suicide.

Kaitlin Young's curator insight, December 13, 2014 4:38 PM

Even though the caste system was abolished, the habits of discrimination are still incredibly prevalent. Discrimination towards people from rural backgrounds at the country's elite colleges has had such an impact that dozens of students from what would have been lower castes are committing suicide. Professors look down on these students, refusing to offer aid and even changing grades so they fail. The aboriginal students that fail face lifetimes of debt and are worried about disappointing their family, so sometimes they take their own lives instead. 

 

Centuries of the caste system have imprinted itself into the Indian people. Since India has only been free of it for a generation, older people continue to discriminate. 

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Changing Real Estate Values

Changing Real Estate Values | Geography Education | Scoop.it
As Mumbai booms, the poor of its notorious Dharavi slum find themselves living in some of India's hottest real estate.

 

What do you think the future will hold for this slum neighborhood?  What will happen to the people that live there?  What will this place look like in 20 years?  What forces will create this change? 

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Emergency Management: #ActNow, Save Later

Since the year 2000, almost 1 million people have lost their lives to disasters caused by natural hazards. 2 billion people have been affected. 1 trillion do...

 

In the last decade, almost one million people have been killed by disasters and more than one trillion dollars have been lost. Yet only 1% of international aid is spent to minimize the impact of these disasters.  Every $1 spent on preparedness saves $7 on response, so the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has established http://www.actnowsavelater.org to prepare for the disasters which will surely come. 

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Kim Vignale's comment, July 5, 2012 8:18 PM
I think this is a great video depicting how disasters are handled today. Lack of preparation increases more damage caused by natural disasters. If more time and money is spent on devising plans on how to prepare for disasters, preventing it, and alleviating the issue, there would be less money lost and most importantly more lives saved.
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Cambridge Ideas - How Many Lightbulbs?

Cambridge University physicist, David Mackay, in a passionate, personal analysis of the energy crisis in the UK, in which he comes to some surprising conclus...

 

This is a great video to show students the amount of energy they use, both at an individual level and at the national scale (this video is from the U.K.)  To 'flip' this Ted-Ed talk, visit it's homepage at: http://ed.ted.com/on/MVwtmMV5

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Rhode Island Stuck at Bottom of the List: Top States For Business

Rhode Island Stuck at Bottom of the List: Top States For Business | Geography Education | Scoop.it
The Ocean State didn't just place last in our overall rankings for the second year in a row, it also finished in the bottom five of four individual categories in 2012.  A  little Providence, please.

 

The business leaders and politicians in Rhode Island are working hard to attract more investment and greater job opportunities.  Rhode Island's only neighbors, Connecticut and Massachusetts attract massive amounts of venture capital compared to the Ocean State (per capita as well, so Rhode Island can't just claim that it's a matter of scale). With 11% unemployment (2nd worst in the country), the economic geography of Rhode Island has problems.  What factors have led to this economic situation?  Possible solutions?    

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Roland Trudeau Jr.'s comment, July 12, 2012 5:19 PM
Reading and discussing this in class I wondered after. With all the taxes Mass imposes on the residents and business owners wouldn't you expect for there to be even less of a reason to have one there. Why wouldn't owners set up in RI or in tax free NH?
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John Boyer (AKA The Plaid Avenger) on Poll Everywhere

John Boyer (http://www.youtube.com/user/Plaidcast) uses a variety of tech tools to teach thousands of students a year. Here's his take on Poll Everywhere.

 

John Boyer's teaching style and pedagogy as seen on http://plaidavenger.com/ have merged social media technologies deeply into the classroom, including http://www.polleverywhere.com/ and other great online resources.  This is the perfect example of how to create a social media classroom.  I had the privilege of speaking in the same conference session with John Boyer and Katie Pritchard earlier this year and this tag-team has really shifted the pedagogical paradigm.  For more in-depth blog post, see: http://blog.polleverywhere.com/professor-john-boyer-aka-the-plaid-avenger-on

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The Geography of Foreign Aid

The Geography of Foreign Aid | Geography Education | Scoop.it

This map is a graphical representation of the Dashboard’s available data on foreign assistance appropriations by fiscal year. The darker a country’s shading appears on the map, the more funding that U.S. Government country office received in that fiscal year. Users can switch between fiscal years by using the dropdown box in the top right corner of the page. Users can choose a country by clicking the map or by selecting the name of the country from the drop down box above.

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*New*--AP Teacher Communities

*New*--AP Teacher Communities | Geography Education | Scoop.it

Today was the launch for the new AP Human Geogaphy Teacher Community site administered by College Board.  This new community allows for more effective discussion management and resource posting than the listerv did.  You can access the community by going to http://apcommunity.collegeboard.org/
and logging in with your same user id and password that you use for accessing AP scores and such. If you, or someone you know, is not an audit-approved teacher then they are still welcome to join the community (and I quote, "all educators are welcome"). They will simply go to the same site, click on Human Geography in the drop-down box, and request to join. All membership requests will be processed as quickly as possible.  I will most certainly still post the majority of my links here and at http://geographyeducation.org but hope to participate will many of you on this new site as well. 

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Historical Earthquake Data

Historical Earthquake Data | Geography Education | Scoop.it
This map of all the world's recorded earthquakes between 1898 and 2003 is stunning. As you might expect, it also creates a brilliant outline of the plates of the Earth's crust—especially the infamous "Ring of Fire" around the Pacific Plate.

 

The plate boundaries are amazingly vivid in this geovisualization of the all the earthquakes over  a 105 year span.  How did scientist orginally come up with the theory of plate tectonics?  How did spatial thinking and mapping play a role in that scientific endeavor?

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As Brooklyn Gentrifies, Some Neighborhoods Are Being Left Behind

As Brooklyn Gentrifies, Some Neighborhoods Are Being Left Behind | Geography Education | Scoop.it
In a borough that has become a globally recognized icon of cool, residents are watching the renaissance with resentment and indifference.

 

Gentrification is inherently selective and consequently the impact is highly variable even among close neighborhoods.  What makes one nieghborhood a candidate for gentrification?  What qualities do neighborhoods of disinvestment share?  Who are the 'winners and losers' in this process? 

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Globalization in a Nutshell

Globalization in a Nutshell | Geography Education | Scoop.it

Yeah, it's a commercial, but it's really cool. 

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Alisha Meyer's curator insight, March 24, 9:10 AM
I like this nutshell commercial.  It explains globalization so well.
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Pere Lachaise: Cemetery's virtual tour

Pere Lachaise: Cemetery's virtual tour | Geography Education | Scoop.it

Looking for Jim Morrison's grave?  There are countless famous people buried in Paris' most famous cemetery.  This virtual tour is as close as most of us will get to exploring it this school year.

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This is Our Planet

The best thing about the space program is all the satellite imagery we receive to better understand our home planet. 

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Hayley Allen's comment, September 2, 2012 7:30 PM
This video was amazing because it showed the earth in a way that many people have rarely seen it. I have never seen the earth in this way and I think it is wonderful that our technology today allows us to see the world from this perspective. I hope we get to watch more videos similar to this one, during class this year.
Jennifer Keyorian's comment, September 2, 2012 9:26 PM
This video is really entertaining . You can see a lot of the lights from the cities and the mountains . The cameras they put on the satellites are amazing . Its cool to see what the world looks like from outer space with the amazing technology humans have created .
Haley Wayland's comment, September 3, 2012 12:32 AM
This video is so interesting. It really shows how advanced technology has become to be able to take a video of Earth from space. It is amazing how far we have come and how much we are capable of doing in our lifetime and beyond. It would be interesting to see how advanced technology will become over the next decades.
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Abandoned Walmart Transformed Into A Functioning Library

Abandoned Walmart Transformed Into A Functioning Library | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle's design of the McAllen Pubilc Library in Texas is a case study of creative reuse.

 

So many libraries have suffered extensive cuts and local governments have had less funds in their budgets allocated to libraries.  Yet libraries perform crucial functions of community building and empowering the local citizenry; functions that many are loathe to part with.  Box stores are a key feature in American architecture, and while somewhat sterile, in provides great functionality for a library.  How would this impact the local community?  If the Walmart left town, what type of issues might the area already be facing?

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Brandon Murphy's comment, July 9, 2012 6:47 PM
Libraries are quintessential to local towns and provides many opportunities for all citizens to learn an acquire knowledge. Compare that to the benefits of a Walmart. Libraries definitely win that battle. Sure, it is very convenient to have a store that carries any/everything under the sun in town, but it lacks importance.
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Blackfriars station, the world's largest solar bridge

Blackfriars station, the world's largest solar bridge | Geography Education | Scoop.it
The new Blackfriars station, which is being built on a bridge spanning the River Thames, is on its way to becoming the world's largest solar bridge after Solarcentury begun the installation of over 4,400 solar photovoltaic panels...

 

"The solar panels will generate an estimated 900,000kWh of electricity every year, providing 50% of the station’s energy and reducing CO2 emissions by an estimated 511 tonnes per year. In addition to solar panels, other energy saving measures at the new station will include rain harvesting systems and sun pipes for natural lighting."

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Roland Trudeau Jr.'s comment, July 6, 2012 8:21 PM
Its definitely a step in the right direction to conserve our natural resources. Our future won't be easy without renewable energy, and all of our natural resources expended.
Brandon Murphy's comment, July 9, 2012 6:43 PM
Finding new sources of renewable/sustainable energy would definitely be a lot easier if more countries were willing to work together.
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Fascinating Places

Fascinating Places | Geography Education | Scoop.it

'Fascinating Places' is a Facebook page that uploads a beautiful picture from somewhere around the world everyday.  It's great!  This particular image is from Naunton, U.K. in the fabled Cotswolds which are fantastically quaint, dripping with 18th century pastoral charm.   

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