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Gender: The Shocking Truth

Gender: The Shocking Truth | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"In the poorest regions of the world, girls are among the most disadvantaged people on the planet.

 

---One billion people live in extreme poverty—70% are women and girls.67 million children worldwide don’t go to school, over half are girls.

---One extra year of primary school can mean 10-20% higher wages for a girl.

---When a girl in the developing world stays in school for seven or more years, she’ll marry later and have fewer, healthier children."

 

This site links to the "Because I Am a Girl" initiative which is designed to break the cycle of poverty and strengthen communities.  http://www.planusa.org/becauseiamagirl/ ;

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The lost tribe

The lost tribe | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Isolation or inclusion - can India protect an ancient Andaman tribe on the verge of extinction?

 

"An ancient indigenous tribe is on the verge of extinction in India's Andaman Islands. Habitat loss, disease and exploitation could wipe out the 400-strong Jarawa tribe, who still hunt using bows and arrows.

 

Lapses in policing and continued activity by tour operators, who encourage 'human safaris' where Jarawa women and children have in the past performed for tourists, are partly to blame for jeopardising the tribe's existence.  Many activists want to close the main road into the tribal reserve to protect the tribe from further interaction with the outside world, but it is a lifeline providing food and work for the island's 600,000 inhabitants.

 

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Camels for Cash: India's Fleeting Camel Trade

Camels for Cash: India's Fleeting Camel Trade | Geography Education | Scoop.it
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What geographic factors (economic, cultural and environment) traits contribute to the that lead a long-standing and vibrant camel trade in India? Pushkar is home to the world's largest camel fair, but is undergoing serious changes.  Not surprisingly, less open spaces and modernization are changing the traditional patterns of animal husbandry and the industry is drying up.

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GIS student's comment, September 18, 2012 9:58 AM
Obviously more modern areas of India have sought out technology other than camels to perform daily tasks. However, for the ares of India that have yet to completely ditch the old ways and shift to a new modernized culture, this is an incredibly important trade. The camel is a very useful tool in everyday life and can handle labor much better than humans can. So in a way the industry of camel trading is drying up due to the modernization of cultures. But there are still cultures that follow the same practices prior to a modernized lifestyle.
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Olympics: people in numbers

Olympics: people in numbers | Geography Education | Scoop.it
BBC News takes a look at who makes up the cast of thousands behind the sporting event of the year.

 

The Olympics are a massive undertaking with both local and international impacts. 

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Texas A&M Embarks For the SEC, Immediately Gets Lost

Texas A&M Embarks For the SEC, Immediately Gets Lost | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Texas A&M University is about to go on a journey, a journey that will take them far from home. They're about to enter the Deep South, unfamiliar territory for most Aggies. So in addition to...

 

Not the worst mistake here, because failing to include the two incoming states might have deliberate.  However, including North Carolina (without any SEC teams and firmly in the heart of ACC country) is a bit of a geographical gaffe. 

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World Atlas with Geography Facts, Maps, Flags

World Atlas with Geography Facts, Maps, Flags | Geography Education | Scoop.it
World Atlas is an educational resource for world maps, atlases, and in-depth geography information. Teachers and students: free maps of Europe, USA, Canada, Florida, Caribbean Islands and much more.

 

This World Atlas, in addition to have many maps at a variety of scales as is very common these days, has the added feature of embedding facts and other informative features based on your scale and regional context.  Students can explore this at their own pace to learn about what every region of the world that interests them the most.

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Climate Change and Sustainability

Climate Change and Sustainability | Geography Education | Scoop.it

I'll let the comic (by Pulitzer cartoonist Joel Pett) speak for itself. 

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Mr. David Burton's comment, April 16, 2012 9:19 PM
That's funny!
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Too funny to keep to myself.
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How tiny Estonia stepped out of USSR's shadow to become an internet titan

How tiny Estonia stepped out of USSR's shadow to become an internet titan | Geography Education | Scoop.it
The European country where Skype was born made a conscious decision to embrace the web after shaking off Soviet shackles Eesti keel | Estonian language version...

 

Can you imagine walking over 100 miles without losing your internet connection?  Estonia has done it by making internet access a public service along the lines of water and electricity.  The impacts and effects or profound considering that 9 in 10 Estonians have a computerized ID card that they can use to vote, transfer money and access all the information the state has on them.  Although this may sound very dystopian and authoritarian to many, Estonians argue that it actually empowers citizens to keep the state in check.      

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Brian Nicoll's curator insight, December 11, 2012 11:03 PM

I actually like the idea of the computerized ID card.  Yes, undoubtedly from the outside looking in this does appear to have some big brother qualities but I think it's brilliant.  The card allows people to transfer money and vote.  It's also nice to see a country that doesn't just treat their internet use like a toy.  They use it to benefit their society, making it accessible to everyone in the country and not just those who can afford it. 

Al Picozzi's curator insight, October 13, 2013 10:43 AM

Just an amazing fact to see a county that was once under the controll of the USSR for so long as come so far.  Now a part of NATO and the EU Estonia has stepped out of the control of Russia to become a virbrant place to live.  Once independant and then under the contol of the USSR at the start of WW II it has once again become a nation itself.  Also notice a very different view in the article, the people there feel this electronic system lets them keep and eye on the government and not a big brother view many people in the US have over electronic ID systems.  Is it because they have always been use to being looked at by the government, ie the USSR over the last 50 years and because we are so use to freedoms that we have had for hundreds of years?

Cam E's curator insight, February 27, 2014 11:04 AM

I actually had no idea that Estonia birthed Skype. It was an amazing foresight that Estonia immediately jumped into the computer and internet age, and even more surprising that you can get Wi-fi across most of the country, no matter how remote. That's something that hasn't been accomplished in even the US. They had Internet in most schools by 1997 and can even vote online!

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In China, the Web and Politics Don't Mix

In China, the Web and Politics Don't Mix | Geography Education | Scoop.it
It’s the biggest political scandal to hit China in years, and it destroys any possibility of a smooth transition to the next generation of top leaders.

 

Seth Dixon-"On April, 10th, Bo Xilai was suspended from the Central Committee and the Politburo amid allegations of his wife being suspected of murder.  This juicy gossip leads to political and social media pitfalls for the Chinese government.  One of the great paradoxes in China is the juxtaposition of it's rush towards economic prosperity through technological modernity combined with the authoritarian impulse to control the media.  For three day, the government shut down SINA, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter because the gossip was too prevalent to monitor all of the discussions.  Chinese bloggers are finding ways around the overworked censors through coded messages, that won't trip the alarm bells."


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We Just Want To Live Here

We Just Want To Live Here | Geography Education | Scoop.it

This book is a compilation of letters exchanged between two 18-year-old girls who live in Jerusalem: one Israeli and the other Palestinian. Having met through a student exchange program, they openly discuss their frustrations with the political situation of 2002, and over time come to appreciate the others cultural and political viewpoints. This is a great cross-cultural interaction as the girls show their misconceptions of the other group, but through open dialogue come to an appreciation for other perspectives. This would be a good project to have student read the book and synthesize the cultural and political elements within them to reinforce the class content with a real-world example.

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Why are terrorists attacking tourists?

Why are terrorists attacking tourists? | Geography Education | Scoop.it
(eTN) - The headline news in eTN about the takeover of Timbuktu by Islamists compels tourism stakeholders to think sincerely why such events are happening at the map of tourism?

With the rebels, including Islamist factions preaching Sharia of ...

 

Tourism, with it's elements of geographical voyeurism, can be seen as a potent symbol of what many extremists are trying to eliminate.  Also, it gets international attention in a hurry. 

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Kim Vignale's comment, July 16, 2012 10:17 PM
Terrorists may be attacking tourists because they are trying to send a message to the general public. There is no other way they relay the message so they use violent acts to get attention. During 9/11, terrorists were willing to give up their lives in the name of power and religion. Other forms of terrorism is drug smuggling across the borders; not only is it illegal but many lives are endangered. Drug cartels would pay innocent people to smuggle drugs in and in some cases these people do not know what are in the packages.
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Ghosts Of Rwanda

This chilling documentary outlines the historical genocide of Tutsi people predominantly by Hutu's in Rwanda during 1994. So often, students who have always lived within a society with effective political institutions are unable to see how such atrocities could even happen. This video lays the groundwork for understanding the disintegration of political institution within Rwanda, reasons the international community underestimated the threat, why the UN in 1994 (after Somalia) was not prepared to use forceful action and why westerners fled. In this state of lawlessness, the cultural tensions and colonial legacy lead to horrific killings. This genocide has no one reason, but a complex set of geographic contexts. This would be a powerful video to show students. WARNING: considering the content, there are necessarily depictions of death.  To learn more about the documentary, see: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/ghosts/

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Matt Mallinson's comment, October 31, 2012 12:30 PM
In this situation I look at America and I can't help but ask "Why didn't you help?" These people were getting killed for no good reason, and we as a nation knew this and did nothing. I'm ashamed that we didn't aid them, my heart goes out for the Rwandan people.
Nick Flanagan's curator insight, December 12, 2012 8:08 PM

while watching this video i was reminded of the very good film Hotel Rwanda, starring Don Cheadle.  The only difference is while Hotel Rwanda is based on a ture story, this is a real life look at what was hapening in this area.  It was sad to see hwat was happening and all I could wonder was why no one decided to hel pthem. 

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California’s Economic Split Pits West vs. East

California’s Economic Split Pits West vs. East | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Along the coast, communities have largely bounced back from the recession, but inland areas are still struggling with high unemployment and a persistent housing crisis.

 

For those that have lived in California, northern California and southern California are oftentimes how people conceptually regionalize the state, and rightfully so based on cultural patterns.  Economically the more useful distinct might be coastal vs. interior.  "Many counties along the state’s western coastline have median household incomes well above some inland communities like Sacramento, Fresno and Riverside. The Bay Area counties of Marin, San Mateo and San Francisco have the state’s lowest jobless rates, while nearby inland counties like Merced and San Benito have among the highest.  San Bernardino and Riverside Counties, with their many vacant homes, and parts of the Central Valley near Sacramento have among the highest foreclosure rates."

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Empowering Women a 'triple win' for Sustainable Development

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To successfully create a sustainable society, you need development in three areas: social, economic and environmental sustainability.  Gender empowerment, many argue is the key to creating a society that not only is more just, but is more sustainable.  For more read: http://www.rtcc.org/living/eu-summit-empowering-women-a-triple-win-for-sustainable-development/

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GeoFRED: Geographic Federal Reserve Economic Data

GeoFRED: Geographic Federal Reserve Economic Data | Geography Education | Scoop.it
GeoFRED is an economic data mapping tool which displays color-coded data on the state, MSA, and county levels. For example, GeoFRED can display unemployment, labor force, and population for all U.S. counties.

 

This is a great "GIS-lite" website with customizable map layers, scale references for a diverse set of economic data. 

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UNPO: Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization

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The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) is not affiliated with the United Nations (UN). The UNPO seeks to represent nations (as opposed to states) that are not fully autonomous are without a vote in the UN. This group supports all ethnic groups in their pursuit for political self-determination, economic empowerment and environmental resource control.  This is an excellent source for case studies in devolution, ethnic conflicts, indigenous peoples and many issues from both cultural and political geography.

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U.S. Teen Birthrates

U.S. Teen Birthrates | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Teen births follow the same fault lines of religion, politics, and class that divide Americans. ...

 

What cultural, economic and political patterns can we see in this map?  What else might help us understand these spatial patterns?  The rates of highest teen births appear to be correlated with the 'Bible Belt.'  Why might this be? 

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European Space Agency Multimedia Gallery

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This website houses the past research, images and future missions of the European Space Agency. The greatest scientific knowledge we have gained through the space program is actually about our home planet. Space-age technologies literally give geographers a chance to step back and put the Earth in better perspective. Images from this site are fantastic resource use to teach the thematic content, but also it is a great resource to show the relevance of geospatial technologies.  I love this particular image of Venice.  For more see: www.esa.int  

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Earth Day 2012

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April 22 will mark Earth Day worldwide, an event now in its 42nd year and observed in 175 countries. The original grass-roots environmental action helped spur the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act in the United States.

 

This is a great collection of photos, including this one from Mexico City's Paseo de la Reforma (where I did my dissertation research).  Protestors placed gas masks of the statues lining Mexico City's elite boulevard to protest air pollution in the high-altitude basin. 

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Top 10 Beaches

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Top 10 Beaches from National Geographic...

 

I'd glady go to any of these gorgeous spots to appreciate the geographic marvels.  If you could only go to one travel destination (and had an unlimited budget), where would you choose to go?  How come?

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A review for the APHG test

This is fantastic compilation of resources to act as a culminating review before the big test.  For more resources from this great educator, see: https://pantherfile.uwm.edu/jnelsen/www/

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Molly Diallo's comment, April 16, 2012 11:30 AM
This is a wonderful resource! Do you happen to know where I could find a key?
Seth Dixon's comment, April 16, 2012 11:57 AM
This was specifically designed as a 'keyless' resource. How the teach who created it uses it: he has the students produce the key as the review activity, and if they don't know the answer, they look it up. Hope it can still be of use to you...the creator was jnelsen@uwm.edu
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NOAA Confirms Unprecedented Warmth in March

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The average temperature across the U.S.was 8.6 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th-century average...

 

Here is a link to some data that backs up what most Americans already knew: the month of March was much warmer that just "unseasonably warm."  IN the Northeast, it was 9.8 degrees (F) above the average, and the warmest March in 118 years.

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Penguins from Space: A New Satellite Census Doubles the Known Population of Emperors

Penguins from Space: A New Satellite Census Doubles the Known Population of Emperors | Geography Education | Scoop.it
High-resolution imaging has allowed scientists to produce the first full count of Antarctica's emperor penguins...

 

Before this, there was no way to to gather reliable penguin statistics.  Geospatial technologies are now providing us the tools to teach us more about the biogeography of penguins.  The applications of geospatial technologies are endless.   

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Jacob Crowell's curator insight, December 16, 2014 7:48 AM

In the beginning of the semester we talked about how geography is always changing. Our understanding of geography does as well. This new technology helps people have a clearer picture of the wildlife that exists on Antarctica. Because of its harsh environment the amount we know about this barren continent has been limited. As technology improves we will be able to gain more accurate information about Antarctica.

Hector Alonzo's curator insight, December 16, 2014 12:58 PM

Using this new technology, animal can be monitored and helped by the satellites. Having a way to accurately know the population of a species is incredible,  because now we can know which species are in danger of extinction and we can take steps to help them. Before the use of the satellite,  the population of Emperor penguins was found to be 595, 000 and the colonies of penguins was found to be 46 instead of the previous 38, so without this technology there have been penguins that may have needed help, but now they will get proper attention.

Kendra King's curator insight, April 13, 2015 9:27 PM

Technology never ceases to amaze me. As the article described, the use of satellite imagining recently showed that the “population count” of the emperor penguin is “found nearly twice as many...as did previous studies.” Prior to the use of satellite imaging, the method to obtain this type of data was done by people actually being around the area. As the new numbers showed this was inaccurate because so much of the artic can’t be reached by the human population. I think this brings up an interesting notion. We define our landscape based on what we see. Yet, what we see doesn’t always capture what is actually on earth. As such, I wonder if more penguin colonies have disappeared then the one the British intuition noticed. We won’t know, but at least now thanks to technology a better grasp of the situation can happen. Maybe with more concrete data about the effects of global warming on Antarctic more non-believers could be swayed. All in all, I think the technology is beneficial. The only down side about this technology is the possibility for misuse. If we can now figure out the penguin population down to which ones are adults, imagine just what else this technology can due in the name of “geographic research.”      

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Agriculture is Everywhere

Farmers Fight is a student-led initiative to reconnect American society to the world of agriculture. Beginning with university students, Farmers Fight encour...

 

This video makes several important points about agricultural production within our modernized world, things that often go unnoticed and taken for granted.  Food for thought. 

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Lauren Sellers's curator insight, February 27, 2014 11:58 AM

The video brings attention to the complex process that brings food, and sheets, into our lives. Agriculture is often overlooked and undesirable. The video gives a young face to agriculture.

 

Payton Sidney Dinwiddie 's curator insight, October 25, 2014 6:27 PM

I like this article because it shows that most of the things we do is related to agriculture there are so many things we take for granted  and things that people dont recongnize have to deal with agriculture its almost surprising after watching this I believe that people who do agriculture need more respect

Bella The Non-Vampire's curator insight, December 1, 2014 5:11 AM

Agriculture involves everyone. People today dont think about where their food comes from. They don't think about how their food is made. Which is all agriculture.  Now agriculture has faded where no one remembers it still exists. Agriculture is something we include in our daizly lives. The big process of food. 

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