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Tornado Satellite Imagery: Before and After

Tornado Satellite Imagery: Before and After | Geography Education |
Compare before and after satellite images of tornado damage in Alabama.


This is an older image from the Tuscaloosa tornado (April 2011) but still a powerful representation of natural disasters and their impact of both the environment as well as urban systems.   Using current geospatial technologies in the classroom helps to solidify the idea that geography is much more than "just capitals and landforms" in a student's mind. 

Amanda Morgan's curator insight, September 18, 2014 1:06 PM

This certainly adds to the concept that geography is much more than capitals and landforms. Geography of a certain area can change someone's entire life, as seen for people who live in the tornado region. Natural disasters have a huge impact on the lives of many as we can see through the recent disasters the US has faced.  Geography not only helps to define these regions but how to detect the disasters and how to recover and collect data from them.

Tanya Townsend's curator insight, September 11, 2015 9:23 PM

This interactive map gives you really clear insight into the damage a tornado can do. I found it amazing how clearly you could trace exactly where the tornado touched down and traveled. I had always imagined that their winds alone would just wipe out the whole town. While I am sure other structures in the area had impacted damage to, I was amazed at the difference in damage, between where it had traveled and the surrounding areas. There is a clear line of absolute complete destruction and just some damage. It looks like the tornado literally ripped up the ground wherever it touched...very neat. 

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Mountains and Rivers of the World

Mountains and Rivers of the World | Geography Education |

This infographic is stunning in its artistry and presentation of how mountains and rivers "stack up" next to each other (Good to point out that the rivers were "straightened" for comparative purposes).  The image comes from the General Atlas of the World, which was published in 1854.  It contained upwards of seventy maps, reproduced from the steel engravings of noteworthy cartographers Sidney Hall and William Hughes.  For the legend and more about this map see:

geographygirl's comment, November 3, 2011 4:07 PM
It looks like this was produced just prior to Mt. Everest being formally surveyed.
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StateMaster - US Statistics, State Comparisons

StateMaster - US Statistics, State Comparisons | Geography Education |
State comparisons using graphs, maps. Huge database of US statistics. Reference site contains states statistics, maps, flags, graphs and pie charts.


Here is some great comparative data at the state level for the United States.  There are numerous thematic categories from which to choose. 


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Nat'l Geographic: EarthPulse- Vital Stats

Nat'l Geographic: EarthPulse- Vital Stats | Geography Education |
Map and compare global trends. Explore related essays, photo galleries, and information graphics.


This is a simple way to have a map analysis exercise without any GIS software or skills needed on this interface.

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The truth and it's opposite: Japanese Addresses

How Japanese addresses work, and other opposites, by Derek Sivers -


What is true is often dependent on your perspective, the context and is situated within a particular paradigm.  This is a mind-blowing video because it exposed our framework (which might go unquestioned as universal) to be but one of many ways in which to organize the world and the information within it.  


Those of you who are stymied by a school's filter and feel you can't use YouTube in the classroom, try YouTube Downloader

Alex Smiga's curator insight, October 4, 2015 11:30 AM

Nice little eye opener for when you think you know anything for certain

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Global and National Population Pyramids

Global and National Population Pyramids | Geography Education |
Interactive Visualization of the Population Pyramids of the World from 1950 to 2050...

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Need population pyramids?  This is a site with good global and national population pyramids with good temporal data as well to show changes in the population (good for explaining the demographic transition model).  

MissPatel's curator insight, December 16, 2014 3:22 AM

If you struggle with population structure - this visualisation may be useful. 

Daniel Lindahl's curator insight, March 21, 2015 11:09 PM

This website allows the user to look into the past, and into the future of population all over the world. The population pyramids show the distribution between young and elder people. It is very interesting to see how the pyramid is able to show the predicted population pyramid of the future as well. 

Tori Denney's curator insight, May 27, 2015 6:39 PM

Access to health care, education, utilities, and sanitation - Population pyramids show population of different ages from each gender in a certain country. From population pyramids, you can conclude a country's development level. For example, if there is an equal population of all ages, this means that they have amazing health care, great education to educate women about birth control towards population, and good sanitation. From all of this information, you can tell how developed a country may be and perhaps also whether the country has many cities And urbanization. 

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ArcGIS online...

ArcGIS online... | Geography Education |

"There are 10 variables on this United States map that you can examine from the state to the block group level, ranging from median age to tapestry segmentation to median income, population change 2000 to 2010 and more." 


GIS projects are now all the more accessible to a wider range of students, classrooms and schools.  All that is needed is an internet connection, an idea and a question.  Thanks to our NCGE president for suggestion this idea for the site!

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NYTimes: Measuring the Recession’s Toll

NYTimes: Measuring the Recession’s Toll | Geography Education |
Which states had the largest change in poverty rates and median household incomes from 2007 to 2010.


Excellent interactive set of maps that you can use to teach economic geography, but with a nice easy way to make the lesson locally relevant.

Anhony DeSimone's curator insight, December 19, 2013 9:49 AM

This article measures the recession toll's through out the country. It shows both the unemployment rate from 2007 to 2010 and how families yearly incomes from 2007 to 2010. It is comparing how much money used to be able to be made to now the shortage of both jobs and money

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Systems of Government by Country

Systems of Government by Country | Geography Education |
This map shows Systems of Government in the World.


This is an excellent tool for comparing political institutions around the world and analyzing regional difference between political systems at a global scale. 

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OECD – Your Better Life Index

OECD – Your Better Life Index | Geography Education |
Your Better Life Index by the OECD shows how countries perform according to the importance you give to the 11 topics – like education, housing, environment, and so on – that contribute to well-being.


This is an excellent data visualization tool.  It compiles data from different countries (jobs, housing, medical, worker safety, etc.) and based on how YOU rank the factors, it compares the standard of living in these selected countries.  An excellent resource for a unit on development (plus, doing this shows students how cultural values and choices are a part of measurements such as the Human Development Index).  The raw data for this is found here.

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What your state is the worst at – United States of shame

What your state is the worst at – United States of shame | Geography Education |

And the United States of Awesome, what any state is best at.  This could lead to some humorous, but also engaging discussion--hopefully without the negative stereotypes.  Thanks Danbury HS! 

Cam E's curator insight, January 29, 2014 1:46 PM

Many interesting things on this map! I'm not surprised to see that Rhode Island comes in number one in drug use, growing up I always was aware of how easy it was to get through friends of friends, and it is a big part of even the High School culture. I thought it was the same everywhere until I began to venture out. Massachusetts having the worst drivers adds cruel truth to the idea of "Massholes," but I was born there myself and I do love the place, as horrible as it is to drive in there. I've personally found Boston easier to drive in than Providence, but that might be just because I'm one of them and don't know it!

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'Where Children Sleep'

'Where Children Sleep' | Geography Education |
James Mollison wanted to portray children's diverse worlds. What better way to do so than to photograph their bedrooms?


Pictures with the children and the space they inhabit, creates a more personal touch to geographic context for students.  It builds what I call "geographic empathy," which builds on commonalities, instead of just reinforcing stereotypes.   

Ellen Van Daele's curator insight, March 22, 2015 4:06 PM

This article is very interesting as it shows so much cultural difference by just taking pictures of a child's bedroom. The pictures portray the family's wealth, religion, technological advancements, and parenting style. 


When you look at the difference between some of the pictures it is horrible. Some of the children have an abundance of toys, while others don't even have their own room or have to sleep on the ground. It is also interesting to see how some pictures portray the person's lifestyle. Some have a very minimalist room with little luxuries, which can be for religious reasons or personal style. 

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New Trailer for "Two Million Minutes"

"This trailer shows the first 3 minutes of the actual film Two Million Minutes." Recommended by an APHG teacher. 

This film shows the lives of high school students in India, China and the US and how globalization is impacting them and education. 

Haley 's comment, August 29, 2011 8:18 AM
Please let me know if you would like resources for this film. I have a few.
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Worldmapper: The world as you've never seen it before

Worldmapper: The world as you've never seen it before | Geography Education |

"Worldmapper is a collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest."

Among the many compelling cartograms on this site is this one showing the prevalance of HIV.

Lou Salza's comment, September 26, 2012 4:04 PM
Love the visual impact of this map especially for kids with learning differences!
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MapMaker Interactive - National Geographic Education

MapMaker Interactive - National Geographic Education | Geography Education |
Use our tools to explore the world, learn about human and physical patterns, and make your own maps.


This is an excellent online resource to allow student to create thematic maps without GIS software.  

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NationMaster - World Statistics, Country Comparisons

NationMaster - World Statistics, Country Comparisons | Geography Education |
Country comparisons using graphs, maps. Huge database of world statistics. Reference site contains country statistics, maps, flags, graphs and pie charts.


This is excellent for national side-by-side comparisons with a whole host of thematic datasets to choose from.  This easy portal can demystify the idea of producing a data-driven paper or project. 

Brandon Murphy's comment, July 9, 2012 7:00 PM
I find this tool to be very useful and interesting as well. However, I am not surprised as to how low the United States ranks on most statistics, especially Education. The United States has the potential and the resources to be in the top 3 in terms of education, but due to policy differences within the states an as a country at large we fall short of that. We know what needs to be done, but the right methods/policy are considered too "socialist" therefore they can't be done. It obviously works, just take a look at where Finland ranks in terms of Education.
Don Brown Jr's comment, July 9, 2012 10:10 PM
I agree that this website is very interesting and it will surely not be the last time a visit it. I am also not surprised either on our educational ranking, but at least America is ranked 1st when it comes to incarcerating our own citizens. Makes you wonder how great the negative correlation between education and crime really is?
Ms. Harrington's comment, July 10, 2012 10:05 PM
This is a dense resource, I will have to come back time and time again to continue to compare nations and view all available statistics. I particularly liked the breakdown of American government demographics, such as being 80th in number of women in government.
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US States Renamed For Countries With Similar GDPs

US States Renamed For Countries With Similar GDPs | Geography Education |

This is an interesting way to visually compare the economic geography of international places with domestic locales.  The data is slightly outdated (2007) but still recent enough to be useable. 

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Map of The World - Shaded Relief

Map of The World - Shaded Relief | Geography Education |

Interactive shaded relief map of the world.  Very cool and an excellent reference map with it's key functionality being that it works on a variety of scales on separate regions. 

Via Richard Swandel
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If the world’s population lived in one city…

If the world’s population lived in one city… | Geography Education |

This is an very intriguing map that shows different urban layouts and applies the concept of population density at the city scale and compares it to the global population.  What is everyone lived in the city of New York (at New York's population density)?  How big would that city be? 

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Woman Stats Project

Woman Stats Project | Geography Education |

"The WomanStats Project is the most comprehensive compilation of information on the status of women in the world. The Project facilitates understanding the linkage between the situation of women and the security of nation-states. We comb the extant literature and conduct expert interviews to find qualitative and quantitative information on over 310 indicators of women's status in 174 countries. Our Database expands daily, and access to it is free of charge."


With assistance from the Geography Dept. at Brigham Young University, the WomanStats Project provides important data and maps regarding issues of gender, access and equity with a spatial perspective.  

Brandon Murphy's comment, July 9, 2012 6:53 PM
I think this just reinforces the factual information that we already know of about how different cultures across the world treat women in all regards/aspects of life.
Don Brown Jr's comment, July 9, 2012 9:51 PM
This information provided from this map reveals much more to the observer than the security of women. From looking at the location of the wealthiest counties in the world, I can make a connection between women’s rights and economic strength, education, birth rates as well as life expectancy in different regions of the globe.
Erin McLeod's curator insight, August 6, 2015 10:56 PM

interesting human geography standpoint

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WSJ Census Map Maker

WSJ Census Map Maker | Geography Education |
Draw your own district...


An easy way to have students work on a neighborhood projects and still get them to have a cartographic component to the project.  A Facebook or Twitter account is needed to login (but that isn't to difficult to manage in most classroom settings). 

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Interactive Migrations Map: Where are migrants coming from? Where have migrants left?


This is a great resource for a population unit or in a regional class. 

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2008 Election maps

2008 Election maps | Geography Education |

Excellent electoral geography maps from the U.S. presidential election of 2008.  What are the major patterns you see?  What do these patterns in say about the politics, culture and demographics about these places?

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The Shifting Geography of Black America

The Shifting Geography of Black America | Geography Education |

"While many northern cities did see anemic growth or even losses in black population, and many southern cities saw their black population surge, the real story actually extends well beyond the notion of a monolithic return to the South."


Demographics, culture, scale, region are some of the applications available. 

David Lizotte's curator insight, January 24, 2015 4:33 PM

This was a pretty cool article. I liked how it started with this specific census being the least broadcasted/talked about compared to any other census. The first thing that came to my mind once reading this is racism... In either case, it was a good read.

Throughout the article I kept thinking about natural reasons why people move. For example, its too hot, the winter is a burden, but also natural disasters, like Katrina. I know there was a large population of Katrina refugees whom fled to Texas, specifically Houston, right after the Hurricane struck. This of course would explain the sudden increase in the black population of Houston but also why the population has not increased or rather gone down over the past 5-10 years.

Im sure natural disasters as well as the basic weather motivate individuals to move but the socioeconomic reasoning cannot be ignored. For example the article mentioned lower cost(s) of living in certain cities migrated to by African Americans. A cheaper cost of living is attractive to any one person whom is strapped for cash. Social reasoning can be determined through racial issues in certain cities, education, family or rather long distance family/friend relations. 

This article was written in 2011. It would be interesting to view the most recent census in regards to this topic. As well as brainstorm the statistics and why they are... the way they are. 

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Which country has the smallest gender gap?

Which country has the smallest gender gap? | Geography Education |
How narrow is the gender gap in the United States compared to some other countries? 


This article is good for analyzing global cultural, economic and political patterns, especially within a gender unit.

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