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Global news with a spatial perspective: Interesting, current supplemental materials for geography students and teachers. http://geographyeducation.org
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USA Map Made from Matches

USA Map Made from Matches | Geography Education | Scoop.it
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This is is just one perspective on a fantastic cartographic art installation by Claire Fountaine.  Watch this flaming video of her lighting her "match map" of France


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SchoolandUniversity's comment, February 14, 2013 3:10 AM
wow beautiful , nice video and looking so amazing !
http://www.schoolanduniversity.com
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When it comes to geography, are we lost in the world?

When it comes to geography, are we lost in the world? | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Geography contributes to a sense of identity on a personal level and collectively as a nation. So what does it mean when we don’t know where Africa or Europe is on a map?
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This article by the chair of the Canadian Council for Geographic Education shows how the decline in student's geographic knowledge is linked to it's erosion within the curriculum.  In an era of globalization, geographic knowledge and spatial thinking becomes all the more essential. 


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The Best Posts for 2012

The Best Posts for 2012 | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Global news with a spatial perspective: resources for educators and the inherently inquisitive. http://geographyeducation.org
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This list is a combination of two types of posts.  Some represent the best posts of Geography Education during 2012 as voted by you the viewers (measured by page views) and I've added a few that I feel where my 'favorite finds' of the year.  For more favorites, you can see the best of 2011.

      

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What can you learn by looking at these sites?

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Geographers Making a Difference

"Geography is a broad and diverse field, but one thing geographers have in common is using a geographic perspective to have an impact on the world. In this video, a few talk about the many ways that geography helps them to make a difference." 


This video is a great demonstration of the diverse and practical applications of geography.  This is a great answer to the oft-asked question, "but what does a geographer DO?"


Tags: geography, video, geo-inspiration, AAG, Unit 1 GeoPrinciples.

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How can you make a difference with Geography? What does it mean to you?

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World Necklace

World Necklace | Geography Education | Scoop.it

I'm sure someone out there would absolutely love this. 


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82 iconic world landmarks to visit

82 iconic world landmarks to visit | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Some buildings and features are so well known they have become icons of place.


This is a great collection of important world landmarks including the pictured Potala Palace in the Tibetan city of Lhasa.  Who wouldn't like to see some of these places?   

 

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Sophia Schroeder's comment, September 1, 2013 5:02 PM
All of these landmarks are beautiful. It's very interesting to see how much culture, especially religion, has shaped these "must see places." Also, I felt like I was traveling through time and got to examine the feats of new architectural eras, though some would debate that architectural works from the past are more outstanding strictly by the means in which they built these masterpieces. It needs to be said (to add to the wonderment of these places) that most of these monuments are built in places where the overall economic status is low; to see things like temples and churches of such great magnitude and beauty built with such craftsmanship, dedication, and money (even though it is scarce) shows how much they rely on their faith. I was also disappointed to see that the two monuments displayed for America, the Lincoln Memorial and the St. Louis Arch, were, in my opinion, not the best picks. Compared to the other landmarks ours feel so mundane, so void of history and culture (maybe, that's because I have grown up seeing them all my life and their meaning and awe has deteriorated to me.) I guess this can be attributed, in part, to the fact that our country is newer and has not yet grown enough to have the rich history including the trials and tribulations in which other countries have had which makes their culture more fascinating and intriguing to me.
Mary Rack's comment, September 1, 2013 9:49 PM
Sophia, Thanks for your very fine comment! I agree with you entirely, and especially about the Lincoln Memorial and St Louis Arch. Better choices might be the Grand Canyon, the Giant Sequoia trees in California, the National Cathedral in DC, or even Mt Rushmore? And some of the ancient cliff dwellings in the Southwest are amazing. Too bad they did not consult us.
Mary Rack's comment, September 1, 2013 9:51 PM
PS ... or the Hoover Dam?
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Geographic Ignorance

Chelsie Hightower is confused on DWTS. Helio Castroneves does his best to educate her. Does he succeed? LET'S FIND OUT.


This is painful, but highlights once again why everyone should learn some basic geography.  


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Kalin B.'s comment, November 5, 2012 8:31 AM
It's somewhat depressing to see when people don't grasp the very world they inhabit.
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President Obama on Geography Education

President Obama participated in this year's National Geographic Bee to to "celebrate the important role that geography plays in all our lives."  During that event he made a statement that I think geographers should use more.  Go to 0:45-1:10 in the video clip to hear this message or see the transcript below. 


"The study of geography is about more than just memorizing places on a map. It's about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. And in the end, it's about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together."   


-President Barack Obama


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GIS student's comment, September 9, 2012 7:24 PM
This is a great step for America. Nothing better than the President of the United States pushing for Geography and Geography Education. President Obama tells us what geography really is about, "It's about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents." This is something that every student should know because without appreciating diversity and culture, how can one truly be American, a land where diversity is its heritage.
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Experiencing World Regional Geography

Experiencing World Regional Geography | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Two hundred countries and 20 times around the planet - a man's amazing journey in his Mercedes.

 

This 5 minute video is a glimpse into the life and travels of Gunther Holtorf, on a 23-year, 500,000 mile journey.  This man has experienced, lived and seen so many of the places, cultures and environments that we try to make come to life for our students as we study the wonderful world we live in.   

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Why We Travel...

Why We Travel... | Geography Education | Scoop.it

So go 'read' some more (Extra credit for identifying the location)!

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Morgan Halsey's comment, September 8, 2012 7:13 AM
I really like this quote and it got me thinking. One who does not experience what other places are like can only base life off of what they know. They don't know how blue the water of the Bahamas is or how it feels to stare up at the Eiffel Tower. They haven't been able to see the different cultures of the world and how they act. They only know what they know because of what they've seen in pictures or heard from other people. This does not give them the knowledge that they need about other places.
Kendall Dickson's comment, September 11, 2012 6:21 PM
St. Augustine hit this saying out of the ball park. Sometimes when I try taking picutres of the sky or of a scene, I will delete the picture because it just isnt the same as in realy life. I really think that traveling gives people a reality shock when seeing new phenomena.
Lydia Blevins's comment, September 12, 2012 7:14 PM
What i think this quote means is that you may think you know a lot about the world but until you go and travel to different places you will not fully understand the world. I also think it means that there is so many different things to experience on earth.
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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 5:18 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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Geography for a Flat World

Geography for a Flat World | Geography Education | Scoop.it
News, Articles and Community for district-level decision makers in K-12 education. Magazine published monthly, with daily news and blogs and online content. Archives available.

 

I thought I posted this a month ago (at the AP readings when Lili Monk gave me a copy!) but couldn't find the link.  Geography education isn't just essential for the social sciences; it's cross-curricular benefits are well-documented.  I know this is preaching to the choir, but I hope this gives you 'added ammunition' in defending geography with administrators.   

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Replace Fear of the Unknown with Curiosity

Replace Fear of the Unknown with Curiosity | Geography Education | Scoop.it

This embodies what geography education is all about...

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Third Rock Fire Pit

Third Rock Fire Pit | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Rick Wittrig designs each Fire Pit from one quarter inch (6.35 mm) thick carbon steel. They have an iron oxide finish/patina on the outside. The interior is coated with a high temperature resistant paint and has an 1-1/2" rain drain in the bottom.
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This would be just about the coolest thing ever.

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Emiel Mulder's curator insight, February 12, 2013 12:15 AM

Hoe gaaf! Wil ik hebben!

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Restoring Geography in America

Restoring Geography in America | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Focus (WILL) - listen online, on demand topics and episodes, location, contact, schedule and broadcast information
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This is the audio archive of a 2007 radio interview with Jerome Dobson, Geography Professor at the University of Kansas and President of the American Geographical Society.  In this interview he discusses many topics including the importance of geographic education, how to define geography and showing the relevance of the disciple in solving real-world problems.  He gives historical context as to why geography became minimized within the United States.   


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Tony King's comment, January 10, 2013 8:31 AM
This is a uniquely American phenomenon, and a very unfortunate one. The study of geography makes you much more aware of the planet and how human interactions are gradually destroying it.
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Why Geography Matters . . . But Is So Little Learned

Why Geography Matters . . . But Is So Little Learned | Geography Education | Scoop.it

I will once again preach to the choir, but with the hope that this will arm you with resources to use in discussions with administrators and colleagues.  This article by Walter McDougall (2003 by Orbis) is worth reviewing and is a good reading assignment to start the school year.  The link is to a PDF version of the article. 

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Ed Fairburn's Deutschland

Ed Fairburn's Deutschland | Geography Education | Scoop.it

I have a weak spot for art that uses cartography as both the medium and canvas. This links you to the artist's site, but you may also wish to see this article with a nice gallery of his cartographically inspired art.


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Old-School Library

Old-School Library | Geography Education | Scoop.it

This would be the perfect place to study.  Next time I'm at L'Istituto delle Scienze, Palazzo Poggi, Bologna, I will definitely find this spot.  

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Geo-Literacy

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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. 

 

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Getting to know the world around us

Getting to know the world around us | Geography Education | Scoop.it
I was finishing up my recent vacation to Finland, with one day in Helsinki visiting friends, when a novel thought for many Americans occurred to me: Look at a map.


This article explains the importance of geography education, and how a lack of geographic understanding limits students and professionals.  While this is nothing new to this particular audience; however it is another tool to use to convince administrators and politicians that geography education needs to be stregthened in this era of increased global connectivity.


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Religion and Tolerance

Religion and Tolerance | Geography Education | Scoop.it

Just be nice to everyone. 

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Geography is Key

This video is a class introduction to the Advanced Placement course in Human Geography, which is intended to give high-ability students the opportunity to ea...

 

This is an excellent promotional video for geography as a whole, but the AP Human Geography course specifically.  For more from this great Florida teacher, visit his course website which has some incredible resources. 

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Kenzie Hohman's comment, September 11, 2012 6:13 PM
I liked how in this video it gave the viewer a preview of what you will learn in AP Human Geography. When I signed up for this class i thought I was going to have to memorize every country, its location and capital. This video let me really know what I was going to learn over this year.
John_Clark's comment, September 11, 2012 8:08 PM
This got me really excited to take this class. The music stirred somthing in me. I've always really enjoyed taking geography classes. And this, this was beautiful
Palyce Jeveron's comment, August 21, 2013 12:23 PM
Ive always been curious and eager to learn about various places in the world. In fact, one of my goals in life is to travel around the world to see what it has to offer and expierience new and different things from which im accustomed to. Watching this made me excited for class to begin, :)
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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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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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How Can Geography Education be Profitable?

A short film on geo-literacy, knowing geography, and how it can make one a more profitable employee.

 

Instead of focusing on global and citizenship benefits,  this clip shows the marketable skills that geographic education gives students.  To read the transcript, and for added context, see: http://www.geographictravels.com/2012/05/geo-literacy-videos-by-national.html?goback=.gde_53689_member_115360670

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