Global news with a spatial perspective: Interesting, current supplemental materials for geography teachers and students.
Curated by Seth Dixon
|Suggested by Edna Michelini Geo|
The Brazilian government's geographic department (Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística-roughly equivalent to the U.S. Census Bureau) has compiled an fantastic interactive world factbook (available in English and Spanish as well as Portuguese). The ease of navigation allows the user to conduct a specific search of simply explore demographic, economic, environmental and development data on any country in the world.
List of the countries with the most migrants in the world as measured by net migration rate.
Which countries have the most migrants per capita living there? What spatial or development patterns do you see on this list?
|Suggested by Tara Cohen|
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.
From technology to equality, five ways the world is getting better all the time...
This article by former President of the United States Bill Clinton, outlines numerous ways that globalization can improve the world, especially in developing regions. He uses examples from around the world and includes numerous geographic themes.
Earlier I have posted the classic image of "Earth Lights at Night," and discussed the classroom uses of the image. This cartogram helps take that analysis one step further. This cartogram helps students to visualize the magnitude of population (with the cartogram adjusting area for population) and then to see the patterns of energy use, global consumption and urbanization with in a new light.
Flightradar24 is the best live flight tracker that shows air traffic in real time. Best coverage and cool features!
Ever wanted to find out where that plane overhead came from? Where is it going? Here it is. The flight that was over Rhode Island 5 minutes ago that left the JFK airport? It's officially on it way to Geneva Switerland and now over the Atlantic.
NASA's Visible Earth catalog of NASA images and animations of our home planet...
This classic image is full of classroom applications. The first impulse of most students is to note that this image will show us where people live, where the cities are or some other comment that speaks to the magnitude of the population in the white areas. Let them analyze this for more time, and they'll notice that population isn't the whole story of this image. A place like India shines, but less brightly than the eastern part of the United States. I like to point out that South Korea appears to be an island (because North Korea is literally blacked out). Politics, development, affluence and population information are all embedded in this image. As with all maps, the more information you have about the place in question (in this case, Earth), the more meaningful information you can extract out of the map.
Harvest is a time of plenty, when the season's hard work is rewarded by bounty. Many of the rhythms of our lives are shaped by the gathering of crops, even if most of us now live in cities.
This photo essay shows people from around the world harvesting their crops and taking them to the market. Pictured above, farmers who were waiting for customers gathered alongside corn-laden trucks at the market in Lahore, Pakistan earlier this month.
Questions to Ponder: What is similar in these images? What is different? How do those similarities and differences shape the geography of a given region?
"Technology bridges distance and borders. Individuals today can keep in touch with their friends and family in completely new ways — regardless of where they live."
People can be digitally connected with anyone around the world these days, without any limitations by distance or culture. Yet, by analyzing peoples social networks, it is clear that geographic factors are still a crucial factor in mediating our scoial interactions. The internet can, but doesn't fully conquer space.
|Suggested by Kristen McDaniel|
This is the truly global project that asks the children of the world to introduce us to the people of the world. We've seen videos and resources that ask the question, "if there were only 100 people in the world, what would it look like?" This takes that idea of making demographic statistics more meaningful one step further by asking student in schools for around the world to nominate some "representative people" and share their stories. The site houses videos, galleries from each continent and analyze themes that all societies must deal with. This site that looks at the people and places on out planet to promote greater appreciation of cultural diversity and understanding is a great find.
Ever since my first visit to to Disneyland, I was intrigued by the the ride 'It's a Small World After All." As a youngster, it was an opportunity to get in cool boat ride that I always regretted half way into the ride once the song was firmly chiseled into my mind. This blog post explores the curious and fascinating geographical imaginations, the visions of folk cultures and global harmony behind this Disneyland ride. This fabulous map charts that vision.
|Suggested by Marc Crawford , Mankato East High School|
Real time statistics for current population of any country. Real time data on population, births, deaths, net migration and population growth.
This site shows various demographic statistics for every country including some based on projections in demographic trends in the given country. If the current trends hold (which they won't, but that is still an interesting measure), the entire Japanese population will disappear in 1,000 years according to this Global Post article.
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.
|Suggested by W. Robert de Jongh|
Amazing animated infographic look at various world statistics in Oceania vs. Europe vs. America vs. Africa vs. Asia, from population to homicides to number of billionaires – a fine example of how to...
The video doesn't have captions to denote which continent is which, otherwise this is an excellent data visualization of global and regional differences, using the theme of the Olympics as it's symbolic motif.
"Activities that help young minds go global."
This website is especially good for elementary school teachers that are looking for ways to globalize their students educational experiences. They have activities and resources that are regionally organized--check it out!
"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.
'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.
This is the site for the United Nations at a Glance. Here you will find information and links on history, members, visitis, employement and other details.
While some critize the ineffectiveness of the organization, the United Nations remains a key organization to get understanding modern geopolitics. Through their UN voting patterns, we can assess the geopolitical motivations, interests and alliances of member states. Also, initiatives (whether successful or not) and highlight the important issues of the day that globally aware students should understand.
Yesterday was Earth Day, a time set aside to increase awareness of the natural environment and the impact of our collective actions...
This is a gorgeous set of 39 images that are all view the Earth and captures images for above. These aerial photography and remote sensing images focus of a wide range of topics such as the cultural landscape, the environment, earth science, cultural ecology and urban systems. The photo above is of Mont-Saint-Michel, a tourist attraction and UNESCO world heritage site in northwestern France that is the world's premier example of the tombolo landform.
This gorgeous gallery shows some of the most beautiful and distinct walkways around the world. Take some time to just walk, and appreciate the world we live in. Pictured above is the "stunning flower walkway [that] is the known as the Wisteria Tunnel, situated in the Kawachi Fuji Garden (City of Kitakyushu). It is an 80-meter (260 ft) long tunnel of white Fuji flowers, while a tunnel of yellow Kingusari needs a few more years to become an actual tunnel."
A ground-breaking milestone in the study of peace. For the first time, an Index has been created that ranks the nations of the world by their peacefulness and identifies some of the drivers of that peace.
The last post showed that national rankings of the states that were the most (and least) peaceful. This is the international version. 1) Iceland 2) New Zealand and 3) Japan lead the list while 151) Sudan 152) Iraq and 153) Somalia are at the bottom. Where is the United States on the list? Not in a position worth bragging about.