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Ten Geographic Ideas that Changed the World

Ten Geographic Ideas that Changed the World | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Adapted from the book by Professor Susan Hanson...

 

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This is an excellent review/summary of an edited volume that shows the value of geographic thought and its importance in the modern world.  This review conveniently gives a one paragraph synopsis of each chapter.  It does not need to be read chronologically, so you can pick and choose what you find relevant to your course.  The top 10 are (in order of inclusion in the book): the Idea of the Map, the Weather Map, GIS, Human Adjustment, Water Budget Climatology, Human Transformation of the Earth, Spatial Organization and Interdependence, Central Place Theory, Megalopolis and Sense of Place.

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Summary: This article demonstrated how geographic concepts have been able to change daily life for humans everywhere. It talked about the log term effect of many life changing geographic concepts, such as how maps have influenced weather forecasts which have become an important part of daily life.

 

Insight:  This article showed me how important geographic processes can be on daily life.  It also demonstrates that nearly everyone in a developed country today relies on their ability to read geographic information even in something as simple as a weather map.

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GIS for home buyers

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Whoa, check out Trulia Local - A visual way to explore crime, schools, home prices, and local data.

 

The map above was generated to display the areas within a 30 minute commute of Rhode Island College in Providence.  This site generates commuting maps and other layers that are especially pertinent for home buyers---schools, crime stats, property values and local amenities.  This is GIS data brought to the real estate shopping community, but consider this a project in the making.  One of the best exercises to get to know a place holistically is to shop for housing and make some locational analysis decisions.

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Ignite Education: On Demand Learning

Ignite Education: On Demand Learning | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"I want to contrast this 'on demand' learning from typical classroom learning...below are three examples of how an educator might include 'on demand' learning within a geography or GIS course." 

 

In this article (from a excellent geography/GIS education blog), the three main ways to use on-demand learning are: 1) Project-based work, 2) Flipped Classroom and 3) Creating a Learning Resource.  All three are designed to use technology within the classroom (with geographic content especially). 

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Lisa Fonseca's comment, August 27, 2012 11:05 AM
I found this article interesting because, I think with technology changing so drastically that it is important students are taught in multiple ways. The use of textbooks recently has seemed to become less and less of an option. Today we are seeing students use online resources and more hands on experiences. Which, overall I think is the best way for students to learn.
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QGIS for Educators: Basics of QGIS

This is the second in our series of videos showing educators the main features and applications of QGIS (Quantum GIS) in the classroom. In this video we will...

 

If you need help downloading and installing there is a video tutorial. Once installed, this simple tutorial gets you started with the free, open-source GIS platform.  For more about resources on how to use QGIS, see: http://geographyeducation.org/whats-new/qgis/


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Using a Smartphone and ArcGIS Online

Using a Smartphone and ArcGIS Online | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"Now that it is easy to gather tracks and waypoints on a smartphone and map them in a GIS, it provides a good opportunity to remind students about the importance of being critical of and paying attention to data. I recently went on a walk around a local reservoir and used the Motion X GPS app on my iPhone to collect my track and a few waypoints. I emailed the data to myself and added the GPX file to ArcGIS Online so I could map and examine the track. I made my results public and made it visible below to feature some teachable moments......"

 

What a perfect combination!  Students more and more have these fantastic computing devices that we often underutilize (or ban outright) in their education.  This article shows how to bring GIS and a student's smartphone together.

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Jesse Gauthier's comment, September 2, 2012 1:20 PM
Mapping and examining your tracks of direction on the move, you can't get any more "real time" than that! And I have been witness to a change in school settings, in regards to cell phone use in school. I can remember before students had advanced cell phones, and cell phones were not allowed to be seen out of one’s pocket in a classroom. But now I am seeing cell phones being an advantage to classroom studies.
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Public Cemeteries and GIS

Public Cemeteries and GIS | Geography Education | Scoop.it
How to search for graves in the town of sylvan lakes lakeview cemetery.

 

This is a tangible example of public GIS data being used to help the community know more about it's history.  What type of project could you do make with this kind of data?  How could a cemetery be the nexus for a interdisciplinary project?       

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Vector-Based Maps in iOS 6

Vector-Based Maps in iOS 6 | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Apple announced today that it's revamping the Maps application on iOS devices—iPhone, iPad, iPod touch—introducing a lot of showy new features like...

 

Earlier this week I posted an article that was skeptical about Apple's foray into online mapping that essentially said that Apple could not replace Google.  This article focuses on the differences in Apples mapping strategy--primarily shifting digital mapping for raster based data to vector data.  This is a perfect example to show GIS students the relevance of how data is stored. 

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Learning about Water with ArcGIS Online

Learning about Water with ArcGIS Online | Geography Education | Scoop.it
ESRI is the world leader in GIS (geographic information system) technology. This site features free GIS software, online mapping, online training, demos, data, software and service information, user scripts, and more. 

 

This learning module includes activities that analyze water (oceans, rivers, watersheds, wetlands, etc.) within an explicitly spatial context.  As the author of the module, Joseph Kerski states: "Water is a spatial subject: It easily moves among its solid, liquid, or gas phases on our planet. It flows through oceans, rivers, wetlands, glaciers, and through the hydrologic cycle at different rates.  Thus, the geographic perspective and GIS are useful to understanding water from local to global scales.  These activity use ArcGIS Online, a Web-based Geographic Information System (GIS).  No previous experience with GIS is necessary."

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A Map Of Your City’s Invisible Neighborhoods, According To Foursquare

A Map Of Your City’s Invisible Neighborhoods, According To Foursquare | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Every city is filled with different neighborhoods, but often, you won’t find these places on any map. They’re word-of-mouth zoning distinctions known only to locals.

 

How do you define the borders of a neighborhood?  This intiguing look at the social media platform FourSquare to mathematically find like-minded individuals that share spatial patterns.  Interestingly, the digital map with algorithms lined up with residents mental maps.  What types of regions are these?  How come? 

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European Space Agency Multimedia Gallery

European Space Agency Multimedia Gallery | Geography Education | Scoop.it

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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2010 U.S. Census datasets are now available

2010 U.S. Census datasets are now available | Geography Education | Scoop.it
We are pleased to announce that the new 2010 U.S. Census datasets with their new geometry and attributes are now available as layer packages on ArcGIS.com.

 

Time for ESRI to update the datasets, means time for use more current relevant data in the classroom.


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QGIS

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Do you want to use GIS but don't have the budgetary support to install expensive software?  Don't know where to start?  QGIS is a free, open-source GIS that is a nice option for schools operating on a limited budget that still want a full GIS platform.

 

Here is an excellent set of video screencasts that are an introduction to what GIS is, using the QGIS software: http://linfiniti.com/dla/ .  This site also has sample data, tutorials and worksheets.

 

Another excellent tutorial for novices to GIS is found here: http://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/tutorials/qgis-basics-journalists/ .  This tutorial was especially designed for journalists creating maps, and walks you through the installation process as well as some of the basics of the user interface.

 

Many small city governments without the budget to run proprietary GIS software use QGIS and here is a repository of QGIS resources including blogs, forums, tutorials and user manuals: http://www.townshipgis.org/resources/qgis  An excellent blog with QGIS tutorials is: http://qgis.spatialthoughts.com/

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DanielePiccolo's curator insight, April 20, 9:21 AM
Articolo molto utile per entrare nel mondo di QGIS
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Spatial Olympics

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The "Spatial" Olympics is an interactive map that displays the running medal count for the 2012 London Games.  The above map shows a map of the Gold Medal count (as of today and with a limited spatial extent).  Enjoy the Games! 

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Advancing STEM Education with GIS

ESRI has recently released a free PDF book entitled "Advancing STEM Education with GIS."  GIS and STEM represent an important opportunity for geography.  

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Envisioning the Spatial University

Envisioning the Spatial University | Geography Education | Scoop.it
If geospatial technology helped us understand the costs, would we make different decisions about the value of electric reliability?

 

This is an excellent article that shows this as an important moment for geography.  Geospatial technologies have been official listed as a growth sector in the economy: where will the workforce gain these skills?  This is the perfect time to put geographic analysis together more firmly into the curriculum with the STEM disciplines so that spatial thinking throughout the curriculum.  Geospatial technologies such as GIS are a are a common space where geography and STEM discipline can meet.

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365 Reflections on Why Geography and GIS Matter

365 Reflections on Why Geography and GIS Matter | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"In 2011, beginning on New Year’s Day, as president of the National Council for Geographic Education, I wrote one tweet everyday beginning with “What is Geography? 1 of 365” and posted them to my Twitter page. OK, I confess that I actually posted multiple posts every day, sometimes up to 10. There is just so much on this topic to write about! And I continue these efforts in 2012.

 

My goals in the series were several. First, I sought to point out as organization president how the NCGE serves the geography education community, and has been doing so since 1915. Through its webinars, book and journal publications, annual conference, curriculum, research, partnerships, and networking opportunities, the NCGE supports excellence in teaching and learning geography. Second, I wanted to provide evidence of the diversity of geography. Those outside the geographic community might have an incomplete or even erroneous view of geography as a discipline. I wanted to nudge people beyond thinking of geography only as the location of things, to provide an idea what geographers study and what they care about. I explored themes of scale, patterns, and relationships, topics such as watersheds, energy, ecoregions, climate, and population density, and discussed different regions while on work travel to Salzburg Austria, San Francisco, New York City, San Diego, Minneapolis, and elsewhere. Geography is diversity in people, landscapes, issues, skills, and themes....."

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National Atlas: Interactive Mapmaker

National Atlas: Interactive Mapmaker | Geography Education | Scoop.it

The National Atlas that is available online has an extensive database for simple online mapping.  This is "GIS-light," an easy way to explore the spatial patterns within U.S. census data and other data sets.  The lists all contain a wide variety of variables, making this a good way to get students to explore potential research topics.  Thanks to the Connecticut Geographic Alliance coordinator for suggesting this link.   

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Lisa Fonseca's comment, August 27, 2012 11:10 AM
I think this website is great! I can see myself using this in a classroom. It provides a clear visual for students and anyone in general to view statistics on a variety of content.
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Tribal GIS Details Native American Use of Geospatial Technology

Tribal GIS Details Native American Use of Geospatial Technology | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Esri Press book provides insight for GIS implementation from indigenous sovereign nations.

 

"The book offers insight into how tribal governments and supporting organizations are employing GIS, from day-to-day operations to special projects for tribal leadership. Tribal GIS also highlights how GIS is being used to embrace a new movement in tribal governance toward improving citizen services, decision support for community leadership, sustained economic development, and the protection of tribal assets."

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Kim Vignale's comment, July 10, 2012 9:53 PM
GIS is a great program that integrates physical and social geography. Native Americans are becoming technologically advanced by using this modern program. This program is very helpful in mapping out land that is owned by the tribe and the sustainability of resources. For example, land that is strictly used for agriculture can be mapped out and boundaries can be created with land that is being used commercially. GIS is a great program that can help many officials create plans locally, regionally, and internationally.
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Earth As Art : Pick Your Favorites!

Earth As Art : Pick Your Favorites! | Geography Education | Scoop.it

The USGS is celebrating 40 years of the LANDSAT

Program by having a competition to select the top 5 "Earth as Art" images from the more than 120 scenes from their curated collection.  All readers can select 5 images on the USGS website and the poll closes on July 6, 2012 (The image above is from Coahuila, Mexico).

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Roland Trudeau Jr.'s comment, July 6, 2012 8:11 PM
Really shows the natural beauty of the world through our technology.
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London's 'Rudest' Boroughs

London's 'Rudest' Boroughs | Geography Education | Scoop.it
A couple of weeks ago, I put up a post detailing how swearing on Twitter increases during the course of the average day.  It seemed people get more angry and sweary outside of work time, rather than during.

 

This is a curious combination of geospatial social media technologies (so of course I found out about it on Twitter).  To read an article about this on The Guardian's site (with Google Fusion Tables to the data) see: http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2012/may/04/twitter-swearing-london ;

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Chesapeake Bay FieldScope

Chesapeake Bay FieldScope | Geography Education | Scoop.it

The National Geographic Education team has produced a fabulous site that has online GIS tools for understanding the environment of the Cheasapeake Bay watershed. Students can upload their data, click on various layers, and use drawing and measuring tools.  Other "Fieldscope" projects are available as well at: http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/program/fieldscope/  

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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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GIS demonstrates links between health and location

GIS demonstrates links between health and location | Geography Education | Scoop.it
The neighborhoods in which children and adolescents live and spend their time play a role in whether or not they eat a healthy diet, get enough exercise or become obese, concludes a collection of studies in a special theme issue of the American...

 

Spatial analysis shows that numerous disciplines can utilize the 'geographic advantage' to improve research. 

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NGA's Shifting Analysis

NGA's Shifting Analysis | Geography Education | Scoop.it

TheNational Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's (NGA)  new director, Letitia Long, unveiled her new vision. 

 

1)--Provide online, on-demand access to GEOINT knowledge by giving users access to all GEOINT content, services, expertise and support, while providing tools that allow them to serve themselves.

 

2)--Create new value by broadening and deepening NGA’s analytic expertise, through a deeper contextual analysis of places informed not only by the earth’s physical features and imagery intelligence, but also by “human geography.”

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