This is a primer on how to use online resources for geography students so they can learn more about the world by participating in global conversations (not just hearing about them).
Global news with a spatial perspective: Interesting, current supplemental materials for geography teachers and students.
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How does join.me work? Take a tour and discover join.me.
This video is is the perfect introduction on how to collaborate with colleagues or students using http://join.me This site allows you to talk, chat and screen-share for free. This is a must for anyone wanting virtual office hours or needing to remotely display their computer screen. As long as you use it lightly, it is a free service.
John Boyer (http://www.youtube.com/user/Plaidcast) uses a variety of tech tools to teach thousands of students a year. Here's his take on Poll Everywhere.
John Boyer's teaching style and pedagogy as seen on http://plaidavenger.com/ have merged social media technologies deeply into the classroom, including http://www.polleverywhere.com/ and other great online resources. This is the perfect example of how to create a social media classroom. I had the privilege of speaking in the same conference session with John Boyer and Katie Pritchard earlier this year and this tag-team has really shifted the pedagogical paradigm. For more in-depth blog post, see: http://blog.polleverywhere.com/professor-john-boyer-aka-the-plaid-avenger-on
One of the great things about Twitter is that it’s a global conversation anyone can join anytime. Eavesdropping on the world, what what!
While many educators have been using http://popvssoda.com/ to show the linguistic regions in the United States, this is a similar map, with the added social media component. To map out these regions, the cartographer used the word choice on geo-tagged tweets as the data source. For another twitter, map, the following link shows which regions are most actively engaged on Twitter: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/06/top-countries-on-twitter_n_1653915.html
What do these regions show us? What types of regions are these?
Today was the launch for the new AP Human Geogaphy Teacher Community site administered by College Board. This new community allows for more effective discussion management and resource posting than the listerv did. You can access the community by going to http://apcommunity.collegeboard.org/
and logging in with your same user id and password that you use for accessing AP scores and such. If you, or someone you know, is not an audit-approved teacher then they are still welcome to join the community (and I quote, "all educators are welcome"). They will simply go to the same site, click on Human Geography in the drop-down box, and request to join. All membership requests will be processed as quickly as possible. I will most certainly still post the majority of my links here and at http://geographyeducation.org but hope to participate will many of you on this new site as well.
'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.
"I just returned a few days ago from a great week in Cincinnati, reading AP Human Geography exams with 400 colleagues from all over the country. In our conversations during the reading, I've come across a number of these folks, many of them high school teachers, who are interested in using Twitter but have no idea where to start.
What I'm hoping to do in the next few entries is give a beginner's guide to using Twitter, specifically geared toward folk who are completely lost at how to begin. I'll also be working toward some 'best practices' once the basics are out of the way."
See this 'ultimate Twitter Guide'-- http://blog.grabinbox.com/2012/04/24/the-ultimate-twitter-guide/
Need a few ideas of who to follow? Try these: https://twitter.com/#!/APHumanGeog/geog-400-ideas/members
If you are unconvinced that you should get on twitter (#aphg), see: http://www.creativeeducation.co.uk/blog/index.php/2011/09/10-reasons-to-tweet/
A great geography teacher worth following on twitter! This particular tweet is a great example of the collaborative exchange of resources possible on social media.
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According to a new survey from the Pew Internet and American Life Project, three-quarters of U.S.
Smartphones have built-in location features with a host of apps that can be added. However, 1 in 4 smartphone users do not use these features at all. Age, ethnicity, education and gender (or more simply, demographic factors) play a major role. Which groups would you imagine use geo-location features more or less? Why?
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 ;
Our friend @theurbanologist has a keen eye for finding practical applications of geographic models. Why is the image significant?
If you haven't discoverd "Strange Maps," consider this your online introduction to a great blog that explores some of the more interesting cartographic and geospatial forms of representation and themes that you never thought you would see mapped out. This particular post is about map tattoos (with many pictures). For more Strange Maps, see: http://bigthink.com/blogs/strange-maps ;
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?
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.
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."
Amber Hill EDU10713 Curriculum, Assessment & New Media Emerging Pedagogies...
This student-produced video (from Southern Cross University in Australia) has many good insights...especially the tagline "we need to prepare our students for the future, not the past." While all new technologies do not improve on tried and true practices, some are worth putting into our classes as the resources become available to us. Also this video outlines numerous resources and how they can be used in the classroom. Who says we can't learn from students?
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How Facebook connections mirror old empires EIGHT years ago Facebook launched as an online social network connecting a small college community from a dorm room at Harvard University.
These graphics show how in a post-colonial world, former colonies are still socially intertwined in a cultural network that mirrors the empires of yesteryear. Why are these modern social networks so similar to imperial patterns? What economic explanations are there for these patterns? What is the cultural impact?
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Seth is using Pinterest, an online pinboard to collect and share what inspires you.
Between Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn, I was able to share geography education resources with a large number of you and hopefully allow you to share these same resources with your personal networks. Several suggested the possibility of from this page on pinterest (if you click on the 'share' button at the bottom of any post a 'pin it' button will appear). I hope this will well some of you stay connected, share resources and collaborate more with other geography educators.
This is a link to the AAG preliminary program for the meeting this weekend. I'll be presenting Friday at 2:40pm in th Social Media, Research and Pedagogy session (in the Gramercy Suite B, Hilton NY, Second Floor). The title of my presentation is "The Social Media Classroom: Bringing Globalization to Geography Education." I hope to see some of you there.