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The Daily Mail Song

mp3 here: http://bit.ly/9zPBDi We're aware this video won't mean an awful lot if you've never heard of The Daily Mail (a British Newspaper), but on the plus side, you've never heard of The Daily Mail.
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As more of our students go searching for information online, we need to also teach our students how to assess the quality of a particular media outlet and develop a critical eye.  This great song is a humorous way to approach that topic. 


Questions to Ponder: What makes a source reliable?  Can a source be reliable on some topics but not others?     

    

Here's an article about how an over-reliance on GPS (or Sat-Nav) can lead to the erosion of one's mental map.  And yes, the article is from the Daily Mail (as the images on the side clearly demonstrate).  Does that change how you approach the information? 

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Urban-Rural Voting Patterns

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Nate Silver became about as big of a celebrity as a statistician can become during the election (being called everything from a prophet to a witch).  This little nugget is obviously an overgeneralization, but it appears that is has enough substance to give it some serious consideration.  Where does this hold true and where is it false?  How come?   If it is true, why would this be true?

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Following 'Geography Education'

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Finding Materials: This site is designed for geography students and teachers to find interesting, current supplemental materials.  To search for place-specific posts, browse this interactive map.  To search for thematic posts, see http://geographyeducation.org/thematic/ (organized by the APHG curriculum).  Also you can search for a keyword by clicking on the filter tab above.


Staying Connected: You can receive post updates in the way that best fits how you use social media.

Update Notifications: Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+.

              Email: Click 'follow' button at top right of this page.

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Gaza-Israel crisis 2012: every verified incident mapped

Gaza-Israel crisis 2012: every verified incident mapped | Geography Education | Scoop.it

This map shows each verified incident of violence in Gaza and Israel since last week's assassination of Hamas leader Ahmed al-Jabari.  Geospatial technologies combined with social media are changing how we learn about (and wage) wars. 

 

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Sorting the Real Sandy Photos From the Fakes

Sorting the Real Sandy Photos From the Fakes | Geography Education | Scoop.it
A pictorial investigation bureau, at your service.


Social media has fundamentally changed how information is disseminated.  Many photos that are spread on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest can be 'doctored' or mislabeled since citizen journalists aren't held to the same standard of verifying their sources.  In the abundance of information, sorting out fact from fiction can be quite difficult.  Social media has made me a more of a skeptic, and I try not to post a picture that I it can't find it's original source.     

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Urban Revitalization

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Remind 101

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A safe way for teachers to text message students and keep in touch with parents.


I've tried numerous methods including Facebook groups and Twitter hashtags as ways to digitally connect with my students through emerging social media platforms.  Every method seems to have a few privacy or accessibility issues and this is no expection.  However, for this one, I think that the benefits outweigh the negatives and it has much greater privacy control than most.  I haven't tried this out yet, but next semester I hope to use this free way to text message all my students (and/or parents) without the privacy issues of sharing cell phone numbers or getting them to sign up for a new social media platform.  


Tags: training, edtech, socialmedia, GeographyEducation.

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mkauls's comment, October 14, 2012 1:03 PM
I use this with all my classes and I would recommend it! It's simple and very easy to use and teach parents/students to sign up.
Courtney Holbert's curator insight, February 3, 2013 10:47 PM

Great way to maintain communication. 

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, March 2, 2013 9:25 AM

This is an interesting possible way to connect with students or organizational members.

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Social Media and Place

Social Media and Place | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Facebook most social cities: People everywhere use Facebook to check in to places. Here you can see the 5 top hotspots of the most "social"cities.


Questions to ponder: What attributes do these commonly 'checked into' landmarks have in common?  Are you surprised that some are or are not on the list?


Tags: socialmedia, place, tourism, infographic, London, NYC, Paris.

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Social Media in Education

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).
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Screen-sharing with Join.me

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. 

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Soda vs. Pop with Twitter

Soda vs. Pop with Twitter | Geography Education | Scoop.it
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?

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Chris W's comment, August 27, 2012 11:02 AM
This is a really cool use of twitter! I use the term soda, which most of the northeast uses as well.
Courtney Burns's curator insight, September 14, 2013 10:35 PM
Twitter is something that is becoming widely used, and is something I usually check everyday. I never really thought of twitter beyond advertising and communicating. It is amazing the kind of data that can be extracted from peoples tweets. In the soda vs. pop argument I would say soda which makes sense since the data shows that people in the Northeast refer to it as soda. Twitter is so current that you can actually get some current and accurate data just from reading the hash tags in peoples tweets. It's amazing that such information can be extracted from all around the world.
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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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AP Human Geography Test Scores

Good luck to both teachers and students!

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Geography Education

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Global news with a spatial perspective: resources for educators and the inherently inquisitive.


I recently revamped the layout for my 'Geography Education' scoop.it site.  I hope it adds to the experience. 

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Guerrilla Cartographers Put Global Food Stats On The Map

Guerrilla Cartographers Put Global Food Stats On The Map | Geography Education | Scoop.it
The mapmakers have amassed some 80 maps for Food: An Atlas, ranging from surplus in Northeast Italy to meat production in Maryland. The goal is to spread information about various food systems so they can be adapted locally.


Social media is enhancing digital cooperation to enable some intriguing grass-roots projects such as this one. 


Tags: food, agriculture, mapping.

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Israeli/Palestinian Conflict

With a simple class hashtag (e.g.-#geog400ric) you can create a backchannel for student to collaborate outside the classroom walls. 

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Twitter Languages in London

Twitter Languages in London | Geography Education | Scoop.it

This map is a fantastic geovisualization that maps the spatial patterns of languages used on the social media platform Twitter.  This map was in part inspired by a Twitter map of Europe.  While most cities would be expected to be linguistically homogenous, but London's cosmopolitan nature and large pockets of immigrants influence the distribution greatly.

   

Tags: social media, language, neighborhood, visualization, cartography.

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Betty Denise's comment, November 7, 2012 1:13 PM
Thank you – again – for your tremendous partnership
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thanks for this! we have shared!
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Preparations for the Storm

This is a link from the Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance which is now on Twitter.   UPDATE: This shows the number of power outages in the state

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OpenStreetMap

A animation showing edits to http://OpenStreetMap.org over the period 2007-2012.


OpenStreetMap recently had it's "State of the Map" conference (Oct. 13-14) in Portland, Oregon. This video was embedded in a great article entitled "The New Cartographers" that summarizes some of the current issues discussed at the conference as well as concerns that confont the project.  The project has experienced exponential growth and is a major player in the world of online mapping (think Wikipedia for maps).  

 

Questions to Ponder: What are some advantages (and disadvantages) to an open source mapping data set?  What do you imagine is the future for the world largest open-source mapping data?  


Tags: mapping, cartography, geospatial, social media.

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Matthieu CLEMENT's comment, October 22, 2012 11:34 AM
excellent !
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The Digitally Curated Textbook–My NCGE Presentation

The Digitally Curated Textbook–My NCGE Presentation | Geography Education | Scoop.it

The 2012 NCGE conference has been tremendous; I plan on sharing many of the resources that I’ve discovered with you over the next few weeks.  October 6th is the day of my presentation and I’ve uploaded my slides (with hyperlinks included) here: Empowering Students: The Digitally Curated Textbook.


Tags: training, edtech, NCGE, social media.

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oyndrila's comment, October 7, 2012 8:52 AM
I really liked the post and found it very useful. Thank you....
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Interactive: Mapping the World's Friendships

Interactive: Mapping the World's Friendships | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"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."


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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.    


Tags: socialmedia, worldwide, mapping.

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Among AP Courses, Geography on the Rise

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John Boyer (AKA The Plaid Avenger) on Poll Everywhere

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

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*New*--AP Teacher Communities

*New*--AP Teacher Communities | Geography Education | Scoop.it

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. 

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Twitter for [Geography] Teachers: Intro & Signing Up

Twitter for [Geography] Teachers: Intro & Signing Up | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"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/

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