More than half of the UK population cannot see the stars clearly because of light pollution, campaigners say.
Another impact of modern technology, urbanization and living in affluent consumer-driven societies.
Global news with a spatial perspective: Interesting, current supplemental materials for geography teachers and students.
Curated by Seth Dixon
|Suggested by Matt Beiriger|
This video (like the book with the same title) explores the course of human history to find the geographic factors that can help to explain the global inequalities between societies. Jared Diamond’s answer lies in the military strength (guns), superior pathogens (germs) and industrial production (steel) that agricultural societies were able to develop as the critical advantages over hunter/gatherer societies. The raw materials at the disposal of the societies inhabiting particular environments partially explain the economic possibilities before them. Diamond hypothesizes that the orientations of the continents play a critical role in the relative advantages among agricultural societies (East-West orientations allow for greater diffusion of agricultural technologies than North-South orientations since the growing seasons and ecology are more compatible), giving Eurasia an advantage over Africa and the Americas. The Fertile Crescent had native plant and animal species ideal for domestication, which then diffused to Europe. Societies that have more developed animal husbandry develop a resistance to more powerful germs. Consequently, when two societies come in contact those with the best resistance to the worse diseases are more successful. Similarly, industrial production depends on an agricultural surplus since specialization requires that some workers not needing to produce their own food to work on technological innovations. Societies that had agricultural advantages were able to invest in technologies (primarily steel) that would enhance their advantages over other societies, as seen during colonization. Societies that had the best environments had access to large plant eating mammals suitable for domestication and the most productive grains would be poised to produce more dangerous guns, germs and steel—the key resources for economic dominion resulting in global inequalities.
Diamond’s critics argue that the ‘geography hypothesis’ is environmental determinism that does not properly value human choices into the equation. Still, the core of this book is the search for connections between the themes of Geography with a spatial framework and the video is available via Netflix, public libraries and many other outlets.
Artist John Locke is converting obsolete Manhattan phone booths into mini libraries. Now if only people would stop stealing his entire book collection.
The pay phone has become an obsolete part of the urban infrastructure in the cell phone era, and the question of what to do with these has become a real issue. Leaving them in their current form is essentially conceding that the city is technologically outdated and some fear that is the wrong message to be visually transmitting in the landscape. As thousands of geographers are set to desend on New York City for the AAG conference, this is another example of appropriating public space for a communal project that deserves some firsthand investigation (I really want to see one!).
What will happen if or when the direction of Earth's magnetic field reverses, so that compasses point south?
A simple question, but this is a hypothetical that could profound affect the planet. A magnetic reversal isn't instantaneous, but is a process that takes between 1,000 and 10,000 years to complete. That transition is what would be difficult to weather since a strong magnetic field helps protect Earth from solar radiation blast. The technology we depend on for communication would be in great jeopardy...the list of possible ramifications is extensive.
"While Germans tend to talk about privacy and how the internet takes away our freedom, chief Almir of the Surui tribe in Brazil came up with an idea when he first came in contact with Google Earth. He saw it as a great tool to visualize the devastation of the rainforest. With the help of Google providing the knowledge and equipment he started the project and provided an unfiltered perspective never seen before. This is a growing project on a growing problem that should matter to all of us. It’s never a service or product itself that matters; it’s what you do with it. Check the video and see for yourself."
Globalization inherently brings serendipitous juxtapositions. In this clip we see the merger of geospatial technologies to protect indigenous cultures and their cultural ecology.
Apple once bragged that its products were made in America. But it has since shifted its immense manufacturing work overseas, posing questions about what corporate America owes Americans.
The economics of globalization are at the core of this article, Apple just happens to be the case-study. Why are iPhones not produced in the United States? While it would be easy to simply cite cheap labor, it is more complicated than that. Unfortunately for those hoping to rekindle American industry, the problems run deeper than that. The ability to recruit sufficient highly-trained engineers, flexibility and speed in production are all factors that are decisively in China's corner at the moment. Big picture, how are these economic factors reshaping the world we live in?
As described by Manu Fernandez, "MySociety developed this project that perfectly illustrates the utility of georeferenced data. Mapumental tool displays the travel time to reach a certain point from anywhere in the city, thereby helping to understand the temporal distance mobility, a much more useful and practical information than just physical distance."
This type of mapping shows the Space-Time Compression as well as the unevenness of that compression. Why are some areas 'functionally closer?' What makes some places 'functionally farther apart?' How do technology, density and infrastructure influence this phenomenon?
The computer programming is designed to understand voice patterns, but whose voice patterns? Several accents, ranging from Scottish to Hispanic, are not recognized as "English" by the voice recognition command in the new iPhone. So what does this mean as we try to understand the culture of technology? The geography of language?
While I prefer the mapping tools of www.mapmyfollowers.com this website, www.tweepsmap.com provides statistics about where your followers are from. For example, my top four cities are: London, Houston, New York and Providence. Top countries are: U.S. (46%) U.K. (18%) Canada (4.9%) Australia (4.1%) and Spain (3.2%). Maps and statistics...what a great combination.
This is an inspiring project that seeks to elevate poor slum-dwelling Indians by providing educational resources to children. As free computer terminals are made available, their literacy skills soar and possibilities are widened. Visit the projects homepage at: http://www.hole-in-the-wall.com/
Create stories using social media. Turn what people post on social media into compelling stories. Collect the best photos, video, tweets and more to publish them as simple, beautiful stories that can be embedded anywhere.
For so many class projects, the intended audience is an audience of one (and that person may not care that much about the material, they are just plowing through a stack of papers). What about expanding the audience? Student can not only receive information they can be an active part of producing and disseminating that knowledge. I LOVE the idea of students writing a report that is based on using social media or distributing selected tweets and links to students. For a quick sample that I produced see: http://storify.com/APHumanGeog/new-story
"80% of all web communication is in ten languages, yet 95% of humanity speaks roughly 300 languages. Could Apple Siri and Google Voice help save the world's languages?"
This graph stunningly displays the result of dwindling linguistic diversity in this era of globalization and technological innovation. Why have so many languages been dwindling? Why are an important few growing? What is the future of the majority of the world's languages that have so few native speakers?
IPEVO P2V is a sleek, affordable ($69) and powerful document camera that is also highly portable. This is very high on my Edtech wish list. If you can't wait for funding to come through for technology into your classroom or an ELMO, this might be a nice solution.
"World geography quizzes from Sheppard Software- over 250 fun map games teach capitals, country locations, and more. Also info on the culture, history, and much more."
This has numerous regional quizzes with a wide variety of skill levels making this the perfect 'Goldilocks' activity (student will need to explore, finding that some activities are too easy, some are too hard, before they find the skill level that is just right).
This excellent geography blog will link you in to wonderful geospatial tidbits. This particular post links you to an interactive Google Earth Clock (a still shot is displayed), in addition to a Google Earth Typewriter. Geospatial technologies can provide entertainment with an artistic flair.
Read reviews, get customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about Tangled on the App Store. Download Tangled and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Quite simply, this is the best game on iTunes that I have found for enhancing spatial thinking (and it's free!). The silver dots are all connected with lines (grey ones are untangled, blue ones are still tangled) and you need to find the spatial relationships that untangles it all. Geography is about understanding the linkages, connections and patterns--and our world at times can feel Tangled.
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An APHG reader and college geography professor have archived a host of his favorite links and online resources on the delicious.com site. He has made them publicly accessible in the hopes that more teachers can find useful resources. Thanks for sharing.
Also I the spirit of sharing and collaboration, I am ALWAYS excited to receive a "suggestion" on this site and am glad to see interaction and teaching hints in the "comments." I am glad to see the links posted on Twitter and Facebooks accounts. In essence, I'm encouraging more interaction on the site and hope that will help better content and pedagogical resource to be available to a wider audience.
This mind blowing information shows how the virtual and online world is changing so rapidly. Did you know there are 31 billion searches on Google every singl...
Globalization, education and the changing technological landscape are all major themes in this video.
"At the very moment when urban population has been reported to surpass the rural, this distinction has lost most of its significance, at least in many parts of the affluent world. Two hundred years ago, before automobiles, telephones, the internet and express package services, cities were much more compact and rural life was indeed very different from urban life. Most inhabitants of rural areas were tied to agriculture or industries devoted to the extraction of natural resources. Their lives were fundamentally different from those of urban dwellers."
Failure of a major transmission line in Southern California has cut power to millions of people in the U.S. and Mexico, and electricity could be out into Friday, utility officials say.
I'm thinking of my family in San Diego, but after experiencing some electrical failures in Rhode Island due to Hurricane Irene, it got me thinking of a new geographic reality. The way modern Americans live is entirely dependent on electrical energy that to experience a disruption is essentially the equivalent of a natural disaster. This speaks to the human-environmental interaction "theme" of geography since most Americans can't sustain their lives for more than 72 hours without electricity. We urbanites have detached ourselves from the land and "low-tech" to an alarming degree. We've created a sitatuation that leads to (un)natural disasters without our technological gadgets that have become our necessities.