There have been at least 57 in the last 30 years—and most of the killers got their guns legally.
Still not sure if I'm prepared to explain what this all means, but it would be worth discussing in class.
Digital resources to strengthen the quality and quantity of geography education in classrooms the world over.
Curated by Seth Dixon
J-Track 3D Satellite Tracking is an online educational tool that maps hundreds of satellites as they orbit Earth. One of the ironies of the space program is that it's greatest scientific advances from the space program is in observing our own planet instead of deep space. J-Track 3-D should appear in its own window and plot the satellites in an interactive panel. This is a great way to learn more about the remote sensing platforms that give us all the beautiful imagery of our planet.
What if you could use GPS technology to find your misplaced keys? How about if you could use that same technology to lie about where you were in the world or...
We know the common usages of GPS technologies. As the accuracy of GPS data improves, how does this expand the potenial uses? What are the ethnics and legalities of GPS tracking devices? Just like hackers online alter the information with rely on, this video is an introduction to the analogous GPS spoofing technology. This TED talk is a great exploration of the future of GPS technology and privacy issues.
Amazon has long enjoyed an unbeatable price advantage over its physical rivals. When I buy a $1,000 laptop from Wal-Mart, the company is required to collect local sales tax from me, so I pay almost $1,100 at checkout.
Just-in-Time production has reshaped the logistics of manufacturing. How does same-day online delivery impact local retail businesses? How might this change urban patterns of retail stores and of areas of warehouses?
A pilot study discovered that levels of BPA in pregnant Mennonite women were four times lower than the national median.
This is an interesting article that shows that the technological advancements and the way we choose to live has tangible, measureable effects on our biochemistry.
"As we've come to depend on a handful of commercial varieties of fruits and vegetables, thousands of heirloom varieties have disappeared. It's hard to know exactly how many have been lost over the past century, but a study conducted in 1983 by the Rural Advancement Foundation International gave a clue to the scope of the problem. It compared USDA listings of seed varieties sold by commercial U.S. seed houses in 1903 with those in the U.S. National Seed Storage Laboratory in 1983. The survey, which included 66 crops, found that about 93 percent of the varieties had gone extinct. More up-to-date studies are needed."
To show the other side of the issue, include this minor, yet crucial part of the article: "A 30-year-old plant pathologist named Norman Borlaug traveled to Mexico in 1944 to help fight a stem rust epidemic that had caused widespread famine. Crossing different wheat varieties from all over the world, he arrived at a rust-resistant, high-yield hybrid that helped India and Pakistan nearly double their wheat production—and saved a billion people from starvation. This so-called green revolution helped introduce modern industrialized agriculture to the developing world."
Ask this question: Which region of the world currently is the home to 6 of the 10 fastest growing economies? Most people (myself included) would be surprised to hear that the region is sub-Saharan Africa. While Sub-Saharan Africa is still the least economically developed region with some very significant challenges, too often Africa is only taught as a region of problems and negative patterns.
Trade between Africa and the rest of the world has tripled in the last decade. Since 2005, Africa is officially receiving more private foreign investment than official aid. With many counties "skipping the landline phase" and going straight to cell phone technologies, the rapid acceleration of technology means that they Africa's economic infrastructure has the potential to increase quickly.
"This interactive map shows the county to county social interactions given in total call minutes or total number of SMS from the anonymous, aggregated AT&T mobile phone data. Click into your county or type it into the text box to find out how it is connected to other counties in the US. You can switch between call and SMS data to reveal the changes in interaction mode. Also, the population map is provided, which is based on the 2010 Census." -Martin Daumiller
For more from this curator, see: http://www.scoop.it/t/wit-wisdom
OUTSIDE THE SPRAWLING Frankfurt Messe, home of innumerable German trade fairs, stands the “Hammering Man”, a 21-metre kinetic statue that steadily raises and lowers its arm to bash a piece of metal with a...
This article argues that as manufacturing increasing becomes a digital production, more goods will be produced in the more developed countries. If events unfold in this fashion, globalization and many other patterns with be significantly altered. Would this make a better world? For whom?
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."
|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.