Global news with a spatial perspective: Interesting, current supplemental materials for geography teachers and students.
Curated by Seth Dixon
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.
Twitter is supposed to have turned the world into a global village. But new research shows that our Twitter ties are considerably more parochial than most of us imagine.
Globalization inherently means unequal access to technological resources and means of communication. This is clear that major nodes of interconnection leapfrog others, but most people still have very place-based regional centers of interaction. Geography still matters.
If you are looking for a deeper look into curating, it can be found. I want to build a curation tool, so I am working my way though my backlog of pinboard links about curation. Here I have a list of all the tools I can find that would be considered curation tools.
Consumer / Personal Tools
Stellar : http://stellar.io/
Storify : http://storify.com/
Bundlr : http://gobundlr.com/
Scoop It : http://www.scoop.it/
Curated By : http://www.curated.by/
Thoora : http://thoora.com/
Postpost : http://postpo.st/
Snipi : http://www.snipi.com/
trap!t : http://trap.it/
scrible : http://www.scrible.com/
faveous : http://www.faveous.com/
memonic : http://www.memonic.com/home
Bag The Web : http://bagtheweb.com/
And more at Rumproarious : http://goo.gl/TxQSn
TED Talks Why do transnational extremist organizations succeed where democratic movements have a harder time taking hold?
Globalization cut both ways. Maajid Nawaz discusses how social movements use ideas, narratives, symbols and leaders through borderless technologies, to create transnational identities. This has lead to highly sophisticated extremist organizations in Muslim-majority societies (and the speaker was a participant in that for 13 years). Isolated extremist are now globally connected. Given the Arab spring, how can these tools strengthen democratic social movements?
Also as a wiffiti, the chat is archived at: http://flash.locamoda.com/wiffiti.com/cloud/cataclysm.swf?id=85588&title=1
Wondering how you are going to keep up with a large twitter conversation? Try this Twitterwall called Monitter. Many tweets fit on one page, pictures and names are large so you can identify the contributors. The multiple columns like Tweetdeck are smooth, making this quite functional to follow several 'backchannel' conversations. Displayed is http://www.visibletweets.com which prettier, but less functional for a high volume conversation (good for a guided discussion, with one tweet at a time). http://wiffiti.com presents 7 at a time which is also nice for focused discussion groups.
Announcement time: there will be an #aphgchat Thursday (12/15) 4-6pm EST that will be archived here with a link coming soon after the fact.
Also, If you haven't had a chance to explore yet, if you click on my name at the top, there are three other topics that I am curating. They all fit under this umbrella:
Most of my educational technology posts (that aren't specific to geography) are archived at:
And some other pages that I maintain house links primarily for my students (with many of the same links as this site) at Rhode Island College:
Social networks haven't replaced proximity - they just reinforce the importance of being near your friends and co-workers...
Why is place still important in an era of digital communication that was designed to 'conquer' distance and place? What are the limits of globalization?
A case study for our World Development text book...
How useful was digital technology, particularly social networking sites, to democracy protesters in Tunisia and Egypt? How important are the democracy protests in the Middle East and North Africa to world development? Social media has fundamentally changed the cultural and political paradigms.
Using Twitter hashtags for lesson inspiration...
Social Media is changing how educators work together and collaboration. This short video highlights that teachers need not only collaborate with their peers at their institutions. Through social media educators can customize powerful networks that are more than just a method for finding ideas; this is the 21st century's informal method to receive professional development. #geographyteacher is just one of the many ways to start finding resources and other teachers.
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.