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London's 'Rudest' Boroughs

London's 'Rudest' Boroughs | Geography Education |
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: ;

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The World on your Shoulders: Map Tattoos

The World on your Shoulders: Map Tattoos | Geography Education |

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: ;

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How tiny Estonia stepped out of USSR's shadow to become an internet titan

How tiny Estonia stepped out of USSR's shadow to become an internet titan | Geography Education |
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.      

Brian Nicoll's curator insight, December 11, 2012 11:03 PM

I actually like the idea of the computerized ID card.  Yes, undoubtedly from the outside looking in this does appear to have some big brother qualities but I think it's brilliant.  The card allows people to transfer money and vote.  It's also nice to see a country that doesn't just treat their internet use like a toy.  They use it to benefit their society, making it accessible to everyone in the country and not just those who can afford it. 

Al Picozzi's curator insight, October 13, 2013 10:43 AM

Just an amazing fact to see a county that was once under the controll of the USSR for so long as come so far.  Now a part of NATO and the EU Estonia has stepped out of the control of Russia to become a virbrant place to live.  Once independant and then under the contol of the USSR at the start of WW II it has once again become a nation itself.  Also notice a very different view in the article, the people there feel this electronic system lets them keep and eye on the government and not a big brother view many people in the US have over electronic ID systems.  Is it because they have always been use to being looked at by the government, ie the USSR over the last 50 years and because we are so use to freedoms that we have had for hundreds of years?

Cam E's curator insight, February 27, 2014 11:04 AM

I actually had no idea that Estonia birthed Skype. It was an amazing foresight that Estonia immediately jumped into the computer and internet age, and even more surprising that you can get Wi-fi across most of the country, no matter how remote. That's something that hasn't been accomplished in even the US. They had Internet in most schools by 1997 and can even vote online!

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The 21st Century Classroom - Digital Geography

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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Following 'Geography Education'

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Why Twitter Ties Resemble Airline Hub Maps

Why Twitter Ties Resemble Airline Hub Maps | Geography Education |
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.   

Daniel Lindahl's curator insight, March 20, 2015 6:29 PM

This article focuses on the social network of Twitter. Twitter has become a world wide hit, and now has millions of users. Twitter has connected millions of people, and the connections between certain places in the world are strikingly similar to airline hub maps. 

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Convince Your School That Diigo Rocks In Just 7 Slides

Convince Your School That Diigo Rocks In Just 7 Slides | Geography Education |
There are two types of people in the world. Those that use Diigo, and those that are really missing out.


If you need more convincing that Diigo can help you share your web experience better, take a look at the linked slideshow. 

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Connect With Us - National Geographic Education

Connect With Us - National Geographic Education | Geography Education |

For those that don't want to join twitter to follow @NatGeoEducation, you can connect with the National Geographic Education team via Facebook. 

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First ever #aphgchat archived...

Also as a wiffiti, the chat is archived at:

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Textbook economic geography

Textbook economic geography: bye-bye center city, hello "further out" @APHumanGeog
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Our friend @theurbanologist has a keen eye for finding practical applications of geographic models.  Why is the image significant? 

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A Map Of Your City’s Invisible Neighborhoods, According To Foursquare

A Map Of Your City’s Invisible Neighborhoods, According To Foursquare | Geography Education |
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? 

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In China, the Web and Politics Don't Mix

In China, the Web and Politics Don't Mix | Geography Education |
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."

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The sun never sets... on the Facebook Empire

The sun never sets... on the Facebook Empire | Geography Education |
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?

Lona Pradeep Parad's curator insight, May 29, 2014 11:38 AM

How fb has made physical distance obsolete, connecting cultures to different cultures on a global scale.

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'Geography Education' on Pinterest

'Geography Education' on Pinterest | Geography Education |
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. 

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AAG Annual Meeting - 2012 NYC

AAG Annual Meeting - 2012 NYC | Geography Education |

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. 

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At least 20 tools that might help you curate something

At least 20 tools that might help you curate something | Geography Education |

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


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And more at Rumproarious :

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Seth Dixon's comment, February 8, 2012 12:56 PM
I was just telling my students to find digital resources to curate news for a semester long project...glad to find this.
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Glad that it is helpful for You and your students. So students can also use different tools and later compare...
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Geography Teaching Resources on Facebook

Geography Teaching Resources on Facebook | Geography Education |
Formation (Geography teaching resources


If you are looking for another Facebook group that will feed you geography education resources for K-12 education, just like their page. 

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A global culture to fight extremism

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? 

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