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Global news with a spatial perspective: Interesting, current supplemental materials for geography students and teachers. http://geographyeducation.org
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Regional Geography Resources

Regional Geography Resources | Geography Education | Scoop.it

I've mentioned that http://geographyeducation.org  is another site that I've created to be a warehouse for the many of resources that are currently listed on this website.  While the "tag" function here can is somewhat helpful, I created this parallel site to archive and gather resources in a way that corresponds with how a share them with my students in my World Regional Geography classes at Rhode Island College.  First, I gathered all of my favorite resources within a regional context.  During the summer, I will be archiving my resources thematically and future projects will continue to build the http://geographyeducation.org site.  This is still a work in progress, so please leave comments and I'll try to keep continually improve the sources as well as the format.     

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2012 Annual Meeting Videos

2012 Annual Meeting Videos | Geography Education | Scoop.it

Did you miss the AAG annual meeting this February in New York City?  There were some tremendous presentations, panels lectures and plenary sessions.  A few of the highlights are archives here on the AAG website.  

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NCGE resources for AP Human Geography

NCGE resources for AP Human Geography | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Supporting Geographic Education since 1915...

 

The National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) has compiled resources that can benefit AP Human Geography teachers.  Especially of note is a list of way to help prepare 9th grade students for the AP exam.

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The Economics of Sustainability

http://www.ted.com Have we used up all our resources? Have we filled up all the livable space on Earth? Paul Gilding suggests we have, and the possibility of...

 

This provocatively title TED talk would be an excellent resource for discussing sustainable development.  What are the economic, environmental, political and cultural ramifications of suggested policies that seek to lead towards sustainable development?  What are the ramifications of not changing policies towards sustainable development?  

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Kenny Dominguez's curator insight, December 11, 2013 10:02 PM

 I found this video very interesting because it spoke about how there is so little space and more and more people are having kids. But there is no space because everyone likes having a lot of room to expand that is why because everyone in the world could fit in the state of California. So there is space it is just not spread out good enough that everyone could fit comfortably. 

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Regional Geography

Making the connections...

 

Thinking geographically is in essence about making the connections between themes, across regions and at a variety of scales.  

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Christians of the Holy Land

Christians of the Holy Land | Geography Education | Scoop.it
The exodus from the Holy Land of Palestinian Christians could eventually leave holy cities like Jerusalem and Bethlehem without a local Christian population. Bob Simon reports.

 

This 14 minute clip looks at the complex political and cultural geography of the Israel and Palestine.  While often reduced to being a struggle between Israeli Jews and Palestinians Muslims, this missed simplification fails to tell the story of Palestinian Christians. 

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Population by Latitude and Longitude

Population by Latitude and Longitude | Geography Education | Scoop.it

This is an excellent spatial graph that helps to explain the distribution of the human population.  Why do we live where we live?   The longitude map is still fascinating, but has less explanatory power.  What would be brilliant is a graph that charted population by latitude (as this does) AND charts the amount of land at each given latitude.   To see the originals on the Radical Cartography website, see: http://www.radicalcartography.net/index.html?histpop

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Robin Manning's comment, May 1, 2012 6:00 PM
They do some great stuff at Radical Cartography.
Kyle M Norton's comment, May 2, 2012 7:50 AM
interesting graph
Seth Dixon's comment, May 2, 2012 7:55 AM
This is quite an innovative method to visualize the data.
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Life in Chechnya

Life in Chechnya | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Photojournalist Diana Markosian spent the last year and half covering Russia's volatile North Caucasus region.

 

These 33 photos are arranged to tell the cultural story of life in Chechnya, especially the life of young women coming of age in the aftermath of the war.  As the architecture of this mosque suggests, the influence of traditional Islamic values and Russian political authority have greatly shaped the lives of the Chechen people.

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Derek Ethier's comment, October 17, 2012 10:28 PM
The way women in Chechnya live is in line with how many Muslim women around the world live. They must cover their bodies and follow proper gender codes. Unfortunately, these girls still have very little power as is the case in many Muslim countries. Overall, it is amazing how many different cultures and ethnicities held inside of Russia.
Marissa Roy's curator insight, November 18, 2013 9:07 AM

I find learning about the young women during the rapid redefiniition of their culture into a Muslim state is of great interest. It is also of interest that the society is meshing traditional Islam  with the Russian way of governing to create a reemerged society.

Lauren Stahowiak's curator insight, February 18, 12:24 PM

These pictures show many examples to how life in Chechnya for women is very different for women in the United States. We can see that these woman take part in similar day to day activities, but in very different ways. This is why their lives overall are much different than ours.

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Eduardo Paes: The 4 commandments of cities

TED Talks Eduardo Paes is the mayor of Rio de Janeiro, a sprawling, complicated, beautiful city of 6.5 million.

 

What should city planners be doing to maintain a vibrant city?  The Mayor of Rio de Janeiro explains his vision for cities and city management for the future. 

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The White Shark Kayak Story

The White Shark Kayak Story | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"The photograph is real, no photoshop, no digital manipulation, no nothing, in fact it was shot on slide film Fuji Provia 100 using a Nikon F5 Camera and 17-35 mm lens. For those conspiracy fans who still doubt its authenticity please read how I took the photograph."  --The true story by Thomas P. Peschak

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Scary, but AMAZING! Something about ocean life intrigues me. It is amazing and overwhelming how close sharks and other sea life will come and even more amazing how photographs like this can be so beautiful and be such a keepsake. It is no wonder why many assume this photograph is photo-shopped, it is so pure and unimaginable!

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America's romance with sprawl may be over

America's romance with sprawl may be over | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Three years after the recession officially ended, Census county population estimates show Americans are staying put or moving to cities.

 

The recession and foreclosure crisis really hurt many suburban families and the values of suburban homes.   This interactive map is helps students to notice the patterns that shape the changing demographic patterns connected to urbanization. 

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Latvia votes: Is Russian our language, too?

Latvia votes: Is Russian our language, too? | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Like a detective at a crime scene, chief language inspector Antons Kursitis scans the lobby of a hotel in downtown Riga. He spots a brochure that lists hotel services in Russian only, a flagrant violation of Latvia's language laws.

 

"Protecting the Latvian language — that is, safeguarding its supremacy over Russian — has been a priority here since the Soviet occupation ended two decades ago. Those efforts face their biggest test yet on Saturday, in a referendum on whether to make Russian the country's second official language."  What historical, political and demographic factors shape this cultural issue of language?  Why is language often seen as so crucial to cultural identity?  

 

The Latvian voters have spoken: in a massive voter turn-out, they struck down the referendum that sought to make Russian an official language.  "Latvia is the only place throughout the world where Latvian is spoken, so we have to protect it," said Martins Dzerve, 37, in Riga, Latvia's capital. "But Russian is everywhere."  For more on the vote, see: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17083397    

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Nicholas Rose's comment, September 4, 2012 8:48 AM
This article is really interesting to read about. The reason why is because of the existence of the Soviet Union during World War II. Each Soviet Republic during that time had their own language and children were taught to speak Russian during school. Since the Soviet Union fell after the Cold War in 1991, all of the former Soviet Republics are free countries now and should be allowed to speak their official language instead of Russian.
Derek Ethier's comment, October 17, 2012 10:14 PM
It is definitely important for Latvians to hold on tightly to their culture. However, the Soviet Union caused Russian culture and language to spread throughout the USSR and countries are feeling the effects today. There are millions of Russians in former satellite nations who hold on to their Russian culture. At the same time, these nations wish to regain their national pride especially after the fall of the Soviet Union. It is a difficult conundrum, but I do agree with the Latvians' decision.
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8 of the Most Unique Paths in the World

8 of the Most Unique Paths in the World | Geography Education | Scoop.it

This gorgeous gallery shows some of the most beautiful and distinct walkways around the world.  Take some time to just walk, and appreciate the world we live in.  Pictured above is the "stunning flower walkway [that] is the known as the Wisteria Tunnel, situated in the Kawachi Fuji Garden (City of Kitakyushu). It is an 80-meter (260 ft) long tunnel of white Fuji flowers, while a tunnel of yellow Kingusari needs a few more years to become an actual tunnel."

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IKAAW LAND Online Map Game

IKAAW LAND Online Map Game | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"Learning Geography was never this easy. With the interactive Ikaawland Map Quiz, You can put your trivia knowledge to test in our game based on Maps. Different levels are presented infront of a player. In the whole game, the player has to mark answers on World Map. At the first level, the user is presented with questions , where he/she has to mark out the continents asked in the quiz. The player is given 10 seconds on each question to mark the correct location on the mapSimilarily, in the consequent levels, the player faces questions(quiz) related with countries, capitals, cities. More levels have been planned and would launch soon.

 

We offer exciting and educative games which revolve around Maps. The game enable players to learn varied concepts of Geography through quizzes. Other quiz/ games from Maps of World are Save Earth Quiz, Know your World Quiz, Jigsaw Puzzle Game and World Quiz, Map 'O' Puzzle." 

 

To read the article, click: http://trap.it/tvAdvB to see the game, just click on the image. 

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Google Lit Trips

Google Lit Trips | Geography Education | Scoop.it

Google Earth is a great teaching tool for geographers, but it is also a way to bring geography and spatial thinking to other disciplines.  Google Lit Trips marks the journeys that take place in literature (both fiction and non-fiction) all the more real by mapping out the movements as a KML file that can be viewed in Google Earth.  By embedding pictures, websites, videos and text into the path, this becomes an incredibly interactive resource for teachers of all levels.

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Robin Manning's comment, May 3, 2012 3:02 PM
I make my students do one of these for their Spring Book Project - very fun.
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Sustainable Urbanism

"Jaime Lerner reinvented urban space in his native Curitiba, Brazil. Along the way, he changed the way city planners worldwide see what’s possible in the metropolitan landscape.  From building opera houses with wire to mapping the connection between the automobile and your mother-in-law, Jaime Lerner delights in discovering eccentric solutions to vexing urban problems. In the process he has transformed the face of cities worldwide."

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Jaime Lerner does not see cities as the problem; he sees urbanism as the solution to many global problems.  This video outlines practical plans to rethink the city to be more sustainable.  Click here to see the trailer for a documentary about the urban changes in Curitiba, Brazil. 

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This video is enlightening.  The speaker uses the city as a model for fixing problems in the world.  Instead of seeing the city as an enemy to environmentalism, he purposes changing the cities and reworking old sites like quarries into something that is useable today.  He also advocates the integration of the transportation systems to make commuting more feasible as well as less pollution generating. 

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Belief in God dips, but not everywhere

Belief in God dips, but not everywhere | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Belief in God is on the wane, except that as we age, we tend to believe more. Or perhaps not.

 

The geography of religion, religiosity and atheism are all analyzed in this fasinating news article.

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Geography Can Take You There

For more information about jobs and career options for geographers, see: http://www.aag.org/cs/careers

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Royal Geographic Society looks to spice up flight experience with Hidden Journeys project

Royal Geographic Society looks to spice up flight experience with Hidden Journeys project | Geography Education | Scoop.it
The Royal Geographic Society is the latest to attempt to improve the flight experience with its Hidden Journeys project.

 

This is an article that describes the new, incredibly well-crafted module of instruction designed by the Royal Geographic Society.  Designed as an alternative to standard in-flight entertainment, the user could learn about the many places they are flying over on (at the moment) 19 set flight paths.  Most importantly, this modules uses the concept of scale nicely providing 12 imageswith linked information about each place at three scales: "flying at 12,000m," "flying at 1,000m" and "flying at ground level."  This would be a fantastic resource for a student-guided lesson of discovery and exploration.  To see the RGS modules, visit: http://www.hiddenjourneys.co.uk/  

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Images of Earth From Above

Images of Earth From Above | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Yesterday was Earth Day, a time set aside to increase awareness of the natural environment and the impact of our collective actions...

 

This is a gorgeous set of 39 images that are all view the Earth and captures images for above.  These aerial photography and remote sensing images focus of a wide range of topics such as the cultural landscape, the environment, earth science, cultural ecology and urban systems.   The photo above is of Mont-Saint-Michel, a tourist attraction and UNESCO world heritage site in northwestern France that is the world's premier example of the tombolo landform.


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Paige T's comment, August 28, 2012 11:55 AM
Its interesting how patterns in this world repeat themselves, whether in nature or man-made objects. The pictures of the shanty town in Venezuela and the floating ice sheets in Germany are similar in their layers, overlapping, and repetitiveness.
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The BRIC Countries

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For some time now, Brazil, Russia, India, and China have been grouped together under the acronym BRIC.

 

What are the demographic profiles of these "BRIC" countries that are increasingly looming large in the global consciousness?  While they to not quite fit the profile of more developed countries (MDCs), the BRIC countries are notable for how rapidly they are closing the gap in many metrics. 

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Justice Dept. approves Florida's district maps

Justice Dept. approves Florida's district maps | Geography Education | Scoop.it
The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday approved the Legislature's plans for new congressional, House and Senate districts, paving the way for the state to begin using the maps in preparation for the November elections.

 

What is gerrymandering?  Why, when and where might it happen?  What strikes you as distinct about district 5?  

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One Island, Two Countries

One Island, Two Countries | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Divided islands, like Market in the Baltic Sea, conform to a version of Sayre's law: the smaller the territory, the more confusing the border.

 

In the latest chapter of the Borderlines series in the New York Times, explores the smallest divided island with characteristic insight, humor and intellectual eclecticism.  "Borders allow humankind to separate what nature has united. But an island is a naturally closed entity. Its shoreline is the boundary of the bubble separating it from the rest of the world. And then impose a human-made barrier on an island? What is the meaning of isolation — a word derived, in fact, from the Latin for island — if you have to share it with someone else?"

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Indiana's new right-to-work law could prompt copycats

Indiana's new right-to-work law could prompt copycats | Geography Education | Scoop.it
When Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels signed legislation this month making Indiana the nation's first new right-to-work state in more than a decade, it turned up the heat on a long-simmering debate about the true intent and impact of the controversial...

 

Why do industries locate in particular places?  The accompanying graph and map are loaded with great thematic and spatial information for geography students.  Look at the 'right-to-work' states and mentally overlay what you know of the political map...How does that fit within the ideological leanings of these states?  How does that change employment, industry and income patterns in the various states of the United States?  Why might right-to-work laws be spreading in the near future?  What is the political leaning of the author?  What evidence to leads to that conclusion?      

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