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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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APHG Reading Newsletters

APHG Reading Newsletters | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Seth Dixon's insight:

This week I am in Cincinnati, OH, scoring the AP Human Geography exams.  Here you can find the digital newsletters that are intended for the AP readers to know about the upcoming events.  I will post future newsletters here as well. 


I also am teaching in Elmhurst College’s Graduate Certificate Program in Human Geography for AP.  They have recently announced some changes that will make it much more accessible and applicable for teachers.  They have added a Master’s Program in Applied Geospatial Sciences with Concentration in Human Geography as well as a non-credit (read, cheaper) option for the courses in the program as well.  Look into it!

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Geographic Calibrations

Geographic Calibrations | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"Occasionally we need to be reminded that the concepts of distance and area are important to the day-to-day understanding of breaking news stories, as well as many of our daily personal decisions. Although modern communications and transportation have reduced the roles of distance and area in some activities, by no means has it eliminated the utility of these concepts."

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This classic Geography in the News highlights the importance of basic geographic concepts to understand and contextual global news.  

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Jordan Schemmel's curator insight, May 21, 9:56 AM

We tend to forget how easy it is to compare the sizes and distances, especially when considering the move form 3D to 2D. Something to consider when reading and interpreting maps.

Jason Wilhelm's curator insight, May 22, 9:35 AM

A central theme of geography is place and the spacial organization of it. The USA is an extremely large area and its citizens often don't recognize this fact. Manifest destiny was a concept that stated that it was an American's duty to expand into the frontier to further the dominion of the American government. This imperialistic tendency ended when the US reached the Atlantic Ocean, but the land conquered was vast. Many countries in the world can fit many times over into the continental United States, but the citizens of the states take this fact for granted. This article serves as a needed reminder of this fact, and helps people put America's spacial consumption into perspective. 

Clarissa Rangel's curator insight, May 28, 5:50 PM

Really puts the size of countries into perspective... 

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Power of Place

Power of Place | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Explore educational and professional development resources for teachers and classrooms on Annenberg Media's learner.org. Companion to the Annenberg Media series Power of Place. This site covers the 26 episodes of the world geography course, produced by Cambridge Studios.
Seth Dixon's insight:

I know many teachers love the "Power of Place" video series because they are regionally and thematically organized. All 26 videos (roughly a half an hour each) aren't the most current examples but they are all sound and available online here.  

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Allison Anthony's comment, May 2, 6:22 AM
I think you should make an updated version! :-)
Ruth Reynolds's curator insight, May 2, 10:32 PM

Looks good

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, May 3, 6:07 AM

great course resource!

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Place-based Geography Videos

Place-based Geography Videos | Geography Education | Scoop.it

Professor Seth Dixon shares over 50 of his favorite geography videos in this online map http://bit.ly/KDY6C2

Seth Dixon's insight:

Have you ever wanted to watch a video and to have a map handy at the same time?  Ever since I first watched Raiders of the Lost Ark, I love the idea of combining video with maps.  I produced this bare-bones map on ArcGIS online to spatially index over 50 videos that I enjoy using in my classes; all are place-specific videos (so they can be ‘located’ on the map).  These videos have also been shared here earlier, but this map can function as a more user-friendly way to search for engaging video clips.  Do you have a great place-based video that teaches the principles of geography that you love?  Please share the URL in the comments section with a brief paragraph.        


Tags: mapping, video, ESRIgeography education.

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Utah Geographical Alliance's curator insight, March 17, 11:10 AM

Amazing Resource!

Utah Geographical Alliance's curator insight, July 27, 11:42 PM

Incredible teaching resource from Seth Dixon.  Map with videos to use for teaching about locations on the map. I don't know any teacher who wouldn't love this!  Thank you Seth!!! Please check out the resources he provides at his ScoopIt Page - Geography Education, his Facebook Page- The Church of Geography, on Twitter at @Geoevangelize, and @SethDixon.  His up to date information and resources make teaching Geography so much more fun and easy!

Utah Geographical Alliance's curator insight, July 27, 11:56 PM
Utah Geographical Alliance's insight:

Incredible teaching resource from Seth Dixon.  Map with videos to use for teaching about locations on the map. I don't know any teacher who wouldn't love this!  Thank you Seth!!! Please check out the resources he provides at his ScoopIt Page - Geography Education, his Facebook Page- The Church of Geography, on Twitter at @Geoevangelize, and @SethDixon.  His up to date information and resources make teaching Geography so much more fun and easy!

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Why is Geography Education so Important?

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This commencement speech from the President of the American Geographical Society highlights the importance of geographic thought and geo-literacy for college graduates.  I share this because (to quote Summer Howarth), "geo-literacy isn't really optional." 

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Jennifer Ryan's curator insight, November 10, 2013 2:09 PM

Love the question - if you read the articles some good stuff in there. Please share your opinions about Why Geography Matters

Rola Fahs's curator insight, November 13, 2013 7:04 AM

This is a good read for anyone who is going to be a social studies teacher. 

I am not sure that I would recommend this in my classroom but all teachers can benefit from this. 

He introduces geography as a way to connect with the world. Learning geography adds perspective and insight into the rest of the world. In geography we can pose thought provoking questions to students that gets them to start thinking differently than they do now. 

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Assessing Online Sources

Assessing Online Sources | Geography Education | Scoop.it

Tweet from Earth Pics (screenshot preserved for when it gets taken down).  Retweeted over 1,000 times in the first hour.

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This is a real island...well, sort of.  It is an island off the coast of Thailand (most certainly not Ireland) and there is no castle on the top.  Photoshopping and easy file sharing make it harder to assess the validity of online resources (this fantastic digital manipulation is the work of Jan Oliehoek).  Most students start their research with online sources.  This isn't to pretend that that I've never mistakenly assumed that some online content was accurate when it wasn't true; I think we all have.  I think that it's an important conversation to have with our students so they can be more critical consumers of online information and use some geographic skills to assess the quality of that information. 

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Linda Denty's curator insight, October 28, 2013 3:10 PM

Real or not"  Ireland or Tahiland?  Photoshopped or not? - check the length and shape of the shadow!. 

Tony Aguilar's curator insight, October 31, 2013 8:57 AM

students need to be very careful in the type of sources that they used to glean information. People can manipulate photos and suggest things as fact when they are completetly made up. It is understandable that Wikipedia can not be used as an entireyl reliable source because people have access to add whatever they want to the content matter. Photoshop and other online tools can be used to trick people into beleiving certain things. This photo claiming to be from ireland is really from Thailand is a small island but the castle itself on the top os photoshoped and the image was retweeded like crazy within the first hor. wee must check our sources and make sure that we are getting good primary or at least good secondary services from legit websites.

Jessica Rieman's curator insight, April 23, 2:08 PM

This just shows that you can't believe everything you see on the internet. In this picture it is said to be of an island in Ireland but in reality it is in Thailand. People believe what they want to believe.

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What Does Good Geography Teaching Look Like?

What Does Good Geography Teaching Look Like? | Geography Education | Scoop.it

Seth Dixon, a Rhode Island College geography professor and the coordinator of the RI Geography Education Alliance, gave the keynote address at the Thinking Geographically about International Issues 2013 summer institute, in a talk entitled What Does Good Geography Teaching Look Like?

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I was delighted to speak at Brown University this summer as a part of the Choices Program's summer institute.  This is the video of that talk (as well as the hyperlinked slides) that is my modest attempt to tackle such a monumental question in my profession.


Tags: geography educationteacher training.

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Alejandro Restrepo's comment, August 3, 2013 9:22 PM
Great work
Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, August 30, 2013 11:25 PM

This is a great video and sa reminder of how we should be approaching our teaching of the Australian Curriculum. 

Jarrod Dodds's curator insight, April 13, 5:49 PM

In this video, Seth Dixon demonstrates a profound knowledge of geographical concepts . More importantly, it's his delivery and approach to teaching those concepts.

 

Watch this video and respond to the questions.

 

1) Highlight what methods the professor uses to engage students effectively.

 

2) Why do you think those methods are important, particularly for the subject of geography?

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Belonging to this place: A conversation with Yi-Fu Tuan

Belonging to this place: A conversation with Yi-Fu Tuan | Geography Education | Scoop.it

Humanist geography, a movement within the field of human geography (itself a sub-field of geography) arose in the 1970s as a way to counter what humanists saw as a tendency to treat places as mere sites or locations. Instead, a humanist geographer would argue, the places we inhabit have as many personalities as those whose lives have intersected with them. And the stories we tell about places often say as much about who we are, as about where our feet are planted.

Seth Dixon's insight:

Anytime a geographer uses the phrase "sense of place," they owe an intellectual debt of gratitude to Yi-Fu Tuan This article is an introduction to the man and his work that is accessible to all audiences.   


Tags: place, unit 1 GeoPrinciples.

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Romana Quintel's curator insight, May 13, 2013 9:05 PM

An interesting way to view Aboriginal people's link to country.

Leoncio Lopez-Ocon's curator insight, May 14, 2013 6:38 AM

Articulo que introduce a la obra del geógrafo humanista Yi-Fu Tuan, uno de los 21 historiadores para el siglo XXI que José Enrique Ruiz-Domènec seleccionó en su libro Rostros para la historia

Céline's curator insight, May 26, 2013 4:25 AM

Le géographe sino américain a joué un rôle décisif dans l'essor du point de vue humaniste dans la nouvelle géographie. C'est l'un des premiers à avoir 

étudié l'expérience que les hommes se font des lieux (à travers plusieurs ouvrages : Topophilia, 1974 ; Espace et Lieu. La perspective de l'expérience, 1977 ; Segmented Worlds and Self, 1982).

Yi-Fu Tuan s'est vu décerné le prix international de géographie Vautrin Lud 2012, considéré comme le «prix Nobel de géographie». Ce prix lui a été remis de la 23e édition du Festival international de géographie (FIG) de Saint-Dié-des-Vosges.

 

En 2002, Tuan dit de sa géographie humaniste qu’elle «doit attirer celui qui a l’esprit solide et se montre idéaliste, car elle repose en définitive sur la croyance que nous, les hommes, avons à faire face aux faits les plus déplaisants, et parvenir dans le même temps à faire quelque chose à leur sujet, sans désespérer».

Pour le géographe Paul Claval, il est «une personnalité hors du commun, un être attachant» auteur d’une «œuvre inclassable tant elle est originale par sa forme et son contenu» (revue «la Géographie»).

 

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Geocube

Geocube | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"Geocube is an attractive online resource about Geography. Geocube is based on the principle of the Rubik Cube with six faces and 54 topics. It is a virtual and easily accessible website which is available online for free. Move the Geocube around with your mouse and explore the faces and topics.Geocube provides an accessible way to read, see and watch what Geography is and geographers do."

Seth Dixon's insight:

This interactive resource is worth exploring and letting students explore it at home or within a computer lab environment.  Geocube isn't just a single random link; Geocube is a portal to numerous topics, regions and themes that allows the user to explore what geography is without being constrained to do so in a linear fashion.  Having been voted by the American Association of School Librarians as one of the "Top 25 websites for Teaching and Learning," Geocube comes highly recommended, and rightfully so.  This is a must-see as it puts the world of geography at your fingertips. 


Tags: geography education. edtech, unit 1 GeoPrinciples.

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Maricarmen Husson's curator insight, April 14, 2013 1:39 PM

Geografhy education I¡ve  recently open it

Maricarmen Husson's comment, April 14, 2013 1:41 PM
I've recentli open it, is a good resourse for students and every peoples who likes geography
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Welcome to 'Geography Education'

Welcome to 'Geography Education' | Geography Education | Scoop.it

Finding Materials: This site is designed for geography students and teachers to find interesting, current supplemental materials.  To search for place-specific posts, browse this interactive map.  To search for thematic posts, see http://geographyeducation.org/thematic/ (organized by the APHG curriculum).  Also you can search for a keyword by clicking on the filter tab above.


Staying Connected: You can receive post updates in the way that best fits how you use social media.

Update Notifications: Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+.

              Email: Click 'follow' button at top right of this page.

Sites with Content: Wordpress, Scoop.it.

Seth Dixon's insight:

I hope that you enjoy the content and materials that you find on this website.  This represents the best news, materials and resources that I have found that can be used in geography (and other) classrooms. 

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SRINIVAS KASULLA's comment, August 31, 2013 11:19 AM
Awsome liked the map and would like to contribute ....thanks for such a nice article Peters Energy :)
SRINIVAS KASULLA's comment, August 31, 2013 11:19 AM
Awsome liked the map and would like to contribute ....thanks for such a nice article Peters Energy :)
Thomas C. Thompson's curator insight, August 31, 2013 4:51 PM

Love this Geography Education site! Set up two ways: regionally and thematically so you can find lesson ideas easily.

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Digital Globes, a New Way to View the World

Digital Globes, a New Way to View the World | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Their expense has so far made them rare, but with prices coming down, these glowing, programmable spheres are set to become more common.
Seth Dixon's insight:

Due to the expense, only science centers and major museums can afford these digital globes that we see in futuristic movies.  However, as with all new technologies, the price will drop as it is refined and made available for larger market, even if that time is still a ways off.  If this were available in your classroom, it would be splashy, but how much added value would it bring?  What kind of lessons could you teach with this?

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Tom Perran's curator insight, January 11, 2013 3:21 PM

Very exciting development in classroom technology!

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Restoring Geography in America

Restoring Geography in America | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Focus (WILL) - listen online, on demand topics and episodes, location, contact, schedule and broadcast information
Seth Dixon's insight:

This is the audio archive of a 2007 radio interview with Jerome Dobson, Geography Professor at the University of Kansas and President of the American Geographical Society.  In this interview he discusses many topics including the importance of geographic education, how to define geography and showing the relevance of the disciple in solving real-world problems.  He gives historical context as to why geography became minimized within the United States.   


Tags: geography education, geo-inspiration, podcast.

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Tony King's comment, January 10, 2013 8:31 AM
This is a uniquely American phenomenon, and a very unfortunate one. The study of geography makes you much more aware of the planet and how human interactions are gradually destroying it.
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All Over the Map: 10 Ways to Teach About Geography

All Over the Map: 10 Ways to Teach About Geography | Geography Education | Scoop.it
We have created 10 activities for teaching about geography using Times content, all related to the National Geography Standards.


This is a set of 10 activities that all use New York Times resources are all connected to the National Geography Standards and applicable to any social studies classroom.  It's great to see geography getting this publicity in the NY Times, but it's fantastic to have these easy-to-use ideas for the classroom that are rich in content.  

 

Tags: K12, Geography Education.

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Trust me, I'm A Geographer

Trust me, I'm A Geographer | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"Let everyone know your love for being a Geographer with this special limited edition design.Only available for a LIMITED TIME, so get yours TODAY!"

Seth Dixon's insight:

I normally don't share items that are for sale, since I don't endorse products.  However, even if no one buys this t-shirt, I think this audience would be able to appreciate the message. 

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Geographic Perspective Matters in Policy Debates

Geographic Perspective Matters in Policy Debates | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"The American policymaking sphere has long been dominated by political scientists and economists. While I have nothing against these disciplines, and acknowledge that they have made important contributions to our public discourse, I am also concerned that we have not always heard the full range of perspectives on important questions of the day.  Geography has a different perspective to offer, and our public discourse is impoverished without it."

Seth Dixon's insight:

Spatial thinking needs to be infused into many of our public conversations, and geographers collectively need to find ways to be a part of them.

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Jordan Schemmel's curator insight, May 21, 10:05 AM

A great article discussing why geography matters in ongoing discussions about public policy. The spatial perspective is a key thing to remember in any decision-making process.

Kyle Kampe's curator insight, May 28, 7:59 PM

In AP Human Geo., this relates to the Harm de Blij book "Why Geography Matters" that is assigned for summer reading because it indicates that geography's perspectives matter equally or more so than political science and economics.

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Why Geography?

Why Geography? | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"Geography. It lets you study the world. No, really, THE WORLD. Think about that. What other subject deals with rocks? Moving continents? AND climate? Diffusion of plants and animals? Water quality? Now, what if you add some human systems--do the other sciences let you relate the earth to economic or political systems? And culture--food, religion, music, housing, or language? How about urban systems and settlement forms? Past, present, and future, anywhere in the world? And how many subject areas let you look at something from a scientific, social-scientific, humanistic, AND artistic perspective? Yeah, I said artistic--I like to illustrate my findings with a nice map.

Tell me all about global studies or environmental science if you'd like--they're alright too. But NOTHING lets you see the world like geography does."

Seth Dixon's insight:

This 'sermon' from the Church of Geography is outstanding (the 'Church' is a geo-evangelizing group on Facebook and Twitter that is the home to the delightful memes pictured above).  Many organizations are trying to re-brand geography to gain greater public support at the same time that other interdisciplinary initiatives with geographic content are gaining traction: global studies, environmental sustainability, centers for spatial analysis, etc.  We don't need a name change as much as we need people to capture the vision of geography's centrality and holistic capacity. 


Tags: geo-inspiration, geography education.

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Family Geography Night

"Are you looking for a way to promote geography in your school in a way that involves students, parents, other teachers and administrators? A Family Geography can absolutely help.  Here are some guidelines to run a Family Geography night at a school or an Alliance function."

Seth Dixon's insight:

I’ve had the privilege of working with NEGEN (New England Geography Education Network). The great people in the Massachusetts Geographic Alliance have collaborated to create a template to run Family Geography Nights at schools. These Family Nights are incredibly successful in showing the relevance of geography education to administrators, other teachers, parents and the general public.

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Tony Aguilar's curator insight, December 1, 2013 12:38 AM

A geography night brings a subject to an interesting focus for students and parents, having interactive playful resources to teach kids about the world around them. They can play parents can ask teachers questions and it overall encourages interest in a subject that may seem complex and difficult to understand at times.With all the dicsiplines of geography that exist it is important to glean a foundational awareness of the world around you, to use as a springboard for the other aspects. These after school events and the fun involved will defintley help the student have a more open mind to learning, information that is practical but somewhat difficult to understand.

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, December 1, 2013 7:13 AM

Jornada dedicada a la familia en mi escuela

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Geography Poster

Geography Poster | Geography Education | Scoop.it
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If you remember the elements of geo-literacy as defined by National Geographic, all the themes are at the bottom of this chart...hmmmm.

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Leoncio Lopez-Ocon's curator insight, November 9, 2013 4:17 AM

Poster sobre la enseñanza de la geografía

Jennifer Ryan's curator insight, November 10, 2013 2:14 PM

Really wished I had created this. Thanks Durman District school board and Charles E Gritzner. (Apologies is surname is incorrect - difficult to read on the poster.)

Marcelle Searles's curator insight, January 25, 1:39 AM

can be used for the inquiry process

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Remembering Wilbur Zelinksy

Remembering Wilbur Zelinksy | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"Later this week, there will be a memorial service on the Penn State campus (Oct 26th-see details here)."

Seth Dixon's insight:

This summer I unexpectedly found myself at the estate sale of the great cultural geographer, Wilbur Zelinsky.  I heard earlier through the Penn State geography department that he had passed away, but was startled to find myself discussing his legacy with his children.  This picture (that was being held up by the most amazing magnet ever) on his filing cabinet seems like a perfect tribute to his intellectual legacy.  Read the full article with additional pictures here.

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Gilbert Faure au nom de l'ASSIM's comment, October 21, 2013 1:13 AM
this is a general fact: "This was when I realized that young academics always make a name for themselves by standing on the shoulders of giants; some choose then to look down on their predecessors while others acknowledge that their work is dependent on those who came before. " congratulations for this analysis of human beings attitudes...Scientists are human after all
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Just what is Geography?

Just what is Geography? | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"I'm a geographer. Yes, I study rocks, but I'm not a geologist. I consider weather and climate when I study people--but I know the environment doesn't determine a culture's development. Hydrology and oceanography are cool. Please don't feel threatened just because I know about economic, political, and cultural globalization. I read Darwin, Lovelock, Marx, and Tuan--all in geography classes. The newspaper calls me a local historian. My neighbors think I'm an expert on roads. I hang out in cemeteries. I've served in government--far more successfully than the self-proclaimed 'business experts.' Capitals? I really haven't memorized them, thank you. But I can think spatially and holistically. I love my planet. I'm interdisciplinary. I'm a geographer."

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I you haven't 'liked' the Church of Geography on Facebook, you really should. These geo-sermons are worth the huge investment of a simple click.  

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nativemedia's comment, September 24, 2013 9:27 PM
excellent
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How Geography Explains the United States

How Geography Explains the United States | Geography Education | Scoop.it

Via Emma Lafleur
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Questions to ponder: How much do you agree with the author's assertion that geography explains the foreign affairs of the U.S.?  Is there any environmental determinism in this argument?  

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Mary Patrick Schoettinger's curator insight, April 18, 2013 6:39 AM

There are so many facets to geography and the United States has certainly benefitted from all of them; from location to abundant natural resources to cultural histories. I think this is a good introduction to the topic.

Louis Culotta's comment, April 18, 2013 9:41 AM
I would think that the united states treats Canada a lot better at than in Mexico because of the border issues that exist because of people trying to smuggle drugs or people into America from Mexico continues to be abig problem with the US goverment.
Maegan Connor's curator insight, December 17, 2013 10:48 AM

I think the very last paragraph of this article is one of the truest statements about America that I have ever read.  "There's so much good America can do in the world." This is absolutely true because as the author covered, the U.S. is very good at getting involved in foreign affairs and we are extremely lucky to have the borders that we do.  We're safe on this side of the globe, a world away from the places that have suffered religious and political turmoil for centuries.  

However, the citizens of the U.S. often remain marginally uneducated about out foreign affairs because of the portrayals by the media and the many covered up mistakes that the U.S. has made.  The author of this piece noted America's three major faults as pragmatism, idealism, arrogance and ambivalence.  The United States is ultimately the most conceited country in the world but it's not entirely the fault of its citizens.  U.S. media's job is not necessarily to report the truth but report the fractions of truth that will continue to inspire nationalism, even if that means leaving out the fact that many problems around the world have been increased due to America's participation.

The author of this piece pointed out America's habit of only joining in when it is beneficial for our country, even if it is not in the best interest of the people we are helping.  We offered assistance to the reformers in Egypt but ignored problems raging in Bahrain.  The U.S. has only limited understanding of many of the old, traditional cultures that reign in parts of the Middle East but that does not stop the country from trying to help and often, looking foolish or inciting more unrest.

We have grown to feel very safe in on our side of the planet and regardless of the few attacks that have penetrated America's defense, we still have a very limited world view because there are no threats from our neighbors and it is okay to be whomever you'd like to be (technically speaking because racism, sexism, and homophobia are still rampant in this country) without threats from people around you.  It would be in our country's best interest to educate ourselves on world events and other cultures to be well rounded and less offensive to those who suffer in other regions. The author called America's belief that the problems between Israeli's and Palestinians would resolve with a classic Hollywood happy ending a part of America's problem with idealism and not understanding what it is like to have neighbors who want to dive in during the midst of horrible wars and take whatever they can get their hands on.   Having the borders that it does, it was never a real threat that the U.S. faced. 

I think this article is spot on with the problems in U.S. foreign policy and how geography affects our culture and our ideas of how the world works.

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Thinking like a Geographer

WARNING! This video contains explicit geographical scenes that may offend the non-worldy-wise.
Seth Dixon's insight:

This music video is just for fun, but there is some solid content embedded in the lyrics...if you never want your students to laugh or smile, I do not recommend sharing this with your classes.  If your students already see you a goofy, fun-loving teacher, this might be right in your wheelhouse.   


Tags: geo-inspiration, geography education.

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Sally Egan's curator insight, March 25, 2013 2:41 PM

Here is something that might really get you thinking about what Geography is in the real world! Think like a geographer every day!

dilaycock's comment, March 25, 2013 7:10 PM
Love it. Thanks for this Seth. Just in time to promote Geography at parent/teacher night!
Samuel Yeats's curator insight, May 7, 2013 9:34 PM

A facetious look into the world of studying Geography. These students have obviously gone to a masive effort to explore their passion for Geography. While it may not be a stereotypically academic or intellectual piece, this video is a great representation of how a Geographer thinks broadly, critically and evaluatively.

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The United States of YA

The United States of YA | Geography Education | Scoop.it
A while back, I posted in the forums asking for people to help me find a YA book for every single state in the US.
Seth Dixon's insight:

While I can't vouch for all of these books (I read more children's literature than Young Adult), I absolutely love the idea of this project.  This is a great way to make geography a cross curricular activity, especially for an English class or just for fun.  Scroll down on the right side of this image to see all the books/states on the list.  The geographic content of some of these books are minimal, but that's not the worst thing that can happen if more students are reading.  What books are at the top of your reading list?

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SchoolandUniversity's comment, February 15, 2013 11:17 PM
The United States of YA. Hey guys! This isn't an official challenge, but I really wanted to do it.
Lori Johnson's comment, February 16, 2013 6:49 AM
My favorites on the list: Under the Blood Red Sun, Deadline, The Fault in our Stars, and Dairy Queen.
Lauren Jacquez's curator insight, February 16, 2013 4:37 PM

This is for all you avid readers out there!

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GeoEd Voices Online

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Some of the best free professional development opportunities are found online as educators develop Personal Leaning Networks (PLN).  This is a sampling of important voices from my PLN, with important links, updates and perspectives--so glad to be a part of your PLNs!

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Why Geography Matters . . . But Is So Little Learned

Why Geography Matters . . . But Is So Little Learned | Geography Education | Scoop.it

I will once again preach to the choir, but with the hope that this will arm you with resources to use in discussions with administrators and colleagues.  This article by Walter McDougall (2003 by Orbis) is worth reviewing and is a good reading assignment to start the school year.  The link is to a PDF version of the article. 

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