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I had the shapefiles with the various neighborhoods of Providence and the good folks at "Click that 'Hood" were gracious enough to upload it and make a local quiz based on the the 25 neighborhoods of Providence (as defined by the city government officials). In addition to city neighborhood quizzes, they also have quizzes for regions such as Africa, South America and Europe. This is a crowd-sourced database, so if you have the right data, you can help them to create more online quizzes.
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An isogloss is a line that divides regions based on the words that are used to describe the same item or concept. This series of 22 maps is a delicious way to visualize some of the lingusitic differences in the United States. Why are these distinct vocabulary terms regionally used?
Notice that this map shows that Rhode Island and Wisconsin are distinct in using the term "bubbler" where there rest of the country would refer to the same object as a drinking fountain (West) or a water fountain (South).
Tags: language, North America, mapping, regions.
Love these maps. Bubbler is so right in RI and I never knew it was called that anywhere else. However I think they got the one about the subs wrong. I still call those sandwhiches a grinder. I went to Texas once and ask for a grinder and I still think the guy there is laughing at me to this day. Its really is great to see the difference though even though this is one country with many different backgrounds.
"Preparing to Teach Social Studies: Geographic Content for the Praxis Exam."
I know that most of my readers are in-service teachers as opposed to pre-service teachers, but I thought it was still worth sharing. Several schools have noticed that without geography classes, social studies teachers have difficulty becoming certified without some core geographic content. As a part of job at the Alliance coordinator for the Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance, I'm giving a workshop tonight at Salve Regina University designed to strengthen pre-service teachers geographic content as outlined on the Praxis Exam. I have prepared these materials with that audience in mind, but if there is anything you find useful, please use it or share it with those that could use it (local School of Education, Alliance, etc). Most of the images in the presentation are hyperlinked to articles, videos and infographics that I have posted here in the past. Here is the link to the other parts of the test.
Tags: Rhode Island, training, geography education.
This will be abig help when i have to take that exam...Thanks for the info on it.
Climographs chart the monthly temperature and rainfall data and are a useful tool is studying climatology. Here are links to dozens of selected United States and International cities that come from the National Drought Mitigation Center. The image above is a climograph of Providence, RI.
Tags: physical, weather and climate, Rhode Island, statistics, visualization.
Rhode Island is one of five states in which the number of people getting help from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-formerly known as 'food stamps') has more than doubled since 2008. In 2012, 16 percent of its residents received aid from the program. Read the related article. The article details how Woonsocket's economy is impacted by these monthly fluctuations is disposable income. Why is Rhode Island one of that states with a doubling participation in this program? What other spatial patterns to you see?
Tags: Rhode Island, economic, mapping, poverty, community.
A massive winter storm is coming together as two low pressure systems are merging over the U.S. East Coast. A satellite image from NOAA's GOES-13 satellite on Feb. 8 shows a western frontal system approaching the coastal low pressure area.
This NASA "image of the day" of the Nor'eastern shows the scope and impact of the storm quite vividly.
This classic Geography in the News by Neal Lineback has been re-released on his Lineback World View site. This is an excellent lesson for K-12 educators to prepare their students to understand the historic and geographic context of Thanksgiving.
After cutting a destructive path through the Caribbean, Hurricane Sandy caused extensive damage along the East Coast this week.
While the damage wasn't as bad as many feared it could have been, place and spatial context are especially important in assessing the impacts of a natural disaster. This is a excellent collection of the many devastating images as a result of Hurricane Sandy. To see some more local images, Rhode Island Department of Transportation put this collection together.
This interactive map of coastal Massachusetts and Rhode Island shows some basic flooding data including: 1) where are the flood warnings (essential the entire coastline), 2) how high the storm surge is, and 3) how high the waves are.
Tags: Rhode Island, water, disasters, geospatial.
The Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance seeks to promote geo-literacy here in the Ocean State. So what is geo-literacy? The National Geographic Society’s Educational team...
As the Alliance Coordinator for the state of Rhode Island, I organized these three videos (two from National Geographic) and some pictures to provide a basis for understanding what geo-literacy is and why it is important for society and within the workforce. In the spirit of sharing, I thought I'd share these links beyond the borders of Rhode Island.
Tags: GeographyEducation, NationalGeographic, geo-inspiration, RhodeIsland.
the undersea work & world of Michael Lombardi...
Michael Lombardi is a both a scientific and commercial diver; as an author and environmentalist and an Explorer in Residence with the National Geographic Society. This Saturday he will be the guest speaker for the Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance meeting and I am incredibly excited to hear from him.
Tags: water, National Geographic, RhodeIsland, physical, biogeography, environment.
While touring Kevin Babola's art studio yesterday, I found this thought-provoking piece entitled ‘Political Landscapes.’ I greatly enjoyed my conversation with the artist about the political, economic and urban visions that went into this painting. The conceptual idea behind this painting started when the artist was exploring the neighborhoods of New Bedford, MA and noticed how a sense of place can change very quickly. I dare say most cities have areas similar to the one portrayed here where the socioeconomic character changes very abruptly. While physically it might be very easy to cross from the side of the street with tenements to the neighborhood with single family homes, making that transition permanent is incredibly difficult.
Questions to ponder: what leads to cities having abrupt changes in the urban fabric? What might this chasm represent to people on either side of the divide? How does this impact the neighborhood institutions (schools, local government, etc.)? Please visit the artist's webpage at: http://www.kbolaillustration.com
Polotical Landscape paintings are great because they are a vision of what the world is becoming, what it used to be, and what it could be.
The picture ‘Political Landscapes,’ is a portrait of the haves and the have not’s and it illustrates the widening chasm of socioeconomic levels with the top 1% gaining and the rest steadily losing ground.
The decline of industry very often leads to the decline in jobs, schools and local government. With the erosion of the tax base cities are no longer able to maintain these institutions.
RT: As we discussed in class today about businesses basically running cities, CVS has a dominating presense in Woonsocket, where it's corporate headquaters is located. In 2009 closing the exsisting CVS on Cass Ave and erecting a new larger one up the street was proposed, doing so would involve demolishing 7 buildings, and change the comunity forever. An uproar was caused within the community, and the in protest this blog was created. Despite the community disagreement, CVS was able to pass all the zoning laws and problems involved with constrution. This is an example of a corporation using their influence to get what they want.
"By using Facebook data from the 2.5 million people in New York or New England that ‘like’ either the Red Sox or Yankees I was able to create a more accurate rivalry map than ever before."
Sports maps with team logos on them are often hand-drawn works of art without much data to back them up--not so with this map. Read the article to find the actual data which is much messier than these bold color proclaim. These regions aren't homogenous (are they ever?) but this is the best fit line between the major groups of fans, showing that Connecticut is the true 'battle ground' for this regional rivalry.
Tags: sport, statistics, mapping, regions, Rhode Island, Boston, NYC.
A fun map i can relate to a lot being a New Yorker living in RI. I also believe theres more Yankee fans in Red Sox territory then Red Sox fans in Yankee territory.
How Many Rhode Islands is a simple web application that shows and tells you how many Rhode Islands would fit inside a given country.
The Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance is as pleased as could be to discover this marvelously fun website. While the Ocean State is larger than countries such as Andorra, Nauru, Tuvalu and Malta, there are not many countries smaller than the smallest of the United States of America. Russia could contain 5,445 'Rhode Islands' and the United States could contain 3,066 Rhode Islands (that's a LOT of senators!).
USGS National Geologic Database- TopoView
The National Geologic Map Database is a simple interactive tool to find USGS topographic maps that you can dowload. Users can search for current or historic maps.
Tags: geospatial, GIS, mapping, cartography.
March and April are key months for harvesting sap from trees, making this sugar time in New England. New England's climate and biogeography make this the right time because the because the combination of freezing nights and warm spring days gets the sap in the native species of maple trees to flow. The sap get boiled down to syrup, but did you know that it takes roughly 40 gallons of sap that to get 1 gallon of pure maple syrup?
"Brown University's Choices Program invites secondary level geography teachers to apply for a 2013 Summer Institute that focuses on using the Choices approach and materials to ask What is Where, Why, and So What?"
Applications for this tremendous Summer Institute are due April 8th and I am very pleased to announce that I'll be one of the presenters there at Brown University. I hope that many of seriously consider applying. I look forward to collaborating with all the participants in person (the only cost is travel to and from Providence, RI).
Tags: Rhode Island, APHG, training.
This is a simplified Census data map viewer specifically for Rhode Island. To see a simplified U.S. Census data at the national scale, see: http://sco.lt/7G5rur
Tags: statistics, Rhode Island, census, GIS, mapping, cartography.
Find out how the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Native Americans celebrated the first Thanksgiving together at Plymouth Plantation.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and this is a great resource with videos, primary documents, virtual field trips and lesson plans for all grades, K-12. Students can see aspects of lifestyles, housing types and economic activies of both the Pilgrims and the Wampanoags. For more resources about the Mayflower and the historically re-enacted village, see the Plimoth Plantation website.
Tags: K12, seasonal, historical, colonialism, virtual tours.
Before and after photo now that the Providence Hurricane Barrier is closed #sandyri #RI twitter.com/RIGEA1/status/…— RIGEA (@RIGEA1) October 29, 2012
Before and after photo now that the Providence Hurricane Barrier is closed #sandyri #RI twitter.com/RIGEA1/status/…
This is a link from the Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance which is now on Twitter. UPDATE: This shows the number of power outages in the state.
WEATHER GANG | With computer models locked in on the eventuality of a punishing blow for East Coast from Hurricane Sandy, analyses suggest this storm may be unlike anything the region has ever experienced.
This weekend's storm for the East coast is especially interesting. I won't pretend to be a meteorologist, so I'll quote one: "The upper-air steering pattern that is part of the puzzle is not all that unheard of. It happens when the atmosphere gets blocked over the Atlantic and the flow over the U.S. doubles back on itself. Sometimes big winter storms are involved. The freak part is that a hurricane happens to be in the right place in the world to get sucked into this doubled-back channel of air and pulled inland from the coast." Stay safe everyone on the east coast.
Tags: weather and climate, physical, disasters.
What are all these news reporters and school administrators doing in my classroom? Monday, September 24, 2012 was most certainly an interesting day in my Mapping Our Changing World (GEOG 201) class...
One of my students applied some mapping skills and spatial analysis to a string of unsolved bank robberies in Rhode Island. After 7 months of eluding capture with at least 8 robberies under his belt, the "bearded bandit" was apprehended less than 48 hours after my student handed over his analysis to a contact in the police department. Coincidence? I think not! Great work Nic, showing that spatial thinking and geographic skills can be applied to a wide range of disciplines and activities.
Tags: RhodeIsland, GIS, mapping, GeographyEducation, edtech.
Ever wonder how charitable the people are who live in your area? It turns out that lower-income people tend to donate a much bigger share of their discretionary incomes than wealthier people, according to a new study.
Questions to ponder: What are some reasons that Providence RI is the 'least charitable' metropolitan area in the United States according to this data? Why is the state of Utah ranked as the 'most charitable state?' Why are the bottom 3 states all in the New England region?
There are plenty of regional biases about other places. This map was generated by Google autocomplete. If you Google, "Why is Rhode Island so...." if will automatically suggest some responses. This was done for all the states and these autoresponses are quite revealing (and often humorous).