Global news with a spatial perspective: Interesting, current supplemental materials for geography teachers and students.
Curated by Seth Dixon
There are some beautiful images and places to be discovered through this quiz. This set of aerial photographs challenges the reader to guess the country where the image was taken; even with two options, it's quite challenging. This forces the reader to use context clues in the physical and human landscapes to make an education guess. If you are looking for more, here are two quizzes (one and two) from the Atlantic, plus another from Joseph Kerski embedded into ArcGIS online . To get students exploring more Google Earth images and saving their own finds, Stratocam is a great place to start.
Toporopa is compilation of different games and app for secondary students to review their geographic knowledge of geography, and learn new concepts in a fun and entertaining way. It does reinforce the 'encyclopedic' view of geography education, but the games are well-crafted and available in most of the major languages of the European Union. See a Spanish-language review of the site here.
Many of Africa’s leaders will be in town next week attending a White House summit. The continent’s land is shared among 49 countries — many of which rarely make U.S. headlines. How familiar are you with Africa’s geography?
This online quiz tests your ability to locate African countries on the map--a basic skill that isn't 'doing geography' (an age-old lament among geography educators). Still, it is hard to have an intelligent discussion about the continent if you can't name or locate any places other than Egypt and South Africa. For some of my favorite online map quiz resources, click here.
"For Regional Geography, I ask that all my students take an online quizzes before coming to class because it is very difficult to intelligently discuss European issues if you don’t know the countries of Europe, where they are and what other countries are on their borders. Quizzes and knowing places doesn’t define geography, but if geography were English literature, knowing about places could be described as the alphabet–before you write a sonnet or critique an essay, you better know your ABC’s and basic grammar. Given that, I like the Lizard Point Geography quizzes, Sheppard Software quizzes and those from Click that ‘Hood; they are simple, straightforward and comprehensive."
In May 2013, GeoGuessr came online and quickly became a favorite quiz game of geo-enthusiasts. Using 5 random locations in Google Street View. The game player can search the area in Street View and then make a guess as to where it is on the map."
So how can a geography teacher leverage this new platform to enhance the classroom experience? Teachers can allow the students to explore the various locations to analyze the cultural landscape. It is randomized, but teachers can now create their own GeoGuessr quizzes using GeoSettr. Anyone can arrange 5 locations into a customized quiz with a unique URL. Try this quiz I created (hints below):
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Geography is so much more than knowing where place are--but that is an important starting point to be able to intelligently discuss global patterns. After watching that video, you should be able to ace this quiz.
Challenge yourself to identify some seventy languages by their sound alone. Learn more about how languages sound and where they're spoken.
This is a great game that let's you first listen to and then attempt to identify the language that is being spoken. What's even better, you have "three lives" and after the game is complete, you will be provided with the more information about the languages that you were not able to identify.
"Can you recognize it by its Starbucks locations? Let’s find out. This quiz shows all of the Starbucks locations within the city boundaries of 20 domestic or foreign cities, and for each you must name the city depicted from four choices."
This is my favorite place-based guessing game since GeoGuessr (5 locations in GoogleMaps "StreetView" and you have to guess where). This isn't about knowing Starbucks locations, but understanding spatial urban economic patterns (just as this article showing the locations where McDonald's and Burger King will place stores also relies of understanding urban economic patterns). In this Starbucks game you have to recognized the shape of the city, major street patterns and the economic patterns just to name a few. This is one way to make the urban model more relevant.
From the world's largest seas to islands and coastlines, will you sink or swim in this challenging geography quiz? Dive into our selection of sea based trivia now!
Try the Population Bracketology game from @uscensusbureau! Weekly data visualization from the U.S. Census Bureau compares populations for US states and metro areas.
Get into the spirit of March Madness by challenging your knowledge on the sizes of Metropolitan Statistic Areas and state population (just think electoral college). I got a 56 on my first stab (59 for the states)...what did you get?
Challenge your knowledge of Geography from around the world in our 'Where in the World?' Quiz Tournament. It's just £0.49 ($0.75) to enter with a cash prize of £30 ($45) up for grabs. Enter now if you think you know your stuff!
"Can you use physical and cultural geography clues to match the ground photograph with its location? Identify the 10 cities and 10 countries. In so doing, you are thinking spatially and considering language, culture, climate, landforms, land use, transportation methods, etc. to determine the correct answers."
Play the Global development game: identify the world's countries and territories, rank them according to GDP then fingers at the ready for the picture round
This game is not as simple as it may appear. The first round challenges you to be able to recall basic facts, the second has you comparing countries while the third asks you about global current events. Hopefully geography education around the world can get past that '1st round' and into deeper content. Good luck (Hint: use a computer with a mouse since locating the countries on the map is a timed activity).
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"Saudi Arabia is to allow its women athletes to compete in the Olympics for the first time ever, a statement by the country's London embassy says." In what is viewed as sensitive 'baby steps' towards inclusion for women in activities most in the West take for granted, females will be competing for the Saudi Olympic team in London, something that has been forbidden until very recently. Allowing their participation also alleviates pressure from the entire team being disqualified due to gender discrimination. (Apparently they can ride horses - will driving automobiles be far behind?)
Navigate court maps and view analysis of every shot taken over the ’11-'12 season for the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder.
Who said geography has nothing to do with sports?!? While there are many cultural and economic impacts on sport preference and prevalence, let's discuss the geography of the hardwood and a spatial analysis of the shot selections between the two teams. Clearly 'place matters' to many NBA players as their success on the court depends on finding their preferred spots within the flow of offense.
More than 75,000 firms that have helped to deliver London's Olympic Games are fighting a 12-year gagging order preventing them from talking about the work they have done, it emerged last night.
London has undergone important urban projects that have transformed the numerous parts of the city. These massive investments are now being questioned as some observers are skeptical as to whether or not their will be an adequate return on investment.
"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."
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