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This is a fabulous map---but is the statement true?
I present this map (hi-res) without any context to my students and ask the question: is this statement true? How can we ascertain the truthfulness of this claim? What fact would we need to gather? This exercise sharpens their critical thinking skills and harnesses the assorted bits of regional information that they already have, and helps them evaluate the statement.
The answers to these questions can be found here.
Tags: density, social media, East Asia, South Asia.
It's quite amazing!
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It's #OpeningDay of the 2013 #Baseball season! Check out this great #geography lesson from the @baseballhall of Fame htl.li/iLlJU— NCGE (@NCGE1915) April 1, 2013
It's #OpeningDay of the 2013 #Baseball season! Check out this great #geography lesson from the @baseballhall of Fame htl.li/iLlJU
This resource has grade-level appropriate lessons on the spatial diffusion of of teams and the cultural geography of the baseball.
Tags: NCGE, sport, diffusion, K12.
(3rd UPDATE) The new leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics is expected to deliver a speech in an hour
The juxtaposition of the hypermodern coverage of the election of a new pope (telecasts, social media, instantaneous global network coverage, etc.) with the archaic medieval rituals of the conclave (locked doors, smoke signals, etc.) is endlessly fascinating to me. Even in the 21st century, there is a place for the traditional. So who is Pope Francis? As the first South American pope, some feel this reflects the southern demographic shift within the Catholic Church. Also, click here for the science behind the white vs. black smoke.
Tags: culture, religion, Christianity.
The first Argentine Pope
If you look at this map of #NewYork when it was New Amsterdam, you will understand why Wall St is so named twitter.com/HistoryNeedsYo…— Matthew Ward (@HistoryNeedsYou) February 19, 2013
If you look at this map of #NewYork when it was New Amsterdam, you will understand why Wall St is so named twitter.com/HistoryNeedsYo…
Tags: historical, landscape, NYC.
I've posted on this topic now, so regular readers will know that I love a good flashmob that changes our perception of public places. This flashmob from Quebec makes me wonder, "if there were a bottle on the ground, would I pick it up and recycle it?" I'd like to think that I would, but the numbers show that most people would just walk right on by. For more of my favorite flashmobs in public places, see http://geographyeducation.org/whats-new/articles/place-and-flash-mobs/
On the surface Facebook is a social network, but those in the know recognize that it's actually one of the largest datasets of human trends, preferences and activity ever catalogued.
This is a crowd-sourced map of NFL fans is very different from this more stylized version.
This map shows fans of NFL teams by county. The data was collected from Facebook posts and people's pages. What patterns do you see for the fans in states that do not have a professional football team? In states that DO have a pro team, does everyone root for the home team? Why would a state have fans who root for another team? (Think geographically.)
The idea of flash mobs has spread quickly, diffusing at a time when online video sharing can immortalize the moment in time and social media can amplify the audience beyond just one place.
I LOVE this particular flashmob (as a bonus, 'read' the cultural landscape to try to identify where this took place). While there are many types of successful flash mobs, all share one characteristic: place matters. The place where a flash mob performs is not simply a stage; place is a crucial part of the meaning of the flash mob. An incredibly prominent place with open spaces and many sight lines is a prime location for a flash mob. Beyond these tangible characteristics, if a site has some importance cultural significance, those qualities can be meshed with the meanings of the flash mob. For more of my musings on flashmobs (and extra clips) you can continue reading here: http://geographyeducation.org/whats-new/articles/place-and-flash-mobs/
Tags: place, space, diffusion, popular culture.
Flash mob in the school by Drama Class?
Global news with a spatial perspective: resources for educators and the inherently inquisitive.
I recently revamped the layout for my 'Geography Education' scoop.it site. I hope it adds to the experience.
The mapmakers have amassed some 80 maps for Food: An Atlas, ranging from surplus in Northeast Italy to meat production in Maryland. The goal is to spread information about various food systems so they can be adapted locally.
Social media is enhancing digital cooperation to enable some intriguing grass-roots projects such as this one.
Tags: food, agriculture, mapping.
With a simple class hashtag (e.g.-#geog400ric) you can create a backchannel for student to collaborate outside the classroom walls.
This map is a fantastic geovisualization that maps the spatial patterns of languages used on the social media platform Twitter. This map was in part inspired by a Twitter map of Europe. While most cities would be expected to be linguistically homogenous, but London's cosmopolitan nature and large pockets of immigrants influence the distribution greatly.
Tags: social media, language, neighborhood, visualization, cartography.
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.
A animation showing edits to http://OpenStreetMap.org over the period 2007-2012.
OpenStreetMap recently had it's "State of the Map" conference (Oct. 13-14) in Portland, Oregon. This video was embedded in a great article entitled "The New Cartographers" that summarizes some of the current issues discussed at the conference as well as concerns that confont the project. The project has experienced exponential growth and is a major player in the world of online mapping (think Wikipedia for maps).
Questions to Ponder: What are some advantages (and disadvantages) to an open source mapping data set? What do you imagine is the future for the world largest open-source mapping data?
Tags: mapping, cartography, geospatial, social media.
Facebook intern Paul Butler has created a detailed map of the world by mapping connections between people using the social network living in different cities.
The disconnected portions of the this map tell us as much about the world we live in as the highly illuminated ones. Might this be a version of the "Black Marble" image that would reasonate more with today's teenagers? For the methods behind the creation of this map as well as a high resolution version of the map, see this post.
Tags: social media, map, visualization.
Great for connectiveness graphics.
This is very cool...just like the internet map you posted. I have a seperate facebook page just to communicate back and forth to my friend nd his family in New Zealand in real time for free.
This is a picture of our world and the real way that we are connected in real time from Facebook. It's amazing! Share this everywhere!
It seemed like most people were changing their Facebook profile pictures to the Human Rights Campaign's symbol for equality -- that red equal sign -- this week as the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in two cases concerning same-sex marriage.
The happiest city in America is Napa, California -- and the saddest all swear too much.
Hawaii, Maine, Nevada, Utah, Vermont--congratulations on being the happiest states according to a Twitter metric. Louisiana, I'm just sad typing that you are the saddest of all states.
Check out the twitter activity in realtime
What is the social media conversation like in different regions of the world? This realtime mapping tool lets user visualize the ever-shifting world of Twitter. In this screen shot, Europe and Africa are sleeping the Americas are buzzing with activity.
This links to a page where tweets on Twitter are tracked in real time and displayed on a dot map.
Questions: What regions have the most tweets? Do you think there are differences between what people tweet about in one part of the world versus another? What can you infer about the areas where there are no tweets reported?
Globalisation and the Internet; The US superpower and its softpower
You need to open this page in Google Chrome. It will not work using Internet Explorer.
Facebook Data Science wrote a note titled NFL Fans on Facebook. Read the full text here.
Who is rooting for which team in the Super Bowl? How does regional geography play a role in this distribution of the data captured in this map?
As a huge fan of all things Football, I found this article really quite interesting. While a majority of the county appears to be rooting for the 49ers the East and West coast split is still evident. I also noticed that most of the New England area appeared to be rooting for the 49ers, sour grapes I imagine.
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!
As more of our students go searching for information online, we need to also teach our students how to assess the quality of a particular media outlet and develop a critical eye. This great song is a humorous way to approach that topic.
Questions to Ponder: What makes a source reliable? Can a source be reliable on some topics but not others?
Here's an article about how an over-reliance on GPS (or Sat-Nav) can lead to the erosion of one's mental map. And yes, the article is from the Daily Mail (as the images on the side clearly demonstrate). Does that change how you approach the information?
Heuristic: if a place has sidewalks, it votes Democratic. Otherwise, it votes Republican.— Nate Silver (@fivethirtyeight) September 3, 2012
Heuristic: if a place has sidewalks, it votes Democratic. Otherwise, it votes Republican.
Nate Silver became about as big of a celebrity as a statistician can become during the election (being called everything from a prophet to a witch). This little nugget is obviously an overgeneralization, but it appears that is has enough substance to give it some serious consideration. Where does this hold true and where is it false? How come? If it is true, why would this be true?
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.
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Sites with Content: Wordpress, Scoop.it.
This map shows each verified incident of violence in Gaza and Israel since last week's assassination of Hamas leader Ahmed al-Jabari. Geospatial technologies combined with social media are changing how we learn about (and wage) wars.
A pictorial investigation bureau, at your service.
Social media has fundamentally changed how information is disseminated. Many photos that are spread on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest can be 'doctored' or mislabeled since citizen journalists aren't held to the same standard of verifying their sources. In the abundance of information, sorting out fact from fiction can be quite difficult. Social media has made me a more of a skeptic, and I try not to post a picture that I it can't find it's original source.
Economic devp't is a result of creating a city where people want to live - @richard_florida is correct businessweek.com/articles/2012-… via @profkjmoore— marcelo figueira (@MarcoLangzi) October 21, 2012
Economic devp't is a result of creating a city where people want to live - @richard_florida is correct businessweek.com/articles/2012-… via @profkjmoore