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Resources to support the NSW secondary Geography curriculum
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Hawkesbury River: competing needs and river health

Hawkesbury River: competing needs and river health | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Why is the Hawkesbury-Nepean river catchment a useful example for an exploration of river management issues? The needs...
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International Year of Small Island Developing States

International Year of Small Island Developing States | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

"The challenges facing the small island developing States are challenges that confront us all, and they are determined to work with all countries to find solutions that will ensure a brighter future for generations to come."

 
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Geography in the News: Worldwide Wheat Production

Geography in the News: Worldwide Wheat Production | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM The Role of Wheat in Worldwide Agriculture Wheat is the principal grain used to make most breads and pastries. Grown mostly in ...
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Welcome To Geography!

"Lets start off the new school year in style! This is a re-imagining of an older resource designed to introduce the subject to new students in a highly visual manner.  Feel free to use & share it."


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Great slideshow to promote thinking about 'What is Geography?' and 'Why study Geography?'

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Ruth Reynolds's curator insight, August 22, 7:51 PM

Yes- what is geography

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, August 24, 8:59 PM

Introducción a la Geografía.

MsPerry's curator insight, August 25, 12:29 PM

APHG-Intro

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'Race against time' as 50 countries set to miss health-related MDGs

'Race against time' as 50 countries set to miss health-related MDGs | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
More than 50 countries look set to miss both millennium development goal targets for cutting mortality rates for young children and mothers by the 2015 deadline, according to a report
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Maternal mortality? It’s just poor African and Asian women dying

Maternal mortality? It’s just poor African and Asian women dying | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

"With 500 days until the deadline for the millennium development goals (MDGs), goal number five – to reduce by three-quarters the number of maternal deaths, and achieve universal access to family planning – is the furthest from being reached. A study published in the Lancet in May (pdf) concluded that only 16 countries are on track to reach the target by the end of 2015."

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The state of the Great Barrier Reef: experts respond

The state of the Great Barrier Reef: experts respond | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Two landmark reports on the health of the Great Barrier Reef have outlined the pressure it is being put under by climate…
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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, August 16, 1:27 AM

Option - marine or coastal environments and management 

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Cartographic Anomalies: How Map Projections Have Shaped Our Perceptions of the World

Cartographic Anomalies: How Map Projections Have Shaped Our Perceptions of the World | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

Elizabeth Borneman explores how cartography and cartographic projections help and hinder our perception of the world.

"How do you think the world (starting with our perceptions) could change if the map looked differently? What if Australia was on top and the hemispheres switched? By changing how we look at a map we truly can begin to explore and change our assumptions about the world we live in."

 

Geography doesn’t just teach us about the Earth; it provides ways for thinking about the Earth that shapes how we see the world.  Maps do the same; they represent a version of reality and that influences how we think about places. 

 

Tags: mapping, perspective.


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CHS AP Human Geography's curator insight, August 14, 2:30 PM

Use as small cards that students can sort in small groups?  Post as gallery walk?  Skill builder to identify areas of distortion (shape, area, distance, etc)?  

HumdeBut's curator insight, August 15, 1:15 AM

bien intéressant !

YEC Geo's curator insight, August 15, 7:03 AM

I love maps, but it's easy to forget that reproducing a three-dimensional object on a two-dimensional surface involves many trade-offs.  This article highlights those trade-offs.

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Gone with the wind: study finds cows fed wine dregs emit less methane

Gone with the wind: study finds cows fed wine dregs emit less methane | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
How do you feel after imbibing a bit of red wine? Euphoric, excited, or perhaps simply cheery? Or are you one of those drinkers prone to suffering a nagging feeling of guilt, combined with an uncomfortable sensation inside your head?
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Making the most of the dregs!

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Vanuatu climate worries rise as aid cut off

Vanuatu climate worries rise as aid cut off | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Vanuatu’s weather patterns are changing as the planet warms up, undermining the island nation’s ability to feed itself, according to Shirley Laban, Oxfam’s climate change manager for the country.
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“Pacific nations have consistently identified climate change as the biggest threat to their prosperity and development, a statement again made clearly at the Pacific Islands Forum last week," said Simon Bradshaw, Oxfam Australia’s climate change policy advisor. “So it's disappointing to see the federal government pulling funds from this important work to tackle climate change in the Pacific.”(Spokeswoman for Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade)

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Angling for sustainability

Angling for sustainability | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
There aren't always more fish in the sea. Growing community concern about over-fishing has prompted scientists to investigate the health of populations in Australian waters and to assess the impact of fishing on broader ecosystems, including the likelihood of other fish being caught accidentally.
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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, August 16, 1:26 AM

Option -marine environments and management 

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40 Maps That Explain The Middle East

40 Maps That Explain The Middle East | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
These maps are crucial for understanding the region's history, its present, and some of the most important stories there today.

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Titles like the one for this article, 40 maps that explain the Middle East, are becoming increasingly common for internet articles.  They helps us feel that we can explain all of the world's complexities and make sense of highly dynamic situations.  While we can all agree that maps are great analytical tools that can be very persuasive, sometimes we can pretend that they are the end all, be all for any situation.  Maps can also be used to show how something that we thought was simple can be much complex and nuanced than we had previously imagined, as demonstrated by this article, 15 Maps that Don't Explain the Middle East at All.  Both perspectives have their place (and both articles are quite insightful). Not connected to the Middle East, but East Asia, this article entitled Lies, Damned Lies and Maps continues the discussion of maps, truth and perception.  

 

Tags: MiddleEast, conflict, political, borders, colonialism, devolution,historical, mapping

Linda Denty's curator insight, August 5, 3:42 PM

As Seth Dixson says, maps only tell a part of a story, but this may assist as part of an overall understanding of the history of the area.

Ruth Reynolds's curator insight, August 5, 5:10 PM

Some of the histories in maps is helpful in realising the complexities of the issues.

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Private equity looms over Australia's wine industry

Private equity looms over Australia's wine industry | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
It is sometimes said that at least investors in vineyards can drink their losses. Indeed, it’s been a rocky few years for the Australian wine industry. External pressures have been challenging and much…
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Indigenous perspective on sustainability

Indigenous perspective on sustainability | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Find out about some Indigenous sustainability practices and perspectives on land management in this audio interview with...
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ABCSplash has other great resources on sustainability. 

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Earthquakes Cost More in Rich Countries but Devastate Poor Ones

Earthquakes Cost More in Rich Countries but Devastate Poor Ones | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
The damage estimates from the Napa Valley earthquake illustrate how natural disasters affect rich and poor countries
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Animated GIFs of Earth Over Time

Animated GIFs of Earth Over Time | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

"It took the folks at Google to upgrade these choppy visual sequences from crude flip-book quality to true video footage. With the help of massive amounts of computer muscle, they have scrubbed away cloud cover, filled in missing pixels, digitally stitched puzzle-piece pictures together, until the growing, thriving, sometimes dying planet is revealed in all its dynamic churn. The images are striking not just because of their vast sweep of geography and time but also because of their staggering detail."


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Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, August 25, 7:15 AM

unit 1

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Human-Environment Interaction in GIFs.

Sally Egan's curator insight, August 26, 3:42 PM

This is a great demonstration of human impacts on ecosystems. 7 locations in the world show dramatic change over time.

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How the MDGs have changed the world: eight leaders reflect

How the MDGs have changed the world: eight leaders reflect | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

"As the 2015 deadline looms, we asked global development’s influencers and campaigners to reflect on how the MDGs have changed the world, giving concrete examples of transformation."

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Millennium development goals: how much do you know? – Quiz

Millennium development goals: how much do you know? – Quiz | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
There are only 500 days until the MDGs, established to tackle the world's biggest problems, expire
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Useful quiz to serve as a stimulus for discussion of the MDGs - whther they have been achieved and what will replace them.

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Indonesia surpasses Brazil in deforestation

Indonesia surpasses Brazil in deforestation | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Indonesia has for the first time surpassed Brazil in clearing tropical forests and losses are accelerating despite a 2011 moratorium meant to protect wildlife and combat climate change, scientists said on Sunday.
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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, August 16, 1:23 AM

Option - Land degradation

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Africa's young to swell by 2050

Africa's young to swell by 2050 | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

"Africa's under-18 population will swell by two-thirds to reach almost a billion by 2050, a new UN report says. The findings show a "massive shift in the world's child population towards Africa", it says.

Its projections indicate that by 2050, about 40% of all children will be in Africa, up from around 10% in 1950."

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Dramatic Pictures of Recent Sinkholes Reveal Hazards Lurking Below

Dramatic Pictures of Recent Sinkholes Reveal Hazards Lurking Below | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Natural and human-caused sinkholes have swallowed cars and houses in Florida, Minnesota, England, China, Latin America, and beyond.
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Stopping the chainsaws

Stopping the chainsaws | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Determined Australian forester Scott Poynton is employing unusual methods in his crusade to get the world's loggers to clean up their act.
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"Poynton is a scientist, a forester, a rational man. He and the employees of his non-profit organisation, The Forest Trust, analyse and delve into the supply chains of the world's biggest retailers and commodity producers to reveal the environmental and social damage done by their products. Then he shows them how to do business differently. TFT's model for change has helped convince companies such as Wilmar, Nestlé, Ferrero and Asia Pulp & Paper - some of which are considered by the green movement as the epitome of environmental evil - that they can operate without cutting down forests and harming forest-reliant communities" (Michael Bachelard, The Age).

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Tourism threatened by climate change as ski slopes thaw, seas rise

Tourism threatened by climate change as ski slopes thaw, seas rise | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Climate change is a growing threat to tourism, from thawing ski resorts to coral reefs hit by warmer seas, and the industry itself should do more to curb its soaring greenhouse gas emissions, a study showed on Tuesday.
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Young filmmakers look at sustainability

Young filmmakers look at sustainability | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Prize-winningshort films on sustainability made by young Victorians - including primary school-aged students - will be screened at Federation Square in December.
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Great idea to promote global citizenship, with emphasis on environmental sustainability, in schools. I'm hoping other states might match this initiative.

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To grow agriculture in Australia, farmers need to think like miners

To grow agriculture in Australia, farmers need to think like miners | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
It’s perhaps fitting that mining magnate Andrew Forrest is in the vanguard of a move to position Australia as a major food supplier to China. Fitting, because if the plan is to work, Australian agriculture…
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Primary production is of little value unless the infrastructure is in place to move produce domestically and internationally. There are definitely some lessons for primary producers in the successful transport strategies of the mining industry.

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