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Resources to support the NSW secondary Geography curriculum
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Deadly air: the smog shrouding China's future

Deadly air: the smog shrouding China's future | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Beijing has been smothered by a dense and dangerous smog this month, which has set new air pollution records over several days.The World Health Organization advises that the acceptable level of fine…
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Planning for floods and fires now the recipe for disaster has changed

Planning for floods and fires now the recipe for disaster has changed | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
The floods in Queensland and Northern New South Wales and the extensive January bushfires which caused destruction across Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales confirm that we need to rethink how we plan…...
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Housing Patterns

Housing Patterns | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
See the big picture of how suburban developments are changing the country's landscape, with aerial photos and ideas for the future

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Liam Michelsohn's curator insight, December 10, 2013 4:13 PM

A very interesting article on changes in landscape, while looking though this I came aross so many little things i never noticed about the topical layout of housing. The main thing that is apparent is density, how closely each house is put together, the amount of land each has as well as the view from the property. Its aslo interesting to see how the design of the area can be made for easy access or be desigend to keep people out with only one enctancte and exit. All of these charasticts make up how the land is desired as well as econimcly priced, which then determins who will be able to live there.

Jacqueline Landry's curator insight, December 15, 2013 8:53 PM

Having the streets interconnected allows for easy  traveling throughout the area.  when there is more density in an area it means there are more houses , more people.  The sprawl has the center on the place and the streets go out around it. The way the streets are made are for different reasons,.

megan b clement's comment, December 16, 2013 12:57 AM
This article talks about twenty different housing patterns and how we base these housing patterns around our society or enviroment. How looking at housing patterns can tell you what kind of neighborhood one lives in from the sky. Looking down and seeing a golf course with lush grass and big backyards shows you that this neighborhood is very expensive. Or Canal houses that utilize every inch of the waters edge to financially make them able to charge higher prices for the homes because each house has a water view and is on the waters edge.
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Living Geography: What did the fish say when it swam into a wall ?

Living Geography: What did the fish say when it swam into a wall ? | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

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A town announces ambitious plans for expansion and development, but a new dam will be required to ensure a safe, secure water supply. Where should the new dam go? How can the water company balance the needs of different interest groups and the environment?Detailed lesson plans, student materials and presentation slides allow you to use the lessons ‘off the shelf’ with minimal preparation."

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How We Use Maps and Globes: An Illustrated Guide from 1968

How We Use Maps and Globes: An Illustrated Guide from 1968 | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

"A charming reminder of how far we've come -- and what we've given up along the way. Originally published in 1968 as part of the same Social Studies Program series that gave us How People Live in the Suburbs, the slim 48-page book explores the basics of distance, scale, direction, and orientation through vibrant illustrations, black-and-white photographs, and simple words." Maria Popova

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Ah yes... fond memories :)
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Temperatures off the charts as Australia turns deep purple

Temperatures off the charts as Australia turns deep purple | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

Australia's “dome of heat” has become so intense that the temperatures are rising off the charts – literally.... The Bureau of Meteorology's interactive weather forecasting charthas added new colours – deep purple and pink – to extend its previous temperature range that had been capped at 50 degrees.

 
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What is Remote Sensing?

CIRES Fellow and NASA Chief Scientist Waleed Abdalati and CIRES Fellow Steve Nerem explain Remote Sensing and how it is used to study our planet. 'Like' CIRES…

Via Seth Dixon
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Totally agree with Seth Dixon. This is a great video that explains remote sensing.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 4, 2013 9:13 AM

These scientists explain some of the purposes and applications of remote sensing at a level that is accessible for just about any audience. 


Tags: remote sensing, geospatial, unit 1 Geoprinciples, K12.

nzgeogeek's curator insight, February 4, 2013 12:21 AM

These scientists explain some of the purposes and applications of remote sensing at a level that is accessible for just about any audience.

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NASA - Image of the Day

NASA - Image of the Day | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
NASA.gov brings you images, videos and interactive features from the unique perspective of America’s space agency.

 

NASA has stunning galleries of images including this link to their daily image.  The big news today about the NASA images is that they have recently made the 172-page e-book Earth as Art a free download (PDF). 

 

A great discussion starter for the lesson.

 


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Sydney's newest urban utopia

Sydney's newest urban utopia | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

Jacksons Landing has been 16 years in the making. After 16 years of planning and building, Jacksons Landing, one of Australia's biggest waterfront residential redevelopments, is officially completed.

 

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L.Long's curator insight, May 5, 2016 12:18 AM
Sydney; Urban renewal - JL
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World Urbanization Prospects, the 2011 Revision

World Urbanization Prospects, the 2011 Revision | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

"The Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations has been issuing, since 1988, every two years revised estimates and projections of the urban and rural populations of all countries in the world and of their major urban agglomerations."

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Zombie Pandemic! Comic books and public health

Zombie Pandemic! Comic books and public health | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Can a comic book help you prepare for hurricane season? What about bioterrorism? Or a natural disaster? What about a zombie pandemic? In the 21st century, using comics in education stretches far be...
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The man on the land has the oceans in his hands

The man on the land has the oceans in his hands | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

"People who live far from the seashore still benefit from ecosystem services delivered by the oceans of our planet, and people who cannot see the sea still damage the oceans by impacting the water quality of rivers that flow to the sea."

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The Rise of Megacities

The Rise of Megacities | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
By 2025, the developing world will be home to 29 megacities.

 

Through this interactive mapping feature with rich call-out boxes, the reader can explore the latest UN estimates and forecasts on the growth of megacities (urban areas with over 10 million residents).  These 'cities on steroids' have been growing tremendously since the 1950s and present a unique set of geographic challenges and opportunities for their residents. 

 

Tags: urban, megacities.


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Through this interactive mapping feature with rich call-out boxes, the reader can explore the latest UN estimates and forecasts on the growth of megacities (urban areas with over 10 million residents).  These 'cities on steroids' have been growing tremendously since the 1950s and present a unique set of geographic challenges and opportunities for their residents. 


Download the data yourself as a CSV file and your can import this into ArcGIS online and symbolize your map with any of the columns in the dataset.  


Tags: urban, megacities.


Peter Steffan's curator insight, October 9, 2013 5:00 PM

Very cool!

Tori Denney's curator insight, May 27, 2015 3:36 PM

World cities and megacities - Presently , the mega cities of the world have to have a population of at least 10,000. Many cities are very near the minimum to be considered a mega city, but are not quite there. By 2025, the developing world, as we understand it now, is estimated to be home to 29 megacities.

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Birds, dams and people: biodiversity in China

Birds, dams and people: biodiversity in China | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
The 2012 China Ecological Footprint Report has highlighted the cost to biodiversity of China’s rapid economic development.Biodiversity in China is under pressure because of loss of habitat.
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Ghostnets fish on: marine rubbish threatens northern Australian turtles

Ghostnets fish on: marine rubbish threatens northern Australian turtles | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Each year around 640,000 tonnes of fishing gear is lost or thrown overboard by the fisheries around the world. These “ghostnets” drift through the oceans and can continue fishing for many years.
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a different view v.8.0

Make your own slide show at Animoto.

The movie to accompany 'a different view' the Geographical Association's 2009 'Manifesto' for school geography.
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Great resource to start the year off.

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Australia can't feed the world but it can help

Australia can't feed the world but it can help | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Food production in Australia is challenging. Why? Because our soils are largely ancient and infertile, and our climate is variable and frequently harsh.
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Robots find Barrier Reef coral at extreme depths, amazing ocean scientists - The Guardian

Robots find Barrier Reef coral at extreme depths, amazing ocean scientists - The Guardian | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
The Guardian Robots find Barrier Reef coral at extreme depths, amazing ocean scientists The Guardian Robots have found living coral on the Great Barrier Reef at a depth four times greater than most scuba divers can reach and far beyond the depth at...
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Nature - Winners Gallery - National Geographic Photo Contest 2012

Nature - Winners Gallery - National Geographic Photo Contest 2012 | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

 

These National Geographic photos would be a great resource to stimulate a discussion of physical and human geography.

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Mapping Our Human Footprint

Mapping Our Human Footprint | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Students learn about the Human Footprint data set, analyze a map showing where and to what extent humans have influenced Earth, and participate in a class discussion.
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Interactive map is a great resource. You'll find the link under the "Preparation" tab.

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Ocean Acidification in Google Earth Tour

Ever wondered what impacts all that carbon dioxide we emit is having on the ocean and what consequences this could have for the future? 

 

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Huge Borneo forest tracts remain vulnerable to clearing: study

Huge Borneo forest tracts remain vulnerable to clearing: study | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Expanding palm-oil production is driving rain-forest destruction in the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo, with much of the remaining forest at risk, according to a study by researchers at Stanford and Yale universities.
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CIA World Exploration Game

CIA World Exploration Game | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

Students complete a top-secret mission by answering geography questions about the world's regions. Site has other games and puzzles.

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Teaching Geography with zombies and graphic novels

Teaching Geography with zombies and graphic novels | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

"I’m hoping that by providing this curriculum, more students will take an interest in geography, as well as more teachers will take an interest in project-based learning and standards. Through using these lessons, I hope that teachers will increase their own curriculum, project, and assessment design skills" (Zombie-Based learning Blog).

 

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Maps for the people: Papuans planning how their land is used

Maps for the people: Papuans planning how their land is used | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

"Land use planning (LUP) indeed seems the most boring topic for research: dry, bureaucratic and administrative, probably some kind of horrible desk study. However, when you go to Mamberamo, in Papua, everything is different. Far from being a “boring concept”, LUP in fact helps us to understand people’s livelihoods, what makes them react and adapt, and how they can influence their future."

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