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Resources to support the NSW secondary Geography curriculum
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The Scale of the Universe 2

The Scale of the Universe 2 | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

"Zoom from the edge of the universe to the quantum foam of spacetime and learn about everything in between." A great way to learn about the concept of scale.

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Tour the Amazon with Street View

"Google Maps with Street View now allows you to visit parts of the Amazon Basin including the Rio Negro tributary and the surrounding communities."

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Urban food knowledge: does yoghurt grow on trees in cities?

Urban food knowledge: does yoghurt grow on trees in cities? | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
2012 is the Australian Year of the Farmer. This initiative aims to increase knowledge and understanding of the role Australian agribusiness plays in food security, technological innovation and the nation’s economy. According to its manifesto it will also “remind city folk of the importance of our farmers, fostering greater connection and understanding, encouraging all of us to look for, to purchase and to appreciate Australian produce”.
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UNFPA - Country Profiles

"Each counry profile is followed by more than 100 indicators on health and development, including internal disparities, public financing for health and education, and progress toward meeting the MDGs. The regional overviews and indicators provide snapshots of the most important population and reproductive health challenges in each part of the world."

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Internat'l agreement to end child soldiers

With #stopkony trending on twitter, there is growing interest in the concept of child soldiers.  This is a great video from UNICEF to discuss the issue beyond Central Africa and other international efforts to end the use of child soldiers. 


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Japan Tsunami, Before & After: Zoomable Satellite Images

Japan Tsunami, Before & After: Zoomable Satellite Images | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
See satellite zoom pictures of Japan before and after a magnitude 9.0 earthquake spawned a deadly tsunami.
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Learning about your community and the world with GIS

Learning about your community and the world with GIS | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

"To effectively grapple with... complex issues, decision-makers need to see and understand geographic patterns and trends at anything from a global scale down to the level of a local community. To investigate such trends, geographers, and increasingly those outside of geography, rely on GIS."

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Curb coal, gas to save Great Barrier Reef: UN

Curb coal, gas to save Great Barrier Reef: UN | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
A WORLD Heritage mission wants tough new environmental conditions placed on coal and gas port expansion applications, pending the outcome of a strategic review into the combined threat they pose to the Great Barrier Reef.
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Australia's regional migration: a selective success story

Australia's regional migration: a selective success story | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Since 1995, there has been a concerted government policy push encouraging new migrants to settle away from the major cities.The Federal Government has ramped this up further, announcing in the 2011 Federal…...
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Environmental games that teach kids about the environment ...

Environmental games that teach kids about the environment ... | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
A lot of schools and educational institutions are doing their bit by including the environment as part of the curriculum. Words like “˜carbon footprint' and global warming' comes to them as easily as the name of any present-day ...
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Google Street View heads underwater to map the Great Barrier Reef

Google Street View heads underwater to map the Great Barrier Reef | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

"Australia's Great Barrier Reef is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. It is a complex and vast eco-system that is the subject of an ambitious new project taking Google Street View underwater to photograph and map the reef in detail starting this September."

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Deserts

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From the Department of Biology and Environmental Science at Marietta College. Includes information on climate, vegetation, animal life, and threats.

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A Cartographic Rendering of Panem

A Cartographic Rendering of Panem | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

The Hunger Games fascination is at a high-water mark, and this dystopian Young Adult novel is set in a futuristic, post-apocalyptic, North America. While much of what was written isn’t geographically accurate, the capital and the districts that serve as its hinterland have numerous clues that connect with the current (and actual) geography of North America. Why not try to map it? While not an “accurate” project, this can be a fun way to infuse geography into an English class or vice versa. What would your map of Panem look like? How come?


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jpainter's comment, March 25, 2012 9:14 PM
I have a lesson based on this and alliances on my website https://sites.google.com/a/salem.k12.va.us/painter/home/ideas-for-teachers
Seth Dixon's comment, March 25, 2012 9:48 PM
@jpainter: I love it! Thank you so much for sharing.
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China's ageing population timebomb

China's ageing population timebomb | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

"China faces a soaring number of old people and a shrinking number of young adults, who are also less able - and sometimes less willing - to support their elders."

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Illegal logging takes 30 football fields a minute: why isn't Australia acting?

Illegal logging takes 30 football fields a minute: why isn't Australia acting? | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

"As documented in a recent report by the World Bank, “Justice for the Forests,” illegal logging is now a massive criminal enterprise, rivaling the illegal drug trade and robbing developing nations of up to US$15 billion in revenues annually. Of the 15 top timber-producing nations, two-thirds lose over half of their timber to illegal loggers, with some losing up to 90%."

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State of World Population 2011

State of World Population 2011 | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

"This year's [2011] State of World Population report, People and Possibilities in a World of 7 Billion, looks at the the dynamics behind the numbers. It explains the trends that are defining our world of 7 billion and documents actions that people in vastly different countries and circumstances are taking in their own communities to make the most of their--and our--world."

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Free Map Quiz Games

Free Map Quiz Games | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Seterra is a free map quiz game that will teach you countries, cities and other geographic locations all over the world.
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Threatened Pacific nation's escape plan is ... Fiji

Threatened Pacific nation's escape plan is ... Fiji | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

"Fearing climate change could wipe out their entire Pacific archipelago, the leaders of Kiribati are considering an unusual backup plan: moving the populace to Fiji."

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Japan Earthquake: before and after

Japan Earthquake: before and after | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

Swipe over each satellite photo to view the situation before and after the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

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New mining guidelines given thumbs-down

New mining guidelines given thumbs-down | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it

"THE state government was hoping a spirit of compromise might prevail when it launched its new plan for mining and gas drilling yesterday, but it fell flat in much of the state's rural heartland."

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MDG drinking water target being met is cause for celebration

MDG drinking water target being met is cause for celebration | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Sanjay Wijesekera: This achievement shows that where there is a will, it is possible to truly transform the lives of hundreds of millions of people for the better.

 

The MDG (Millennial Development Goal) to cut the global population that does not have access to clean drinking water was cut in half, and five years ahead of schedule. The World Health Organization and the United Nations are very pleased with this achievement, but it is a timely reminder of the developmental problems of poverty and access that still exist. For example, 783 million people still do not have access to clean drinking water.  3,000 children die each day from diarrheal diseases (usually from bad drinking water and poor sanitation). Although some success should be celebrated, the world, in the currently constituted social, economic and political framework, still does not provide the most basic of requirements for a sizable portion of humanity.


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Anger over 'pay to pollute' plan in Great Barrier Reef Marine Park

"Far Northern conservation and tourism groups are outraged the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park could become a "pay to pollute" dumping ground for millions of tonnes of potentially toxic dredge spoils from coal and gas port expansions."

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For Mexico City, a Repurposed Landfill

For Mexico City, a Repurposed Landfill | Geography in the classroom | Scoop.it
Methane from a landfill will flow to a power plant, helping to keep the lights on in the city.

 

When Mexico City’s government shut down the giant Bordo Poniente landfill last December, officials announced that they had a full-blown plan for the site...the city aims to capture the methane gas produced by the landfill to fuel a power plant that could supply electricity to as many as 35,000 homes. 


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James Hobson's curator insight, September 28, 2014 9:41 PM

(Central America topic 8)

This article bears striking resemblance to the situation unfolding just a few blocks from my home: Johnston's Central Landfill.

The main similarity is with the use of methane gas for electricity production. Not only is this  a 'green' form of energy (natural decomposition), but it helps to prevent the foul odor of methane gas from spreading to nearby cities and towns. Before upgrading methane pumps at the Central Landfill, my neighborhood smelled like a dumpster most days. Now the air is cleaner and clean electricity is being produced... "two birds, one stone." Hopefully other landfills will take these examples to meaning in some way.

Kaitlin Young's curator insight, December 14, 2014 4:20 PM

Usually when a landfill becomes overloaded, it just gets shut down and left to rot. Mexico City is trying to do something new and ingenious with its massive landfill. Instead of closing off the land and letting it stay as reusable space, Mexico is hoping to develop a way to harness landfill gases in order to make electricity. If it is successful, it could prove to be a world-changing solution for other large, developing cities. It has the potential of lowering energy costs, creating jobs, and finding a purpose for land that would otherwise remain unusable for probably centuries. 

Jacob Crowell's curator insight, December 16, 2014 7:58 AM

In class we discussed the numerous environmental issues that exist in Mexico City. This is a great way of turning a negative into a positive. On a larger scale, I think this is going to be the kind of solutions that every country will have to eventually find. Creative ways of using technology to turn harmful waste into energy is a great idea. Methane is a cleaner than coal and recycling lessens the burden on natural resources.