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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.


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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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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 4, 2013 6:13 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.

dilaycock's curator insight, January 4, 2013 8:57 PM

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

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Geo-Literacy

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Matt Richardson's comment, February 28, 4:00 AM
I also appreciate the sentiment here, but as a geography teacher in high school I also find that students are missing very basic information about the world as it is right now. For example, many of my students can't identify more than about three countries in Africa, and I've had students in the past who could not even find the U.S. on a map. Now I force them to take the dreaded 'blank map' quizzes of the world. Its distressing, but it needs to be done. Interestingly, many of my lower level students like these types of tests because there are online games that teach them the locations in a fun way, and also because it is a very literal task. The ones who struggle with higher level material can at least succeed at this if they study.
PIRatE Lab's comment, February 28, 8:16 AM
Yes, as Seth and several commenters have said, we need both. And too often my students don't seem to know the basic facts/history of a particular situation. You must know where you are coming from if you ever want to get to somewhere new.
SFDSLibrary's curator insight, May 13, 5:11 AM

Excellent resource about the importance of Geography in understanding the world of the 21st Century.

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A world of opportunity

A world of opportunity | Geography takes you places! | Scoop.it
The news for graduates about their employment prospects may have seemed unremittingly gloomy over the past few months. It is, according to statistics, at its worst level for 17 years.
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Thinking like a Geographer

WARNING! This video contains explicit geographical scenes that may offend the non-worldy-wise.

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dilaycock's curator insight, March 25, 2013 7:09 PM

Love this!

dilaycock's comment, March 25, 2013 7:10 PM
Love it. Thanks for this Seth. Just in time to promote Geography at parent/teacher night!
Samuel Yeats's curator insight, May 7, 2013 9:34 PM

A facetious look into the world of studying Geography. These students have obviously gone to a masive effort to explore their passion for Geography. While it may not be a stereotypically academic or intellectual piece, this video is a great representation of how a Geographer thinks broadly, critically and evaluatively.

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Impact: Earth! | Geography Education

Impact: Earth! | Geography Education | Geography takes you places! | Scoop.it
Seth Dixon, Ph.D.'s insight: Given the recent meteor in Russia, interest has been high on the subject. Have you every wanted to simulate a the impact of a meteorite? Then this is just what you've always wanted.
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Maps and the Geospatial Revolution

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"Learn how advances in geospatial technology and analytical methods have changed how we do everything, and discover how to make maps and analyze geographic patterns using the latest tools."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 21, 2013 10:35 AM

When I was a graduate student at Penn State, I was introduced to some great people and programs and I'm glad to see that the institution has continued to excel and be a leader.  You have probably heard of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) and been interested in seeing how this might change higher education in the future.  This MOOC is a free 5-week course designed to be an introduction to mapping, GIS and geospatial technologies so you don't need to be a specialists with a mapping background: it's for beginners.  I know that many geography teachers tell their students about GIS, but are afraid to teach with GIS because they are worried that it will be too hard.  This is an easy on-ramp to 21st century geospatial tools and any geography teacher hoping to modernize their skillset would do well to take this summer course fromthe Program of Online Geospatial Education at Penn State, taught by Dr. Anthony Robinson.  For more information on this, see this annoucement from Directions Magazine and from Penn State News.    


Tags: GIS, teacher training, mapping, cartography, geospatial, edtech, geography education, unit 1 GeoPrinciples.

Leigha Tew's comment, November 6, 2013 6:41 PM
GIS is redefining mapping skills. In 21st Century education, it is crucial that we communicate GIS literacy in our geography curriculums and classrooms. As a geography teacher it is, therefore, also crucial that I have a thorough and sound knowledge of this field. This course could strongly assist such an understanding as professional development throughout my teaching career.
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When it comes to geography, are we lost in the world?

When it comes to geography, are we lost in the world? | Geography takes you places! | Scoop.it
Geography contributes to a sense of identity on a personal level and collectively as a nation. So what does it mean when we don’t know where Africa or Europe is on a map?

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 18, 2013 6:59 AM

This article by the chair of the Canadian Council for Geographic Education shows how the decline in student's geographic knowledge is linked to it's erosion within the curriculum.  In an era of globalization, geographic knowledge and spatial thinking becomes all the more essential. 


Tags: geography education, geo-inspiration.


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GIS Day video

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This is a great video for GIS day to remember why and how spatial thinking and spatial technologies can improve education and communities.   GIS will be a mainstay in the emerging workplace.


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Geography Awareness Week

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Launched in 1987 by presidential proclamation, Geography Awareness Week is an annual opportunity for families and schools to engage in fun, educational experiences that draw attention to geo-literacy and the importance of geographic understanding.
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Geography | Growing Ambitions

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Need info on careers in geography look no further> - http://t.co/YJbRrX5S...
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Why is Geo-literacy Important?

Some reference to future careers here

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Geography is Key

This video is a class introduction to the Geography.

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McCrindle Research finds Psychology is Australia's most overrated degree, Surveying is our most underrated

McCrindle Research finds Psychology is Australia's most overrated degree, Surveying is our most underrated | Geography takes you places! | Scoop.it
SCHOOL-LEAVERS considering studying psychology should have their heads read - it is officially Australia's most overrated degree.
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How to Make an iPhone Case Out of an Old Map


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 27, 2013 7:41 AM

Map lovers wanting to customize your phone cover, this is for you.  Read the full blog post here from maps.com.  


Tags: art, mapping.

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Nice:)
Tony Hall's curator insight, April 28, 2013 2:50 AM

Something for the GeoGeek in your life:)

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Geospatial Revolution / Episode One, Chapter Four: Why We Need It

Produced by Penn State Public Broadcasting A look at how crisis mapping and global crowdsourcing was critical to aid and rescue during the 2010 Haiti earthqu...
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This site gives you information on what ‘spatial’ is and what it means for you and possible future job opportunities.

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Smartphones as geospatial tools

The disastrous earthquake in Haiti taught humanitarian groups an unexpected lesson: the power of mobile devices to coordinate, inform, and guide relief efforts.

 

Tags: technology, disasters, Haiti, TED.


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 17, 2013 6:02 PM

We are only beginning to see the applications of smart phones to improve peoples lives.  In this TED talk, Paul Conneally explores some of the possibilities (citizen mapping, crowd-sourced disaster recovery, etc.) that is just sitting in the palm of our collective hands. 

Tony Hall's curator insight, February 18, 2013 3:43 AM

This is why ICT is important. No. Vital! Our students need to see things like this so that they understand the positive aspects of technology. They need to see that SMS, Facebook & Twitter are so much more than just a way sharing silly photos of themselves. This technology has the power to affect real, positive change. 

techsavvygirl's curator insight, February 18, 2013 5:21 AM

Augmenting human potential with smartphones

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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.


Via Seth Dixon
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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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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 4, 2013 6:13 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.

dilaycock's curator insight, January 4, 2013 8:57 PM

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

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The Geography of Jazz

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Follow us, as we track the geography of jazz. As jazz trombonist J. J. Johnson said, "Jazz is restless. It won't stay put and it never will." (RT @BelleBissett: Jazz: a story of movement, migration, & place.
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What to do with a degree in human geography

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"Geography has experienced a sharp rise in its street credentials due to environmentalism entering the mainstream" according to Graham Snowdon of The Guardian

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What is GIS? | GEOGRAPHY EDUCATION

What is GIS? | GEOGRAPHY EDUCATION | Geography takes you places! | Scoop.it

This is a brief introduction to what Geographic Information Systems are. This is not a tutorial on how to use it, but a conceptual overview on the potential uses and applications for GIS.

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What can you do with geography?

We all know that geography is important; but what can you do with it?

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What is Geo-literacy?

Geography is more than just maps.

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DESTINATION SPATIAL

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Destination Spatial... this site will guide you from the classroom into the spatial industry. It offers links to all the tertiary courses offered in spatial technologies across Australia.

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