Utah Geographic Alliance February Newsletter
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Information on Current Geography Issues from the Utah Geographic Alliance at UtahGeo.org
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National and Local Weather Forecast, Hurricane, Radar and Report

National and Local Weather Forecast, Hurricane, Radar and Report | Utah Geographic Alliance February Newsletter | Scoop.it
The Weather Channel and weather.com provide a national and local weather forecast for cities, as well as weather radar, report and hurricane coverage.
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A good resource to keep your eyes on as more surprises, might be hitting our country.
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Love Data: Valentine's Day around the world, mapped

Love Data: Valentine's Day around the world, mapped | Utah Geographic Alliance February Newsletter | Scoop.it
Today, most of us celebrate love in one way or another – but how many different ways do you know? The Datablog found out
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How people around the world celebrate Valentines Day. Just click on the place and find out how people in love celebrate their day of love.
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Top Tweeters for Education, Page 3 | HooSaid.com

Top Tweeters for Education, Page 3 | HooSaid.com | Utah Geographic Alliance February Newsletter | Scoop.it
“Social network topical expert search results for keyword 'Education' (#edu Top tweeters for education http://t.co/7dpZh8l7G0)”
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Great list especially for those starting out of educators to follow on Twitter to get some great ideas and insight into utilizing Twitter for educators.
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The States of Our Union ... Are Not All Strong

The States of Our Union ... Are Not All Strong | Utah Geographic Alliance February Newsletter | Scoop.it
"On Tuesday, President Obama, if precedent holds, will declare that the state of America’s union is 'strong.' Is it?" Politico Magazine rounded up 14 different state rankings from reputable sources like the Census Bureau, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the FBI, and on important factors such as high school graduation rates, per capita income, life expectancy and crime rate. Then we averaged out each state’s 14 rankings to come up with a master list—atop which sits none other than New Hampshire. The approach isn’t scientific or comprehensive (we also hold no grudges against the State of Mississippi), but given that eight of the lowest-ranking states on our list overlap with the bottom 10 on his, maybe less has changed in the past 83 years than you’d think.
Via Seth Dixon
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Utah taking the 4th spot so they must not have calculated in our inversion problem, but otherwise pretty great to live in Utah!
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F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2013

F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2013 | Utah Geographic Alliance February Newsletter | Scoop.it
After three decades of increases, adult obesity rates remained level in every state except for one, Arkansas, in the past year, according to F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2013, a report from the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The full report is available here. Visit http://www.FasinFat.org/ for interactives, graphs, charts and obesity rates for the states and nation going back decades. Thirteen states now have adult obesity rates above 30 percent, 41 states have rates of at least 25 percent, and every state is above 20 percent, according to the report. In 1980, no state was above 15 percent; in 1991, no state was above 20 percent; in 2000, no state was above 25 percent; in 2007, only Mississippi was above 30 percent.* Since 2005, there has been some evidence that the rate of increase has been slowing. In 2005, every state but one experienced an increase in obesity rates; in 2008, rates increased in 37 states; in 2010, rates increased in 28 states; and in 2011, rates increased in 16 states.*
Via Seth Bilazarian, MD
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A health crisis on the horizon unless major changes made now for our kids! We all know it but what are you doing about it? Do you get your students outside? Studies show being outside is key to problems like obesity but can also aid in stopping the rising tide of depression among younger people. Can you give healthier treats as rewards instead of candy? My students love the small oranges or granola bars. Every little bit helps.
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Track Chinese New Year Mass Migration With This Map

Track Chinese New Year Mass Migration With This Map | Utah Geographic Alliance February Newsletter | Scoop.it
“ Baidu Migrate shows real-time journeys across China for the Lunar New Year in a mesmerizing web of blue lines.”
Via Allison Anthony
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From Allison Anthony. I love beautiful #GIS technology. Shows the importance of being with their families for this holiday for the Chinese.
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Map Tour

Map Tour | Utah Geographic Alliance February Newsletter | Scoop.it
This story map was created with the Esri Map Tour application in ArcGIS Online.
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This map was amazing for me. My family is from Utah having my dad's side come with the pioneers and then become farmers, and my mom's side here when Utah was Mexico and have helped build the railroad, and become coal miners. This is #Utah's #history and to see it mapped out made me want to go find all the places on this map part of our history. It's amazing the way a map can connect us to our own story and past while showing us how things happened. Great Learning Tool! Thanks again @GeographyEducation, @Geoevangelize, The Church of Geography on Facebook for this link!
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National Geographic puts more than 500 historic maps on Google

National Geographic puts more than 500 historic maps on Google | Utah Geographic Alliance February Newsletter | Scoop.it
National Geographic and Google are trying to recreate the thrill of cracking open one of the magazine's signature paper maps, but in the digital world. A new project puts more than 500 of National...
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Great #map history, and insights into modern day geography.
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10 Excellent Digital Citizenship Tips for Your Students and Kids ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

10 Excellent Digital Citizenship Tips for Your Students and Kids ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Utah Geographic Alliance February Newsletter | Scoop.it
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Best site I've seen on helping kids understand digital citizenship and it's importance to them in this new world where everything that goes on the internet is always with them, and what might be funny now won't be in 20 or 30 years.
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Jaw-dropping photographs capture the sublime power of superstorms

Jaw-dropping photographs capture the sublime power of superstorms | Utah Geographic Alliance February Newsletter | Scoop.it
“ Photographer Mike Hollingshead makes a living out of chasing and photographing extreme weather systems – and the fruits of his labor are guaranteed to fill you with awe.”
Via Mathijs Booden
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Incredible photos!
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40 more maps that explain the world

40 more maps that explain the world | Utah Geographic Alliance February Newsletter | Scoop.it
“ I've searched wide and far for maps that can reveal and surprise and inform in ways that the daily headlines might not.”
Via Mr Ortloff
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Love maps as visual aids in class!
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MLK's Dream Of Economic Equality Is Still Far From Realized

MLK's Dream Of Economic Equality Is Still Far From Realized | Utah Geographic Alliance February Newsletter | Scoop.it
Some of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dreams have certainly come true. But when it comes to closing the economic gap between black and white Americans, we've got a long way to go.
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This is something that is always trying to be explained, rationalized, in other ways etc. However, from OJ Simpson, to President Obama, to Trevin Martin race is an issue that still cuts across people, culture, and how we interact. I think it is important to have conversations with our students as whenever we can, and to make room for fun assignments about it, give many as possible about it. I also think many students need to be far more prepared to deal appropriately with ALL different people.
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Poisoned: why West Virginia's water crisis is everyone's problem

Poisoned: why West Virginia's water crisis is everyone's problem | Utah Geographic Alliance February Newsletter | Scoop.it
When 35-year-old Jason Eldridge arrived home last Thursday from his job as a systems administrator with a healthcare company in Charleston, West Virginia, he acted no differently than he normally...
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The chemical spill in West Virginia should have the nation outraged but I guess it has been busy with crazy weather storms. 300,000 people were poisoned yet, I have students who didn't know this had even happened. Where is the outrage, the people being put in jail, and somebody being accountable for this "mistake" that drastically changed the lives of West Virginians. For me it was that last push I needed to get an emergency planning kit together as it served as a reminder that we never know what emergency can hit. We couldn't stop or do anything about the storms raging across the East Coast but this deserves much more of a reaction, and I hope you use what we learned for it, to teach your students emergency preparedness as that emergency could be a bad blizzard, or not having access to water, I know I never prepared for that and that is when there are true emergencies is when they are least expected. Also, with water becoming a more important resource (ask California) we may want to make sure we are teaching our students water conservation as well.
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US Presidential History on Google Maps

US Presidents and their spouses mapped out on Google Maps.
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A map that in celebration of the month of February that shows the location where each president and their wife's came from. Helps celebrate President's Day and Valentine's Day in one❤️
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The Year of the Horse

The Year of the Horse | Utah Geographic Alliance February Newsletter | Scoop.it
For many Chinese people, it is their only holiday of the year, a riotous display of fireworks that are believed to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck for the new year.
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Beautiful pictures to show the celebration of Chinese New Year.
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Sochi 2014 Olympics - Olympic Tickets, Sports & Schedule - Sochi 2014 Olympics

Sochi 2014 Olympics - Olympic Tickets, Sports & Schedule - Sochi 2014 Olympics | Utah Geographic Alliance February Newsletter | Scoop.it
Official web site of the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Games including latest news, schedule, venue and sport info. Olympic Tickets now available!
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The official Olympic site for Sochi Olympics there are a number of sites that provide great lesson plan ideas, including some from Discovery Education. It can be fun to have kids in the class understand the significance of the Olympics. I make a jar for each country and everyday the kids put in candy for how medals were won by each country, we discuss the culture of sports, why some countries focus on some sports. I have showed "Cool Runnings" to show the determination of some people despite all against them. I teach the history of the Olympics, why we still celebrate them. The economics of the Olympics is a fun and interesting topic to study especially in Utah where a lot of economic income comes from tourism in part thanks to our hosting the Olympics. We are studying Asia now so I showed part of the Beijing opening ceremony and we talked about it being a chance to learn about the host country's culture. I'm sure many of you have better ideas please share on UtahAPGeography.com, UtahGeo.org, The Utah Geographic Alliance Facebook Page, or @GeographyU our Twitter account where we daily put out Utah Geography and Classroom Technology ideas. Thanks to all our members!
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THE WORLD GEOGRAPHY: 15 Really Odd Geographical Facts

THE WORLD GEOGRAPHY: 15 Really Odd Geographical Facts | Utah Geographic Alliance February Newsletter | Scoop.it
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Interesting facts get my students interested in geography. These are some good ones.
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English language in Europe - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

English language in Europe - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The English language in Europe , as a native language, is mainly spoken in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Outside of these states, it has a special status in Jersey and Guernsey (two of the three Crown Dependencies), Gibraltar (one of the British Overseas Territories), Malta and Cyprus (two former British colonies), and the Isle of Man.


Via Gust MEES
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My students always want to know if they travel to other countries how much of the language they need to learn. I tell them it is polite to learn as much as possible about any country you will have the opportunity to visit but in most places they can get by on a very little because so many people are learning English in other places. However, I still think we don't teach enough foreign languages here, and wish more focus were placed there especially if we are really trying for world understanding.
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The Geography and Literacy Connection

The Geography and Literacy Connection | Utah Geographic Alliance February Newsletter | Scoop.it
"What do you think of when you hear the word literacy? Depending on what you teach, chances are geography is not the first thought that comes to mind. But believe it or not, geography and literacy naturally share many similarities. And you can deepen students’ learning in both geography and literacy when they are integrated in the curriculum."
Via Seth Dixon, Trisha Klancar
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Geography for the Common Core.
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Map Tour

Map Tour | Utah Geographic Alliance February Newsletter | Scoop.it
This story map was created with the Esri Map Tour application in ArcGIS Online.
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Thanks @Seth Dixon again for showing us something very cool to do with mapping technology. This map got my students excited about making maps not just learning about them, which is the future of our geography learners!
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22 Unbelievable Places that are Hard to Believe Really Exist

22 Unbelievable Places that are Hard to Believe Really Exist | Utah Geographic Alliance February Newsletter | Scoop.it
“ Our world is so full of wonders that new and amazing places are discovered every day, be that by professional photographers or amateurs.”
Via Mr. David Burton
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Never forget that Geography is beautiful! Facts, data, statistics are important but students should love Geography because it shows them magical places in the world that they can really see, and visit, and be a part of, because Geography starts with a passion for knowing the world and the people in it.
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Digital Divide - Internet Access correlation to improved test scores (US)

Digital Divide - Internet Access correlation to improved test scores (US) | Utah Geographic Alliance February Newsletter | Scoop.it
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So why are we still wondering about switching to tablets in our schools? They are less than 1 textbook and contain infinite information. Yes, they are breakable, and a student might access something they aren't supposed to, but think of all the new things they will certainly access and all the information they will be able to access. Please give our students technology so they can learn this invaluable skill along with their content!
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All 2013 climate anomalies and events in a single map

All 2013 climate anomalies and events in a single map | Utah Geographic Alliance February Newsletter | Scoop.it
“ State of the Climate Summary Information”
Via Mathijs Booden
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A good research paper might be to assign each student a different event. What they think caused it scientifically and how it effected the local population. It also makes a great illustration when discussing climate and how it affects us all.
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Did You Know It Doesn’t Actually Snow in Subtropical Sochi? | TIME.com

Did You Know It Doesn’t Actually Snow in Subtropical Sochi? | TIME.com | Utah Geographic Alliance February Newsletter | Scoop.it
“Here are some other disheartening facts about the upcoming Winter Olympics”Russia will host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the balmy seaside city of Sochi. And with more than $50 billion spent on them, they will be the most expensive Olympics ever. With the opening ceremony just under three weeks away, here’s a quick rundown on the Florida of Russia.
Via Seth Dixon
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I love the Olympics! Wish they weren't hurting people.
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