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Eratosthenes calculation for the size of the earth around 240 BC


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 1, 12:45 PM

Eratosthenes is often referred to as the "father of geography" for creating meridians and parallels on his maps to organize global information, classifying climatic zones, and as shown in the video, calculating the circumference of the Earth. Plus, he coined the terms so he gets the credit. If you have never pondered the meaning of the word "geometry," the accomplishments of Eratosthenes will certainly show that the mathematical prowess was at the heart of expanding our collective geographic knowledge. 

 

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What are Lavakas?

What are Lavakas? | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it

"The word lavaka means 'hole' or 'gully' in Malagasy, and it has become the accepted international term for the spectacular erosional features that characterize the highlands of Madagscar. Lavakas are gullies formed by groundwater flow, with steep or vertical sides and flat floors."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, December 3, 2015 1:44 PM

Lavakas are often seen as an ecological catastrophe since rapid deforestion leads to young, active lavakas that can silt up rice fields.  While obviously not desirable, these scars on a deforested landscape do offer a glimmer of hope as well. Some National Geographic explorers are finding that older, stabilized lavakas can become great agricultural pockets for rebuilding in these denuded communities.

 

Tags: Madagascar, erosion, environment adapt,  environmentecology, political ecology, Africa, National Geographic.

Patty B's curator insight, February 11, 4:09 PM

This article from williams.edu, titled What are Lavaka’s, focuses on just that. It describes that a lakava, meaning “hole or “gully” in Malagasy, are gullies found in Madagascar that are caused by erosion. They are found on slopes and generally at an altitude of roughly 1,000 feet. Lakavas form where there is a concentration of softer material that is susceptible to erosion and frequent earthquake activity. For communities near lakavas there can be severe consequences to be alongside these geographic features. The article explains that lakava erosion can “damage infrastructure, remove hillslope pasturage, and causes debris flows that devastates agricultural land in the valleys.” Lakavas and the destruction they can potentially cause reveal an important fact of class distinction: the rich get the good land and the poor get the infertile, uninhabitable, dangerous territories. 

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10 Tips for Making Beautiful Slideshow Presentations

1. Know your goal | make each slide count 2. Plan it out | in some detail 3. Avoid templates | they have the uglies 4. Choose a color scheme | 4 colors, 1 acce…

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Great resource about the rules you need to know to create an outstanding presentation. This could be perfect for watching and discussing with students.

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How to Create Presentation Templates the Right Way

How to Create Presentation Templates the Right Way | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
There are some fundamental truths to making really awesome presentation templates, and I am going to guide you through them in five easy steps.

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5 great tips from Presentation Panda for those who design their own presentation templates.

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5 great tips from Presentation Panda for those who design their own presentation templates.

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5 great tips from Presentation Panda for those who design their own presentation templates.

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More great info on creating awesome presentations.

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Defining Geography: What is Where, Why There, and Why Care?

Defining Geography: What is Where, Why There, and Why Care? | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
One reason why geography has languished in the curricula of many American schools is that so few people understand the nature of the discipline or its relevance to our everyday lives. What is geography? What is its unique perspective? What do geographers do? Why is geography important? Why should we teach (and learn) geography in the schools? These are questions that have gone largely unanswered in American education. This brief essay presents an easily taught, understood, and remembered definition of geography.

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This poster nicely summarizes this classic essay on what geography is and what geographers do...it's a perfect article for student to read.

 

Tags: education, K12, geography education.

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Yolanta Krawiecki's curator insight, August 7, 2015 5:29 PM

This poster nicely summarizes this classic essay on what geography is and what geographers do...it's a perfect article for student to read.

 

Tags: education, K12, geography education.

Jade ten Kate's curator insight, August 7, 2015 11:01 PM

This poster nicely summarizes this classic essay on what geography is and what geographers do...it's a perfect article for student to read.

 

Tags: education, K12, geography education.

Jukka Melaranta's curator insight, August 8, 2015 12:14 AM

This poster nicely summarizes this classic essay on what geography is and what geographers do...it's a perfect article for student to read.


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How Fractals Bring Imaginary Cities to Life

How Fractals Bring Imaginary Cities to Life | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Artist Emily Garfield maps places that don't exist. "I think that's related to the way cities grow in real life."

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Scribble Maps: The Easiest Way to Draw and Share Maps

Scribble Maps: The Easiest Way to Draw and Share Maps | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it

Scribble Maps is a company that allows everyone from hobbyists, students, governments and military officials to draw, create, embed, and share maps easily. The basic service is completely free and allows users to create custom maps, widgets, and images. They can then share their custom maps with friends or publish them to a website/blog.
Users can add custom images/overlays to their maps, place text, place markers, draw shapes, and draw great circle lines. They can also use distance and area calculators, create maps on WordPress, create map images, PDFs, a variety of other files, and send maps to friends.


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Britain's New Slogan: Don't Come to the U.K.!

Britain's New Slogan: Don't Come to the U.K.! | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
An advertising campaign designed to illustrate the drawbacks of living in the U.K. is being planned to deter an expected surge of immigrants, according to reports

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UKIP launched an aggressive campaign against Romanians and Bulgarians by the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014 which completely turned out to be a trick to gain some more votes.Not only this chauvinistic campaign showed a misleading message but it stirred an unjustified feeling of hatred toward Romanians&Bulgarians.Latest figures showed an influx of mostly high qualified persons , in fact !
Unlike the immmigration to Spain and Italy (1mill. to both of these countries) Romanians usually only work there and come back after a while,they don't settle there... It's probably, the Latin blood ! :)

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Maegan Connor's curator insight, December 17, 2013 6:07 PM

I find this idea very interesting that due to the economic struggles, a country would try to turn away prospective immigrants.  In a way, we see this with some people in America who try to play the card "the immigrants  take our jobs" but I have never seen it outside our lovely racist country. 

It is similar though, to something that Brazilian citizens have posted on websites saying "Don't come to Brazil" to draw attention to the fact that country is in shambles and if people come to the World Cup and Olympics, it will cause more internal problems for the struggling country. 

I understand the phrase and the reasoning behind it but I do not believe it is a solution to the economic problems.  There should be limits on immigration if a country truly cannot support the amount of people already living in it but people should not be deterred from immigrating to a place if there are still better opportunities there than where they came from.

Joseph Thacker 's curator insight, March 29, 2014 5:22 PM

It appears the U.K. is designing this campaign due to the fact they are struggling financially and they cannot afford to give benefits to some of the immigrants coming into the U.K., as immigrants are entering at a high rate.

When the Olympics games were hosted in London, the weather was beautiful and the sun was shining almost everyday, (which is rare in the U.K.) That made the U.K. even more attractive to foreigners and potential immigrants. This advertising campaign is displaying the drawbacks of living in the U.K., such as the rainy weather and constant grey skies.  

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so, there was no influx but misleading UKIP politics... visit Cultural Geography on Facebook !
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Why all men should be able to read a map

Why all men should be able to read a map | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
New research suggests that map reading is a dying skill in the age of the smartphone. Perish the thought, says Rob Cowen

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Mr. Gresham's curator insight, September 3, 2014 3:34 PM

As we begin to really did into the meat of Geography, this article does a great job of explaining the importance of map knowledge!

MsPerry's curator insight, September 6, 2014 4:41 PM

APHG-U1

Emily Bian's curator insight, September 28, 2014 9:31 PM

I agree that people should be able to read physical maps, instead of always relying on their gps or smartphone. Although it is more convenient, I think everybody should still be able to read a paper map, in case something goes wrong. Did you know that 1 in 3 people nowadays can't read a map? I believe it is a skill that takes time and practice, so start practicing now! It took me a while to be able to use the map, because it seemed so much more confusing than my phone or a GPS, but eventually I got it, and it gets easier each time. 

            This article basically says that physical map reading is a ding skill, and raises awareness. This would help future APHUG students, because it reminds them that relying on only your smartphone GPS is not always a good thing. Reading map is a basic skill that everyone should learn. 

1) key geographical skill

 

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Four Ways to Spot a Great Teacher

Four Ways to Spot a Great Teacher | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Parents should seek out educators who have outside intellectual lives, follow the data and ask terrific questions.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 5, 2014 2:00 PM

While there isn't just one way to be a good teacher, but there often are some striking characteristics that good educators possess. 

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Tawe: Videos made easy from a simple image

Tawe: Videos made easy from a simple image | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Tawe transforms your diagrams, sketches and doodled notes into a dazzling video presentation – in seconds. Download free today.

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añada su visión ...

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100 outstanding interactive maps of 2015

100 outstanding interactive maps of 2015 | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it

Tags: K12, map, map archives.
It's time to present the most interesting interactive maps that came to our attention in 2015


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 4, 12:58 PM

There is bound to be something that you will find useful/insightful in this year-end list part I and part II).

 

Tags: map, map archives.

Alex Smiga's curator insight, January 23, 4:50 PM

Such a great collection of interactive and beautiful maps, hours of entertainment for the North American APHUG nerdus domesticus.

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How to Create Instant Multimedia Content for YouTube, using Knovio

View on Knovio: https://kvgo.com/knovio-training/post-youtube Knovio is the fastest, easiest, most satisfying way to create multimedia content for YouTube. N...

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A short tutorial on how to create a Knovio presentation and publish it on YouTube.

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, July 23, 2015 2:52 PM

A short tutorial on how to create a Knovio presentation and publish it on YouTube.

Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, July 24, 2015 6:26 PM

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Carmen Chavez, Ph.D.'s curator insight, July 31, 2015 10:45 AM

A short tutorial on how to create a Knovio presentation and publish it on YouTube.

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PresentiGO - the new PowerPoint alternative

PresentiGO - the new PowerPoint alternative | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
PresentiGo is a lightweight, effective tool for marketing and sales people that enhances your PowerPoint presentations with features like 3D, interactivity, animations and improves the team’s productivity and slides performance, based on real-time data and user feedback.

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Though aimed at businesses (paid versions only), this is a cool new tool for delivering your PPT presentations with a lot of added functionality. Works on all devices.

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, August 22, 2015 10:55 AM

Another promising new presentations tool to test drive..

Stefania Pinsone's curator insight, August 23, 2015 3:54 AM

Comparing with PowerPoint is like to go from analogic to digital!

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, August 24, 2015 8:25 AM

Encore un logiciel qui peut faire mieux que Powerpoint. 

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Using 'Geography Education'

Using 'Geography Education' | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it

"This story map was created with ArcGIS Online to guide users on how to get the most out of the Geography Education websites on Wordpress and Scoop.it."


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This story map will introduce you to ways to get the most out of my Geography Education websites.  Updates are available on social media via Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Rebecca Geevarghese's curator insight, May 11, 1:34 AM
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Using 'Geography Education'
Ruth Reynolds's curator insight, December 3, 9:33 PM
Just getting familiar with ArcGis and lots of ideas picked up at #ncss16
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27 hilariously bad maps that explain nothing

27 hilariously bad maps that explain nothing | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Tellingly, the bulk of the collection comes from cable TV news.

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Some of these are awfully, some are unintentionally awesome, but I think the one above might be even better than that.  It's as if the cartographer in this one is purposefully making that gives us no knew information in the least informative way possible on purpose to make a snarky critique on the abundance of ill-conceived maps out there.   

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, July 3, 2015 1:39 PM

Some of these are awfully, some are unintentionally awesome, but I think the one above might be even better than that.  It's as if the cartographer in this one is purposefully making that gives us no knew information in the least informative way possible on purpose to make a snarky critique on the abundance of ill-conceived maps out there.   

Jose Soto's curator insight, August 5, 2015 9:50 PM

Some of these are awfully, some are unintentionally awesome, but I think the one above might be even better than that.  It's as if the cartographer in this one is purposefully making that gives us no knew information in the least informative way possible on purpose to make a snarky critique on the abundance of ill-conceived maps out there.   

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Why Tough Teachers Get Good Results

Why Tough Teachers Get Good Results | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Joanne Lipman writes that today's educators are too soft. It is time to go back to the discipline of the past.

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because it is proved !

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 20, 2014 12:50 PM

This is a good read with some nice food for thought.  I'm a bit of a softie, and I do think that a more firm hand would be educationally beneficial for my students in the long run, even if they might not appreciate it in the short term.  This article outlines 8 old-fashioned principles that the author is recommending that we embrace once again. 


  1. A little pain is good for you.
  2. Drill, baby, drill.
  3. Failure is an option.
  4. Strict is better than nice.
  5. Creativity can be learned.
  6. Grit trumps talent.
  7. Praise makes you weak...
  8. ...while stress makes you strong.


Dean Haakenson's curator insight, November 3, 2014 3:33 PM

Not sure how I feel about this...

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Why the West should let Russia have eastern Ukraine

Why the West should let Russia have eastern Ukraine | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Ukraine ought to be split in two, anyway

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what a stupid and undemocratic thought !

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 29, 2014 11:40 AM

I'm NOT agreeing this with the premise of this article, but I put it forward as a some reading material to help students form their own opinions on current events and geopolitical matters; part of shaping your own opinion is finding out where you  agree and disagree with any given author. 

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You Can't Understand ISIS If You Don't Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia

You Can't Understand ISIS If You Don't Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia | Cultural Geography | Scoop.it
Abd al-Wahhab argued that all Muslims must individually pledge their allegiance to a single Muslim leader (a Caliph, if there were one). Those who would not conform to this view should be killed, their wives and daughters violated, and their possessi...

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 3, 2014 4:15 PM

This is a very interesting article that links the issues that ISIS pose with Saudi Arabia's current ambivalence about whether to back ISIS are repudiate them.  Much of Saudi Arabia is split on the topic.   

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, September 4, 2014 4:32 PM

units 3 & 4

MsPerry's curator insight, September 18, 2014 12:22 PM

APHG-U3