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Present.me

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"Present.me is a really easy way to record and share your presentations using your webcam. The $9 an month subscription with a limit of 30 presentations under 60 minutes.  There is a free account for 3 short presentations of under 15 minutes."

 

This summer I am going to try this out.  This looks to be an ideal way to run a flipped classroom or have a students produce a digital presentation. 


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In Burma (Myanmar), China's Scramble for Energy Threatens Livelihoods of Villagers

In Burma (Myanmar), China's Scramble for Energy Threatens Livelihoods of Villagers | Global Education | Scoop.it
In western Myanmar a Chinese-backed energy and trading hub is taking shape on a remote island.

 

Tags: Burma, Southeast Asia, energy.


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Kaitlin Young's curator insight, December 12, 2014 2:15 PM

Foreign interests in a less developed country can often lead to direct pressure on the local peoples. China's interest in Myanmar's oil and copper resources as well as their hydroelectric potential have left many local people feeling as though they are the victims of land grabs. While large Chinese corporations are making large profits, the locals are left with almost no incentive. The age old tradition of family owned and operated oil wells is being undermined, leaving people with no other options to make an income. Many of these large companies are backed by corrupt politicians and are government sponsored, but the ambiguity of these corporations allow for these people to hide their involvement. Myanmar's fear of China is leading it to seek ties with the United States and Europe and recently Myanmar has stopped construction on a dam that would allocate 90% of its energy production to China. The monopolization of less developed countries by larger more powerful countries such as China will always lead to social and economic disparities, thus resulting in conflict., 

Alec Castagno's curator insight, December 17, 2014 4:03 PM

As China grows and requires energy and oil, it is pushing into neighboring regions looking for more options. In Myanmar the mismanagement by the government has allowed the top members of society to profit at the expense of the majority of people, and are now being pushed to be more open about business dealings. China has provided most of the countries foreign investment, but Myanmar is now looking to get other investors to avoid falling too far under Chinas' wing. 

Wilmine Merlain's curator insight, December 17, 2014 5:29 PM

With China making use of all its natural resources, I question how long will they last before running out of their resources and having to rely on other countries to supply them with something as basic as energy. Though I am overjoyed at the recent decline in gas prices, I am also concerned at what price countries such as China are selling their natural resources. Often times, it is the people living in villages that tend to pay for these consequences. It is from them that these resources are being extracted from and being massed produce to meet the needs of other countries. Before committing to projects that will meet the needs of other countries, they need to start making their people their number one priority.

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Welcome to 'Geography Education'

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Finding Materials: This site is designed for geography students and teachers to find interesting, current supplemental materials.  To search for place-specific posts, browse this interactive map.  To search for thematic posts organized by the APHG curriculum, see http://geographyeducation.org/thematic/. ; Also you can search for a keyword by clicking on the filter tab (looks like a funnel)  above in the upper-righthand corner.


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Helen Rowling's curator insight, September 28, 2014 6:30 PM

Use updates to filter through and be collated in your most frequented tools.

Rich Schultz's curator insight, November 18, 2014 2:10 PM

Geography and current events

Olivier Tabary's curator insight, November 28, 2014 12:06 PM

Many interesting tools to practice and to discover

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Rubrics in Moodle 2.2 - VivaeLearning: The Best Free Video Tutorials Online

Rubrics in Moodle 2.2  - VivaeLearning: The Best Free Video Tutorials Online | Global Education | Scoop.it
A first (and very brief) look at rubrics or marking criteria in Moodle 2.2 -to be available in December 2011

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, September 13, 2014 3:26 PM

This short (4 1/2 minute) video gives you a clear understanding of the Moodle rubric tool. You are lead through creating and using the rubric and see results from both the instructor and student point of view. 



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Ukraine's Geographic Challenge

"Ukraine is the quintessential borderland state. The country borders three former Soviet states and four countries in the European Union.  Ukraine sits on the Northern European Plain, the area that has historically served as an invasion superhighway going east and west."

 

Tags: Ukraine, geopolitics, political.


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In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue ... and slaughtered the indigenous ... - The Guardian

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue ... and slaughtered the indigenous ... - The Guardian | Global Education | Scoop.it

You told us about the Christopher Columbus that didn’t appear in your history books. The lesson: happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day!

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Why everyone should be able to read a map

Why everyone should be able to read a map | Global Education | 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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CT Blake's curator insight, September 2, 2014 4:21 PM

Especially Connor McCloud.

Lindley Amarantos's curator insight, September 5, 2014 9:17 AM

this can explain why it is important to NOT always rely on technology. It is good to keep your brain active and the spatial awareness that comes with reading a map is invaluable

Dolors Cantacorps's curator insight, September 5, 2014 3:13 PM

Practiquem-ho a classe doncs!

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38 maps that explain the global economy

38 maps that explain the global economy | Global Education | Scoop.it
Commerce knits the modern world together in a way that nothing else quite does. Almost anything you own these days is the result of a complicated web of global interactions. And there's no better way to depict those interactions than some maps.

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Mr. Lavold's curator insight, September 28, 2014 7:05 PM

Many ideological issues  relate to economics - and many economic issues related to geography. Take a look at these maps and see if they help you understand the global economy and where Canada fits in. Consider how different ideologies might view these maps and the data that they contain.

Maghfir Rafsan Jamal's curator insight, September 28, 2014 10:45 PM

I find a treasure.. :D

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, October 1, 2014 11:14 PM

Unit 6

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The Fight of Their Lives - The New Yorker

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The Fight of Their Lives
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With as many as thirty million people spread across the Middle East, the Kurds claim to be the world's largest ethnic group without a country.
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The influence of religion

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Find breaking news, multimedia, reviews & opinion on Minneapolis, St. Paul, the Twin Cities metro area and Minnesota.
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High School Students Interviewed

Jay Leno interviews high school students knowledge of global issues and geographic understanding...as I'm sure you can guess, it isn't pretty. 


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Patti Griffiths Bryant's curator insight, August 27, 2013 12:17 PM

It's our virtual reality folks, kids' worlds are still only a big as their arms' length. #LetsGet4D #GlobalLearning for our #GlobalCommunity

 

Joe Blauw's comment, August 28, 2013 1:08 PM
I think it's sad that people aren't educated enough to know where main superpower countries are such as Great Britain or some of the terrorist countries that have been all over the news for several years I was surprised and disappointed
Norma Ellis's curator insight, September 2, 2013 7:28 AM

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BBC - History - British History in depth: The Myth of the Renaissance in Europe

BBC - History - British History in depth: The Myth of the Renaissance in Europe | Global Education | Scoop.it
An alternative view, by Jeremy Brotton
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The Global, History Educator — Teaching, Historical Thinking, Professional Development, and Online Education ~ Hosted by Craig J. Perrier

The Global, History Educator — Teaching, Historical Thinking, Professional Development, and Online Education ~ Hosted by Craig J. Perrier | Global Education | Scoop.it
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Most Tibetans Genetically Adapted To The High Life

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Ninety percent of Tibetans share a genetic mutation that prevents their blood from becoming dangerously clogged with red blood cells at high altitudes—a response that can be deadly for non-native mountaineers. Karen Hopkin reports.

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Brian Wilk's comment, January 31, 2:03 PM
Researchers from the University of Utah and Qinghai University in China have discovered two genes which assist ethnic Tibetans survive in the high altitude of the Himalayas. Their study, recently published in the journal Science, compared key genes in 31 unrelated Tibetans to those of 45 lowland Chinese and 45 Japanese people. They found that the EGLN1 and PPARA genes were responsible for the characteristic lower levels of hemoglobin in Tibetans - revealing half the genetic mystery in to what allows them to survive in the thin air. (Saenz, Genetics) The real story here is how efficiently the Tibetans highlanders utilize the oxygen in the blood without increasing hemoglobin levels, which when too high, impede circulation. Other cultures have the same success living in high altitude area but not without the increased hemoglobin. Researchers are still trying to piece together why this is so with the Tibetans. As the article goes on to say, this could have major positive effects on altitude sickness, and even lung diseases or conditions like asthma. The researchers did not utilize the whole genome to gather their results, wait until they have done this and I'm sure we'll see better uses come from their research.
David Lizotte's curator insight, March 1, 7:35 PM

This is interesting although not surprising. Survival of the fittest. The dominant string of DNA that has found most Tibetan people has produced a stronger group more adapted to the high above sea level region. What is interesting however is how it originated only 8,000 years ago and 90% of Tibetans have it. I wonder if the genetic sequence will continue to mutate over time? 

It seems as if it was an adaptation to the geography which took place over a long period of time. Would this general idea apply to other regions/realms of the world? For example, is there a mutated genetic sequence for Inuit people that allows them to better deal with the cold? Or how about why White European/Americans are so addicted to Tobacco? Is there something in the genetic makeup that slowly changes from generation to generation? 

Bob Beaven's curator insight, March 19, 12:22 PM

This article is interesting because it shows that people can be different depending on the area they live.  As mentioned in the article and podcast, Tibetans live at very high elevations compared to other populations in Asia and Europe.  Because of this, just one single part of their DNA changed so their blood does not become clogged with Red Blood Cells.  This shows an advantage, because Red Blood cells clogging can be a fatal condition.  Because of this adaptation, the native people of the highlands do not require as much O2(oxygen) as people not from this region.  This article really does help to support the interesting theory of human evolution as people moved out of Africa and became adapted to where they live.

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Industrial Revolution--Urban Game

Industrial Revolution--Urban Game | Global Education | Scoop.it

 

"Each student should have a large piece of butcher block paper (15x20).  They should use a pencil for this activity (color pencils are optional). Using the template provided, each student should make their own template.  It is crucial that size for each of the 'characters' in the city be the same. As you read each of the Rounds, your pace should increase so that by Round 15 the students will only have a short time to draw their buildings."


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Gordon de Snoo's curator insight, December 3, 2014 8:03 PM

An awesome interactive activity that enables students to see the physical changes that occurred in towns across Europe, specifically England and enables them to gain a  greater sense of appreciation for the changes that occurred. Learning within this real life context is oh so much better than via textbook :)

Alex Lewis's curator insight, January 12, 9:45 AM

I think this game would be interesting. Many of the cities would be extremely different, depending on the person. Some people may make their housing and schools and  larger, maybe to indicate a larger population, whereas some people may make their coal mines large, to indicate a large supply of natural resources.

jada_chace's curator insight, January 12, 9:49 AM

Playing the game allows students to make their own villages and plan how their industries will work. As they start to build their own town they have to consider where to place the stores and where to place the factories. Putting these structures into certain places can affect the student’s town.

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Why girls in India are still missing out on the education they need

Why girls in India are still missing out on the education they need | Global Education | Scoop.it
India is no longer considered a poor country and yet many children do not receive a good education. Rachel Williams reports
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A hard look at corn economics — and world hunger

A hard look at corn economics — and world hunger | Global Education | Scoop.it
Corn is not what you think. For starters: Most of the time, it's not human food.

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Rachael Johns's curator insight, October 24, 2014 10:17 AM

The corn we are growing is not helping world hunger but is making the world more unhealthy. Most the corn that we grow is either going to be used as sweeteners or as feed for cows. When we feed this to the cows it is literally killing the cows that WE eat.

Nolan Walters's curator insight, October 25, 2014 11:29 AM

Most of the corn is not even going to us. Most of it goes to the animals, who eat it (which is cheaper than grass), which fatten them up for slaughter for humans.  Corn also gets turned into Corn Syrup, which fattens us.  The Corn industry is mostly to fatten up animals for meat for us humans in MDCs. 

Alex Lewis's curator insight, October 30, 2014 12:46 PM

The fact that we could use this land to grow surplus edible food instead of corn that isn't edible and goes to feed obese and unhealthy cows is sickening. There are millions of people dying in Africa and other LDC's from starvation, but we use our farmland to grow inedible corn and overfeed cows to the point of death. The corn is used to feed animals, and the animals are then slaughtered months, weeks or even days before they would've died of overfeeding. 

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How Standing Desks Can Help Students Focus in the Classroom - Mind/Shift

How Standing Desks Can Help Students Focus in the Classroom - Mind/Shift | Global Education | Scoop.it
The rise of the standing desk may appear to be a response to the modern, eat-at-your-desk, hunched-over worker chained to her computer, but history paints a different picture: Hemingway, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson all stood while they worked. Donald Rumsfeld had a standing desk, and so did Charles Dickens. Workplaces are moving toward more standing desks, but schools have been slower to catch on for a variety of reasons, including cost, convenience, and perhaps the assumption that “sit down and pay attention” is the best way to learn.

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Easy fix for some kids, not everyone can sit for 84 minutes. What ever it takes for kids to learn, I am all for it!

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LET Team's curator insight, October 22, 2014 4:27 AM

Timely article. 

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The 100-Year-Old Agreement You Need to Know About to Understand What’s Driving the Islamic State

The 100-Year-Old Agreement You Need to Know About to Understand What’s Driving the Islamic State | Global Education | Scoop.it
Glenn Beck broke down the history of the Middle East on his television program Thursday, focusing on a nearly 100-year-old agreement that he says is integral to understanding the motivations of the Islamic State: the Sykes-Picot Agreement. If you do not understand the Sykes-Picot Agreement, Beck said, you...
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Oldest and Youngest Populations

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"There are 1.2 billion people between the ages of 15 and 24 in the world today — and that means that many countries have populations younger than ever before.  Some believe that this 'youth bulge' helps fuel social unrest — particularly when combined with high levels of youth unemployment.  Youth unemployment is a 'global time bomb,' as long as today’s millennials remain 'hampered by weak economies, discrimination, and inequality of opportunity.'  The world’s 15 youngest countries are all in Africa.  Of the continent’s 200 million young people, about 75 million are unemployed.

On the flip side, an aging population presents a different set of problems: Japan and Germany are tied for the world’s oldest countries, with median ages of 46.1. Germany’s declining birth rate might mean that its population will decrease by 19 percent, shrinking to 66 million by 2060. An aging population has a huge economic impact: in Germany, it has meant a labor shortage, leaving jobs unfilled."


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Max Minard's curator insight, March 22, 9:04 PM

This map shows the average age for every country based on its own individual population. It even provides the oldest and youngest countries with Niger being the youngest country on average and Germany and Japan tied for the oldest country on average. certain patterns can be seen on the map such as the green areas (teens as median age) being mainly centered is almost all of Africa. The other areas are in the twenties. Based on this information, one can safely assume that the average global ages correlates with the relative development of each country and it s success in domestic health care. Having this allows for their population to have a larger life expectancy and therefore a higher average age based on its overall population. 

Kristen Trammell's curator insight, March 23, 12:05 PM

I. Using the data from CIA Facebook, global post created a map illustrating the median ages of countries around the world. The world’s fifteen youngest countries are all located in Africa. The high number of teenagers in developed countries leads to youth unemployment which leads to the countries being “hampered by weak economies.” 

 

II. The distribution of ages effects countries by “weak economies, discrimination, and inequality of opportunity.” Although countries with a fixed population of a young age can be detrimental, a country with an aging population can lead to a declining birth rate. This leads to labor shortages in the future which additionally stifles the economy.  

Brian Wilk's curator insight, March 23, 7:08 PM

Demographics seemingly started with age as a metric many years ago and have evolved into marketing tools, political footballs, and ways to combat everything from obesity to social security. Africa is clearly the youngest and probably for a very morbid reason; AIDS and Ebola among other diseases have taken their toll on the sexually active and thus have reduced the average age of their population.

Germany seems to be the place to go for a job as the labor shortage will mean higher wages for the folks who are left. Japan has another issue; a healthy aging population that will strain the government's ability to financially take care of them.

I wonder if the unevenness of Europe is an indication of the two World wars that were fought mostly on the turf. Did some countries lose more than others? If more soldiers, presumably of baby making age, perished did this affect the countries ability to keep pace with the Germany's and Spain's of Europe?

Diet seems to play a large part as well as the Mediterranean is well represented in terms of age. Does their healthy diet of fish, nuts, legumes and olive oil make a difference?

I could spend all day postulating, but I'll leave some of the findings for you to discover...

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The perils of China's Silk Road revival - Aljazeera.com

The perils of China's Silk Road revival - Aljazeera.com | Global Education | Scoop.it
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The perils of China's Silk Road revival
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... opened western eyes to the richness of Central Asia and China - may prove a difficult balancing act.
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13 amazing coming of age traditions from around the world

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"The transition from childhood to adulthood -- the 'coming of age' of boys who become young men and girls who become young women -- is a significant stepping stone in everyone’s life. But the age at which this happens, and how a child celebrates their rite of passage into adolescence, depends entirely on where they live and what culture they grow up in.  Looking back, we'll never forget the majesty that was prom, or the excitement of hitting the dance floor at our friends' co-ed Bar and Bat Mitzvah parties, and why should we? Embarassing or amazing, they were pivotal moments in our lives that deserve remembering. On that note, here are thirteen of it the world’s most diverse coming of age traditions."

 

Tags: gender, folk culture, culture, indigenous, worldwide.


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Elizabeth Sheppard's comment, October 3, 2014 3:07 AM
Its interesting to see the different cultural traditions that are set at different stages in a persons life as the beginning into adulthood for most. I don't think I would want to be a male in the Brazilian Amazon, or the island of Vanuatu where you literally put your life on the line to prove your ready for adulthood. It shows the differences and what is considered important or the role the person plays in society. I think the mention of the sweet 16 for American girls was a pretty weak presentation. America is a melting pot and represents so much more than that.

Jacob Crowell's curator insight, October 27, 2014 11:59 AM

These traditions reflect the cultural geographies they take place within. In the Brazilian Amazon, the locals use the bullet ants native to the area to use in their Bullet Ant Initation. On North Baffin Island, where Inuits must be able to navigate and hunt in the wilderness of the artic, their coming of age involves a hunting journey that begins with them opening up the lines of communication between men and animals a relationship that the survival of the community hinges on. In the Amish tradition, they send their youth out into the world to witness the perils of modern society as a way to provide them with the choice of Amish Living. In Central and South America, girls have a Quinceanera where they girls solidifies their commitment to her family and faith two very important ideals of that culture. These coming of age traditions reflect the cultural differences between places throughout the world.

Lydia Tsao's curator insight, March 24, 1:34 AM

I think this article could also fit into the view of culture of gender. The fact that there are separate celebrations in Jewish culture represent the divide between men and women. The Satere-Mawe tradition of wearing bullet ant gloves in order for boys to demonstrate their "manliness" is actually quite sexist. It demonstrates how men must behave in "manly" ways and not cry in order to be viewed as a "true" man. This creates a mentality in boys from a very young age that they must not be "feminine," and that they must be more headstrong than girls to be viewed as a man. The same goes for the Vanuatu tradition. Young boys have to go to the extreme (jump from tall towers with a simply a rope around their legs to keep them from dying) to prove their manhood. Of course these traditions are an important part of their culture, and I have no right to criticize, but I am simply providing an alternative analysis of these traditions.

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BBC - History: Cold War

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What were the causes and events of the Cold War? What happened during the global superpower stand-off that brought the world to the brink of destruction?
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Google Drive - Quick reference guide for teachers and students

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Having trouble getting your head around Google Drive and / or Google Docs?
Well stress no more with this great printable guide to using Google Drive.

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Chris Upton + helpers's comment, August 26, 2013 3:48 PM
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Thanks Maria!:)
Ann Sciabarrasi's curator insight, December 22, 2013 7:01 PM

looks helpful