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"The Farmer"

And on the eighth day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, "I need a caretaker." So God made a farmer. God said, "I need somebody willing to ge...

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:29 AM

This Super Bowl commercial for trucks also doubles as a tribute to a rural America of yesteryear in general, and for farmers more specifically.  While some may object to the overtly religious references of video, I feel that it reflects the cultural ethos of the Midwest, but more importantly, the market research shows that this religious appeal would resonate with the truck-purchasing demographic that this commercial is trying to influence.  This commercial was cleverly critiqued in this video, "See God made a (Latino) Farmer" and in this irreverant parody.  


Tags: agriculture, labor, rural, unit 5 agriculture.

Ann-Laure Liéval's curator insight, February 6, 2013 1:04 PM

Religion et société aux EU: un document introductif pour le chapitre, pub du Superbowl 2013, à destination d'un public ciblé... 

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It’s Course Design Not Entertainment: A visit from John Boyer | Educatus

It’s Course Design Not Entertainment: A visit from John Boyer | Educatus | Haak's APHG | Scoop.it
RT @GMCTE_UofS: On the blog "It’s Course Design Not Entertainment: A visit from John Boyer" Educatus http://t.co/qZzb1CdhYZ #usask #highere…
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Boyer Rocks!

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What Do You Need To Know About Central American...

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A few months ago I watched Hugo Rivera, a stocky Mexican border patrol agent as he stood on the bank of the Suchiate River in Chiapas Mexico and looked out across the border to Guatemala on the other side of the water.
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This photo of Kim Jong Un looks like a still from a Wes Anderson movie

This photo of Kim Jong Un looks like a still from a Wes Anderson movie | Haak's APHG | Scoop.it
Plus bonus photo of Kim inspecting a pink teacup.
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Just Awesome.

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Speaking the “Language” of Spatial Analysis via Story Maps

Speaking the “Language” of Spatial Analysis via Story Maps | Haak's APHG | Scoop.it

"Spatial analysis has always been a hallmark of GIS, the 'numerical recipes' which set GIS apart from other forms of computerized visualization and information management. With GIS we pose questions and derive results using a wide array of analytical tools to help us understand and compare places, determine how places are related, find the best locations and paths, detect and quantify patterns, and even to make spatial predictions."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 21, 7:50 PM

GIS is a key tool in spatial analysis, but it can also be a driving force in using math, science, technology and (yes) geography as interdisciplinary ways of teaching the curriculum.  StoryMaps can be rich with images and videos, but also filled with data at a variety of scales.  What stories can you tell in this rich, visual format?  What visual template shown might lend itself best for that sort of project? 


Tagsmapping, GISESRIgeography education, geospatial, edtech.

Caterin Victor's curator insight, October 29, 12:16 PM

 Not only Spatial, even plain geography is very interesting and important,  but.....not everybody understands, and want to...

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Megacities Interactives

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"By 2025, the developing world, as we understand it now, will be home to 29 megacities. We explore the latest UN estimates and forecasts on the growth of these 'cities on steroids', and take a look at the challenges and opportunities megacities present for the tens of millions living in Lagos, Mexico City and Dhaka."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 27, 8:53 AM

Through this BBC interactive mapping feature with rich call-out boxes, the reader can explore the latest UN estimates and forecasts on the growth of megacities (urban areas with over 10 million residents).  These 'cities on steroids' have been growing tremendously since the 1950s and present a unique set of geographic challenges and opportunities for their residents.   Also, this Smithsonian Magazine interactive (also on the rise of Megacities), argues that dealing with megacities is one of the traits of the Anthropocene. 


Download the BBC data as a CSV file to be able to import this into a customizable ArcGIS online map.  This will help you to create an analytical storymap (but I still enjoy a good narrative storymap).  


Tags: urban, megacitiesESRI, anthropocene, CSV.

Gilbert Faure au nom de l'ASSIM's curator insight, October 27, 3:40 PM

and wuhan inside

Katelyn Sesny's curator insight, Today, 11:48 AM

This article asks and answered the question of how and when we will reach a time and place where we live will be limited (as we weigh down the world)? -UNIT 1

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The long and ugly tradition of treating Africa as a dirty, diseased place

The long and ugly tradition of treating Africa as a dirty, diseased place | Haak's APHG | Scoop.it
How alarmist, racist coverage of Ebola makes things worse. A dressing down of the latest #NewsweekFail.

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Christian Allié's curator insight, October 18, 3:33 AM

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The Newsweek story could generate additional prejudice against African migrants, a population that already suffers from greater prejudice than other immigrant groups. In the psychology study referenced above, researchers found that simply manipulating the geographical origin of a hypothetical immigrant group – from Eastern Africa to Eastern Asia to Eastern Europe — yielded significant differences in attitudes in a study population toward the immigrant group.

 

Fear-mongering narratives about Ebola circulating in the popular media can also have a serious effect on knowledge and attitudes about Ebola. Though there are no cases of person-to-person infection in the United States, a recent poll conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health reports 39 percent of Americans think there will be a large Ebola outbreak in the United States and more than a quarter of Americans are concerned that they or someone in their immediate family may get sick with Ebola in the next year. A similar poll conducted for Reason-Rupe had four in 10 Americans saying an Ebola outbreak in the United States was likely, and conservative Americans were more likely to say an outbreak was likely. These two national surveys show Americans are grossly overestimating their risk of infection.

 

The long history of associating immigrants and disease in America and the problematic impact that has on attitudes toward immigrants should make us sensitive to the impact of “othering” African immigrants to the United States in the midst of the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Scare-mongering about infinitesimally small risks in one context serves no purpose to the greater good of trying to curb disease transmission and relieve people’s suffering in another context.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, October 20, 12:40 PM

unit 3 and 4

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The long and ugly tradition of treating Africa as a dirty, diseased place

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The Tequila Trail: What Can Jalisco Mexico Teach Us About Migration? - Forbes

The Tequila Trail: What Can Jalisco Mexico Teach Us About Migration? - Forbes | Haak's APHG | Scoop.it
Navigating a narrow stretch of rural highway, Monica Campos peered out the windshield of her car, admiring the rows of purplish green agave plants on the side of the road.
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Israel still sending asylum seekers to Holot, despite court order - National

Israel still sending asylum seekers to Holot, despite court order - National | Haak's APHG | Scoop.it
Interior Ministry accused of continuing to issue summonses to African migrants despite High Court decision to close detention facility and promise that it would cease issuing summonses.
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Ten myths about migration

Ten myths about migration | Haak's APHG | Scoop.it
Writers from the Guardian, Le Monde, El País, Süddeutsche Zeitung and La Stampa address some common claims about migration and assess whether they are true in their country
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African migrants look down on white-clad golfers in viral photo

African migrants look down on white-clad golfers in viral photo | Haak's APHG | Scoop.it
Realities clash as campaigner captures image of asylum seekers stuck on razorwire fence above elite club on Morocco-Melilla border
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Matt Davidson's curator insight, October 23, 7:39 PM

Such a clear example of inequality and human rights - great for year 10: global wellbeing

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Aboard a Cargo Colossus

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The world’s biggest container ships, longer than the Eiffel Tower is high, are a symbol of an increasingly global marketplace. But they also face strong economic headwinds.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 7, 2:37 PM

This article and video from the NY Times is a great way to show the magnitude of the largest vessels that drive the global economy. These containers are symbols of global commerce that enable economies of scale to be profitable and the outsourcing of so many manufacturing jobs to developing countries.  The invention of these containers have changed the geography of global shipping and today the vast majority of the world's largest ports are now in East Asia.  Today though, the biggest container ships are too big to go through the Panama Canal, encouraging China to build a larger canal through Nicaragua.      

Matt Davidson's curator insight, October 23, 7:23 AM

This fascinating article also includes a nice trade route map and raises the quest for new trade routes. Great for year 9 Geography course in Australia - global interconnections

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The world is actually safer than ever. And here's the data to prove that

The world is actually safer than ever. And here's the data to prove that | Haak's APHG | Scoop.it
The world has seemed pretty scary this year. War, polar vortex, Ebola, terrorism — they've all made an appearance in 2014. But things are actually still getting better — and here's the data that proves it.
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Twitter breakdown of NFL fanbases by geography ...

Twitter breakdown of NFL fanbases by geography ... | Haak's APHG | Scoop.it
The good folks at Twitter -- or, more specifically, Twitter Sports -- are doing pretty awesome NFL-related work this year, in terms of measuring the most talked-about players and most talked-about teams each week.
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How languages evolve - Alex Gendler | AP Human ...

How languages evolve - Alex Gendler | AP Human ... | Haak's APHG | Scoop.it
Over the course of human history, thousands of languages have developed from what was once a much smaller number. How did we end up with so many? And how do we keep track of them all?
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In France, Kebabs Get Wrapped Up in Identity Politics

In France, Kebabs Get Wrapped Up in Identity Politics | Haak's APHG | Scoop.it
In a country whose national identity is so closely connected to its cuisine, France's hard right has seized on a growing appetite for kebabs as proof of cultural "Islamisation".

Four kebab houses opened last month in Blois, bringing the total to over a dozen in the pretty Loire valley town where tourists come to see the castle. The far-right National Front party railed: "The historical center of Blois, the jewel of French history, is turning into an Oriental city".

The implicit message is clear: the now ubiquitous kebab, popular with the young and cash-strapped, is a sign that Middle Eastern culture has taken root in France, where not everyone is happy about the presence of 5 million Muslims.

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Yet as France faces a large dependency ratio of older people it needs the influx of immigrants to stabilize its economy. This is fascinating.

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Why Almost Nobody Lives In Most Of Canada

Why Almost Nobody Lives In Most Of Canada | Haak's APHG | Scoop.it

"Canada: land-wise, it's one of the world's biggest countries, but population-wise, it's anything but.The map comes from the Government of Canada's 'Plant Hardiness Site,' which contains images showing 'Extreme Minimum Temperature Zones' throughout the Great White North."

 

Tags: Canada, map, North America, weather and climate.


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Joy Kinley's curator insight, October 28, 1:44 PM

Climate has impacted where civilizations grow and thrive.  Temperate climates with long growing seasons can support more life and cities can develop.  In places where there are harsh temperatures and short growing seasons not as many people can be supported.

In winter when we have cold days (I know there aren't that many cold days in the southern U.S. but we do get some) I like to check the weather for northern Canada because my weather suddenly sounds much more pleasant.

Jake Red Dorman's curator insight, October 29, 2:50 PM

Its obvious to see that all the major cities in Canada are in areas with the least coldest regions. They are as close to the border of the U.S. as possible because it is as close to the equator as possible without being a U.S. city. Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec, Winnipeg, Calgary, Regina and Vancouver are all about 100-150 km away from the border of the U.S.  

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In the fight against green slime on Lake Erie, farmers try to clean up their act

In the fight against green slime on Lake Erie, farmers try to clean up their act | Haak's APHG | Scoop.it
Nasty green slime poisoned water in Ohio last summer, and it's becoming a regular thing in the region — and around the world. The problem is agricultural pollution, but some Ontario farmers are trying to try to cut back on the pollution that leads to the slime.
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The Science of Earthquakes

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From fault types to the Ring of Fire to hydraulic fracking, the Earthquakes infographic by Weather Underground helps us understand the complexities of what shakes the ground.

 

Tags: disasters, geomorphology, physical, infographic.


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Linda Denty's curator insight, October 27, 7:09 PM
This is terrific!
Bibhya Sharma's curator insight, October 27, 7:20 PM

informative indeed.


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If EU migration is the problem, Switzerland and Norway are not the answer - Telegraph.co.uk

If EU migration is the problem, Switzerland and Norway are not the answer - Telegraph.co.uk | Haak's APHG | Scoop.it
Since both Switzerland and Norway accept far more immigrants per capita than the UK, why do so many people look to them as the answer to Britain's immigration worries?
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Merkel: I won't support UK on EU migration - The Local.de

Merkel: I won't support UK on EU migration - The Local.de | Haak's APHG | Scoop.it
Chancellor Angela Merkel has dealt a blow to UK Prime Minister David Cameron's hopes of renegotiating Britain's relationship with the EU by ruling out changes t
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Australia: Controversial 'No Way' anti-Immigration Advert Sparks Outrage

Australia: Controversial  'No Way' anti-Immigration Advert Sparks Outrage | Haak's APHG | Scoop.it
The ad aims to discourage asylum seekers from illegally reaching the country by boat
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Place-based Geography Videos

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Professor Seth Dixon shares over 50 of his favorite geography videos in this online map http://bit.ly/KDY6C2


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Utah Geographical Alliance's curator insight, July 28, 2:56 AM
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Incredible teaching resource from Seth Dixon.  Map with videos to use for teaching about locations on the map. I don't know any teacher who wouldn't love this!  Thank you Seth!!! Please check out the resources he provides at his ScoopIt Page - Geography Education, his Facebook Page- The Church of Geography, on Twitter at @Geoevangelize, and @SethDixon.  His up to date information and resources make teaching Geography so much more fun and easy!

Jacob Crowell's curator insight, October 5, 11:39 PM

This link is great. So many insightful videos. The one that we saw in class on the nuances of what makes up the UK was very interesting and fun to watch. The UK is a good example on how different geographies exist within the same "borders". In the UK there are many cultures, ethnicities, and politics that work together to make up a nation of nations. The historical scope of the British empire has led to many people around the world having shared connections through their shared past.

Matt Davidson's curator insight, October 23, 7:54 PM

Great site - showing locational context is important for not just Geography but every subject. How can we understand the complexities of topics like conflict or urban economies or agricultural histories.... without understanding locations and maps?

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This GIF shows just how quickly Ebola spread across Liberia

This GIF shows just how quickly Ebola spread across Liberia | Haak's APHG | Scoop.it
In late May, there was one case in Liberia. Now there are thousands.
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3 Powerful Web Tools to Create Whiteboard Animation Videos for Your Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

3 Powerful Web Tools to Create Whiteboard Animation Videos for Your Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Haak's APHG | Scoop.it
Whiteboard animation videos are videos that draw themselves. They involve an animated use of images, shapes, characters, sounds and voice-overs to create a clip. This form of video production has been very popular recently and is widely used by some leading educational YouTube channels such as TED Ed and RSA Animate. Creating a whiteboard animation video is no longer a graphic designer's job. There are actually several web tools that allow you to easily put together an animated video with as simple tools as drag and drop. As a teacher, you can  use these animations to create and share tutorials,  presentations, step by tsp guides, and many more. Below are three  of my favourite tools I would recommend for you:

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Wilfred Rubens's curator insight, October 26, 3:40 AM

Ik ben zelf eigenlijk helemaal niet zo handig in het ontwikkelen van content. Deze applicaties lijken echter gemakkelijk in gebruik.

Rob Overend's curator insight, October 26, 5:20 PM

Bring your teaching to life with animated videos to engage your students. Select from a bank of content or use your own. Could be great for reinforcing and inspiring. I might have to try one of these.