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Flipboard As a Textbook Replacement | The Thinking Stick

Flipboard As a Textbook Replacement | The Thinking Stick | Haak's APHG | Scoop.it

"OK…so let me clarify that title. I honestly think textbooks are on their way out…or at least I hope they are. Really it should read “Flipboard as core curation artifact for classrooms” but that wouldn’t have you here reading now would it. "


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carldowse's curator insight, April 3, 6:58 AM

With its magazine function Flipboard is an attractive cross platform means of curating and delivering content fro teaching purposes.

Kim Flintoff's curator insight, July 8, 1:13 AM

Student created books generated from high quality collaborative curation strategies seems a very valid entry point to active learning.

Julie Bilz's curator insight, July 10, 9:35 AM

I am ready for a world without textbooks in both K-12 and higher ed.  Bring it on!!

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Megadams: Battle on the Brahmaputra

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China and India are both attempting to tap the water resources of the Brahmaputra, a vast river linking the Himalayas to the Bay of Bengal. But at what cost?
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The water is the real resource issue of the 21st century.

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In Memoriam: Harm de Blij

Harm de Blij describes his book, "Why Geography Matters."

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 26, 8:35 PM

As many of you have heard, Harm de Blij (probably the author of one of your textbooks ) passed away early this week.  He was a tireless advocate for geography and geography education.  He understood that without geographic expertise, our foreign policy would suffer and our collective ability to thrive in an era of globalization would be curtailed.  I was always captivated by his presentations and was continually astounded by the depth and breadth of his knowledge. Here is what the NCGE and AAG said about his life work.   Rest in peace.   

Brian Altonen's curator insight, March 27, 9:38 AM

As United States schools struggled to remain focused on the potential values of geography and GIS in education programs, de Blij was just plowing along making new pathways in this field.  

One of the most important qualities of a geographer is he/she traditionally thinks about other things that most traditional scholars never conceptualize.  

The notion of space and time as features that bear specific rules and associations with disease, disease order, the tendency for one disease to follow another but not vice versa in the evolution of populations, are features that medicine failed to get a complete grasp of throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries.  

We ignored the gestault of health and disease patterns, by focusing too much on the minutia, the microcosm and its bacteria or viruses and how human cells and tissues react to these when they become pathogens.

The international relationships that exist, which de Blij emphasized in many of his textbooks, are core features today as we try to better understand health as a global issue.  The isolationism initiated in the 1930s, and the notion that our understanding of science is better, no longer guides those who take the most important pathways to discovery in academia.  

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Are You In or Out?—The Potential Unraveling of Geopolitical Tapestry in the Wake of the Crimean Referendum

Are You In or Out?—The Potential Unraveling of Geopolitical Tapestry in the Wake of the Crimean Referendum | Haak's APHG | Scoop.it
As the Crimean citizens voted to secede from Ukraine and to join the Russian Federation, the territorial tapestry of Eastern Europe has perhaps begun to unravel. A number of countries neighboring Russia worry about a possible military incursion or even annexation of (some of) their territory on the grounds of “protecting the local ethnic Russian population”. Other ethnic regions want to either join Russia or to leave it.
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Again, thanks Seth Dixon. This is a great piece that explores many aspects of Geopolitics--supranationalism, ethnicity and economics...

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Why maps matter

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With new technologies and an explosion of geodata, more and more agencies are mapping to make sense of their missions.

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An Imaginary Town Becomes Real, Then Not. True Story

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Two mapmakers made the place up. It wasn't real. Then, oddly, it popped into being. I am not making this up. It happened. Then it un-happened.
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The power of maps...

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How much is time wrong around the world?

How much is time wrong around the world? | Haak's APHG | Scoop.it
Why Spaniards have dinner so late? A map of the difference between solar time and clock time around the world.

 

I edited a world map from Wikipedia to show the difference between solar and standard time. It turns out, there are many places where the sun rises and sets late in the day, like in Spain, but not a lot where it is very early (highlighted in red and green in the map, respectively). Most of Russia is heavily red, but mostly in zones with very scarce population; the exception is St. Petersburg, with a discrepancy of two hours, but the effect on time is mitigated by the high latitude. The most extreme example of Spain-like time is western China: the difference reaches three hours against solar time. For example, today the sun rises there at 10:15 and sets at 19:45, and solar noon is at 15:01.


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Jessica Rieman's curator insight, March 19, 4:12 PM

Most of Africa except for a few regions are Solar in terms of the system of time. It goes from the east (solar) with little exceptions toward the south and then in the middle the map demonstrates the Standard time. And lastly in the West the poepulation is mostly Solar which creates the pattern to be solar, standard, solar.

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The Growth of Megacities

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"For the first time in human history, more of the world’s 6.8 billion people live in cities than in rural areas. That is an incredible demographic and geographic shift since 1950 when only 30 percent of the world’s 2.5 billion inhabitants lived in urban environments.

 

The world’s largest cities, particularly in developing countries, are growing at phenomenal rates. As a growing landless class is attracted by urban opportunities, meager as they might be, these cities’ populations are ballooning to incredible numbers.

 

A May 2010 Christian Science Monitor article on “megacities” predicted that by 2050, almost 70 percent of the world’s estimated 10 billion people—more than the number of people living today—will reside in urban areas. The social, economic and environmental problems associated with a predominantly urbanized population are considerably different from those of the mostly rural world population of the past."


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Arya Okten's curator insight, March 27, 10:23 PM

Unit VII

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unit 7

Whitney Souery's curator insight, May 28, 6:48 PM

The majority of megacities are in the developing world, with the exception of places like New York and Tokyo, best showing how the face of the world is changing. Developing countries are on their paths to becoming major powers, such as Calkutta for example. As an enlarging city, more and more citizens are flocking to the abundance of jobs in the city which thus increases India's development as a result of the growing city and thus leads to a cycle of growth as demand for more jobs increases as the city grows. Megacities are thus a symbol of the developing world and can be used in human geography as symbols of development. 

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How American Food Companies Go GMO-Free In A GMO World

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Grain traders who've been selling GMO-free food to Japan are now supplying the U.S. market.
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Interesting in the debate over GMO or non-GMO foods. I wonder how these folks operate since Monsanto generally litigates to shut down folks not using their seed.

 

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Haiti still in ruins four years after quake

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Reconstruction efforts are dragging as country marks anniversary of violent quake that killed more than 250,000 people.

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Ukraine: To Face Europe or Russia?

Ukraine: To Face Europe or Russia? | Haak's APHG | Scoop.it

"This map illustrates the country's deep division – and why the protests might not be what you think. Ukraine has been wracked by protests for two-plus weeks over President Viktor Yanukovych's decision to reject a deal for closer integration with the European Union. Russian President Vladimir Putin had been pressuring Yanukovych to quit the EU deal and join with a Moscow-led trade union of former Soviet states instead. Will Ukraine's future be with Russia or with Europe?"


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Victoria McNamara's curator insight, December 11, 2013 11:52 PM

Language and ethnicity are often tied to a political oriantation because maybe the people feel as if they can connect to someones ideas or beliefs because they are the same gender, race, or share the same cultural traditions. People like to be able to relate to others. 

Tony Aguilar's curator insight, December 12, 2013 2:41 PM

language and ethnicity make a big difference in a country like ukraine, ethncity usually brings along with it relgious and political ties. It would be easier for a country divided as ukraine to ramain autonomous and trade with Russia, and the EU. It would not hurt the country to stay that way.  Right now citizens are tearing down russia related statues and are politcally divided not wanting to merge with Russia with their president. it is important to choose what is most viable for their citizens and country

Tracy Galvin's curator insight, May 4, 2:29 PM

There is such a solid division right through the middle of the country maybe it should split like Czechoslovakia did. The North can go with the EU and the south can go with Russia.

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Cultural Syncretism

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, December 8, 2013 8:31 AM

I found this image on social media from a great geography teacher (link to his site--looking for APHG group activities?  Try this).  This picture taken at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Memphis, TN shows an intrguing linguistic combination that I had never imagined before.  This is referred to as cultural syncretism, where two or more cultures or cultural traits combine together to make something new.  Globalization and migration are making more cultural combinations than we've ever seen before in this human mosaic we call home.

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Gobble, gobble

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How the Thanksgiving Day plate varies across AmericaTODAY Americans will gorge themselves silly in celebration of Thanksgiving. Though each on average will ingest...
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Great study of cultural differences in the light of a national holiday...pass the cheese ball?

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Watch the United States grow before your eyes

The coolest gif you'll see all day.
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Pretty Sweet.

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Belarus Wants Out

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Belarus signed up early to join the Eurasian Union, but has started hedging its bets since Russia's annexation of Crimea -- and understandably so. According to Putin’s reasoning for seizing Crimea, Belarus could be the next target.

 

There is a bitter irony at the heart of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annexation of Crimea. Putin’s short-term victory is already coming at the expense of his most cherished long-term strategy -- the creation of a Eurasian Union, a trade union linking Russia and its closest neighbors. In other words, as the invasion expands Russian territory, it will diminish Russian influence in the very places he’d like to increase it. One need only look to Belarus, which is already beginning to hedge against its alliance with Moscow, to see why.


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Highly concentrated population distribution

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"Only 2% of Australia's population lives in the yellow area. "


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Jessica Rieman's curator insight, April 23, 6:06 PM

Only 2% of Australia's population lives in the yellow area which is very surprising because who is living in the rest of the area in Australia. What is happening to the natural sources and the resources that help the economy and where do they fit in especially in this map. 

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 10:02 PM

Coastal living is what Australia's all about. Why go to Australia to live away from the ocean? The major cities are all located on the coasts so thats where people want to be. Thats where every major event is taking place and where they can get all their resources needed to live.

Lona Pradeep Parad's curator insight, May 28, 7:16 PM

This article shows how population distribution is uneven. 

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Gastrodiplomacy: Cooking Up A Tasty Lesson On War And Peace

Gastrodiplomacy: Cooking Up A Tasty Lesson On War And Peace | Haak's APHG | Scoop.it
An international relations scholar is using her students' love of food to teach them about global conflicts. It's a form of winning hearts and minds that's gaining traction among world governments.

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Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, March 25, 3:37 PM

The way to world peace may be through our stomachs. Great idea!

Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, March 25, 3:38 PM

The way to world peace may be through our hearts and stomachs. Great idea!

Adilson Camacho's curator insight, March 30, 7:58 PM

Vínculos Poderosos! Pilares da Geografia Vivida.

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Seeing Landmarks From Far Away Might Shatter Your Perception Of Them

Seeing Landmarks From Far Away Might Shatter Your Perception Of Them | Haak's APHG | Scoop.it
Wow. I guess it's true when they say not everything is as it appears...

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Great for examining scale...

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Kristen McDaniel's curator insight, March 21, 11:34 AM

I think it's awesome to see the past mixed with the present, and realizing how our imagination adds to the "mystery" of places.  However, seeing things in context truly changes perception - how could this be brought to your students?  Fascinating.  

Maricarmen Husson's curator insight, March 28, 11:43 AM

LA PERCEPCIÓN A TRAVÉS DE LA DISTANCIA

Jessica Rieman's curator insight, April 2, 5:33 PM

By looking at these images it is apparent that heir is a clear distincition between how one may view the monument from upclose andd then when you take asep back you can really appreciate it by seeing others appreciate it as well. As an observer you can also identify the different persepectives by looking at it in a different light by either taking a step back or viewing it from a different vanage point. Knowing the history of the monument also helps with a background story in order for better appreciation of the monument and the History that goes along with it.

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Teaching Kids about Global Poverty

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"Living on One Dollar is a full-length documentary made by four college students who traveled to rural Guatemala to live on just a dollar a day. Upon their return, they created Living On One, a nonprofit to raise awareness and inspire action around global issues like hunger and poverty -- and started by publishing the Change Series of video shorts. I found it so compelling I've dedicated this whole film fest to it. Each episode not only succinctly frames an issue faced by people in the developing world and makes it personal, but also offers resource links to learn more -- and even better -- to do something about it."


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Character Minutes's curator insight, March 13, 1:24 PM

Several character traits could be empasized using theses videos. The wheels in my mind are turning!

 

Marianne Naughton's curator insight, March 13, 8:14 PM

Fundraiser event taught by kids

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The links

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Why The 'Non-GMO' Label Is Organic's Frenemy

Why The 'Non-GMO' Label Is Organic's Frenemy | Haak's APHG | Scoop.it
Non-genetically modified farming is not organic. It's a whole lot cheaper and essentially uses conventional farming techniques. But some consumers think they're the same thing.
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Perception is very powerful and packaging is very focused on shaping perception.

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World Population Prospects

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LeeBurns's curator insight, February 11, 5:20 AM

#unit4 #population

Jessica Rieman's curator insight, February 11, 1:27 PM

This graph depicts the estimated population growth throughtout the years of 1950-2100. Age has a lot to do with the increasing rate by millions. The people that are 65+ represented in the green are "peaking old" at 2080. As for the 15-64 age braket they are represented in the red and are reaching the "Adult peak" at the year 2030. And lastly, the "Peak Child" is represented in the blue achieves that in 1990. All of these statistics stem from the Brazilian records and are relative to the daily life and climate of the specific group or individual.

Albert Jordan's curator insight, February 12, 5:56 PM

Looking at the statistics for South America’s growth rate since 1950, it has grown rapidly. This rapid growth can easily be attributed to modernization, increased stability within the governments(even if corruption is still rampant in some places and the U.S. isn’t fiddling its fingers in politics or funding government overthrows), and increased outside development thanks to increased global globalization. While total population of the region is expected to rise until it peaks in 2050, so is population density and age. This will create sanitation, infrastructure, and healthcare issues that many parts of the continent may not be ready to address or able to. Even though economic strength is typically on the rise, these are still poorer developing nations. The birthrate is already beginning to peak and taper off even if deaths continue to rise. However, there is still predicted to be more births than death. Improved healthcare globally since 1950 has found its way into South America and so has economic output, bringing with it – immigration. Numbers such as South America’s can be used to create a visual representation by using a population pyramid to figure out which phase of the demographic transition model the region, or with more specific numbers, a country was in, is going into, and will predicable be in.

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Online Quizzes for Regional Geography

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"For Regional Geography, I ask that all my students take an online quizzes before coming to class because it is very difficult to intelligently discuss European issues if you don’t know the countries of Europe, where they are and what other countries are on their borders.  Quizzes and knowing places doesn’t define geography, but if geography were English literature, knowing about places could be described as the alphabet–before you write a sonnet or critique an essay, you better know your ABC’s and basic grammar.  Given that, I like the Lizard Point Geography quizzes, Sheppard Software quizzes and those from Click that ‘Hood; they are simple, straightforward and comprehensive."


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AckerbauHalle's curator insight, January 24, 12:44 AM

Kleiner Beitrag zur Geographie: Ein online Spiel um regionale Kenntnisse zu erweitern 

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, February 2, 6:52 PM

Exámenes en línea para Geografía.

SFDSLibrary's curator insight, May 13, 8:16 AM

Quizzes to test a students knowledge of places and countries.

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Forget Golf Courses: Subdivisions Draw Residents With Farms

Forget Golf Courses: Subdivisions Draw Residents With Farms | Haak's APHG | Scoop.it
Across the country, home buyers are embracing subdivisions that make farms a central amenity.
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Interesting trend in terms of what suburban amenities are attractive. It is also interesting in terms of combatting "food deserts" in urban areas.

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The one map that shows why Syria is so complicated

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A color-coded map of the country's religious and ethnic groups helps explain why the fighting is so bad.

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Intro Animation - Core/Periphery Theory

A quick animated intro video I created to give students a crash course on Core/Periphery Theory. From here the lecture will largely be inquiry based with tea...

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Luke Walker's curator insight, October 1, 2013 11:19 PM

Check out this awesome core-periphery model video.

Make a 3 Column Chart in your notes, record qualities of the Core,  Periphery, and semi-periphery.

 

Below the chart, write 3-5 sentences documenting the connection and interaction between the 3 regions.

By the way, what kind of region are the core, periphery and semiperiphery?