Find the latitude and longitude of a point using Google Maps.
Simple, straightforward and easy to use. All you do is point and click on the map to get latitude and longitude in both decimal degrees and DMS (degrees, minutes and seconds). You can also quickly enter coordinates in either format an have the location displayed on the map.
Brown University's Choices Program has many excellent resources for social studies teachers including "Teaching with the News." Many teachers are seeing the importance of Syria, but might lack the regional expertise to put it in context or to the time to link it with the curriculum. If that is the case (and even if it is not), this is the perfect place to find lesson plans on the ongoing Syrian conflict.
Bernard von NotHaus, a professed monetary architect, will soon be sentenced for minting and distributing a form of private money called the Liberty Dollar.
This fascinating story brings up some important economic and political issues within society. A common currency was created to facilitate trade and that is the basis of the coinage system that we hae today. Underneath that is a question that is gnawing at me: who has a legal right to create a form of currency? Should a private citizen be allowed to create a new form of money and use that money with other citizens (assuming that they are not trying to pass it off as legal U.S. tender or to counterfeit it)? As this article states, the Constitution gives Congress the right “to coin money” and to “regulate the Value thereof” — but it doesn't explicitly grant an exclusive right to do creating currency. This sounds to me like the government is flexing it's muscles to shut down the operation because it shatters the illusion that the government wants to perpetuate that they are the sole provider of currency for economic exchange.
Along the socioeconomic spectrum in New York City’s student population, there is a corresponding vocabulary gap for children beginning in kindergarten.
Education isn't only what happens in the walls of the classroom. So many times parents assistance is the critial factor in making the formal education 'stick.' This was the most jarring statistic fro this article: children of professionals hear 32 MILLION more words by age four than the poorest kids. That is not inconsequential.
These five maps look at how the 2012 election would have played out before everyone could vote.
This series of maps shows that election of 2012 would have looked very different if the voting laws had not changed. The African-American, female and young (18-21) have all not been able to vote in the U.S. and all three are key constituencies of President Obama. However, these maps are assuming the same percentages of today held true for back then. The white population is a declining share of the U.S. population. I remember seeing (somewhere) that if the demographics of the U.S. were today what they were in 1996, he would've won the election. Here is a related article on the changing demographics of the electorate.
Clearly I'm a "if you can, you should vote" type of person. However, this video and article are an interesting exploration into the doubts and qualms many young people have about voting. I believe that this can help student think about civics and citizenship in a more critical way.
This data visualization project is a great way to demonstrate the geographic expansion of the United States. This is much more interactive than the typical time lapse video since you can scroll through the maps and explore each map through the interactive features.
Some images become an iconic way in which we remember the past; other images get stuffed into an archive and forgotten. This particular image in the gallery I find fascinating because in our modern society with a strong conservation ethos is at odds with the attitudes of our forebearers. True, it most certainly can be argued that our society is not conservationists, but at least in regard to the Redwood forest, we are. We've enshrined them in song as emblematic of America and federally protected as a National Park and cutting them down is seen as a crime against ecology. Which images to you find interesting? How come?
The remarkable pictures show scenes from France today with atmospheric photographs taken in the same place during the war superimposed on top.
In this fastinating set of images, Dutch artist and historian Jo Teeuwisse merges her passions literally by superimposing World War II photographs on to modern pictures of the where the photos were originally taken. This serves as a reminder that places are rich with history; to understand the geography of a place, one must also know it's history (and vice versa).
Word clouds by www.wordle.net are some great visual tools to condense large documents into a more manageable (if somewhat imperfect) perspective. Governor Romney's "word cloud" is the top one and President Obama's is the bottom. This in a nutshell is what they spoke about the most during the 90 minute debate.
CALL it the "no representation without taxation" shtick.Lexington has been in Pennsylvania this week (and Texas too, but that is for another day), looking at the...
The problem with projections and polls before an election is that they don't always factor in the likelihood that the person being polled will actually show up to the polls. In Obama's first presidential run, a major part of his success was inspiring those would typically might not have voted to exercise their legal rights to vote. Was that a one-time spike in interest or can that be duplicated? Historically speaking, more conservatives will vote at a higher rate.
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