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Geography game: how well do you know the world?

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Play the Global development game: identify the world's countries and territories, rank them according to GDP then fingers at the ready for the picture round

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Matt Evan Dobbie's curator insight, December 22, 2012 12:42 AM

Geography game

Eliana Oliveira Burian's curator insight, December 26, 2012 3:46 AM

Are you ready?

 

Adrian Bahan (MNPS)'s curator insight, March 11, 2013 9:07 PM

Ughhhhhh, this is addicting. Must stop playing. Must keep playing so I can beat JC.

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Amazing animated infographic look at various world stats

Amazing animated infographic look at various world stats | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  TEXTBOOK: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Amazing animated infographic look at various world statistics in Oceania vs. Europe vs. America vs. Africa vs. Asia, from population to homicides to number of billionaires – a fine example of how to...

 

The video doesn't have captions to denote which continent is which, otherwise this is an excellent data visualization of global and regional differences, using the theme of the Olympics as it's symbolic motif. 


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Abby Budorick's comment, September 2, 2012 9:14 AM
This is such a cool idea. I love how they used olympic rings to represent the different continents. I just wished they would've put which rings represented which continents during the whole video because it was kind of confusing. Also, I don't think they should've combined the Americas because I think they are so different and the stats would probably be very different.
Bradford Baumstark's comment, September 2, 2012 2:44 PM
The idea hat they had for this video was very interesting but it was also very confusing because they didn't tell us which color was which continent. The concted words at the beginig confused me a bit too because I'm not sure where Oceania even is.
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If the World Where a Village of 100 People...

What if the world's population were reduced to 100 people community?

 

Reminicent of the picture book, "If the World were a Village" by David Smith, this video attempts to make large statistics more meaningful to young learners.  For more information see: http://www.miniature-earth.com/


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Seven Tools for Creating Data Visualizations

Seven Tools for Creating Data Visualizations | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  TEXTBOOK: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

Digital tools have faciliated an easier way to visually represent complex data and information in ways at are logical and intuitive.  This blog post outlines tools that students can use (read: free!) along with basic tutorials to demonstrate their functionalities. 


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Fabryka Prezentacji's comment, February 5, 2012 5:05 AM
Great one, thanks. Re-shared.
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What side of the road do people drive on?

What side of the road do people drive on? | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  TEXTBOOK: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

Simple, fun and effective...this is a great little tool.  As you select a country, the flag will appear on the roof of the car and the car will shift lanes or stay in the same one(as pictured here, in Costa Rica they drive on the right side of the road).  Where are the 'left lane countries?'  What similarities do they have besides lane preference?     


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What’s your local HDI (human development index)?

What’s your local HDI (human development index)? | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  TEXTBOOK: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

"A recently-released online tool enables Californians to see where they stand on a “human development index” – a composite measure of health, knowledge and standard of living developed by the American Human Development Project of the Social Sciences..." 

This is cool.  Instead of aggregating the data at the country level and comparing countries, we can see differences in local levels of human development.  Students see patterns of socio-economics and development vividly, and in an intensely local way tailored to their regional frame of reference.   


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Tornado Satellite Imagery: Before and After

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Compare before and after satellite images of tornado damage in Alabama.

 

This is an older image from the Tuscaloosa tornado (April 2011) but still a powerful representation of natural disasters and their impact of both the environment as well as urban systems.   Using current geospatial technologies in the classroom helps to solidify the idea that geography is much more than "just capitals and landforms" in a student's mind. 


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The truth and it's opposite: Japanese Addresses

How Japanese addresses work, and other opposites, by Derek Sivers - http://sivers.org...

 

What is true is often dependent on your perspective, the context and is situated within a particular paradigm.  This is a mind-blowing video because it exposed our framework (which might go unquestioned as universal) to be but one of many ways in which to organize the world and the information within it.  

 

Those of you who are stymied by a school's filter and feel you can't use YouTube in the classroom, try YouTube Downloader: http://youtubedownload.altervista.org/ ;


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NationMaster - World Statistics, Country Comparisons

NationMaster - World Statistics, Country Comparisons | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  TEXTBOOK: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Country comparisons using graphs, maps. Huge database of world statistics. Reference site contains country statistics, maps, flags, graphs and pie charts.

 

This is excellent for national side-by-side comparisons with a whole host of thematic datasets to choose from.  This easy portal can demystify the idea of producing a data-driven paper or project. 


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Brandon Murphy's comment, July 9, 2012 4:00 PM
I find this tool to be very useful and interesting as well. However, I am not surprised as to how low the United States ranks on most statistics, especially Education. The United States has the potential and the resources to be in the top 3 in terms of education, but due to policy differences within the states an as a country at large we fall short of that. We know what needs to be done, but the right methods/policy are considered too "socialist" therefore they can't be done. It obviously works, just take a look at where Finland ranks in terms of Education.
Don Brown Jr's comment, July 9, 2012 7:10 PM
I agree that this website is very interesting and it will surely not be the last time a visit it. I am also not surprised either on our educational ranking, but at least America is ranked 1st when it comes to incarcerating our own citizens. Makes you wonder how great the negative correlation between education and crime really is?
Ms. Harrington's comment, July 10, 2012 7:05 PM
This is a dense resource, I will have to come back time and time again to continue to compare nations and view all available statistics. I particularly liked the breakdown of American government demographics, such as being 80th in number of women in government.
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Nat'l Geographic: EarthPulse- Vital Stats

Nat'l Geographic: EarthPulse- Vital Stats | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  TEXTBOOK: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Map and compare global trends. Explore related essays, photo galleries, and information graphics.

 

This is a simple way to have a map analysis exercise without any GIS software or skills needed on this interface.


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If the world’s population lived in one city…

If the world’s population lived in one city… | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  TEXTBOOK: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

This is an very intriguing map that shows different urban layouts and applies the concept of population density at the city scale and compares it to the global population.  What is everyone lived in the city of New York (at New York's population density)?  How big would that city be? 


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Map of The World - Shaded Relief

Map of The World - Shaded Relief | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  TEXTBOOK: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

Interactive shaded relief map of the world.  Very cool and an excellent reference map with it's key functionality being that it works on a variety of scales on separate regions. 


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BBC - Dimensions (howbigreally.com)

BBC - Dimensions (howbigreally.com) | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  TEXTBOOK: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

This site transposed global events or features (e.g.-If the Great Wall of China were in Europe, how many countries would it go through?) and placing that event on a portion of the Earth more familiar to students to help them relate more to the magnitude of global news. 


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20 Classrooms From Around The World

20 Classrooms From Around The World | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  TEXTBOOK: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

We are all different...we are all the same.   This is a set set of images that highlights the essential similarities in people across cultures.

 


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OverlapMaps - compare any two places

OverlapMaps - compare any two places | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  TEXTBOOK: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
An OverlapMap is a map of one part of the world that overlaps a different part of the world. OverlapMaps show relative size.

 

The above overlap map is the United Kingdom compared to the state of Pennsylvania.  This is an very simple way to demonstrate the true size of remote places, and 'bring the discussion home.'  This site is as simple and intuitive as it is powerful and easily applicable.  This is a keeper.  


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Hannah Provost's comment, September 9, 2012 6:23 AM
This is a very useful tool because as illustrated in our class activity with the oranges and trying to flatten it out onto a flat piece of paper, it doesn't work. This causes distortion with most maps in most textbooks because they are Mercator. This tool will help people realize the actual size of countries in comparison to other countries.
Michael Grant's comment, September 12, 2012 1:07 PM
This toll will and can provide a reliable mapping source to geographers everywhere. It is useful and fun. A neat way to learn cartography
Josiah Melchor's comment, September 12, 2012 8:31 PM
The OverlapMap is a very useful tool that will allow a user to compare different places and parts of the world. Having a more accurate size of a place is critical when comparing 2 or more places. I think that many users besides me will find this very convenient when other resources are not available.
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Where is Matt?

Just in case you've never seen it, this is my favorite "horrible dancing" video.  Filmed in over 40 countries, the dancing is just a silly prop for the realy unfolding drama.  The gorgeous cultural and physical landscapes literally take center stage in this production.  The cultural icons, environmental settings and social context within which these images are spliced make this more than just "fluff" piece to distract the students.  It's a clip that can instill a desire to travel the world over to gain more geographic knowledge. 


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Lanastasiou's comment, January 30, 2012 11:13 AM
very funny video and it was interesting to see how each culture has their unique style of dancing!
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The Power of Comparison: Just How Big Is It?

The Power of Comparison: Just How Big Is It? | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  TEXTBOOK: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

This site transposes global events or features (e.g.-If the Great Wall of China were in Europe, how many countries would it go through?) and places that event on a portion of the Earth more familiar to students to help them relate more to the magnitude of global news.  Just how big is Africa compared to Europe or North America?


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Cam E's curator insight, January 29, 10:56 AM

I was especially surprised by the map of Africa, I had absolutely no idea it was that large! Fitting China, most of Europe, and the United States within it with room to spare is pretty incredible. It also gives me hope on the question of overpopulation. A good portion of the strip of Africa which equates to the United States has a very low population density mostly due to how harsh the climate is. Spaces such as this, and many others around the world, could provide new havens for humanity if technology could be developed to the point of being able to sustain large populations in harsh areas such as that.

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Global data geovisualized

Global data geovisualized | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  TEXTBOOK: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Learn about the world by changing the familiar map. Select a subject from the top menu and watch the map resize. A countrys total area no longer represents land mass, but items relevant to the subject (i.e.

 

The geovisualization in this interactive map is outstanding (translation: I could play with this all day).  This displayed map shows the destination countries for migrants, with links to the data and information to read up on the topic.  Truly impressive.   For the live link, see: http://show.mappingworlds.com//world/?lang=EN


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Worldmapper: The world as you've never seen it before

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"Worldmapper is a collection of world maps, where territories are re-sized on each map according to the subject of interest."

 

Among the many compelling cartograms on this site is this one showing the prevalance of HIV.


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Lou Salza's comment, September 26, 2012 1:04 PM
Love the visual impact of this map especially for kids with learning differences!
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Vanuatu: Meet The Natives

"Five men from the remote Pacific island of Tanna arrive in America to experience western culture for the first time, and force us to look at ourselves through brand new eyes..."

 

This cross-cultural experiment reinforces numerous stereotypes, but also seeks to get viewers to look at issues from a variety of perspectives.  Folk cultures, modernization and globalization are all major themes of this show.     


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Rebecca Farrea's curator insight, December 5, 2013 7:51 AM

This video is a trailer for a television show called Meet the Natives, which not surprisingly did not have many episodes.  The show featured five men from a Pacific island and their visit to the United States where they experienced American culture for the first time.  It is evident in just the trailer that the show reinforced many stereotypes of Pacific islanders and Americans that are obviously not necessarily true.  The video shows Pacific islanders living very primitively which is not at all the case.  It is important to view these stereotypes with a critical eye so that we do not simply believe everything we see and think everything we see is the truth.

Caleb Gard's curator insight, December 12, 2013 7:15 PM

These five men that were from the Pacific Island of Tanna go to America to get an experience for themselves of western culture for the first time. They travel many miles to find out for themselves what our culture was like. In doing this they brought over their own culture into America, making this a great expierience for themselves and those that they came in contact with on their journey. When these men came from Tanna to America to experience the cultural difference between the two places. Some long term effects of this experience is that the men might bring American cultures into their tribe, and they most likley had brought their cultures over here with the people that they came in contact with. Over all this excurssion will help the people cominig on contact with it learn about others cultural defferences from their own.

Paige McClatchy's curator insight, December 14, 2013 3:14 PM

This promotion for the series "Meet the Natives" is a laughable cross-cultural experiment in forced globalization. While there are many political and cultural problems with this video, perhaps the Vanuatu people are less isolated and exotic than we really think. It's naive to think they are totally backward with no interest in connecting with the world.

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Body Ritual of the Nacirema

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Written by Harold Miner, the Body Ritual of the Nacirema was written in part to parallel an early 20th century cultural anthropology report on a culture this can be used to discuss culture and different perspectives of culture groups.  This could be very fun, especially waiting to see when the "aha" moment comes and they understand just who the Nacirema are (the SPOILER will be embedded in the comment section).  It is lengthy and written as academic paper, so for K-12 use, I'd recommend using snippets and having them work in groups to analyze the seemingly bizarre cultural rituals of the Nacirema.  


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Seth Dixon's comment, November 11, 2011 11:17 AM
**SPOILER ALERT** The NACERIMA are is modern American society (American spelled backwards). This little bit of information drastically changes the reading.
Seth Dixon's comment, November 14, 2011 1:05 PM
The "Nacirema" are "American" spelled backwards (or interpreted backwards).
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MapMaker Interactive - National Geographic Education

MapMaker Interactive - National Geographic Education | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  TEXTBOOK: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Use our tools to explore the world, learn about human and physical patterns, and make your own maps.

 

This is an excellent online resource to allow student to create thematic maps without GIS software.  


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US States Renamed For Countries With Similar GDPs

US States Renamed For Countries With Similar GDPs | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  TEXTBOOK: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

This is an interesting way to visually compare the economic geography of international places with domestic locales.  The data is slightly outdated (2007) but still recent enough to be useable. 


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Global and National Population Pyramids

Global and National Population Pyramids | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  TEXTBOOK: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Interactive Visualization of the Population Pyramids of the World from 1950 to 2050...

 

Need population pyramids?  This is a site with good global and national population pyramids with good temporal data as well to show changes in the population (good for explaining the demographic transition model).   


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 17, 2013 6:44 AM

Need population pyramids?  This is a site with good global and national population pyramids with good temporal data as well to show changes in the population (good for explaining the demographic transition model).  

UCGSGeo's curator insight, February 12, 12:40 PM

great for identifying where countries are in the DTM

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WSJ Census Map Maker

WSJ Census Map Maker | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  TEXTBOOK: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Draw your own district...

 

An easy way to have students work on a neighborhood projects and still get them to have a cartographic component to the project.  A Facebook or Twitter account is needed to login (but that isn't to difficult to manage in most classroom settings). 


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