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

What’s your local HDI (human development index)? | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: 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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Animated Earth

Animated Earth | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

A fascinating 3D globe which shows air currents and lots of other data. View in real time or review past data. A must use site for geographers.
http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/PSHE%2C+RE%2C+Citizenship%2C+Geography+%26+Environmental


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Michail Darley's curator insight, August 27, 5:28 PM

I haven't tried this, but it looked interesting. So Here it is...

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Slow walkers on cellphones, a Chinese city has a lane for you

Slow walkers on cellphones, a Chinese city has a lane for you | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
A section of sidewalk in Chongqing has designated lanes for the distracted smartphone user, not that they necessarily notice
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Japan: More and more, a land of centenarians

Japan: More and more, a land of centenarians | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Reaching the century mark remains a relative rarity for humans, but it is increasingly less so, and perhaps nowhere more than in rapidly aging Japan.

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9 maps that reveal London's secret history from Shakespeare till today

9 maps that reveal London's secret history from Shakespeare till today | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
From unsolved murders to pagan burial sites, London's shocking history in topographical form

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Squatters on the Skyline

"Facing a mounting housing shortage, squatters have transformed an abandoned skyscraper in downtown Caracas into a makeshift home for more than 2,500 people."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 15, 1:10 PM

This video is one of my favorites in my placed-based geography videos collection.  This skyscraper was once a symbol of wealth, and in an incredible paradigm shift, it has now become is occupied by squatters. The lack of a vibrant formal economy and more formal housing leads to a lack of suitable options for many urban residents--especially with problems in the rural countryside. A complex web of geographic factors needs to be explained to understand this most fascinating situation. This NY Times article from 2011 still shows some great concepts on why informal housing develops and this PRI podcast gives us a 2014 update--that the Venezuelan government plans to clear the Tower of its residents.  


Tags: Venezuela, South America, squatter, urban, planning, density, urbanism, unit 7 cities.

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Scottish Independence: New flag for UK?

Scottish Independence: New flag for UK? | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Members of the Flag Institute have created designs for what the Union Flag could look like in the event of independence

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 13, 1:58 PM

I've already posted various links this week on Scottish independence and what it might mean, but I think these two are also worth considering.  Flags are the great icons of state identity, and a UK without Scotland might reconsider it iconography.  This links to an article from the Telegraph and a photogallery with 12 'candidate flags' for a UK that does not include Scotland.  Why might some resist the idea of creating a new national symbol?


Tags: devolutionhistorical, political, states, sovereignty, autonomy, Europe, unit 4 political, UK.

CT Blake's curator insight, September 13, 6:27 PM

For those that love the notion of national flags and all they represent, a fun pondering of what a revised Union Jack might look like.

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Scaling the mountains of Colombia

In this web exclusive clip, Mo Rocca tours the Colombian countryside and gets "up close and personal" with the side of a mountain.
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China-Philippines Territorial Dispute: Ancient Maps 'Debunk' Chinese Claim ... - International Business Times

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Map: How the Ebola Outbreak Spread through Africa – Ebola Outbreak - FRONTLINE

Map: How the Ebola Outbreak Spread through Africa – Ebola Outbreak - FRONTLINE | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
From Patient Zero to today, here is a look back at how the West Africa Ebola outbreak grew to become the worst on record.

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What Each Country Leads The World In - Maps on the Web

What Each Country Leads The World In - Maps on the Web | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
What Each Country Leads The World In
This list of top international rankings by country includes global-scale lists of countries with rankings, sorted by country that is placed top or bottom in the...

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18 "Geography Fail" Media Gaffes

18 "Geography Fail" Media Gaffes | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Maps are hard. Not that hard, though.

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Shanelle Zaino's curator insight, September 8, 6:53 PM

::sigh::

Jamie Strickland's curator insight, September 9, 11:28 AM

Yet another resource to add to my "this is why we take map quizzes" lecture at the beginning of the semester!!

Nancy Watson's curator insight, September 14, 8:33 AM

Unit 1 Geography Nature and Perspective. These people need perspective and a Geography course or two.

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13 amazing coming of age traditions from around the world

13 amazing coming of age traditions from around the world | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

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GeoGuessr - Let's explore the world!

GeoGuessr - Let's explore the world! | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
GeoGuessr is a geography game which takes you on a journey around the world and challenges your ability to recognize your surroundings.

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Allison Anthony's curator insight, September 10, 7:14 PM

This is lots of fun!  Try to see if you can guess where you are...or at least see if you can get close!

Allison Anthony's curator insight, September 10, 7:15 PM

See how well you do at guessing where you are!  Lots of fun!

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ISIS eradicates art, history and music from curriculum in Iraq

ISIS eradicates art, history and music from curriculum in Iraq | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Families in Mosul are keeping their children home from school out of mixed feelings of fear, resistance and uncertainty
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16 Children & Their Bedrooms From Around the World…

16 Children & Their Bedrooms From Around the World… | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
What did your childhood bedroom look like? Chances are if you grew up in a westernized world, it had a solid bed, scattered toys, and wall decorations that creatively expressed the type of child you were, and hinted at the person you were to become. What you may have taken for granted, however, a large percent of others will never experience. There’s no right or wrong pertaining to living situations, but many unique lessons to be gained from acknowledging that the type of childhood one is given has an impressionable effect on their future.

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dilaycock's curator insight, September 15, 5:20 PM

What a great way to connect with students and discuss issues such as lifestyle, living standards, health etc.

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Alexander von Humboldt

"Have you heard of Alexander von Humboldt? Not likely. The geologist turned geographer and South American explorer was a bit of an 18th century super scientist, traveling over 24,000 miles to understand the relationship between nature and habitat. George Mehler details Humboldt’s major accomplishments and why we should care about them today. See this TED ED lesson plan that accompanies the video."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 18, 1:23 PM

Alexander von Humboldt has been described as the last great ancient geographer concerned with understanding an eclectic cosmography as well as the first modern geographer. He is honored far and wide throughout Latin America and Europe, but given that intellectually people are confused as how to categorize him and classify his contributions, today he is under-appreciated.  Geographers need to reclaim his memory and call his extensive, globetrotting work on a wide range of subjects 'geography.'    


Tags:  historicalbiogeography, unit 1 Geoprinciples, TED.

David R. Perry's curator insight, September 11, 6:41 PM

History does not always remember all it should.

Nancy Watson's curator insight, September 14, 8:35 AM

Notable Geographer and geologist

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▶ "Stream of Cocoa" is Flowing Again in Papua New Guinea - YouTube

Cocoa is the main source income for thousands of farmers in Papua New Guinea. However since 2006, a devastating pest destroyed most of the country's cocoa. A World Bank project is working with small farmers to recover through new varieties of cocoa and better farming methods.


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Graham Watson's curator insight, September 15, 12:29 PM

A developmental story looking at how World Bank intervention has helped the cocoa farmers of PNG get back on track, largely by getting advice from the experts and diversifying into other, hardier varieties of cocoa.

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We Are What We Eat: Documenting Dinners Around the World

We Are What We Eat: Documenting Dinners Around the World | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
National Geographic Photo Blog

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Nancy Watson's curator insight, September 15, 4:30 PM

Culture and Agriculture Unit.

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Colombia's resurgence

Colombia still has its problems, but the country is clearly on the upswing and hopes to attract 4 million tourists this year. Mo Rocca heads to Colombia to report on the once-troubled nation's recent resurgence.
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The Scottish battle for independence

The Scottish battle for independence | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
As the nation casts ballots on whether to preserve its 300-year-old partnership in the U.K. or go it alone, observers fret about the results of a vote that's too-close-to-call
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Does English still borrow words from other languages?

Does English still borrow words from other languages? | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

"English language has 'borrowed' words for centuries. But is it now lending more than it's taking, asks Philip Durkin, deputy chief editor of the Oxford English Dictionary. "

 

Knowledge of what is being borrowed, and from where, provides an invaluable insight into the international relations of the English language.  Today English borrows words from other languages with a truly global reach.


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Pranav Pradeep's curator insight, February 6, 12:20 PM

English is still a language that is made off of other languages, not many if any of our words were not atleast based off of someother language!

Amanda Morgan's comment, September 13, 3:08 PM
Words of the English language were borrowed from other numerous languages. Foreign words will continue to be introduced to the language with the growth of globalization
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Scotland's Decision

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From Catalonia to Kurdistan, nationalist and separatist movements in Europe and beyond are watching the Scottish independence referendum closely.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 11, 11:50 AM

This issue reverberates on many different scales.  As the video embedded in this article demonstrates,  Scotland's choice on September 18th would obviously impact the local region as some seek to use Scottish history as a rationale to reshape the current political and cultural identity of the region.  Some of the votes are already in and Scottish independence would not only have the potential to reshape the UK and EU, but it could also add some fervor to the various other separatist movements around the world, such as Catalonia.  


Tags: devolutionhistorical, supranationalism, political, states, sovereignty, autonomy, Europe, unit 4 political.

Barbara Goebel's curator insight, September 13, 9:00 AM

Compare and contrast Scotland's bid for independence with events leading to American independence. How does a culture decide to change its political geography?

Nancy Watson's curator insight, September 14, 8:36 AM

Scotland, the site of nationalist and separatist movements, is one to watch as they vote. What the ramifications would be are yet to be seen

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40 maps that explain the Roman Empire

40 maps that explain the Roman Empire | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
2000 years ago today, the Roman Emperor Augustus died. His reign marked the start of a 200-year period of peace and prosperity for the empire.

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ISIS: A New Threat | Teaching with the News | Brown University

ISIS: A New Threat | Teaching with the News | Brown University | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

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18 People Who Really Need To Learn Some Geography

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Maps are hard. Not that hard, though.


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Allison Anthony's curator insight, September 9, 7:41 PM
Total fail! This is why we need to teach geography in school!!
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A summer vacation that will literally take you "full circle"

A summer vacation that will literally take you "full circle" | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
This summer marks the 40th anniversary of the completion of Iceland's Route 1 - better known as the Ring Road
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