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The mystery of the Basques

The ancient Basque culture has survived against the odds.

 

The Basques are an intriguing cultural group to study in part because of their linguistic distinctness is Europe (Basque is a non-Indo-European language) but also because they strive for greater political autonomy within Spain.  This video could be used when teach about folk cultures, language, devolution, heritage as well as within a regional context. 


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Kmcordeiro670's comment, February 2, 2012 5:15 PM
The CNT remains one of the organized labor organizations in Spain which adheres to the autonomy of Basque as declared in the Second Spanish Republic and the Revolutionary Republic. Thank for posting this and helping revive this wonderful culture. If globalization has contracted space parallel to time, can we through our actions and struggle revive what time may have lost through our new form of connectedness?
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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, 8:28 PM

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

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Why everyone should be able to read a map

Why everyone should be able to read a map | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
New research suggests that map reading is a dying skill in the age of the smartphone. Perish the thought, says Rob Cowen

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 21, 3:13 PM

Despite the gendered overtones of the article (that it's important for men to learn to read a map), this is some good advice, regardless of gender.  The vocabulary and concepts of maps can strengthen spatial cognition and geography awareness.  While GPS technology can help us in a pinch, relying primarily on a system that does not engage our navigation skills will weaken our ability to perform these functions.  While it intuitively makes sense, that the 'mental muscles' would atrophy when not used, it is a reminder that an overuse of geospatial technologies can be intellectually counterproductive.  So break out a trusty ol' map, but more importantly, be a part of the spatial decision-making process. 


Tagsmappingspatial, technology, education.

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War in Europe

War in Europe | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

 

WARSAW, Poland—Over and over again—throughout the entirety of my adult life, or so it feels—I have been shown Polish photographs from the beautiful summer of 1939: The children playing in the sunshine, the fashionable women on Krakow streets.

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Why the West should let Russia have eastern Ukraine

Why the West should let Russia have eastern Ukraine | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Ukraine ought to be split in two, anyway

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 29, 11:40 AM

I'm NOT agreeing this with the premise of this article, but I put it forward as a some reading material to help students form their own opinions on current events and geopolitical matters; part of shaping your own opinion is finding out where you  agree and disagree with any given author. 

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Pinpointing the Ponderosa - Big Think

Pinpointing the Ponderosa - Big Think | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Pinpointing the Ponderosa
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From September 1959 to January 1973, this Map to Illustrate the Ponderosa in Nevada was standard Sunday evening fare on millions of American television screens.
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The First Day of School Around the World

The First Day of School Around the World | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Take a look at the first day of school celebrations around the world!

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 28, 10:29 AM

Access to education is one of the great indicators of development and political stability--educators wish nothing but the best education possible for the next generation, but the experience is quite variable across the globe.  As many places have recently started school again, this article is a reminder that this practice is experienced differently around the world. 


TagseducationK12, developmentperspective, worldwide.

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Fragile States Index

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"Weak and failing states pose a challenge to the international community. In today’s world, with its highly globalized economy, information systems and interlaced security, pressures on one fragile state can have serious repercussions not only for that state and its people, but also for its neighbors and other states halfway across the globe.  The Fragile States Index (FSI), produced by The Fund for Peace, is a critical tool in highlighting not only the normal pressures that all states experience, but also in identifying when those pressures are pushing a state towards the brink of failure."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 27, 3:31 PM

How can political stability and security be measured?  What constitutes effective governance?  The Fragile States Index (formerly known as the Failed States Index) is a statistical ranking designed to measure the effective political institutions across the globe.  There are  12 social, economic, and political/military categories that are a part of the overall rankings and various indicators are parts of the metrics that are a part of this index are:

SOCIAL

•Demographic Pressures 

•Refugees/IDPs

•Group Grievance

•Human Flight and Brain Drain

ECONOMIC

•Uneven Economic Development

•Poverty and Economic Decline

POLITICAL/MILITARY

•State Legitimacy

•Human Rights and Rule of Law

•Public Services

•Security Apparatus

•Factionalized Elites

•External Intervention


Tags: political, statisticsdevelopment, territoriality, sovereignty, conflict, political, devolution, war.

Melissa Marshall's curator insight, August 28, 12:57 AM

How can political stability and security be measured? The Fragile States Index is a statistical ranking designed to measure the effective political institutions across the globe.

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What Does Earth Look Like?


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Greg Russak's curator insight, August 26, 12:56 PM

Fellow map lovers will LOVE this!!!

Ann-Laure Liéval's curator insight, August 27, 10:24 AM

Des cartes pour comprendre le monde.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, August 27, 12:37 PM

Unit 1

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Swipe the photos and see Hurricane Katrina disaster dissolve into present-day recovery

Swipe the photos and see Hurricane Katrina disaster dissolve into present-day recovery | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Drag your cursor (on a computer) or swipe your finger (on a phone or tablet) across each photo below. The 2005 Hurricane Katrina photo will dissolve into a picture from the identical vantage point nine years later. CANAL STREET...

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 26, 10:16 AM

This is a well-curated gallery of before and after images. 

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On World Population Day, Unpacking 9.6 Billion by 2050

On World Population Day, Unpacking 9.6 Billion by 2050 | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
The United Nations predicts the human population will hit 9.6 billion by 2050. How do demographers devise that figure?

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2014 Fall Opening Social

2014 Fall Opening Social | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

On September 13th, RIGEA will host a morning social that will double as an incredible professional development activity. Bridgewater State University is home to a rare 25 foot tall inflatable globe that will be on display at this RIGEA event. This globe, EarthView, also offers the singular opportunity to view the surface of the Earth from the inside. Dr. Vernon Domingo, a geography professor from Bridgewater State University, will offer guided demonstrations of EarthView and present a keynote address entitled “Integrating Geography and History.”  Dr. Seth Dixon will present on the challenges of teaching geography.


When: September 13th, 9 a.m.
Where: Rhode Island College, Student Union Ballroom (see map)
What: Opening Social with EarthView
Professional Development talks: “Integrating Geography and History” and “Teaching Geography in the 21st century”
Dining: Light continental breakfast; pizza for lunch
WHO: Anyone who would like to attend that RSVPs.
RSVP: Please email your RSVP to rigea@ric.edu with the subject line “1 RSVP for EarthView”

 


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Missionary Maps of Africa (1908) - the BIG Map Blog

Missionary Maps of Africa (1908) - the BIG Map Blog | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Two maps of Africa prepared for missionaries. Interesting material. 1908.

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World will have 13 'super-aged' nations by 2020

World will have 13 'super-aged' nations by 2020 | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
The world is aging rapidly and that's bad news for the global economy, according to a new report by Moody's Investor Service.

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What is the Difference Between a Heat Map and a Hot Spot Map? - GIS Lounge

What is the Difference Between a Heat Map and a Hot Spot Map? - GIS Lounge | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
While they look similar and the terms are often used interchangeably, heat maps and hot spot maps are not identical processes.  Both processes are used to visualize geographic data in order to show areas where a higher density or cluster of activity occurs.  For both types of spatial analysis, a [...]

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Ice, Ice Baby

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While the mysterious tracks carved into the dry lake bed of Racetrack Playa in Death Valley were long ago attributed to sliding rocks, an explanation for what causes the "sailing stones" to move—thereby leaving their famous trails in the dirt—has...
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Ignorance of Africa’s geography deters tourists fearing Ebola

Ignorance of Africa’s geography deters tourists fearing Ebola | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
JOHANNESBURG — When Canadian tourist Shauna Magill posted on Facebook that she’d arrived safely in Uganda, a friend warned her to beware of “a thing called Ebola please.”

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 29, 4:11 PM

It shouldn't be too surprising that misconceptions about African geography has led to travelers are increasingly canceling trips to Africa, regardless of where on the continent it may be.  Here are some accurate maps and data to help inform our decisions.

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An Icy Solution To The Mystery Of The Slithering Stones - NPR

An Icy Solution To The Mystery Of The Slithering Stones - NPR | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
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An Icy Solution To The Mystery Of The Slithering Stones
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A century ago, miners working in California's Death Valley reported seeing boulders on the desert floor with long trails behind them — as if the stones had been pushed across the sand.
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Photo series - The City Hosting The 2022 World Cup Final Doesn't Exist Yet

Photo series - The City Hosting The 2022 World Cup Final Doesn't Exist Yet | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Lusail, the ambitious "smart" city set to host the final, has yet to be built

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Epcot Taught Me to Love International Food

Epcot Taught Me to Love International Food | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
I grew up at Disney World.
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Teaching Geography in the 21st Century: A New Online Course | GIS Education Community

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Teaching Geography in the 21st Century: A New Online Course

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PowerPoint Map of Canada with Provinces and Major Cities - PowerPoint Presentation Design Services for Consultants and Corporates

PowerPoint Map of Canada with Provinces and Major Cities - PowerPoint Presentation Design Services for Consultants and Corporates | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Canada is the world’s second largest country by total land area and occupies most of northern North America. It extends from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the West and Northward into the Arctic Ocean. Canada’s shares a border with the United States in the South and the Northwest and …

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The United Sweets of America

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What would America be without dessert? It would be puritanical. It would be boring. It would be healthier, probably.
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The Evolution of Diet

The Evolution of Diet | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Could eating like our ancestors make us healthier?

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Linda Alexander's curator insight, August 24, 11:37 AM

We need to feed a few billion more people by 2050.  What diet will make that happen?

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Russia Shuts Down McDonald's Franchises

Russia Shuts Down McDonald's Franchises | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

In a move that has been widely seen as retaliatory, the Russian government has kicked off a series of random checks at McDonald's around the country, and has already shut down four prime locations in Moscow.


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Allison Anthony's curator insight, August 23, 8:51 AM
Putin using the Big Mac attack strategy.
Nancy Watson's curator insight, August 24, 7:57 PM

This was at one time the largest McDonalds.

 

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EU debates biopiracy law to protect indigenous people

EU debates biopiracy law to protect indigenous people | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Pharmaceutical companies would need to compensate indigenous people for using their knowhow in creating new medicines

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