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Boston schools ditch conventional world maps in favor of this one

Boston schools ditch conventional world maps in favor of this one | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Social studies classrooms throughout the Boston public school system are getting an upgrade some 448 years in the making.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 28, 2:21 PM

Personally, I'm not a fan of this decision, but it's as if they watched the classic West Wing clip and decided to roll with it. I think that the Peters projection map is better than the Mercator for most educational applications, but it isn't the "right, best, or true" map projection.  Many viral videos comparing the two love to exaggerate and say things like "The maps you use are lying to you" or "the world is nothing like you've ever seen."  Yes, Mercator maps distorts relative size, but it isn't a "wrong" map anymore than the Peters projection.  All maps have distortion and map readers need to under that all maps are a mathematical representation of the Earth.  

 

Tags: mapping, visualization, map projections, cartography, perspectiveeducation, geography, geography educationBoston.

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, June 24, 9:00 AM
A new but correct way at looking at the real world. 448 years overdue.
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Illustrated APHG Textbook

Illustrated APHG Textbook | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 27, 2:24 PM

If you haven’t seen any resources from the Human Imprint, this is a great source of teacher-produced AP Human Geography as well as other social studies.  This new project, the Illustrated Textbook, was created to be a “one-stop-shop for human geography fundamentals” using a fun, graphic style interlaced with content-heavy text.  I’m very excited to see this online textbook continue to unfold. This is definitely on the shortlist of best materials on this site.   

 

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APHG Promo Video

This is video is a great tool to drum up interest in an AP Human Geography course produced by David Burton.  See more promotional videos/start-of-the-year clips at http://wp.me/P2dv5Z-1ec


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 23, 3:33 PM

This is just one of my favorite "start of the year" videos.  I've compiled them for when you need to show the importance of geography, spatial thinking and geo-literacy.  Collectively, they show why taking geography courses is so important, useful and interesting. 

 

Tags: geo-inspiration, geography education, APHG.

Sally Egan's curator insight, February 15, 4:11 PM
Love this video introducing the study of Geography. Its dramatic and diverse in the issues it introduces.
Alex Smiga's curator insight, May 31, 10:37 AM
Believe the hype
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Mr. Varley's APHG site

Mr. Varley's APHG site | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

"Welcome to Mr. Varley’s AP Human Geography website. Scroll over ‘AP Human Geography’ located above to find a drop-down menu for each unit."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 23, 3:55 PM

There are many great teacher sites; this one has the great unit-specific resources as well as a student-produced "Motherload review packet."  Consider having your students collaboratively produce their own review packet.

 

Tags: geography education, APHG.

Ruth Reynolds's curator insight, January 28, 9:26 PM
Some themes and resources that may be able to be adapted for pre-service teachers.
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Most Young Americans Can’t Pass a Test on Global Affairs—Can You?

Most Young Americans Can’t Pass a Test on Global Affairs—Can You? | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
A new survey finds that even college-educated Americans have a lot to learn about the world around them. Take our quizzes to see how much you know.

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Luis Cesar Nunes's curator insight, September 16, 2016 10:41 AM
Share your insight
Danielle Adams's curator insight, September 19, 2016 5:17 PM
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Lee Hancock's curator insight, November 1, 2016 5:44 PM

Are you smarter than a well educated young American? Take the quiz to see. 

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Map Men: teaching geography through comedy

Map Men: teaching geography through comedy | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Mark Cooper-Jones and Jay Foreman, the Map Men, tap into a rich vein of geographical quirks to teach through comedy

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Catherine Smyth's curator insight, August 28, 2016 8:11 PM

Feeling lost teaching geography? Navigate your way through the new concepts, skills and content in the new Australian Curriculum and K-6 syllabus by developing geographical understanding.

Jeremy Hansen's curator insight, August 29, 2016 12:43 PM
Holy heck these guys are good! I'd like to see more of these Map Men videos. I'm sure at least some of my 8th graders can appreciate some British wit.
Christopher L. Story's curator insight, August 29, 2016 9:24 PM
Anything to help people know where the Caspian sea resides...or was that Uzbekistan?
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What is Geography?

What is Geography? | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

This downloadable booklet/presentation rather succinctly summarizes the discipline of geography while dispelling certain misconceptions (no, it's not just learning facts and memorizing capitals).  The cartoon illustrations and text are engaging, informative and very accessible.  This National Geographic Education resource to promote geo-literacy is a good primer to start a semester. 


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Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, May 21, 2015 10:08 AM

great course intro!

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Why Children Still Need to Read (and Draw) Maps

Why Children Still Need to Read (and Draw) Maps | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
While many skills have become obsolete in the digital age, map reading remains an important tool for building children's spatial reasoning skills and helping them make sense of our world.

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Young people need to develop a mental map of their environs and an over-reliance on GPS/mapping apps are no substitute.  When these youth become drivers, they are unprepared to make spatially/navigational decisions because they lack map reading skills.  They might think that their apps can do all the work and that an old fashioned paper map is outdated technology, but their spatial thinking skills become atrophied. Spatial skills are crucial for understanding the world as a global citizen, to understand your local environs and for making scientific discoveries.  So teach a kid how to read a map...the sooner the better. 

 

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ApocalypseSurvival's curator insight, March 11, 2016 9:13 AM

Young people need to develop a mental map of their environs and an over-reliance on GPS/mapping apps are no substitute.  When these youth become drivers, they are unprepared to make spatially/navigational decisions because they lack map reading skills.  They might think that their apps can do all the work and that an old fashioned paper map is outdated technology, but their spatial thinking skills become atrophied. Spatial skills are crucial for understanding the world as a global citizen, to understand your local environs and for making scientific discoveries.  So teach a kid how to read a map...the sooner the better. 

 

Tags: education, K12, geography education, spatial, mapping.

ApocalypseSurvival's curator insight, March 11, 2016 9:15 AM

Young people need to develop a mental map of their environs and an over-reliance on GPS/mapping apps are no substitute.  When these youth become drivers, they are unprepared to make spatially/navigational decisions because they lack map reading skills.  They might think that their apps can do all the work and that an old fashioned paper map is outdated technology, but their spatial thinking skills become atrophied. Spatial skills are crucial for understanding the world as a global citizen, to understand your local environs and for making scientific discoveries.  So teach a kid how to read a map...the sooner the better. 

 

Tags: education, K12, geography education, spatial, mapping.

The Planetary Archives / San Francisco, California's curator insight, March 11, 2016 6:25 PM

Young people need to develop a mental map of their environs and an over-reliance on GPS/mapping apps are no substitute.  When these youth become drivers, they are unprepared to make spatially/navigational decisions because they lack map reading skills.  They might think that their apps can do all the work and that an old fashioned paper map is outdated technology, but their spatial thinking skills become atrophied. Spatial skills are crucial for understanding the world as a global citizen, to understand your local environs and for making scientific discoveries.  So teach a kid how to read a map...the sooner the better. 

 

Tags: education, K12, geography education, spatial, mapping.

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Jordan's Geographic Challenge

"Stratfor explains Jordan's geographic challenge: governing its diverse population and managing its limited natural resources." For more of these videos, visit http://arcg.is/1IeK3dT


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Stratfor produced a new video in their "Geographic Challenge" series.  I've updated my map which spatially indexes 70+ of their videos that are especially relevant to geography teachers.  These videos are great starting points for students that are researching a particular country.

 

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Emma Boyle's curator insight, March 2, 2016 12:24 PM

Stratfor produced a new video in their "Geographic Challenge" series.  I've updated my map which spatially indexes 70+ of their videos that are especially relevant to geography teachers.  These videos are great starting points for students that are researching a particular country.

 

Tags: video, geography education,geopolitics, political.

Jukka Melaranta's curator insight, March 3, 2016 10:28 AM

Stratfor produced a new video in their "Geographic Challenge" series.  I've updated my map which spatially indexes 70+ of their videos that are especially relevant to geography teachers.  These videos are great starting points for students that are researching a particular country.

 

Tags: video, geography education,geopolitics, political.

Stacey Schmuhl's curator insight, March 3, 2016 10:47 AM

Stratfor produced a new video in their "Geographic Challenge" series.  I've updated my map which spatially indexes 70+ of their videos that are especially relevant to geography teachers.  These videos are great starting points for students that are researching a particular country.

 

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Introduction to Human Geography: A Disciplinary Approach

Introduction to Human Geography: A Disciplinary Approach | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
This website serves as an off-campus host for text, images, data and other web-based resources associated with the free eText, Introduction to Human Geography: A Disciplinary Approach.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 12, 2015 4:58 PM

I'm very excited to see a free eText in Human Geography.  I will be looking at this more closely during the next semester and think that geography teachers will see this as a welcome supplemental to their arsenal of resources. This is definitely on the shortlist of best materials on this site.   


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Luis Cesar Nunes's curator insight, August 13, 2015 7:24 AM

Human Geography

Leoncio Lopez-Ocon's curator insight, August 13, 2015 8:52 AM

Gracias a Seth Dixon accedo a este texto de acceso libre que es una interesante Introducción a la Geografía Humana. De fácil navegación se puede acceder a valiosa información textual, a imágenes, datos y otros recursos. Es un producto de Steven Graves, profesor de geografía en California State University, Northridge.

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President's Day

President's Day | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

"The study of geography is about more than just memorizing places on a map. It's about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. And in the end, it's about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together."   

 

-President Barack Obama


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 15, 2016 1:49 PM

Thanks to the NCGE for reminding me of this great quote.  In 2012 President Obama participated in National Geographic Bee to to "celebrate the important role that geography plays in all our lives."  If you want the video of President Obama saying this quote, click here.  

 

Tags: Geography, Geography Education, video, geo-inspiration.

Pierre Mongin 's curator insight, February 28, 2016 2:25 AM

L'Étude de la géographie sert à comprendre la complexité du monde et s'appuie sur les cartes y inclus mentales pour voir la globalité . 

Niall Conway's curator insight, March 16, 2016 1:41 PM

Thanks to the NCGE for reminding me of this great quote.  In 2012 President Obama participated in National Geographic Bee to to "celebrate the important role that geography plays in all our lives."  If you want the video of President Obama saying this quote, click here.  

 

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Australia to Zimbabwe

Australia to Zimbabwe | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
The perfect gift for adventurers young and old - this book is a whirlwind exploration of world cultures!

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 20, 2015 3:29 PM

I've received an advance copy of Australia to Zimbabwe and it is a delightful book that appeals to all ages (everyone in my house ate it up). Carefully layered so that readers can customize the experience to fit their interests, time, and goals, this treasure trove just begs the reader to keep exploring as they flip through its pages. Australia to Zimbabwe presents facts in a context that enlivens learning about the people and places of the world and heightens the reader’s curiosity. With the online supplemental materials, this book brings to life the sights, sounds, and smells of far-away places.  Teachers, librarians, and parents alike should all be excited to get their hands on this book when it comes out November 17th.


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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, October 21, 2015 7:31 AM

Gotta get my own copy!!

Scott Langston's curator insight, October 22, 2015 7:49 PM

A wonderful read!

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Why everyone should take a geography class, especially now

Why everyone should take a geography class, especially now | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Geographical literacy remains vital—particularly for those of us who live in (for the time being at least) the world’s preeminent military and economic superpower. Geography is necessary for understanding why the overthrow of a government in Libya contributed to an unprecedented surge of migrants into Europe, why Ukraine has been split between East and West amid its conflict with Russia, and why China’s neighbors are alarmed at the new islands under construction in the South China Sea. And as we learned during last year’s Ebola panic, an understanding of African geography could have helped explain why an outbreak in West Africa should not lead to the quarantining of people from Kenya or Tanzania. In the years to come, as the effects of climate change on everything from sea level rise to deforestation to drought quite literally reshape the world we live in, an understanding of geography will be necessary for mitigating and adapting to the consequences.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 18, 2015 11:52 AM

A basic understanding of geography is a prerequisite for any informed citizen, and globalization means that is even more important than ever.  

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Luis Cesar Nunes's curator insight, October 7, 2015 7:39 AM

Geographical literacy

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Why geography matters for students now more than ever

Why geography matters for students now more than ever | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Students need to know human geography; they need to understand the relationships that exist between cultures.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 5, 11:30 AM

This is more example of me preaching to the choir, but I hope that this will arm you with resources to use in discussions with administrators and colleagues in the fight against geographic ignorance.  This is a great article to put into my new tag of article that discuss why geography matters.   

 

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Brandon Fourie's curator insight, May 23, 5:58 AM
Very interesting read! 
Seth Dixon's curator insight, June 5, 12:13 PM

This is one more example of me preaching to the choir, but I hope that this will arm you with resources to use in discussions with administrators and colleagues in the fight against geographic ignorance.  This is a great article to put into my new tag of article that discuss why geography matters.   

 

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Tennessee schools need to teach geography better

Tennessee schools need to teach geography better | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Geography is a discipline that has students examine the world from cultural, physical, economic, and political standpoints, but you wouldn’t know that in many Tennessee schools.

During their middle and high school years, Tennessee’s students will take five required history courses and no required geography courses. The courses they do take have names that begin with “History and Geography”, but if one examines the full titles and the content of the courses, it is blatantly obvious that these are history courses.

This is the case for the current Social Studies standards and those that are proposed to soon replace the current standards. Some argue that geography can be adequately taught in such hybrid courses, but that is not the way it is taught in any college or university in the state.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 6, 11:36 AM

Preach on Kurt, preach on.  And clearly, it's not just Tennessee that needs this message. 

 

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Ivan Ius's curator insight, March 26, 4:05 PM
Geographic Thinking Concepts: Geographic Perspective - A Sense of Place! 
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What can I do with a Geography Degree?

What can I do with a Geography Degree? | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

"While it is easy to understand getting excited about maps, different cultures and environments, and even being better citizens through geography, it is harder to see how geographic knowledge can lead to good jobs or meaningful careers. In recent years, people have discovered that large numbers of societal problems have geographic dimensions, and that education and training in geography provides essential skills and knowledge for real-world problem solving. As a result, geography has become a necessary ingredient in hundreds of different jobs. This assortment of careers helps demonstrate the wide array of employment opportunities that exist for graduates with education in the field of geography. Within this publication, careers are divided into a number of different employment categories, including:

​Geography EducationEnvironmental GeographyGeospatial TechnologiesLand Use Planning
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Sally Egan's curator insight, February 7, 7:48 PM
Great for introducing the vocational relevance of geography.
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Geographic Concepts: Geographic Perspective and Geographic Skills And Careers
Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, February 27, 10:36 AM
what can i do with a degree in geography? ALOT!
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Speaking the “Language” of Spatial Analysis

Speaking the “Language” of Spatial Analysis | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

"Spatial analysis has always been a hallmark of GIS, the 'numerical recipes' which set GIS apart from other forms of computerized visualization and information management. With GIS we pose questions and derive results using a wide array of analytical tools to help us understand and compare places, determine how places are related, find the best locations and paths, detect and quantify patterns, and even to make spatial predictions."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 31, 2016 9:14 AM

GIS is a key tool in spatial analysis, but it can also be a driving force in using math, science, technology and (yes) geography as interdisciplinary ways of teaching the curriculum.  StoryMaps can be rich with images and videos, but also filled with data at a variety of scales.  ESRI has share a "Maps we love" page with excellent examples of Story Maps and carefully explains WHY these maps work and HOW they were made.  Are you new to using the Analysis tool in ArcGIS Online?  Try this exercise on analyzing flood risk to guide you through some of the steps to learn what is possible for a project of your own.  What stories can you tell in this rich, visual format?  What visual template shown might lend itself best for that sort of project? 

 

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Why I make cartograms with second graders

Why I make cartograms with second graders | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

"There are few sights more heartening than that of an elementary school whose classrooms and hallways are decorated with world maps. Yet teachers should be careful to make sure that the standard depiction of the world map is not the only map their students encounter. Otherwise, they run the risk that children will assume 'this is the way the world looks,' rather than the more complicated reality that 'this is one of many ways of representing our world.' One useful antidote to this way of thinking is for students to explore cartograms, which are maps that use the relative area of places to present statistical data.  Please check out my cartogram lesson plan."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, June 27, 2016 5:16 PM

I love this post because it shows that--adjusting for mathematical proficiency and cartographic skill--just about any group of students can work on projects to work with data and explore various ways of how to represent that data.  

 

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#GeoEdu16 Research from Routledge

#GeoEdu16 Research from Routledge | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

As the proud publisher of both Journal of Geography and The Geography Teacher, the official publications of the National Council for Geographic Education, we couldn't be more excited to join the NCGE in Tampa for #GeoEdu16. We will be offering NCGE members and attendees FREE ACCESS to specially selected content which reflects core themes of this special meeting: AP Human Geography, Race and Ethnicity, Climate Change and Human Migration, Coastal Geography, Geospatial Technology in the Classroom, Electoral Geography, and National Park Service!


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, July 29, 2016 9:45 AM

The National Council for Geographic Education is having their 101th conference this week (#GeoEdu16).  The Journal of Geography and The Geography Teacher are fabulous resources produced by NCGE for geography educators (and great reasons to become a member of NCGE).  The recent APHG special edition is among the free downloads that will be available through the end of this year, so start downloading!  

 

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Geography’s place in the world

Geography’s place in the world | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Is the subject’s amalgam of a wide range of subject matter and methodologies a strength or a weakness? Five scholars have their say

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Why most 8th graders are not good at geography

Why most 8th graders are not good at geography | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
Some experts argue overemphasis on reading and math tests is to blame for narrowing of content curriculum, reducing motivation to learn and breadth of knowledge.

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The U.S. government report on 8th grade geography is not a 'pick-me-up' but a sobering reminder of the task that lays before us.  This article quotes a few alliance coordinators on the current situation and how to change it. 

 

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Dewayne Goad's curator insight, March 9, 2016 9:38 AM

The U.S. government report on 8th grade geography is not a 'pick-me-up' but a sobering reminder of the task that lays before us.  This article quotes a few alliance coordinators on the current situation and how to change it. 

 

Tags: education, K12, geography education.

Jukka Melaranta's curator insight, March 10, 2016 10:04 AM

The U.S. government report on 8th grade geography is not a 'pick-me-up' but a sobering reminder of the task that lays before us.  This article quotes a few alliance coordinators on the current situation and how to change it. 

 

Tags: education, K12, geography education.

Denise Klaves Stewardson's curator insight, March 21, 2016 3:08 PM

The U.S. government report on 8th grade geography is not a 'pick-me-up' but a sobering reminder of the task that lays before us.  This article quotes a few alliance coordinators on the current situation and how to change it. 

 

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Why should we teach geography?

Why should we teach geography? | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

"One reason why geography has languished in the curricula of many American schools is that so few people understand the nature of the discipline or its relevance to our everyday lives. What is geography? What is its unique perspective? What do geographers do? Why is geography important? Why should we teach (and learn) geography in the schools? These are questions that have gone largely unanswered in American education. This brief essay presents an easily taught, understood, and remembered definition of geography."


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Jacob Clauson's curator insight, March 3, 2016 8:30 AM

Why does geography education matter? This poster nicely summarizes the classic essay on what geography is and what geographers do...it's a perfect article for high school and college student to read since it is very accessible.


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Adilson Camacho's curator insight, March 8, 2016 11:43 PM

Why does geography education matter? This poster nicely summarizes the classic essay on what geography is and what geographers do...it's a perfect article for high school and college student to read since it is very accessible.


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Katerina Stojanovski's curator insight, March 10, 2016 6:09 AM

Why does geography education matter? This poster nicely summarizes the classic essay on what geography is and what geographers do...it's a perfect article for high school and college student to read since it is very accessible.

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AAG's Interactive Modules

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"Each module consists of a conceptual framework and case studies. The conceptual framework introduces students to some of the key concepts, theories, and analytical approaches in geography. The conceptual framework provides students with the background they need to think geographically about global issues. The case studies illustrate how geographic concepts, methods, and technologies can be used to investigate and solve problems in different places and countries."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 23, 2016 12:32 PM

These 6 interactive modules from the AAG are an untapped treasure trove of resources; they make geographic methods/content relevant using a wide range of global case studies.  Each of these modules has been aligned with the APHG curriculum and can be adapted to a wide range of applications.  This is definitely on the shortlist of the best resources that I've shared over the years.  


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Ivan Ius's curator insight, February 26, 2016 8:20 AM

Great case studies that can be used to understand and apply the 4 geographic critical thinking concepts in Ontario's Geography curriculum. The geographic critical thinking (the "How" we think) concepts are: Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends, Interrelationships and Geographic Perspective.

Dewayne Goad's curator insight, March 9, 2016 9:41 AM

These 6 interactive modules from the AAG are an untapped treasure trove of resources; they make geographic methods/content relevant using a wide range of global case studies.  Each of these modules has been aligned with the APHG curriculum and can be adapted to a wide range of applications.  This is definitely on the shortlist of the best resources that I've shared over the years.  


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Awakening the World to the Power of Geography

Awakening the World to the Power of Geography | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it

"GIS is waking up the world to the power of geography, this science of integration, and…creating a better future," proclaimed Esri founder Jack Dangermond at the 2015 Esri User Conference.


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, November 13, 2015 4:29 PM

If you haven't discovered the power of geography or the power of GIS, this article from ArcNews is for you.  If you need to convince others of the power of geography, this is for you to strengthen your case.  


Tags: GIS, ESRI, mapping, cartography, geospatial, edtech, geography education, unit 1 GeoPrinciples.

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Most 8th Graders Are Not Proficient in Geography

Most 8th Graders Are Not Proficient in Geography | AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY DIGITAL  STUDY: MIKE BUSARELLO | Scoop.it
About three-quarters of eighth grade students—the only grade for which trend data are available—were not “proficient” in geography in 2014, according to GAO's analysis of nationally representative data from the Department of Education (Education). Specifically, these students had not demonstrated solid competence in the subject, and the proficiency levels of eighth grade students have shown no improvement since 1994 (see figure). Geography is generally taught as part of social studies, but data show that more than half of eighth grade teachers reported spending a small portion (10 percent or less) of their social studies instruction time on geography. Further, according to a study by an academic organization, a majority of states do not require geography courses in middle school or high school.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 16, 2015 12:59 PM

A basic understanding of geography is a prerequisite for any informed citizen, and globalization means that is even more important than ever.  This report is not a 'pick-me-up' but a sobering reminder of the task that lays before us.  There has been some improvement, but so much more is needed.   


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Vermont Social Studies's curator insight, October 19, 2015 9:07 AM

Geography is a critically important discipline, and combines science, technology, economics, cultural understanding, and current events. How much geography is taught in your K-12 curriculum?

Benjamin Jackson's curator insight, November 9, 2015 3:44 PM

It is disappointing to hear that the average students understanding of Geography is declining, especially as interaction between nations becomes more and more common in a multitude of careers. Knowledge of something as simple and necessary as where in the world different countries are or if Africa is a country  or a continent is not only necessary for a fully rounded education, it is vital for anyone who wishes to be considered well versed in their knowledge of the world.