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Breakfast around the World - Lessons in Digital Literacy

Breakfast around the World - Lessons in Digital Literacy | Geography Education | Scoop.it
In the lesson students will find out about the different things people usually have for breakfast in different countries and they will develop an awareness of the importance of having a good breakfast.

The plan also includes a number of research tasks that develop students’ abilities to create and carry out online research, create online questionnaires and share their research by creating infographics, presentations and reports.

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My latest lesson plan.

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A Very Helpful Rubric to Help You Integrate Twitter in Your Teaching ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Very Helpful Rubric to Help You Integrate Twitter in Your Teaching ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Geography Education | Scoop.it

by Med Kharbach

 

"A few days ago we shared with you a set of useful  tips to help you integrate Twitter in your instruction. Today, we have come across this wonderful rubric created by University of Wisconsin that can be a very good addition to the resources we have been featuring here on the educational use of Twitter."


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A Handy Google Drive App to Edit, Annotate and Sign PDFs ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Handy Google Drive App to Edit, Annotate and Sign PDFs ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Geography Education | Scoop.it
PDFzen is a great free web tool that allows you to edit and sign your PDFs online. This app is integrated with Google Drive which means that you can easily edit the PDFs you have in your Drive. When you are done, you can save your edits back to Drive or download the document as a PDF or generate a link to share via email or social media websites.

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Events in Instruction- How Do You Assess Understanding? Infographic

Events in Instruction- How Do You Assess Understanding? Infographic | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Event # 8 Now your students have performed something to demonstrate understand. But how do you assess that performance? Was the assessment of the performance reliable and valid? Try these 27 tips t...

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The Severity of California's Terrible Drought, in One Image

The Severity of California's Terrible Drought, in One Image | Geography Education | Scoop.it
After months of extremely dry weather, a Sacramento-area lake has pulled a massive disappearing act.

 

California just suffered its driest year in 119 years, and the horrid drought that's plaguing the state (and much of the American West) still shows no sign of relaxing its withering grip. But how bad is it, really?

Well, it's so dry that "grass-fed beef" is becoming "grain-fed beef," as ranchers can't find any grass to feed their cattle. Things are so parched that the state's municipal water system has announced it can't get water to many farmers. That's a first in its 54-year history, and not a good omen for the state that produces half of America's vegetables and fruits. 


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Gregory S Sankey Jr.'s curator insight, March 6, 2014 12:58 PM

This, to me, speaks to the idea of being self-reliant and self-sufficient as a community. There is allot of pressure on California's natural resources to produce food for a vast population in this country and it's showing. What happens when a drought hits our industrial food producers to an extent that the price hikes are unbearable? Why should we be reliant on such a flawed food system?

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Russia says it will build bridge to Crimea

Russia says it will build bridge to Crimea | Geography Education | Scoop.it
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Monday that Russia would press ahead with plans to build bridge linking Russia directly with Ukraine's Crimea region, which Moscow has wrested

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 4, 2014 3:39 PM

This bridge had been discussed previously would now be a critical lifeline to Russia (depending on how serious Russia is about separating Crimea from Ukraine permanently). 


Albert Jordan's curator insight, March 6, 2014 1:46 PM

This makes sense considering the significant interests Russia has in the area. Without this bridge, Russia is required to either go over water, through the air, or through Ukraine to get to their military bases in the Crimean region. With the recent occupation of the Crimea, Russia's interest in this area is only more evident. Russia has a vested interest in not only the Crimean region but in all of Ukraine due to a large network of oil pipelines that feeds Europe its needs. While territorially, Russia may only be interested in the Crimean peninsula, politically they will have a major interest in keeping Ukraine close. Having this bridge link Russia proper to the Crimean allows for increased freedom of movement for Russian citizens as well as military or industrial goods. While a military confrontation between Russia and the West is hopefully unlikely, combined with the fact that it seems many in Ukraine were prefer to be a part of the EU, Russia will probably not absorb Ukraine into its sphere of influence but that does not mean Russia will not force the West into allowing it free reign to do as it pleases in the Crimea region. 

 

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Myanmar’s upcoming census could spark anti-Muslim violence

Myanmar’s upcoming census could spark anti-Muslim violence | Geography Education | Scoop.it
The poll is sorely needed by a nation that has no idea of its population size. But rights groups urge that it be suspended.

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Albert Jordan's curator insight, April 15, 2014 4:44 PM

Sometimes the illusion is better than the reality and as this article points out, it is unknown just what the populations are in Myanmar. Without knowing for sure who the minority or majority is, there can be a relative feeling of security. However, with the anti-muslim movement rising, more people could be swayed to join if they are convinced that they are threatened and outnumbered. On the positive side though, by getting accurate numbers of where people are and what they need, proper infrastructure can be built and invested in as well as protection services. As happened in India & Pakistan, if the true numbers were revealed of Muslim and Buddhist, it may cause a mass migration which could lead to a splitting of the country.

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Teaching With Primary Sources on iPads - iPad Apps for School

Teaching With Primary Sources on iPads - iPad Apps for School | Geography Education | Scoop.it
The National Archives Experience's Docs Teach interactive tools center and is my favorite teaching tool from the National Archives. The free Docs Teach iPad app allows your students to access and c...

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Green Game: Environmental Games

Green Game: Environmental Games | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Green game, environmental games, energy games, recycling games

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Juegos medioambientales para el aula

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The green games (environmental games) featured on ecogamer.org have been designed and created by developers. You may wish to visit the websites of the featured games to obtain additional information.

Elena Manou's curator insight, January 6, 2014 5:47 AM

Super collection of games - sites to visit.

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The Future Is Going To Be Awesome, And Here’s Why

The Future Is Going To Be Awesome, And Here’s Why | Geography Education | Scoop.it
“We are in fact facing a wonderful future and here's why.”
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The cultural and environmental impacts of tourism

The cultural and environmental impacts of tourism | Geography Education | Scoop.it
“Documentary shows how travelers end up spoiling the very "authenticity" they come looking for.”
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AP Human Geography Online Courses and Certificate Program

AP Human Geography Online Courses and Certificate Program | Geography Education | Scoop.it
"Do you know what the fastest growing Advanced Placement (AP®) course is? It’s AP Human Geography! Over 113,000 students took the APHG exam in 2013, up from 2,000 just 12 years ago, and there are an estimated 3,200 AP Human Geography teachers in the USA alone. That’s the good news! But the challenges are that (1) the scores on APHG are among the lowest of any AP exam, and (2) there is a growing demand for experienced geography educators who can effectively teach these courses. To help educators and their students gain key geography content, skills, and perspectives, Elmhurst College has designed a series of online courses specifically for secondary educators in a Graduate Certificate Program in Human Geography. This program focuses on teaching spatial concepts as well as basic themes, skills and perspectives of human geography and how to apply them in the classroom."
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Spain becomes first country to rely on wind as top energy source

Spain becomes first country to rely on wind as top energy source | Geography Education | Scoop.it
“In 2013, Spain produced over 20 percent of its energy with wind turbines; questions remain over its economic stability”Wind accounted for 20.9 percent of the country’s energy last year — more than any other enough to power about 15.5 million households, with nuclear coming in a very close second at 20.8 percent. Wind energy usage was up over 13 percent from the year before, according to the report.The news is being hailed by environmental advocates as a sign that Spain, and perhaps the rest of the world, is ready for a future based on renewables. But the record comes at the end of a very rocky year for Spain’s renewable energy sector, which was destabilized by subsidy cutbacks and arguments over how much the government should regulate renewable energy companies.
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How to Effortlessly Write Captivating Headlines

How to Effortlessly Write Captivating Headlines | Geography Education | Scoop.it

Do you know what the average attention span of a reader is today? It’s 8.2 seconds. You read that right. The average attention span of someone visiting your page is less than it takes you to drink a glass of water. You have less than 10 seconds to convince your readers that your content is more than good; you have to convince them that it’s remarkable.

Luckily, you can make your headlines way better if you pay attention to a couple of simple rules....


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Better headlines get better readership – a simple blogging truth.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, April 3, 3:29 PM

"Better headlines get better readership – a simple blogging truth."

 

As long as they don't dip TOO HARD into Clickbait!

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Better headlines get better readership – a simple blogging truth.

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Better headlines get better readership – a simple blogging truth. Great article that differentiates between headlines and titles. Apparently what drives SEO is not just key-words, but also better headlines that direct readers to specific articles. Amazed to know that the attention span of adults has come done to 8.2 seconds! A good headline would have to grab the attention of the reader in less time than it takes you to dring a glass of water!

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"Storytelling is a cornerstone of the human experience. Throughout human history, we have developed new mediums for telling stories—from oral histories to printed books to movies and even comic books. But can stories be told with data, as well as with images and words?

 

"This whitepaper explores the evolution of storytelling throughout human history, focusing on how modern data visualization tools can be used to tell especially powerful stories with numbers.

 

"Learn about the impact of stories on human cognition, how data stories can be used to communicate with decision makers, and how your data stories can be used to impact lasting change in the world."

 

Jim Lerman's insight: Free registration required on the site to download whitepaper.


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Robert Reich: How a Wealthy California Town Makes Sure No Poor Kids Attend Its 'Public' School

Robert Reich: How a Wealthy California Town Makes Sure No Poor Kids Attend Its 'Public' School | Geography Education | Scoop.it
A California school district hired a private detective to build a case against 7-year-old Latina.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, December 2, 2014 1:02 PM

I like the closing point of this article, that this issue begs the question, who are 'we' as as society, community and nation?

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A User's Guide to Democratic Transitions

A User's Guide to Democratic Transitions | Geography Education | Scoop.it
A how-to guide for reformers around the world.

 

Let's face it: Democracy is struggling. Sure, it surged after the fall of the Berlin Wall, reaching a high-water mark in the first years of the 21st century with various inspirational "colored" revolutions. But then democratic gains in Eastern Europe, Africa, and Latin America stalled, or even deteriorated, as fragile democracies struggled under the enormous challenge of governance. The expensive U.S. failures to impose democracy in Iraq and Afghanistan haven't helped. Today, many countries that once seemed budding with democratic promise now appear mired in political infighting, beset by power grabs by ousted elites, or trapped in downward spirals of poverty and unemployment. And the seemingly inexorable rise of autocratic China, in sharp contrast with gridlocked western democracies, has some wondering whether democracy is even worth pursuing.


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Russia's Invasion of Crimea Is So Shocking Because it's a Return to a Now Rare Form of Warfare

Russia's Invasion of Crimea Is So Shocking Because it's a Return to a Now Rare Form of Warfare | Geography Education | Scoop.it

It seems like one reason why Russia’s actions in Crimea appear so jarring and brazen is that it’s a form of warfare that was once common but rarely take place anymore. Russia may not formally annex Crimea – it seems more likely that the territory will declare independence under heavy Russian influence – but it has essentially invaded another country to lob off a piece of territory that was, despite longstanding nationalist sentiment, an undisputed part of Ukraine.

 

Historically speaking, conflicts in which one country sends troops into the territory to take over a disputed region are pretty common. But today, interstate war is relatively rare, and interstate wars over control of territory even rarer. For the most part, conflicts today usually take place between armed groups within states, and when one country does send troops into another – the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan, for instance – it’s generally under the assumption that sooner or later they will pull out, leaving borders as they are.


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mapsdotcom's curator insight, March 3, 2014 11:55 AM

Is this dispute set to permanently alter borders?

Albert Jordan's curator insight, March 6, 2014 3:07 PM

If Rust Cohle of HBO's fantastic hit show "True Detective" is to be believed, then life is a flat circle and we are doomed to repeat our lives over and over again. Hopefully, for the optimist in us, this is not true or we may be looking at a return to an old school version of warfare as this article points out. We have seen a departure from this type of warfare because the only sovereign power necessarily strong enough to do it has been the United States. However, the U.S. is not in a position it once was. While still an undeniable super power, it has found itself strained economically and resource wise. Its international image has been damaged by long, drawn out conflicts in Iraq & Afghanistan. Not only that but the U.S. is not really a territory hungry nation. While the country may or may not use diplomatic, economic, and/or other covert/overt means to sway other countries to side with them so they can consume their resources, it is not grabbing up territory; depending on how you view U.S. military base placement. Which, Russia is obviouslly concerned with in Crimea.

The problem, though, is that there is only a certain amount of territory to control on the planet. Either you have it already or your neighbor does and when you need access to strategic waterways, landways, or natural resources you either must take what you want or need. Aside from taking by force or coercion, Russia does not have many other means to acquire what it wants - which is slightly terrifying as they still wield significant military might and not to mention, a large stockpile of nuclear weapons. Luckily for Russia, its neighbors and former Soviet Bloc members are not much of a match for them and are easy conquests should the former USSR decide to go back to a Cold War era stand off with the U.S. and its allies. Much of the world is not willing to go to armed conflict with their neighbors for territory as it will attract the attention of the world powers. The only feasible way it may seem for strong enough nations to expand their global borders is for an all out map changing war to break out. Which, unfortunately, would be a return to an old school style of warfare. Life is a flat circle, indeed.

Kevin Barker's curator insight, March 8, 2014 8:59 AM

When was the last time a country was invaded with the intent of acquiring a large piece of land? 

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Venezuela breaks ties with Panama

Venezuela breaks ties with Panama | Geography Education | Scoop.it

Venezuela's President, Nicolas Maduro, has broken diplomatic relations and frozen economic ties with Panama.  The decision comes after the Central American nation requested a meeting at the Organization of American States (OAS) to discuss Venezuela's crisis.


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Garry Kasparov: Cut Off the Russian Oligarchs and They'll Dump Putin

Garry Kasparov: Cut Off the Russian Oligarchs and They'll Dump Putin | Geography Education | Scoop.it
In The Wall Street Journal, Garry Kasparov writes that the U.S. should target their assets abroad, their mansions and IPOs in London, their yachts. Use banks, not tanks.

 

For the second time in six years, Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russian troops across an internationally recognized border to occupy territory. This fact must be stated plainly before any discussion of motives or consequences. Russian troops have taken Crimea and they are not leaving, despite the Ukrainian government's protests. Five hundred kilometers southeast across the Black Sea, Russian soldiers still occupy parts of Georgia—South Ossetia and Abkhazia—where they have been since Mr. Putin's 2008 invasion and de facto annexation.


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Drop The Stan? Kazakh Leader Is Thinking About It

Drop The Stan? Kazakh Leader Is Thinking About It | Geography Education | Scoop.it
ALMATY, Feb 7 (Reuters) - President Nursultan Nazarbayev may drop the 'stan' from Kazakhstan to distinguish his booming oil-rich nation from the rest of Central Asia, where the other so-called stans are mostly mired in poverty. The ...

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James Hobson's curator insight, October 26, 2014 9:35 PM

(SW Asia topic 5)

The President of Kazakhstan is debating the idea of removing the "-stan" from his country's name. The concept behind this would be to distinguish the country from other "-stan" countries, which are for the most part poorer and less-developed. Kazakhstan has had its capital moved and renamed at least twice since branching off from Soviet Russia in 1991, another move to attract global attention and increase investment interest in what soon may be referred to as Kazakh Eli.

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Innovative Ideas for Using Google Forms

Innovative Ideas for Using Google Forms | Geography Education | Scoop.it
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Alenka Andrin's curator insight, March 17, 2014 3:45 PM

Examples of Using Google Forms in education.

Ressources pour les cours d'anglais's curator insight, February 7, 2015 1:22 PM

Différentes façons d'utiliser google form : des idées très intéressantes à utiliser. 

Anabela Luís's curator insight, February 10, 2015 6:02 AM

Muito bom para quem usa formulários do Google ou quer aprender a usar.

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What Facebook Tells Us About the Hidden Paths of Mass Migration

What Facebook Tells Us About the Hidden Paths of Mass Migration | Geography Education | Scoop.it
“The basic shape of urban growth is easy to spot; we look at the fastest-growing cities, for example, or immigration numbers.”
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Germany Adds Lessons in Islam to Better Blend Its Melting Pot

Germany Adds Lessons in Islam to Better Blend Its Melting Pot | Geography Education | Scoop.it
“Public schools for the first time are offering classes in Islam to primary school students to better integrate Germany’s large Muslim minority and to try to counter the influence of radical religious thinking.”
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▶ Announcing TED-Ed Clubs! - YouTube

“Learn more about TED-Ed Clubs here: http://ed.ted.com/clubs”;
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