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The Geography of Language

"Over the course of human history, thousands of languages have developed from what was once a much smaller number. How did we end up with so many? And how do we keep track of them all? Alex Gendler explains how linguists group languages into language families, demonstrating how these linguistic trees give us crucial insights into the past."


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A good teaching tool for explaining the diversity of languages.

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Catherine Smyth's curator insight, June 2, 2014 7:45 PM

Not really primary geography but so interesting!

Adilson Camacho's curator insight, June 12, 2014 9:38 PM

Geografia Cultural

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Summary- This video explains how so many languages came to be and why. By the early existence of human there was a such smaller variety of languages. Tribes that spoke one language would often split in search of new recourses. Searching tribe would develop in many new different ways than the original tribe. new foods, land, and other elements created a radically different language than the original. 

 

Insight- In unit 3 we study language as a big element of out chapter. One key question in chapter 6 was why are languages distributed the way they are. It is obvious from the video that languages are distributed they way they are is because of the breaking up from people which forced people to develop differently thus creating a different language. As this process continues, there become more and more branches of a language family.  

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Teenage Girls Have Led Language Innovation for Centuries

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They've been on the cutting edge of the English language since at least the 1500s

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Do we speak their language?

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 11, 2015 8:17 PM

Popular culture and those most closely tied to it are innovators. 


Tags: language, culturediffusion, popular culture.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, September 8, 2015 1:03 PM

unit 3

Chris Costa's curator insight, September 9, 2015 2:37 PM

I find the social aspect of this absolutely fascinating; gender may be entirely a cultural construct, but we can see its influences in every aspect of human life. Women are responsible for 90 percent of linguistic changes that occur over the course of our lifetimes- because men resist such changes due to their (mostly) feminine origins. A good, witty read for those interested.

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Looking For Real-World Math Problems? Try Google Earth!

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Aiming to get kids to understand and solve real-world math problems, one teacher developed a tool that uses Google Earth.

 

Tags: math, google.


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“Pray tell us, what's your favorite number?"...
"Shiva jumped up to the board, uninvited, and wrote 10,213,223"...
"And pray, why would this number interest us?"
"It is the only number that describes itself when you read it, 'One zero, two ones, three twos, two threes'.”
― Abraham Varghese, Cutting for Stone  

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Anna Sasaki's curator insight, March 22, 2015 2:42 PM

There is a new programme which helps students truly understand the usage of math skills being taught in school. It is a game that students may play, which actually put the math skills learned in school into play. This solves the time old question of "when will I ever use this?" It is very fun and uses Google maps to manifest questions for each sections from grades 5-10. It is putting more use of the Google maps and helps others learn about geography as it is using the maps.

This shows another way to use Google maps, which uses a GIS system to track locations. The online maps presents many different opportunities of teaching others, through various methods, and geography can be present in any topic shown. Geography can help others learn through spatial recognition in the case of math, and many other ideas.

Matthew Connealy's curator insight, March 23, 2015 10:26 PM

The use of Google Earth is becoming beneficial to Thomas Petra, a middle school teacher that is trying to make learning more interesting. By using Google Earth, he is able to teach lessons in a more interactive and applicable way. An example of this would be when his students learned about distance through the Alaskan dog sledders and their travels. The students are able to learn much more than the conventional way of learning and are able to gain a better sense of the phenomena around them.

 

Although this was used in a mathematical setting, Google Earth is only just beginning. Geography students would greatly benefit from this usage of the app, and more teachers should learn to harness this style of teaching. Students will be able to gain a better sense of what is going on around them, and know more about the world they live in.

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The Geography of Language

"Over the course of human history, thousands of languages have developed from what was once a much smaller number. How did we end up with so many? And how do we keep track of them all? Alex Gendler explains how linguists group languages into language families, demonstrating how these linguistic trees give us crucial insights into the past."


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A good teaching tool for explaining the diversity of languages.

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Catherine Smyth's curator insight, June 2, 2014 7:45 PM

Not really primary geography but so interesting!

Adilson Camacho's curator insight, June 12, 2014 9:38 PM

Geografia Cultural

Chris Plummer's curator insight, January 11, 2015 11:46 PM

Summary- This video explains how so many languages came to be and why. By the early existence of human there was a such smaller variety of languages. Tribes that spoke one language would often split in search of new recourses. Searching tribe would develop in many new different ways than the original tribe. new foods, land, and other elements created a radically different language than the original. 

 

Insight- In unit 3 we study language as a big element of out chapter. One key question in chapter 6 was why are languages distributed the way they are. It is obvious from the video that languages are distributed they way they are is because of the breaking up from people which forced people to develop differently thus creating a different language. As this process continues, there become more and more branches of a language family.  

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Google Drive Workflow Solution

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Using Google Drive, teachers and students can exchange digital work seamlessly. Teachers create and share (view only) a folder or class...

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 21, 2014 11:40 PM

Base your workflow on this foundation and you'll save yourself some painful trial and error.  Teachers build on other teacher's work... all free on the open web. Drive that Google Drive!

Jose Pietri's curator insight, March 22, 2014 4:30 AM

Workflows on top of frameworks...

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4 Ideas to Help Students Navigate Their Anxiety

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Do teens today really experience a more challenging life than teens did a hundred years ago? In some ways, yes they do. In other ways, not even close.
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The Human Imprint

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A Human Geography Resource; Especially for Teachers

 

The Human Imprint is home to everything Human Geography related for the student, educator, and the every day Joe/Jane. This site includes geographic related stories, lesson plans, and other links that bring us closer to understanding the “why of where.”


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SFDSLibrary's curator insight, May 13, 2014 7:58 AM

Words leading to new Geography treads.

good for up to date articles.

Sarah Ann Glesenkamp's curator insight, August 18, 2014 6:54 PM

Unit 1

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, September 11, 2014 2:15 PM

course resource

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The Global Search for Education: Shepherd Sound - Huffington Post

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The Global Search for Education: Shepherd Sound Huffington Post Beyond the dream of all accomplished musicians, which is to perform in prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, there are the numerous additional benefits and skills that a music...
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▶ Announcing TED-Ed Clubs! - YouTube

WhereLearn more about TED-Ed Clubs here: http://ed.ted.com/clubs


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A platform where students inspire.

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With Tech Tools, How Should Teachers Tackle Multitasking In Class?

With Tech Tools, How Should Teachers Tackle Multitasking In Class? | Education Matters | Scoop.it
Educators, students, and parents have noticed how schoolwork suffers when attention is split between homework and a buzzing smartphone. Read how teachers are responding.

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Are devices all bad?

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 7, 2014 10:42 PM

A key will be that students need to learn when and how to use technology responsibly. This will require adults who are able to setting excellent examples for students. It will be about learning together rather than teaching and learning as two separate concepts.

 

We will need leadership not management in education.

Kiruthika Ragupathi's curator insight, January 8, 2014 6:47 PM

Do we remove all digital distractions from the classroom, or is it important to learn a new set of behaviors that need to be taught and modeled? What to do about it?

 

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Learning in 21st Century

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Learning in 21st Century, by lingsc: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.
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Great ENewspaper on Learning in the 21st Century.

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Full marks to India

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How foreign students are benefiting from Indian education (Full marks to India - The Hindu http://t.co/6qIIL6sHFn #education #india)
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Ad Takes Off Online: Less Doll, More Awl

Ad Takes Off Online: Less Doll, More Awl | Education Matters | Scoop.it
The extensive Rube Goldberg machine in a viral video ad from a start-up toy company called GoldieBlox has a simple goal: show girls they can become engineers.
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The Indian Road

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Chaplain at Woodstock School, Brian Dunn shares about his appreciation for India’s visionary secularism in an anecdotal description of “The Indian Road”. Video taken during Woodstock’s celebration of India’s 66th Independence Day.

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Geography just keeps getting more popular – so what's the subject's secret?

Geography just keeps getting more popular – so what's the subject's secret? | Education Matters | Scoop.it
As geography teachers return to school they will see their subject continuing to expand at all stages of education. For the fifth year running, GCSE entries have risen. At A-level, geography had the largest percentage increase of all the major subjects in 2015, with candidate numbers rising sharply by 13 per cent, following on from the 19 per cent increase in GCSE in 2013. Enrolment on undergraduate courses is running higher than national averages, and graduating geographers experience some of the lowest unemployment levels of any degree subject. Such positive news is welcome and provides a firm foundation for the introduction of the new GCSE and A-levels from September 2016.

So, what has happened to boost geography over the past 10 years? In short, it's a powerful mix of sustained advocacy, support from successive governments, independent evaluation and the slow trickle of messages getting through.

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Geography's curator insight, September 1, 2015 1:56 PM

Geography is surely experiencing a growth spurt.  The addition of AP Human Geography has certainly helped, with growth rates of over 20% the past two years.  More and more schools in Wisconsin are now offering the course and we look for this trend to continue. #wiscocst

Luis Cesar Nunes's curator insight, September 3, 2015 10:31 AM

popularity

David lyon's curator insight, September 23, 2015 6:04 PM
What can we learn from this in Australia?
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10 Signs You Are a Tech-Savvy Teacher Infographic | e-Learning Infographics

10 Signs You Are a Tech-Savvy Teacher Infographic | e-Learning Infographics | Education Matters | Scoop.it
The 10 Signs You Are a Tech-Savvy Teacher Infographic helps you find out just how much technology has become integrated with your teaching life.

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rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, July 15, 2014 3:46 AM

Hey friends, this is a really interesting article! The ten signs that you are a tech-savvy teacher suggests that upcoming teachers should be well versed with twenty-first century skills, they should be themselves intrinsically motivated, and they should be without the inhibition to share tips and stuff on learning topics to one and all, and that includes even those whom they do not know! Collaboration should be high on the list of priorities for the successful teacher of the twenty-first century! 

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15 Fixable “Death by PowerPoint” Issues

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Inspiring case studies, tips, and presentation ideas to help you set your story free, from the Haiku Deck team and our creative community. 

It’s worth noting that we have nothing against PowerPoint itself — in fact, PowerPoint can be used to create some incredibly awesome presentations, if you have strong design skills or you know someone who does.


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A few tips on how to exploit the real power of presentations.

 

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Ruth Reynolds's curator insight, March 30, 2014 9:16 PM

I think I have done every one of these !! Too true- how boring!!

Johani Karonen's curator insight, March 31, 2014 3:33 AM

The sixteenth issue: The mismatcher, was added in a comment! I totally agree on that having an overarching look and feel is really important!

gustavo salazar's curator insight, April 3, 2014 8:59 AM

excelentes recomendaciones para evitar la muerte por power point

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5 Games and Apps That Build Math and English Skills - Mind/Shift

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For educators who are interested in using games for learning -- specifically towards developing skills as they relate to the Common Core State Standards -- here are five games students can enjoy and that we’ve found sync with standards.


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Great ideas for helping students get past their mental blocks.

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Krysta Hammond's curator insight, March 21, 2014 3:41 PM

Great extension resources for skills in language and math skills - plus the students are engaged at the same time!

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Why it Requires a Community to Transform Education for the 21st ...

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It requires a community to enable the significant education transformation needed for the 21st century.
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The 3 Emotions That Drive Deeper Learning - A.J. Juliani

The 3 Emotions That Drive Deeper Learning - A.J. Juliani | Education Matters | Scoop.it
I stood in front of a packed classroom flipping through pictures on our SmartBoard. I’d never heard my students so quiet. I’d never seen them so engaged. A 10th grader asked, “So you’re telling me, Mr. J…that this is happening right now? And no one is doing anything about it?” We were in the middle …

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Rivers from Above

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Get a unique view of these rivers beyond the banks.Photo editing by Lia Pepe

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The Art of Geography

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Tracey M Benson's curator insight, February 24, 2014 3:30 PM

Beautiful images that are a great reminder of the incredible diversity of landscapes and waterways on this fragile planet.

Mark Burgess's curator insight, February 26, 2014 6:26 AM

Awesome rivers. i love a good river.

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10 Social Media Skills for The 21st Century Teachers | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

10 Social Media Skills for The 21st Century Teachers | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Education Matters | Scoop.it

The potential of social networking sites in education is huge and we need to capitalize on it to enhance our professional development and consequently improve the quality of our instruction. Searching for articles on this topic , I came across Doug Johnson's post on the 10 social media competencies for teachers [http://doug-johnson.squarespace.com/blue-skunk-blog/2010/7/31/top-ten-social-media-competencies-for-teachers.html ]. I like the competencies Doug included and decided to make an infographic featuring all of these skills.  Have a look and share with your colleagues.


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Epict Italia's curator insight, January 25, 2014 3:47 AM

Le competenze del docente che usa strumenti "Social"
1) Aiutare gli studenti a utilizzare gli strumeti di betworking per trovare informazioni e comunicare in rete con esperti, pari, docenti
2) Conoscere le principali categorier del Web 2.0 e gli strmenti utili per la didattica. COnoscere gli sturmenti a disposizione e utilizzabili nella propria scuola
3) Utilizzare strumenti di rete per comunicare con i colleghi, studenti e genitori
4) Navigare, valutare e creare contenuti su siti social (prezi, slideshaer,..)
5) Utilizzare gli strumenti sociali per creare, mantenere e imparare in una personale rete di apprendmento
6) COnoscere le regle di netiquette e gli standard di comportamento eticon in rete
7) Conoscere e insegnare le regole sul copyright e le questioni di pricacy in rete
8) COmprendere e insegnare l'impolrtanza della gestione dell'identità e della reputazione in rete
9) Scegliere e seguire un personale piano di autoformazione per rimanere infomrato su nuovi strumenti e applicazioni
10) Partecipare nella definizione a livello di Scuola delle regole di utilizzo degli strumenti social

chua meng joo's curator insight, February 3, 2014 11:06 PM

For development of our teachers.

Jessica Cox's curator insight, November 8, 2015 10:31 AM

Social Networking

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Meet Canada’s 11 new Rhodes Scholars

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The Globe asked the newest Rhodes Scholars three questions about the scholarship and education in Canada
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How does one win a Rhodes Scholarship? Read how 11 enterprising students with the right mindset are making a difference.

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[Infographic] Education in the 21st Century - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

[Infographic] Education in the 21st Century - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Education Matters | Scoop.it
The infographic displays many interesting facts and statistics about the components of 21st century education.
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Interesting infographic on Education in the 21st Century.

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7 Ways To Give Presentations That People Actually Care About

7 Ways To Give Presentations That People Actually Care About | Education Matters | Scoop.it
No one will be looking at their phones--unless they're tweeting about how awesome your talk is. Really.
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Great ideas for Teachers as well.

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This Video Will Have You Completely Rethink How You Conduct Yourself Online And In Person (Video) | Elite Daily

This Video Will Have You Completely Rethink How You Conduct Yourself Online And In Person (Video) | Elite Daily | Education Matters | Scoop.it
We, as human beings, think through social networks, we’ve somehow become more social creatures.
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Fantastic conversaton starter for students learning in the 21st century.

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