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South Korea’s Education System Hurts Students

South Korea’s Education System Hurts Students | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
South Korean education produces ranks of overachieving students who pay a stiff price in health and happiness.
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Being at the top of the PISA tables means what exactly? It is interesting that over the last 10 years or so countries such as Korea, Japan, Singapore & China (Hong Kong, Macau & Shanghai) have become well entrenched at the top of the table. Having lived/worked in Japan and now Singapore where I work with a lot of Korean and Chinese kids, it is very clear that the results in the PISA are due in large parts to long hours of attendance at cram schools (i.e. juku in Japan, hagwon in Korea, Buxiban in China). The mental stress caused by this must be horrible. Sand but true.

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Tree loss mapped in 'near real time'

Tree loss mapped in 'near real time' | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
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This is really interesting. And somewhat disturbing. Another reason for using ICT in our teaching as a matter of course rather than as something exciting.

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The Best Teachers Don't Do What They're Told

The Best Teachers Don't Do What They're Told | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it

"In some of the schools and districts I work with now, it’s really pretty depressing how many teachers just want to be told what to do. It’s not that they don’t care–it’s just a human defense mechanism kicking in. An insecurity of their own that’s tired of reaching and having their hand slapped, so they don’t.

They’ve learned to do what they’re told–they start with “district expectations” and work backwards from there. We toss around fun phrases like “team-player” to normalize this hurtful fascination education has with alignment and standardization. But by the time teachers turn policy and expectation and standards and curriculum maps into units, lessons and activities that actually reach the students, the zest for teaching and learning is barely recognizable.

And both approaches are wrong. Me for trying to fit it all in, and those that refuse to try and resign to being a mirror for “district policy” and “state-led initiatives.”

I do realize that, on paper, there’s no reason a teacher can’t do what they’re told and be amazing, but think for a moment about the best teachers you know. Do they do what they’re told, or do they simply do what needs to be done and navigate any fallout better than everyone else?"


Via Seth Dixon
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This is interesting and probably true for more than a few teachers. Although I don't agree with the idea of the "hurtful fascination education has with alignment and standardisation". I suspect that the fascination with alignment and standardisation is actually driven by government accounts and economists.

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Tour Builder - Put your story on the map.

Tour Builder - Put your story on the map. | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Tell your stories with photos, videos and rich text on Google Earth.
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This is something new from Google. It is in beta testing at the moment. I think it is pretty cool and dead simple to use. If you are familiar with myHistro you probably find this a little more user friendly. 

 

I use an app called Ghostery to block website tracking. It is very interesting that I was unable to upload photos until I stopped blocking Google Analytics and Google +1.

 

Never the less, a user friendly teaching tool.

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Tony Hall's curator insight, November 16, 2013 8:58 AM

Really user freindly app from Google. Very useful in the classroom.

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The Geography and Literacy Connection

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"What do you think of when you hear the word literacy? Depending on what you teach, chances are geography is not the first thought that comes to mind. But believe it or not, geography and literacy naturally share many similarities. And you can deepen students’ learning in both geography and literacy when they are integrated in the curriculum."


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It makes me angry when people disparage the place of Geography (and indeed, other Humanities/Social Sciences) in developing literacy. The link is so blindingly obvious that it simply blows my mind. Anyhoo, hopefully you'll find something useful here.

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Ana Melo's curator insight, November 4, 2013 9:41 AM

Geography provides a lot of fundamental knowledge and gives you also a sense of place, which I find very relevant in times of globalization where you belong everywhere and nowhere simultaneously.

Chris Cividino's curator insight, November 8, 2013 12:06 AM

Understanding key terminology in geography is paramount to demonstrating deep knowledge of geographical concepts.

Max Minard's curator insight, March 21, 10:45 PM

In this report, a researcher describes the relationship between geography and literacy on educational terms. When combined, these two very similar topics would provide major benefits to a child curriculum in school giving them a better insight on geography through literary concepts. These certain concepts help kids better recognize relationships within graphs and charts that give valuable geographic information. This article helps prove geography as a field of inquiry based on its relations with other subjects that help enhance the knowledge among the children in any school curriculum. 

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What it means to be an International Baccalaureate Teacher (New Study)

What it means to be an International Baccalaureate Teacher (New Study) | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Firstly, I want to be clear about one thing. I have long been very vocal in my belief that the International Baccalaureate is the best system of education that exists on the planet we call Earth. I...

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Interesting.

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High school teacher under investigation for saying “vagina” during anatomy lesson

High school teacher under investigation for saying “vagina” during anatomy lesson | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Teacher Tim McDaniel is also in hot water for asking students to write critical response papers on climate change
Tony Hall's insight:

This just blows my mind. How do you teach reproduction without using the word 'vagina'? Also, students should be watching things like "An Incovenient Truth" with a critical eye. Without questioning things, we simply follow blindly and we get events like Oklahoma City, 9/11 & Bali. Only those with blind, unquestioning faith can see those events as positive. 

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Digital vs. Paper


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You've more than likely seen this already, but I think it is worth sharing. I love technology. I love using it in the classroom. But it is just a tool - a crap teacher with a laptop is still a crap teacher. I firmly believe that there is room for the traditional as well as the innovative. Enjoy:)

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 31, 2013 8:59 PM

So many of the educational discussions these days are touting the newest technologies (many of which I embrace).  Too many though, I fear, are willing to abandon tried and true "old school" pedagogical strategies in an attempt to incorporate the latest and greatest.  Just because it's new doesn't inherently make it better.  This video is a comical reminder that some old technologies and old strategies are worth keeping.  Let's keep some paper in the educational system. 

Denise Patrylo-Murray's curator insight, July 6, 2013 1:09 PM

Very True

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Classroom Portraits Give a Glimpse of Students’ Lives Around the World

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Photographer Julian Germain’s portraits of school classrooms make for an intriguing archive of what early 21st-century education looks like around the world.
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I love these images. There is so much to discuss in them form all kinds of perspectives. I have just shown them to my Global Perspectives class as we begin a unit on Technology & the Economic Divide. Very thought provoking images!

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Struggle For Smarts? How Eastern And Western Cultures Tackle Learning : NPR

Struggle For Smarts? How Eastern And Western Cultures Tackle Learning : NPR | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
For the most part in American culture, intellectual struggle in school children is seen as an indicator of weakness, while in Eastern cultures it is not only tolerated, it is often used to measure emotional strength.
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This is really interesting. Having taught in Asia (Japan, Thailand, Singapore) and New Zealand, I can see both angles here. Is it possible to entwine both ways? Would that be a positive thing to do? 

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Education Around the World

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"A glimpse inside the life of students from Senegal to Vietnam and China."


Via Seth Dixon
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Little bit different to my school:)

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Nancy Watson's curator insight, March 15, 2013 5:13 PM

What does this do to your ethnocentric beliefs?

Jessica Rieman's curator insight, April 23, 2014 4:57 PM

Students in China take their college entrance exam lasting 9hours. To prevent cheating they all take it at the same time with 1,200 in an exam hall. In Guangdong province, on July 9, 2007. 


Alicia Grace Lawson O'Brien's curator insight, July 16, 2014 3:07 PM

This picture is amazing to me! It is so difficult to think about how different education looks in other countries.

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10 Cell Phone Apps for Teachers

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This guest post by Michael Zimmer was previously published in his blog, The Pursuit of Technology Integration Happiness. Mobile Technology is taking over and as it does, teachers are either all in ...

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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I think are some very useful apps here for teachers who are actively using ICT in the classroom.

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The Geography of Evolution Education

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This is a really interesting infographic. It blows my mind everytime I see something like this. The US is such an interesting place to study!

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 30, 2013 10:26 AM

What is taught in biology classes varies considerably in the United States for a host of political and religious reasons that are particular to each state.  What influences the educational decisions being made in your state?

Ann-Laure Liéval's curator insight, February 6, 2013 1:10 PM

Religion et société aux EU: sur la postérité du procès du singe et l'enseignement du darwinisme aux EU. 

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Help My Daughter Finish Out Her Studies at Shinawatra University, Thailand

Help My Daughter Finish Out  Her Studies at Shinawatra University, Thailand | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Please help me in supporting my daughter in her architecture studies. She has a 50% scholarship but we are about $7500 short for her final two years of study.
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Life is difficult for immigrants all over the world. This story is about a mum who recognises the value of education for her children and is making incredible sacrifices to help her daughters make the most of their lives. This woman helped a friend of my wife's through a difficult time in Thailand. Definitely worth a read even if you don't contribute.

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Map: How Wrong Is Your Time Zone? - Slate Magazine (blog)

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Map: How Wrong Is Your Time Zone?
Slate Magazine (blog)
For whatever reason, more of the world seems to be a little bit like Spain—the sun rises and sets later in the day than it should—than the other way around.

Via GeoMapGames
Tony Hall's insight:

This is fascinating and something that I have wondered about and suspected for quite a while. Basically, most of the world is off time. Quite amazing when you think about it. 

 

I do wonder what the map would look like if a different projection was used. Trying to rectify this would be an interesting (and difficult!) exercise. 

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Curtin Teaching and Learning - Australian organisers of Eco Challenge 2.0

Curtin Teaching and Learning - Australian organisers of Eco Challenge 2.0 | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it

Curtin University is proud to announce that it is the Australian organiser for participation in the 2014 UNEP-DHI Eco Challenge 2.0.

 

Water is essential for all life as we know it. A simple fact that sometimes feels forgotten as political and commercial interests take priority.

 

UNEP-DHI Eco Challenge 2.0 provides an exciting and authentic learning experience for students aged 11-17 through the online strategic game "Aqua Republica". Addressing national curriculum priority dimensions of Sustainability and Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia the experience provides many learning opportunities across Social Studies, Science, Humanities, Health and Physical Education, English, Geography, and more.


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Just came across this yesterday. Looks cool! Already generating interest amongst our students:)

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Tony Hall's curator insight, February 20, 2014 1:33 AM

This looks cool. And just a little bit tricky.

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Geography Poster

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I like this. I this is sums up Geography quite nicely. 

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Leoncio Lopez-Ocon's curator insight, November 9, 2013 7:17 AM

Poster sobre la enseñanza de la geografía

Jennifer Ryan's curator insight, November 10, 2013 5:14 PM

Really wished I had created this. Thanks Durman District school board and Charles E Gritzner. (Apologies is surname is incorrect - difficult to read on the poster.)

Marcelle Searles's curator insight, January 25, 2014 4:39 AM

can be used for the inquiry process

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Make a QR code hunt with just an iPad

Make a QR code hunt with just an iPad | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Create a QR treasure hunt! Here's a useful QR video For some people the iPad is a replacement for paper. Here's how to do it properly. Films and Photos organised directly from all the iPads in a sc...

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Looks like fun. Will definitely try this out!

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I Will Not Let An Exam Result Decide My Fate||Spoken Word

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This is an awesome challenge to the conventional wisdom. Enjoy:)

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The Family Stories That Bind Us — This Life

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Studies indicate that children learn resilience when they hear what their relatives before them have faced.
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I thought this was a really interesting read. Besides the obvious relevance to parents, I think it is totally relevant to teachers as well. It shows how important it is to have conversations with our students so we can build strong positive relationships with them.

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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 5 Handy iPad Apps to Create Infographics

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 5 Handy iPad Apps to Create Infographics | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it

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Some really cool looking iPad/iPhone apps here. Very useful in the classroom!

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International Baccalaureate: Are we ready for the toughest exams in the world?

International Baccalaureate: Are we ready for the toughest exams in the world? | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
"We're talking about an international exam which is the best in the world," says the speaker as we discuss what will happen now that the GCSE appears to be in terminal decline. "Why are we not bringing it in?

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Interesting. Last week I visited a state school in NZ that has started IB this year. I starting teaching IB Geography/ESS this academic year. While it's early days yet, I am increasingly convinced of the IB's rigour. It is a very demanding course of work. As governments in countries such as the UK, NZ, Australia etc. continually tinker with education (essentially trying to appease big business), I ownder if IB will become more & more attractive to parents who want their children to be ready for the new world that awaits them?

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Texter

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This is seriously cool! Developed by Tim Holman, along with a bunch of other really cool things, Texter lets you create images with words. In lots of different colours:) My first thought was to use Texter when I give my learners new vocabulary at the start of a unit. After they have developed understanding of the new vocab I want to challenge them to creat an image using the words to illustrate the meaning of the words. Any thought? 

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Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria Inc. (GTAV)'s curator insight, March 14, 2013 9:08 PM

This site allows you to 'paint' with words. Simply type in the text (a single word or a longer passage) then choose a text size and colour. Click on the main screen, move your mouse and the words will be 'painted'.

You can save your work too.

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10 Ways Students Can Use Twitter for Paper Writing

10 Ways Students Can Use Twitter for Paper Writing | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
It been a while since we've posted any content on using Twitter in the academic context, so this submission from Leslie Anglesey is welcomed. These suggestions

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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SOme useful hints here.

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Deborah Owen's curator insight, February 20, 2013 3:03 PM

Great ideas for engaging students with social media!

Elahe Amani's curator insight, February 20, 2013 6:30 PM

I presented at CATS Conference on the use of social media in the academic context.  These are questions of our time that we collectively devising an answer to it.

Jan MacWatters's curator insight, February 21, 2013 5:00 PM

If you can't beat em, join em.  If you're not using twitter- here are some great ideas for incorporating it for your students