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10 Ways Students Can Use Twitter for Paper Writing

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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

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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

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Why medium-sized towns are the key to a sustainable future

Why medium-sized towns are the key to a sustainable future | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Cities are rarely planned with the long-term in mind. As a result, urban living can be socially and environmentally unsustainable. But not always: Nick Sharp has a provocative vision of a city built to last forever.
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This is a very interesting read. It references Ernst Schumacher's philosophy that "small is beautiful" and that we (society) "cannot consider the problem of technological production solved if it requires that we recklessly erode our finite natural capital and deprive future generations of its benefits."  

It fits nicely into  the IB Geography Urban Environments subtopic The Sustainable City. As read the article, a few things ran through my mind:

1. This is such a good idea!

2. It would take a long time for people from developed countries to buy into it.

3. What would it look like?

4. What can I use to get my learners to explore this 

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Traveling Teaches Students in a Way Schools Can't

Traveling Teaches Students in a Way Schools Can't | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
American education is largely limited to lessons about the West.

 

When I turned 15, my parents sent me alone on a one-month trip to Ecuador, the country where my father was born. This was tradition in our family—for my parents to send their first-generation American kids to the country of their heritage, where we would meet our extended family, immerse ourselves in a different culture, and learn some lessons on gratefulness.

My family’s plan worked. That month in Ecuador did more for my character, education, and sense of identity than any other experience in my early life.

 

Tags: place, tourism, education, geo-inspiration.


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This is a great article. I think it applies to people who live in all developed countries (not just the USA), as well as the privileged people from the less developed places. It touches on a lot of things I care about - seeing, feeling, smelling how other people live. Learning that we are not all the same. Knowing that it is ok to not engage with the "American/Australian/Western Dream". Knowing that it is ok to have your own dreams that are different to other people. 

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Matthew Richmond's curator insight, December 2, 2015 12:06 PM

I completely agree with this article. It is based on the same premise that my spanish teacher always told us. "The only way to truly learn the language and the culture is to actually go there and stay for a period of time." I always assumed she was right based on how easy the class seemed to be for those who had been to Spain or Mexico. The only problem with this theory is the increasingly dangerous state of the world. If I had a child I'm not sure I would allow them to travel anywhere after the Paris attacks. After all, Paris was supposed to be one of the safest places American tourists could visit up until about a month ago.

Tina Little-Coltrane's curator insight, December 4, 2015 9:37 AM

An Absolute #TRUTH !!

Sarah Cannon's curator insight, December 16, 2015 7:15 PM

Being able to travel is a great gift. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing new places and learning about cultures. Unfortunately, the last time that I could afford to travel far from home was when I was young and I didn't understand the amazing opportunity that I had at the time. I traveled to Aruba, and to New Brunswick, Canada. Both amazing places. If I could go anywhere, I'd go to Germany, London, and Ireland as soon as possible. My great grandmother was from England, and my great grandfather was from Canada, I'd like to visit their home towns. Traveling places would definitely be a better learning experience than leaning about a place in school. You get to experience the real thing. Interact with the locals and maybe even get involved with the local traditions. Traveling to learn is definitely an experience worth wild.

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The Dramatic Landscape of China's Gansu Province

The Dramatic Landscape of China's Gansu Province | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Gansu Province, in northwestern China, is about the same size as California, with a population of about 26 million people. Gansu’s diverse landscapes include parts of the Gobi Desert, the Yellow River, numerous mountain formations, and remnants of the Silk Road and the Great Wall of China.

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Some truly amazing images in this collection from The Atlantic.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 22, 2015 8:43 AM

This photo gallery is filled with dozens of great teaching images, displaying the dramatic human and physical landscapes of the Gansu Province of China. 


Tagsimageslandscape, China.

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Cultural Landscape

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How Japan's 2011 Earthquake Happened (Infographic)

How Japan's 2011 Earthquake Happened (Infographic) | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Huge stresses beneath the surface moved plates of the Earth's crust hundreds of feet horizontally and dozens of feet vertically.
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This looks to be a really useful resource for tectonic processes.

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Singapore Google for Education Summit

Singapore Google for Education Summit | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
The Singapore Google Apps for Education Summit is to be held on October 3rd and 4th, 2015 at Nexus International School - Singapore It will be a fantastic two day event with sessions from Google staff, Google Certified Teachers and Google Apps EDU Certified trainers. In addition there will be a Chromebooks playground for the duration of the conference.
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I'm presenting at this event. If you're in the Singapore area this weekend, check it out!

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EarthViewer — Online and Downloadable Version | HHMI BioInteractive

EarthViewer — Online and Downloadable Version | HHMI BioInteractive | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
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This is really interesting. You can zoom through time and look at how the Earth has changed in terms of ice sheets, sea levels, temperature and more. There's also an iPad app.

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Map Projection Transitions

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"In some ways, all 2D maps of Earth are interrupted at some point, even if it’s just along the antimeridian at 180°. Interruptions are often in areas of less interest e.g. oceans for a land-focused map."


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This is really, very cool! A fantastic way to visualise the differences between map projections to illustrate the variation in land shape, land area and land size. Also an excellent discussion starter.

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Lilydale High School's curator insight, September 3, 2015 6:01 AM

New ways to see the world.

Luis Cesar Nunes's curator insight, September 3, 2015 10:33 AM

map projections

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No screenshot could do justice to this animation.  It transforms a map of the world from one map projection to another, and in the 5 second interval it 'spins the globe' to give you a sense of the the spatial distortions inherent in all projections.  This is but one of the many visualizations fromJason Davies mapping project.   

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World Population Growth — Our World in Data

World Population Growth — Our World in Data | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
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Wow! There is so much data in this. It's kind of overwhelming in a sense. Love that there is so much stuff on the changes that have occurred over time. Brilliant.

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geteach.com

Free site dedicated to help teachers educate and engage students using Google Geo Tools
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This is really very good. For people familair with Stratalogica, this is an excellent FREE alternative. I am looking forward to seeing what my guys can do with it!

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China’s Pearl River Delta overtakes Tokyo as world’s largest megacity

China’s Pearl River Delta overtakes Tokyo as world’s largest megacity | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Several hundred million more people are expected to move to cities in East Asia over the next 20 years as economies shift from agriculture to manufacturing and services, according to a World Bank report

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CD - The causes and consequences of urbanisation, drawing on a study from Indonesia, or another country of the Asia region

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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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I came across something called myHistro a couple of years ago. It is a web based app that lets users create location based time lines using maps. Really very good, but students found it a little bit clumsy to use. I was so excited when I found Google's TourBuilder. It does pretty much the same as myHistro but is more user friendly. My students really like using it. So, I cannot for the life of me understand why they would make impossible to use in Chrome. Does this mean they're going to can it? I hope not!

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Alarm bells toll for human civilization as world's 12th largest mega-city to run out of water in just 60 days

Alarm bells toll for human civilization as world's 12th largest mega-city to run out of water in just 60 days | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
The city of Sao Paulo is home to 20 million Brazilians, making it the 12th largest mega-city on a planet dominated by shortsighted humans. Shockingly, it has only 60 days of water supply remaining. The city "has about two months of guaranteed wa...
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This is just a little bit scary. While they don't mention it, I think Australia is moving into similar territory. Just a few years ago, the reservoir that supplies my hometown (amongst others) had fallen to 4% of its capacity. Luckily then rains came (eventually!) and things are ok for the time being. Until the next severe drought. I think this article hits the nail on the head when it makes the point that "Modern humans will not acknowledge reality until it slaps them hard in the face." There needs to be a very serious readjustment of how we use all resources, not just water. But we already knew that. Didn't we?

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Stop Trying to Save the World

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Big ideas are destroying international development.

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This is really interesting article. It would seem that international aid is similar to education in that it is trying to find the 'one big idea' that will solve everything. It's just not going to happen like that. People don't need to think outside the box so much as work with what is in the box already. The big dreams are important as an ultimate goal, but we need to understand that to reach that ultimate goal is going to take time. And that's ok as long as there work being done to get there.

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Tony Burton's curator insight, November 23, 2014 3:33 PM

Why "International Development" needs a rethink.

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The world’s population mapped by who is online

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What does the world map look like if it is sized to online populations?
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This is a really interesting visualisation of internet use from 2013. It relates really well to the IB Geography HL unit on Global Interactions.

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The flow towards Europe - Lucify

Europe is experiencing the biggest refugee crisis since World War II. Based on data from the United Nations, we clarify the scale of the crisis.
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If you like geography and animations, then this is definitely for you! Thanks to the Auckland Geography Teacher's Association.

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Climate Change Is Here

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Record heat, fading ice, and rising seas show how climate change is affecting us. But there’s new hope we can cool the planet. Here’s how.

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This is a very good resource on climate change. Well worth having a look:)

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Samantha VandeBunte's curator insight, October 29, 2015 10:46 PM

I think that this is an increasingly controversial topic in America today

John Puchein's curator insight, November 6, 2015 7:30 AM

This site is great to show evidence of climate change. It has various sites with videos and articles.  The interactive is organized to answer these main questions:

How do we know it’s happening?How do we fix it?How do we live with it?
Sarah Cannon's curator insight, November 25, 2015 10:15 AM

There is too much talk about helping the climate and environment. All politicians do is talk about cleaning the environment and having less pollution. Even Al Gore is big talk. I've only heard of little change. I want to see a difference. I want to see people actually doing things to help the environment. Enough talk. What should happen is a world wide clean up. Jobs should be created where people should clean in their own community. Its a simple job. Get a trash bag, get off your lazy butts, get out of the house, get a group together (who would be paid by the state) to pick trash up off the streets, beaches, trails in the woods, baseball fields, parks. This isn't hard to do. Not just one person, but if a group of people can come together and be employed by their state to clean their community, at least four days a week. There should also be a group of people, even fisherman to clean the ocean, go out and get what ever trash you can find. Using nets, and if fish are caught, throw them back in the ocean. Also, Trash Island has to be eliminated. It boggles my mind that who ever passed the law on trash being dumped into the ocean an Okay to do. Are you kidding me?? What is wrong with you? Our Earth is dying because of humanity. Also the oil spill that happened in 2012, I believe, I saw a man on the news that created a way to capture the oil floating on the surface of the ocean with a blanket like material, sure it would take a lot of those "blankets" but at least it would be helping to rid the ocean from oil. What are people thinking?? that the oil will just disappear?? Are you serious? So many people really have to open their minds. Look at what's happening you ignorant selfish fools. I will finish my rant right here.

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Tourism, coal shipping turning Vietnam's Ha Long Bay into an 'ecological disaster' - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Tourism, coal shipping turning Vietnam's Ha Long Bay into an 'ecological disaster' - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
The Vietnamese government is facing pressure to lessen the impact of economic development on the once-pristine Ha Long Bay, where visitors are warned not to enter the excrement-laden water.
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This is so very sad. I was in Ha Long Bay in 2010. It was an amazing place. Not pristine by any stretch, but amazing nonetheless. The article, I think, illustrates the tension between development and exploiting the environment. There need to be a balance between exploitation & conservation. Limits to visitor numbers? Strongly enforced regulation? Who knows?!

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To Scale: The Solar System - YouTube

On a dry lakebed in Nevada, a group of friends build the first scale model of the solar system with complete planetary orbits: a true illustration of our pla...

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Even if you're not into science, this is worth a look.

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The Geographically Uneven Coverage of Wikipedia

The Geographically Uneven Coverage of Wikipedia | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
This map points out the highly uneven spatial distribution of (geotagged) Wikipedia articles in 44 language versions of the encyclopaedia. Slightly more than half of the global total of 3,336,473 articles are about places, events and people inside the red circle on the map, occupying only about 2.5% of the world’s land area.

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A very interesting perspective on the distribution of crowdsourcing. 

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Luis Cesar Nunes's curator insight, September 17, 2015 9:36 AM
The Geographically Uneven Coverage of Wikipedia
David lyon's curator insight, September 23, 2015 5:00 PM
A reflection of language diversity in Europe or a Eurocentric Wikipedia?
Chris Costa's curator insight, October 7, 2015 2:56 PM

Talk about Eurocentrism. I'm a huge fan of Wikipedia for its value as an informal source of information; if I need to learn about a topic I am not familiar with, Wikipedia is a great place to get a preliminary idea of what I am learning about. It's disappointing to see the distribution of information on the site is so skewed, considering that there are so many other regions of the world with long, rich histories, than just those encompassed within the circle shown in the map. I feel like that is symptomatic of a number of issues currently plaguing western academic circles- we tend to not view the rest of the world as being important, which is not only untrue, it's both insulting and ignorant. I hope this disparity is addressed and corrected over the course of the next couple of years.

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Inequality and Sustainability

Presentation at the Environmental Audit Committee of the UK Parliament, British Academy, London, 15 Oct 2014
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This is a perspective I had never considered. What a brilliant idea! Very thought provoking.

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#Volcano forms new Japanese #island #Nishinoshima

#Volcano forms new Japanese #island #Nishinoshima | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
A brand new island emerging off the coast of Japan offers scientists a rare opportunity to study how life begins to colonise barren land - helped by rotting bird poo and hatchling vomit.
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This is awesome! I think it would a very interesting exercise to monitor this island (somehow) to observe the changes that occur over time. What an amazing opportunity!

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Treasure hunt

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IN GINZA, Tokyo’s best-known shopping district, a dozen-odd tour buses disgorge crowds of determined Chinese shoppers at their first stop: a suitcase emporium from...
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This is very interesting. And it confirms suspicions I have had for the last 6 months or so. I teach quite a lot of Chinese & South Korean kids. Many of them (maybe 50%?) have visited Japan in the last 12 months. Very timely as my first year IB Geographers move into our optional theme on Leisure, Sport & Tourism.

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The great sprawl of China

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IN ANCIENT times, Beijing built towering city walls that helped to prevent undefendable sprawl. These days it builds ring roads, stretching built-up areas ever...

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See How Humans Have Reshaped the Globe With This Interactive Atlas

See How Humans Have Reshaped the Globe With This Interactive Atlas | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it

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Earth is changing rapidly, and an increasing number of scientists say that humans have become the dominant force driving these changes. While the term has no formal definition, many agree that we are now living in an age shaped by human activity: the Anthropocene.

Evidence for the Anthropocene ranges from worldwide population booms to the expansive transformation of the landscape. But solutions are cropping up at the local level that could help create a more resilient global community." 

 

Tags: ESRI, anthropocene, environment depend, sustainability. 


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Truthbehere2's curator insight, December 5, 2014 10:01 AM

Well duh...we are very greedy leeches that don't want to take the time to restore and repair what we take and destroy...

Kristen McDaniel's curator insight, December 8, 2014 10:58 AM

Excellent use of an Esri Storymap to outline how humans have changed Earth over time.

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How McDonald's conquered India

How McDonald's conquered India | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
How McDonald's, a beefburger company, penetrated and grew a business across India.
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This is a very interesting article. I know it's about McDonalds and lots of people don't care for McDonalds. However, it is a good explanation of how TNCs go about adapting their products to fit in to a new market with a very different culture. This is a really good example to use to explain the differences between globalisation and glocalisation. 

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