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Business Geography

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Grant Thrall, Ph.D., pioneered a new field of study — business geography — at the University of Florida.

 

Business geography involves using sophisticated technologies to interpret and analyze data to help businesses make decisions.


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While I find business quite boring, I do understand it's necessity. I think this illustrates very nicely the relevance of studying geography and how it relates to the "real" world. 

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 15, 2013 2:09 PM

I understand that my readers are not people that I need to convince the geo-literacy is an essential component for a 21st century education; but we are the people that need to convince principals, politicians, school administrators, teachers and parents that teaching geography is fundamental.  Consider this an accessible article to use to make the case for geography for someone who sees the educational value from a business perspective.


Tags: edtech, unit 1 GeoPrinciples, geo-inspiration, geography education, models, spatial.

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Pattern Library

Patterns for the people, by the people
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In case you're interested, the background image for Mr Tony's Geography Stuff & Mr Tony's ICT Stuff come from The Pattern Library which has been developed by Tim Holman & Claudio Guglieri.

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In the name of the father: the ancestors haunting APEC

In the name of the father: the ancestors haunting APEC | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
On the eve of APEC, rampant nationalism, hostile acts and intertwined personal histories in the Asia-Pacific could be a greater threat to the global order than ISIS or Putin's Russia.
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This is a very interesting article. I like the symmetry of Park, Abe & Xi having fathers who were powerful politicians/leaders. The up-coming APEC meeting Beijing could be pivotal in world history. 

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Inside story of how Melbourne became marvellous all over again

Inside story of how Melbourne became marvellous all over again | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it

About 30 years a program to transform the dead heart of Melbourne began that was to become so successful that the city is now hailed as the world's most liveable.

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I thought this was very interesting. Trawling through data collected in their surveys would make for interesting reading. This fits the IB Geography topic Urban Environments nicely.

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When did globalisation start?

When did globalisation start? | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
“GLOBALISATION” has become the buzzword of the last two decades. The sudden increase in the exchange of knowledge, trade and capital around the world, driven by...
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Good article for IB HL Geography Global Interactions.

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The hidden force in global economics: sending money home

The hidden force in global economics: sending money home | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
In 2013, international migrants sent $413 billion home to families and friends — three times more than the total of global foreign aid (about $135 billion). This money, known as remittances, makes a significant difference in the lives of those receiving it and plays a major role in the economies of many countries. Economist Dilip Ratha describes the promise of these “dollars wrapped with love” and analyzes how they are stifled by practical and regulatory obstacles.
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Shared with me by a colleague (thanks @edtechbailey) this morning. My Year 12 Geographers have started looking at Migration. Absolutely brilliant timing:) 

 

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Why Abbott's faith in coal could be wrong - very wrong

Why Abbott's faith in coal could be wrong - very wrong | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
While Prime Minister Tony Abbott insists coal will be around for a long time, others say the world is on the cusp of a once-in-a-century shift towards renewable energy, writes Tom Allard.
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Interesting read about the (possible) future of energy resources. It does make Mr Abbott seems a wee bit backwards!

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Incredible Close-Up Drone Video of an Erupting Volcano in Iceland | WIRED

Incredible Close-Up Drone Video of an Erupting Volcano in Iceland | WIRED | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
This epic video isn’t a CGI outtake from Lord of the Rings. It’s proof that a guy with a quadcopter managed to get very, very close to an erupting Icelandic volcano---close enough to melt the face of the GoPro camera that shot the video.
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This is amazing footage! 

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The world's 20 oldest cities - Telegraph

The world's 20 oldest cities - Telegraph | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it

This These are the world's oldest continously inhabited places - although not all of them are currently welcoming visitors

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This series of photographs is quite interesting. I'm sure there would a lot of debate about the cities in the list. However, I think this could be great discussion starter about several topics - location, characteristics that lead to longevity amongst many others. I think I am going to get my Year 13 Geographers to plot them on a map to see what patterns are created. Should be interesting!

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Tube Scroll - Scroll Animated Metro Maps

Tube Scroll - Scroll Animated Metro Maps | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
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I really liked this website. Very interesting visualisation of metro lines around the world. Also some good hints for Mini Metro!

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Tony Hall's curator insight, September 17, 2:28 AM

I really liked this website. Very interesting visualisation of metro lines around the world. Also some good hints for Mini Metro!

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Densely Populated Countries Could Find Food Independence With Vertical Floating Farms | IFLScience

Densely Populated Countries Could Find Food Independence With Vertical Floating Farms | IFLScience | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Singapore has roughly 5.4 million people crammed into 716 square kilometers (276 square miles), making it the most densely populated country in the world. This country—whose area is less than a quarter of that of Rhode Island—does not have enough room for agriculture and thus imports over 90% of its food from other countries all over the world.
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This is perfect for the IB Geo theme Urban Environments! SO glad I found this today as I want to focus on sustainability this coming week! 

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A greener Burkina: sustainable farming techniques, land reclamation and improved livelihoods

A greener Burkina: sustainable farming techniques, land reclamation and improved livelihoods | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
This case study describes the factors that have enabled 200,000–300,000 hectares (ha) of degraded land in Burkina Faso to be brought into productive use through the application of improved traditional farming techniques. It draws out important lessons regarding the diffusion and adoption of appropriate agricultural technologies, effective social organisation and the role of finance in supporting and promoting progress in sustainable agriculture.
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Why Asia is probably poorer than we think

Why Asia is probably poorer than we think | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Jayati Ghosh: Asia’s ‘success’ in reducing poverty uses a flawed system for measuring income and ignores food insecurity
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Why South Korea predicts its end will come in 2750

Why South Korea predicts its end will come in 2750 | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it

South Korea may be doomed. A recent study, conducted by the National Assembly Research Service in Seoul, predicts that the country will reach zero inhabitants by 2750.

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A very interesting article that would generate some nice discussions for population studies in geography. Some of the reader comments are interesting as well and would be good discussion starters in themselves, especially in ToK and Global Perspectives classes.

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Home - gisrecord2014

Home - gisrecord2014 | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
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This is a really cool idea! I am looking forward to participating next week. 20000+ students from 160+ schools around the world. Can't wait to see the data generated.

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The Berlin Wall in the cold war and now - interactive

The Berlin Wall in the cold war and now - interactive | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
The city of Berlin will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in November. The wall split the city from 1961 to 1989 and became the iconic symbol of the cold war. Sean Gallup has photographed locations around Berlin today to match with archive images of when the city was divided
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I have scooped posts about war photography before. This perhaps doesn't qualify as war photography but it is very interesting indeed. My wife said "it looks healed".  

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Our ageing population not necessarily bad news

Our ageing population not necessarily bad news | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Politicians and economists have been banging on about the ageing of the population for ages, but how much do we actually know about the likely economic consequences? Not much - until now.
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This is an interesting angle on what is traditionally seen as a negative phenomenon. 

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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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Containerization Shaped Globalization

"Sometimes a single unlikely idea can have massive impact across the world. Sir Harold Evans, the author of They Made America, describes how frustration drove..."


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I loved watching this because I had no idea about how this happened. Perfect for the Globalisation topic in Higher Level IB Geography. Definitely showing it tomorrow!

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Amanda Morgan's curator insight, September 18, 10:52 AM

The concept of containerization saves time and is essentially the reason why we have globalization. Just as McLean's concept made shipping faster, cheaper and more efficient, it also eliminated the jobs of the workers who loaded the ships. Sometimes, globalization has negative aspects such as taking away jobs in order to make something available to a consumer faster and cheaper.

Pieter de Paauw's curator insight, October 17, 10:11 AM

Mooi verhaal over het belang van (zee)containers

Shanelle Zaino's curator insight, October 29, 3:16 PM

This is a very interesting short movie about globalization.What a great example of necessity being the mother of invention. Young truck driver Malcolm McLean sat in frustration as he watched cargo being painstakingly removed from trailers and placed on cargo ships. This process had been for decades the only way. It was in this frustration that Malcolm believed there had to be a better method.Malcolm stopped to think and created the idea of placing whole trailers or cargo containers  on to ships ,saving up to 8 days on each delivery. Malcolm revolutionized the shipping industry and helped to create the massive transportation network we have today. As consumers we owe a great deal to this man and his "thinking outside the box" or should I say container.

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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
Zoomable maps reveal the scope of humanity’s influence on Earth—and the innovations aiming to create a more sustainable future
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This is an interesting set of maps. I'm sure Geography teachers will find it very useful. Enjoy:)

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Epidemics Are Not Natural

Epidemics Are Not Natural | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Now that Ebola is ravaging parts of West Africa, a nasty meme is once again rearing its ugly head — the suggestion that epidemics are "nature's way" of dealing with overpopulation. But it's an assertion that's as false as it is dangerous. Here's why.
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This is very interesting. Most work on (over)population comes from a Malthusian (i.e. economic) point of view. The use of an ecological point of view here is refreshing. I especially like the population & carrying capacity diagram.

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The globalisation of work - and people

The globalisation of work - and people | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
Thanks to our connected world, now employees have become globalised, not just the companies they work for, writes Prof Lynda Gratton (BBC News - The globalisation of work - and people http://t.co/7YQSQ6Jvww)...

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This raises lots of issues. Perfect for the HL Geography core units on Globalisation & Time-Space Convergence.

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Tons of Free public Domain Materials to Use in Class

Tons of Free public Domain Materials to Use in Class | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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This looks like an amazing resource. And free too!

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malene saltoft's curator insight, September 17, 3:00 PM

gamle film og essays, på engelsk, til inspiration - public domaine

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Stopping climate meltdown needs the courage that saved the ozone layer

Stopping climate meltdown needs the courage that saved the ozone layer | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
George Monbiot: Governments dither on the solution to global warming – but the Montreal protocol is a reminder of a time when they took their hands out of their pockets
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State of the Tropics

State of the Tropics | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
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This report was simultaneously released in Myanmar, Singapore & Australia. A quick look the website showed a lot of information and resources that will be very useful for teaching IB/IGCSE Geography, IB Environmental Systems & Societies & IGCSE Environmental Management. I am looking forward to having a more in depth look at the website over the holidays.

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Former refugee about to be installed as SA governor

Former refugee about to be installed as SA governor | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
A young man who fled war in Vietnam is about to be installed as the next governor of South Australia.
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This is so very cool! 

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