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Where Children Sleep Around the World

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English photographer James Mollison traveled around the world photographing children and their bedrooms - or, in some cases, simply places where they get to crash.
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This fascinating and sad at the same time. Poingant photography.

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A New Geo-Tagged Storytelling Site Might Be The Ultimate Travel Tool

A New Geo-Tagged Storytelling Site Might Be The Ultimate Travel Tool | Mr Tony's Geography Stuff | Scoop.it
How do we discover new cities to visit? How do we remember where we've been? With all the tools at our fingertips, I'd still argue it's actually not all that easy. Hi, which just opened to the public today, is a beautifully designed way to find, share, and tell stories about places.

Via Gregg Morris
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This really quite cool. I haven't investigated the privacy aspect of using Hi but it looks simple to use. I'm heading heading to Siem Reap on Sunday so I will start to use it there:)

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Judith van Praag's curator insight, March 26, 11:35 AM
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Another "Path"?

Looks appealing, but the question is whether professional writers will indeed want to share their discoveries before making money with their material? 
If I wasn't intend on reading small print for the catch before, ever since the small print of #AmtrakResidences proved that writers gave away world wide rights (whether they'd win a residency or not), I'm more leery than ever. 
"It" does show protection —for others— the third parties from whom It participants use content or images (see #11 copyright).


"Hi" users themselves agree with the following:

3.2 License. You hereby grant, and you represent and warrant that you have the right to grant, to Moments Management an irrevocable, nonexclusive, royalty-free and fully paid, worldwide license to reproduce, distribute, publicly display and perform, prepare derivative works of, incorporate into other works, and otherwise use your User Content, and to grant sublicenses of the foregoing, solely for the purposes of including your User Content in the Services. You agree to irrevocably waive (and cause to be waived) any claims and assertions of moral rights or attribution with respect to your User Content.

 Be aware that unless you, the writer, are paid by a publisher of a site, or publication, be it an Online or print publication, the owner of the platform where you post your content most often will state in small print that you have signed away your rights, merely by posting. 
Cathryn Wellner's curator insight, March 26, 10:02 PM

Good one, Gregg Morris!

Geek Girl Travel's curator insight, March 27, 12:37 AM

Oooh, I an going to try this!

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SEAGA 2014 :: SEAGA

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This looks interesting. And I love Siem Reap. I would love to hear from other people thinking about attending this conference. Now I need to think of an idea for a paper to present.

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Shanghai's Global Ascendance

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Reuters photographer Carlos Barria recently spent time in Shanghai, China, the fastest-growing city in the world. A week ago, he took this amazing shot, recreating the same framing and perspective as a photograph taken in 1987, showing what a difference 26 years can make. The setting is Shanghai's financial district of Pudong, dominated by the Oriental Pearl Tower at left, and the new 125-story Shanghai Tower, China's tallest building and the world's second tallest skyscraper, at 632 meters (2,073 ft) high, scheduled to finish by the end of 2014. Shanghai, the largest city by population in the world, has been growing at a rate of about 10 percent a year the past 20 years, and now is home to 23.5 million people -- nearly double what it was back in 1987. This entry is focused on this single photo pairing, with several ways to compare the two.


Via Seth Dixon, Cory Erlandson
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Wow. This is amazing. The cynical side of me wonders what the costs have been for the people of the area. Not to mention the environmental costs.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 5, 9:39 AM

In the Atlantic, there was an article that highlighted some incredible comparisons of Shanghai’s Pudong district that shows the impact of globalization.  This image is my rendering of the two images as a composite image.  Globalization has hit…hard and fast.  Today, we shouldn't think of Shanghai as a major city in China, but as as one of the major cities in the world.

Joseph Thacker 's curator insight, April 15, 12:38 PM

It is amazing how quick a city can change in only 26 years. Since this picture was taken in 1987, the city's population has doubled, and is continuing to grow rapidly. Today, this city is one of the largest in the world and has magnificent skyscrapers, one of which is the second tallest in the world. It is obvious globalization hit this mega city very quickly, making it one of the most impressive cities in the world. 

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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
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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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There She Blew! Volcanic Evidence Of The World's First Map

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Some archaeologists have long suspected that a faded painting from the ruins of the 9,000-year-old village known as Catalhoyuk might be a map — of a settlement at the foot of an erupting volcano. Others said no. Now geologists have evidence that the volcano indeed erupted around that time.
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This pretty cool. Proper "old school" geography!

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Assessment and Rubrics

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List of assessment and rubric information
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I recently talked my school into getting a licence for Stratalogica. When I came across it I thought it was awesome. Especially the "dual globe view", which is awesome for comparing population density with climate or growing season, for example. I wonder if anyone else is using it and would mind sharing their experiences - good and bad.

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Tony Hall's curator insight, February 26, 8:19 PM

A colleague shared this site with me after I asked for some advice on developing a rubric for some work my Y10 Geographers are doing. It's a fantastic site with rubrics for all kinds of activities. My guys are working in groups to make a video to demonstrate understanding of a topic. I found something for the technical side of making a video, as well as stuff for group work. I combined this with my own material on the actual content to come up with something that was quite good. Enjoy!

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Tree loss mapped in 'near real time'

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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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How cold peanut butter could help us predict volcanic eruptions

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How cold peanut butter could help us predict volcanic eruptions http://t.co/0fDBv3Kqz2 #geography #geographyteacher #volcano
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Hmm...really?

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Does Brazil Have the Answer?

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As income inequality gets worse in the United States, it is falling in Brazil.
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I have felt myself to somewhat left of centre in terms of my political feelings. That obviously colours my thinking somewhat when it comes to development and economic growth. I found this article very interesting. It really struck a chord with me as it kind of sums up my feelings towards the 'economic growth at all costs' mentality that is all too pervasive in the world. "Thus in America, we tend to view economic growth less as a means to an end than an end in itself" sums this up nicely, I think. The notion that Brazilian government is attempting to use the products of economic growth to reduce poverty is a wonderful example of simple genius. Enjoy:)

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What Cities Would Look Like Without Any Lights

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Via Seth Dixon
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This is really amazing photography! 

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, December 2, 2013 9:33 PM

City lights are taken for granted as a normal part of the human landscape...it's fascinating to image a world without them. 

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Tour Builder - Put your story on the map.

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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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Explore Everything: Place-Hacking the City

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   Bradley Garrett is a writer, explorer, filmmaker, photographer and a researcher in Technological Natures at theUniversity of Oxford. With a background in archaeology and geography, his research ...
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This is taking geography to whole new level. I hope it can inspire people (especially our kids!) to get out into the world and see what's there. Not necessarily to these extremes. What you see in these images is curiosity. Going to a place to see what it is like. And documenting it. Brilliant! 

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Hurricane Sandy, One Year Later

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The first anniversary of Superstorm Sandy's landfall in New Jersey. Sandy was the largest Atlantic hurricane on record (by diameter), the second-costliest storm in U.S. history, affecting 24 states...
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An interesting set of images. Useful for discussion the impact of hurricanes on the cultural environment. 

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Music Map of Great British Bands


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This is really cool! Music & geography together:)

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A Plan To Replace Geographic Coordinates on Earth With Unique Strings of Three Words

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The startup what3words wants to change the way we talk about locations
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This is a very very interesting concept. My initial thought was "Really? Do we need this?" Since that thought I have been wondering about weather it might work. I would really love to hear other people's thoughts on this.

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An animated map of global wind and weather. Visit the community at https://www.facebook.com/EarthWindMap
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People may have already seen this. If you haven't, quite simply, this is amazing. Whenever I show students they are transfixed by it. It is actually a thing of rare beauty.

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Spain becomes first country to rely on wind as top energy source | Al Jazeera America

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In 2013, Spain produced over 20 percent of its energy with wind turbines; questions remain over its economic stability
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What do people think of this? Good news or no? Is it viable in an economic sense? Does economics really count when people are doing something for the greater good? Will this decision prove to be a good one in 20 years? 50years? 100 years?

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See the First Photographs Ever Taken of Jerusalem

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"Few places in the world are as revered, fought over and thought about as Jerusalem. For millenia, people have made pilgrimages here, often at great expense and great risk. So imagine for a second what it would be like to hear, from a young age, about this holy city, and then to see the first photographs ever taken of it."


Via Seth Dixon
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I love seeing old photographs. Although these are blurry they are amazing images. 

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Ann-Laure Liéval's curator insight, February 8, 12:26 PM
proche et moyen orient: une ville enjeu capital depuis longtemps...
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StrataLogica - The Learning is in the Layers

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I recently talked my school into getting a licence for Stratalogica. When I came across it I thought it was awesome. Especially the "dual globe view", which is awesome for comparing population density with climate or growing season, for example. I wonder if anyone else is using it and would mind sharing their experiences - good and bad.

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Tony Hall's curator insight, February 26, 8:22 PM

I recently talked my school into getting a licence for Stratalogica. When I came across it I thought it was awesome. Especially the "dual globe view", which is awesome for comparing population density with climate or growing season, for example. I wonder if anyone else is using it and would mind sharing their experiences - good and bad.

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

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"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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Curtin Teaching and Learning - Australian organisers of Eco Challenge 2.0

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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.


Via Kim Flintoff
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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, 1:33 AM

This looks cool. And just a little bit tricky.

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A mysterious law that predicts the size of the world's biggest cities

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For the past century, an obscure mathematical principle called Zipf's law has predicted the size of mega-cities all over the world. And nobody knows why.
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This is really intersting. I think it fits well with IGCSE & IB Geography. It's also a really good way to develp cross-curricula connections with your Maths department. Fascinating!

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'Brave New World’ was a timely warning – Telegraph Blogs

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Aldous Huxley’s death was overshadowed by Kennedy’s, but his artistic legacy lives on Aldous Huxley was famous when he died on November 22 1963, but the coincidence of the assassination of President Kennedy that day meant that his death received...
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It took me 3 or 4 goes to get into Brave New World, but once I did I loved it. Very poingnant. And along with Animal Farm & 1984, just a little bit scary. Reading this article around the same time as looking at stuff about Banned Book Week has got me thinking again. And buying books:) I ordered 4 books from Book Depository - Brave New World Revisited, Fahrenheit 451, We and The Circle. A little bit of light reading for the holidays!

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Geography Poster

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Via Seth Dixon
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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, 4:39 AM

can be used for the inquiry process

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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."


Via Seth Dixon
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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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Tony Aguilar's curator insight, November 4, 2013 12:49 AM

The geography and literacy connection helps new generation student apply common core to better be prepared in the 21st century for vocation and keen awareness of geopgraphy, history and the world around them. Common core allows them to apply critical thinking and connections to the wolrd around them including a thurough understanding of geopgraphy. History and geography are being integrated to apply a different way of preparing students and creating a better awareness of changes in our world. literacy will not only be focused on reading but studying and analyzing data and statistics that help them become better integrated in the world around them.

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.