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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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What does this do to your ethnocentric beliefs?

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Tony Hall's curator insight, March 11, 2013 8:48 PM

Little bit different to my school:)

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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Human Development Report 2013

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New UNHD report on the advances in the South. Very interesting.

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France Declares All New Rooftops Must Be Topped With Plants Or Solar Panels | CSGlobe

France Declares All New Rooftops Must Be Topped With Plants Or Solar Panels | CSGlobe | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
A new law recently passed in France mandates that all new buildings that are built in commercial zones in France must be partially covered in either plants
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This is going green. Good for Urban unit, culture, development

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Caitlyn Christiansen's curator insight, May 26, 4:18 PM

France recently passed a law that says that all new rooftops must have either plants or solar panels on top. There are lots of benefits to this law because it is environmentally sustainable. Solar panels create a green source of energy and save power and land by using renewable resources. Plants would absorb rainwater which helps with runoff water and cleans the atmosphere of toxic chemicals and adds oxygen back to the atmosphere, helping to reverse the greenhouse effect.

 

This article is related to cities and urban land use through the use of rooftops in urban areas to reduce the environmental effects of urbanization. The urban areas are rather crowded in general and there is not much room for solar panels/ plants. By thinking up and using the rooftops, space is created and greater planning is employed in the use of urban land.

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Core Truths: 10 Common GMO Claims Debunked

Core Truths: 10 Common GMO Claims Debunked | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Genetically modified organisms have become the world’s most controversial food. But the science is more clear-cut.
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Caitlyn Christiansen's curator insight, May 26, 4:41 PM

GMOs have caused a lot of controversy since they first appeared in markets. This article lists 10 claims against GMOs and uses scientific studies and other information to prove that GMOs that make it to the shelves are in fact safe to eat.

 

This article is related to agricultural and rural land use through the genetically modified foods as an agricultural practice in food production. This remains an area of controversy but is very common today and is found in many different kinds of plants.

Tori Denney's curator insight, May 27, 9:09 AM

Biotechnology, including genetically modified organisms (GMO) - Genetically modified Organisms(GMOs) are a result of new technologies of the Green Revolution and apart in finding ways to feed the world. Many questions and negativities come up from these gene injected, manipulated organisms. GMOs are mass produced in the United States, but many people are unaware that most of the food they eat contains GMOs, unless there is a label to clarify otherwise. Once people are educated on this part of the deal, they are furious, because they think that they deserve to have the right to choose GMO or non-GMOs, but companies producing GMOs will not take full credit for it (Monsanto for example). Many argue whether GMOs are a solution to world hunger, or if they are dangerous due to the lack of knowledge of their long term effects. Many negatives are raised about foods, such as that they cause allergies, diseases and other health issues, if they cause decrease in biodiversity, or super crops which create super pests, if they are a harm to beneficial pests, that GMOs spread to other crop fields, and that they create a food that is not essentially natural to how the organism was created to be. Brands of apples are coming out that are genetically modified to contain natural fertilizers to keep pests away, and mixed genes so that they take longer to brown or bruise. Also most corns, soy, papayas, sugars, and cheeses are all products of GMOs, and are put into foods across the globe that people are not warned about. If people eat GMOs, it is mostly because they do not know about them or they don't care what they eat. But, the world deserves to know all the factors of Genetically Engineered Organisms and they deserve to choose a side. 

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Message to My Freshman Students

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First, I am your professor, not your teacher. There is a difference.
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Heads up for your college career.

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The Choro-Quiz: Encouraging inquiry through choropleth map quizzes | GIS Education Community

The Choro-Quiz: Encouraging inquiry through choropleth map quizzes | GIS Education Community | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
The Choro-Quiz: Encouraging inquiry through choropleth map quizzes
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Great practice for using maps

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Seaweed Farms in South Korea : Image of the Day

Seaweed Farms in South Korea : Image of the Day | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Along the southern coast of the Korean peninsula farming doesn’t always happen on land.
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Ag unit. Human environmental interaction

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Video: Ukrainian Refugees, Lost and in Limbo

Video: Ukrainian Refugees, Lost and in Limbo | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Over a million people have been forced to flee their homes because of the war in Ukraine. Many of these internally displaced people have struggled to find a new life.
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migration, political units. Ukrainian conflict and its personal consequences. 

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5 ways Europe is trying to convince its citizens to make more babies

5 ways Europe is trying to convince its citizens to make more babies | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
In Denmark, teachers encourage their students to someday make babies as well as practice safe sex.
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A Chart Showing You How Much Water It Takes To Grow All The Food You Eat

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How much more water does it take to produce an ounce of bread, than a ounce of juice? The answer is not quite what you might expect.
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How taxing is your food on the environment?

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Why Vertical Farming Could Be On The Verge Of A Revolution -- And What's Keeping It Down

Why Vertical Farming Could Be On The Verge Of A Revolution -- And What's Keeping It Down | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Could the future of modern agriculture be found completely indoors?

That’s the question on the mind of Caleb Harper, the research scientist behind the CityFARM project of MIT Media Lab’s City Science Initiative.

On any given day on ...
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Nixon And Kimchi: How The Garment Industry Came To Bangladesh

Nixon And Kimchi: How The Garment Industry Came To Bangladesh | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
The business that transformed the nation is the product of an obscure but hugely influential trade deal — and a cultural struggle over Korean food.
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Background on the Planet Money Tshirt story

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HDI Map

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Mapping the Measure of America. Maps of US showing the Human Development Index by state

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Mapping Freight: The Highly Concentrated Nature of Goods Trade in the United States

Mapping Freight: The Highly Concentrated Nature of Goods Trade in the United States | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Considering the importance of goods trade in the United States, strikingly little is known about which regions trade with one another. This information gap limits the country’s ability to coordinate freight policies and investments. To address this deficiency, Adie Tomer and Joseph Kane analyze domestic and international goods trade data from 2010 in this report.
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Not much is known about which regions trade with one another in the United States. This information gap limits the country’s ability to coordinate freight policies and investments. This article uses data from 2010 and organizes it into charts that clearly show which regions trade with one another and may help policies to be more effective.

 

This article is related to industrialization and economic development through the patterns of trade and how these charts depict the development of the economic system as it expanded in trade and bulk across the country and across the globe. The article also explains some of the laws of trade across cities and regions of the United States.

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Why Are Some Countries Rich, And Others Poor?

Why Are Some Countries Rich, And Others Poor? | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Here are the 3 main reasons why some of the 194 countries on Earth are rich, and some are poor.
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Development unit. Possiblism

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13 maps about America worth bringing up at dinner parties and/or first dates

Did you know that Texas' economy is the same size as Australia's? Now tell your date.
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You gotta love how maps can be a wealth of information (#1)

 

 

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Caitlyn Christiansen's curator insight, May 26, 5:43 PM

The United States is a very interesting country. This article uses 13 unique maps that make a statement about America and its history, the way the individual states compare to one another, and comparing the US to the rest of the world, whether spatially, socially, economically, or demographically.

 

This article relates to the political organization of space through the political differences that are drawn clearly on comparing states GDPs, size or population to other countries or to each other. How the space is organized depends on these factors, yet is almost independent depending on the state.

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Adventures in mapping: 12 TED Talks

Adventures in mapping: 12 TED Talks | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Maps don’t just tell you which street to turn left on. See what we mean, below.
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Maps can tell you much more than direction. Love TED Talks

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An earthquake felt across South Asia

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The magnitude-7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday morning destroyed parts of Kathmandu, trapped many people under rubble and killed more than 2,500 people. It was the worst to hit the country since a massive 1934 temblor killed more than 8,000.
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Mapping fault lines. 

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JAXPORT Welcomes Largest Container Ship To Date - YouTube

The MOL Northern Juvenile, capable of carrying 8,800 twenty-foot equivalent units (containers), set a record today as the largest container cargo ship to eve...
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economic unit. Port infrastructure, cargo container shipping, stretching the limits of ports. Jacksonville, FL

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Why do competitors open their stores next to one another? - Jac de Haan

Why do competitors open their stores next to one another? - Jac de Haan | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Why are all the gas stations, cafes and restaurants in one crowded spot? As two competitive cousins vie for ice-cream-selling domination on one small beach, discover how game theory and the Nash Equilibrium inform these retail hotspots.
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Hotelling's model

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America’s One-Child Policy

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Millions of working-class families don’t have a choice—they simply can't afford another kid.
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Population Unit. falling TFR

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Train track Veggie Market - YouTube

This is hard to believe, but it is true. They have it down to a science.
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Intensive land use

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WaterWheel to ease burden on women | Mark Tran

WaterWheel to ease burden on women | Mark Tran | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Mark Tran: Round 50-litre container enables water collectors to roll liquid from wells rather than carry it on their heads
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Development, NGO, women

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200 years of immigration to the U.S., visualized

200 years of immigration to the U.S., visualized | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it

 Update on immigration. Where have immigrants to the U.S. come from? Natalia Bronshtein, a professor and consultant who runs the blog Insightful Interaction, created this fascinating visualization of the number of immigrants to the U.S. since 1829 by country of origin. The graph hints at tragic events in world history. The first influx of Irish occurred during the […]

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Population unit. Update on immigration

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What's a Massive Food Wonderland Doing in Louisville, Kentucky?

What's a Massive Food Wonderland Doing in Louisville, Kentucky? | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
The city's planned FoodPort is part of a trend toward mixed-use food hubs.
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Agricultural and Industrial Units

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Korean language shift causing North-South tension

Korean language shift causing North-South tension | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
The widening divide between North and South Korea’s shared language is leading to confusion, hurt feelings and suspicion.
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Good for the Culture, Political inits 

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