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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."


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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, 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, 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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▶ How Many Countries Are There? - YouTube

Discuss this video: http://www.reddit.com/r/CGPGrey/comments/1p2m6g/how_many_countries_are_there/ Help support videos like this: http://www.cgpgrey.com/subba...
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state or not a state? Good for the Political unint

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Colleen Blankenship's curator insight, May 18, 3:24 PM

What constitutes a "state?"  Watch this video and make a determination.

Annie Pack's curator insight, June 25, 1:10 PM

Country or not?? Interesting/confusing question! 

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Worst Hurricane

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"What's the worst Hurricane anyone in your town remembers?""


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Andrew  was bad, Katrina was most memorable

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 13, 10:57 AM

Click here to see a higher resolution version of this map (don't dismiss it as just a cartoon!).  


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Topography of Religion

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"The Pew survey sorts people into major groupings--Christians; other religions, including Jewish and Muslim; and 'unaffiliated,' which includes atheist, agnostic and 'nothing in particular.'  Roll your cursor over the map to see how faiths and traditions break down by state."


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Great resource for the religion unit.

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Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, August 25, 10:08 AM

unit 3

Tom Franta's curator insight, August 25, 12:51 PM

Interactive map showing religion by state

MsPerry's curator insight, August 25, 3:27 PM

APHG-Unit 1

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The Silk Road: Connecting the ancient world through trade - Shannon Harris Castelo

The Silk Road: Connecting the ancient world through trade - Shannon Harris Castelo | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
With
modern technology, a global exchange of goods and ideas can happen at
the click of a button. But what about 2,000 years ago? Shannon Harris
Castelo unfolds the history of the 5,000-mile Silk Road, a network of
multiple routes that used the common language of commerce to connect the
world's major settlements, thread by thread.
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Trade routes and methods change over time, but create many of the same effects - cultural exchange.

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Canada on mission to map Arctic, lay claim to broader boundaries

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Canada has dispatched two icebreakers to map the Arctic seabed beneath the North Pole to support a bid to extend the country's maritime territory deeper into the waterways at the top of the world.

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Environmental ecology. What do we need to know about conserving the Arctic?

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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, August 18, 7:19 PM

Option - marine environments and management

Kevin Barker's curator insight, August 19, 8:53 AM

Canada and Russia have at least one way they will benefit from a warming climate and both are eager to see that they take advantage of it.  Using remote sensing is a way to identify and formalize where is their legitimate claim to territory and resources.  What problems might arise with the retreat of the arctic ice?

MsPerry's curator insight, August 25, 3:30 PM

APHG-Unit 4

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GeoGuessr - Let's explore the world!

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GeoGuessr is a geography game which takes you on a journey around the world and challenges your ability to recognize your surroundings.
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Looks like fun. Try it out and let me know

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Mosul Dam key win for Islamic State

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"Islamic State's capture of the Mosul dam gives it control over the water and electricity supply in northern Iraq."


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Geography plays an important part in the success or failure of a state. This gives the insurgents an advantage.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 13, 11:20 AM

There is a geography to insurgency.   This dam controls both the energy and water resources in the region, which gives the insurgents/rebels/terrorists greater local power.  On a related noted, this op-ed entitled, "How America Lost the Middle East" has plenty of foreign policy and geopolitical material worth discussing.  


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10 Great Agriculture Infographics

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A collection of 10 interesting and informative agriculture infographics from around the Internet.
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The story of your food is not a simple thing. There are lots of steps in the commodity chain that take a piece of every dollar. Subsidies and allotments keep prices up or down depending.

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Artful, Aerial Views of Humanity's Impact

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Using aerial photographs that render imperiled landscapes almost abstract, Edward Burtynsky explores the consequences of human activity bearing down on the earth’s resources.
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Sometimes we can predict the effects of our decisions, sometimes there are unintended consequences

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Globalization I - The Upside: Crash Course World History #41 - YouTube

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Globalization 

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Sarah Ann Glesenkamp's curator insight, August 18, 1:01 PM

Unit 1 Globalization

(Key term)

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Move Over Football Season: It’s Time for Fantasy Geopolitics

Move Over Football Season: It’s Time for Fantasy Geopolitics | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
I was up late one night planning around these problems and decided to check my fantasy football team. An hour or so into researching, I realized I was learning. I wondered if I could recreate this experience — getting curious, becoming more aware, and using that awareness to compete better in fantasy football — in…
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Worth a look for student engagement. 

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How Cultures Move Across Continents

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Researchers have mapped the travels of 150,000 artists, politicians and religious leaders over the past 2,000 years. The videos reveal how cultural achievements ebb and flow across the U.S and Europe.
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Interactive map of migration of the west

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These Ivory Coast Cacao Farmers Had Never Tasted Chocolate

These Ivory Coast Cacao Farmers Had Never Tasted Chocolate | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Ivory Coast is the world's No. 1 producer of the cacao beans that are the base of our beloved chocolate bars. But as a TV report shows, some cacao farmers have never enjoyed the final product.
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So many things we take for granted. We should know more about the things we eat and the products that we use. 

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Mapping the Spread of Drought Across the U.S.

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Maps and charts updated weekly show the latest extent of the drought in the United States.

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Whether global warming or just one of the heat and cooling cycles, this drought is extensive and making an impact on food prices.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 15, 2:58 PM

I've shared numerous links here about the drought situation in California over the past few months, but the situation extends far beyond California as these animated maps and charts demonstrate. Some of the best public data on drought can be found at the National Drought Mitigation Center


Tags: wateragriculture, environmentresources, environment depend, physical, weather and climate, consumptionCalifornia.

hailey thornton's curator insight, August 21, 10:19 AM

this is a map that shows the  drought in the united states of america. 

over the past decade the drought has gotten ever so more drastic. most of the drought is in the central parts  and the west coast of america .I  assume  that as the years progress the conditions for these parts of america will only progress to worsen. 

                  ~h.t.

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Russia Shuts Down McDonald's Franchises

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In a move that has been widely seen as retaliatory, the Russian government has kicked off a series of random checks at McDonald's around the country, and has already shut down four prime locations in Moscow.


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This was at one time the largest McDonalds.

 

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Allison Anthony's curator insight, August 23, 8:51 AM
Putin using the Big Mac attack strategy.
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Welcome To Geography!

"Lets start off the new school year in style! This is a re-imagining of an older resource designed to introduce the subject to new students in a highly visual manner.  Feel free to use & share it."


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dilaycock's curator insight, August 23, 1:29 AM

Great slideshow to promote thinking about 'What is Geography?' and 'Why study Geography?'

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, August 24, 11:59 PM

Introducción a la Geografía.

MsPerry's curator insight, August 25, 3:29 PM

APHG-Intro

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Once You Look At These 7 Satellite Photos, You Will Discover A Very Uncomfortable Truth

Once You Look At These 7 Satellite Photos, You Will Discover A Very Uncomfortable Truth | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Things that matter. Pass 'em on.
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Today we have the ability to see change over time. Now can we figure out what to do about it?

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Book Discussion on [The World Is Flat]

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Thomas Friedman talked about his book [The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century], published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He discussed the successes and discontents of…
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The World is Flat has been out awhile. This provides a brief view of the text which sets up many things to discuss

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Do you know Africa?

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Many of Africa’s leaders will be in town next week attending a White House summit. The continent’s land is shared among 49 countries — many of which rarely make U.S. headlines. How familiar are you with Africa’s geography?


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This is a good practice.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 5, 12:57 PM

This online quiz tests your ability to locate African countries on the map--a basic skill that isn't 'doing geography' (an age-old lament among geography educators).  Still, it is hard to have an intelligent discussion about the continent if you can't name or locate any places other than Egypt and South Africa.  For some of my favorite online map quiz resources, click here.

 

Miroslav Sopko's curator insight, August 7, 9:03 AM

Vyskúšajte sa!

MsPerry's curator insight, August 12, 10:50 AM

APHG-Maps

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What You Need to Know About the Ebola Outbreak

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Questions and answers on the scale of the outbreak and the science of the Ebola virus.

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A modern day health threat that makes me think of the plague. They didn't know what caused the plague or how to stop it. Wonder when we will figure out how to handle Ebola.

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Raven Blair's curator insight, August 21, 10:10 AM

I believe that the reason the Ebola outbreak was so bad in West Africa was because of the overpopulation and lack of medical resources. Attempts of containing the virus are being made by asking for the travel history of anyone that comes into the US with a fever. If they had been to West Africa, then they are screened and tested. Alarms have been raised in New York City at 3 hospitals, but no Ebola cases have turned up.

 

~Raven Blair

Robert Hardy Simpkins's curator insight, August 21, 10:16 AM

The Ebola virus is a very frightening virus. The fact that there is a chance it could spread to the United States is also scary. Hopefully there will be a cure found for this virus. The side effects of Ebola could be fatal, until there is a cure we should prevent to many trips to areas near West Africa.

Alex Lewis's curator insight, Today, 9:53 AM

More than 2,600 people in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone have become infected with the Ebola virus since March. The Ebola Virus is spreading rapidly between not only African and less developed countries, but also being transported to some more developed countries, such as the United States. There are so many different things we have to bring attention to, this included. The people in Africa are transferring the disease more rapidly, in my opinion, due to the lack of medical attention and the lack of space and resources.

                                     Alex Lewis

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▶ Humans Need Not Apply - YouTube

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This is why you need to do your homework and develop your brain to prepare for a high skilled job.

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Globalization II - Good or Bad?: Crash Course World History #42 - YouTube

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Sarah Ann Glesenkamp's curator insight, August 18, 1:02 PM

Unit 1: Globalization (Key term)

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Illegal immigration by kids to U.S.A.

Illegal immigration by kids to U.S.A. | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Data Visualisation by @BBGVisualData. Data Source: US Gov Open Data.
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Great graph for discussion in migration and political unit. 

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8 Key Facts About Africa - The Globalist

8 Key Facts About Africa - The Globalist | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Africa has one of the youngest and fastest-growing consumer markets in the world.
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Africa is a continent to watch. It has the potential to begin an economic break through on a global scale. I used to say watch China. Now I think it is Africa 

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42 Amazing Maps - YouTube

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Maps express the spatial nature of geography. 

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15 Maps That Don't Explain the Middle East at All

15 Maps That Don't Explain the Middle East at All | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
The region as it never was, could have been, and sort of is 
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