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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 5:48 PM

Little bit different to my school:)

Jessica Rieman's curator insight, April 23, 1:57 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, 12:07 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, 12:24 PM

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

Annie Pack's curator insight, June 25, 10:10 AM

Country or not?? Interesting/confusing question! 

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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, 9:57 AM

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, 6:03 AM

Vyskúšajte sa!

MsPerry's curator insight, August 12, 7:50 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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Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, August 18, 3:38 PM

Alerta. Brote de Ebola

Raven Blair's curator insight, August 21, 7:10 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 Simpkins's curator insight, August 21, 7:16 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.

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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, 10:02 AM

Unit 1: Globalization (Key term)

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Illegal immigration by kids to U.S.A.

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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

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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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A Real-Time Map of Births and Deaths

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This simulation gives an eerily omniscient vantage on the world as it fills.
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Very interesting..

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Seeing Korea through his parents’ eyes

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A son visits his parents’ in their Korean homeland, and discovers that his father is quite the guide.
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This story reflects so many things I saw and learned while in S Korea. 

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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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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 12, 8:12 AM

Canada, Russia and Denmark (Greenland) are all seeking to expand their maritime claims in the Arctic.  Globally speaking, the retreat of Arctic sea ice can be seen as a unmitigated disaster, but disasters for the many can open up new economic opportunities for the few.  When trapped under ice, extracting resources is cost prohibitive, but the melting sea ice will make the Arctic's resources all the more valuable (including the expanded shipping lanes).  This fits in with the APHG new course outline which includes political ecology (the study of the political and economic principles controlling the relations of human beings to one another and to the environment).
 

Tagseconomic, environment, political, resources, water, sovereignty, coastal, environment depend, territoriality, unit 4 political, Arctic, climate change, political ecology.

Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, August 18, 4:19 PM

Option - marine environments and management

Kevin Barker's curator insight, August 19, 5:53 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?

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GeoGuessr - Let's explore the world!

GeoGuessr - Let's explore the world! | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
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, 8:20 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, 10:01 AM

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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Why Finnish babies sleep in boxes

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Interesting idea  and cultural trair

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The Shadow Apocalypse

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Now there are American casualties.
Not in Gaza, and not on the ill-fated Malaysian airliner. Now there are American casualties in another war very far away so maybe, goddammit, somebody should start paying more attention to it.
Kent Brantly, 33, an A...
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Warfare can come in many ways.

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Map: The happiest places in America

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What a ranking of unhappy cities can tell you about human decision-making
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