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Bringing the climate fight to the table

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Low-emissions cooking aims to slow global warming one plate at a time -- with good food.
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2017 APHG Professional Development

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"One of the greatest aspects of the APHG reading is the professional networking, collaboration and sharing that happens with this enthusiastic set of high school and college educators.  In addition to the fun evening activities, every year we also hold several professional development activities in the evening."

 

On Tuesday evening, June 6th, we had an incredibly dynamic guest speaker with a gift for making his research relevant to his audience.  Chris McMorran talk was entitled, “Geographies of Home: producing home across scale in Japan and Singapore.”  He generously provided the digital copy of his PPTx slides with his permission to use them in your classrooms (High Resolution with multimedia-70 MB, Medium Resolution with multimedia-57 MB, Low Resolution without multimedia-15 MB). 

On Wednesday evening, June 7th we had our annual "Night of the Round Tables" event.  This event was designed to create a place to share new ideas, pick up lesson plans, discover new resources, and develop strategies for teaching geography.  Presenters had 15 minutes to present.  Below are the digital copies of the presentations and the handouts that they wanted to share:

Amy Potter: Food SecurityStephanie Hoffman: One-Minute Map videoEric Cain: Cultural landscape pictures analysisPenny Anderson: Song Stories Chemical Workers songKim Schiller: Women's Economic Empowerment Lesson PlanAnnette Parkhurst: ARTICLE - Consumption Factor Jared Diamond, ARTICLE - Is farming the root of all evil, ARTICLE - The apple that never browns, ARTICLE -Worst Mistake in Human History, NOTE - Response to Green and Diamond, Taboo-Pictionary Review.Rik Katz: Industrial Revolution Powerpoint!, Industrialization game, Industrialization game & Analysis, industrialization SIM geo analysis, Microsoft PowerPoint - Industrial Revolution Powerpoint!, The Urban Game, Urban Game Instructions PowerPoint, Urban SIM updated 3-16-2017, Urban Game with Analysis.Dan Snyder: Flipped Classrooms in APHGRebecca Roth: Inquiry chart assessment, Inquiry Question Cities, Inquiry Question Cities2, Inquiry Question, Inquiry Question2, Link #1, Link #2, Link #3, Link#4.Leslie Whitlow: Geography of GenderMike Meyer: Vocab Power PyramidAdditional Presenter: Space Shuttle Challenge Lesson PlanRobin Foster: Giant World MapAmy Stalker:  my immigration DBQ, my urban DBQ

Tags: APHG, teacher training, geography education.


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Get Your AP Scores Online in July

Reminders and links for finding your AP scores online - SOON!
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It is almost time! Get ready to see your scores. I have enjoyed working with all of you this year. I know you did well.
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Instagram account Everyday Africa tries to change perceptions - BBC News

Instagram account Everyday Africa tries to change perceptions - BBC News | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
The photographers trying to change perceptions of Africa.
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Population unit. Images of Africa to offset stereotypes about Africa FRQ2017
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'This is death to the family': Japan's fertility crisis is creating economic and social woes never seen before

'This is death to the family': Japan's fertility crisis is creating economic and social woes never seen before | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Shrinking GDP and a falling population are poised to turn Japan into what economists call a "demographic time bomb," and other countries could be next.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 22, 11:19 AM

The article headline is quite click-baity, but there is some real substance to this article.  The graphs are especially useful to teach concepts such as population momentum and the age-dependency ratio. These were the key parts of the article that caught my eye:

  • An aging population will mean higher costs for the government, a shortage of pension and social security-type funds, a shortage of people to care for the very aged, slow economic growth, and a shortage of young workers.
  • Following feminism's slow build in Japan since the 1970s, today's workers strive for equality between the sexes, something Japan's pyramid-style corporate structure just isn't built for. That's because institutional knowledge is viewed as a big deal in Japan.
  • The elderly now make up 27% of Japan's population. In the US, the rate is only 15%. Experts predict the ratio in Japan could rise to 40% by 2050. With that comes rising social-security costs, which the shrinking younger generations are expected to bear.
  • To make up for an aging population and aversion toward immigrant work, Japan's tech sector has stepped up its efforts in robotics and artificial intelligence.

Tags: culture, genderlabor, populationmigration, JapanEast Asia.

Mr Mac's curator insight, June 15, 10:51 AM
Unit 2 - Demographic Transition, Aging Population, Dependency Ratio, immigration policies; Unit 6 - Gender and Development, Development 
Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, June 20, 10:34 PM

Preliminary HSc - Global challenges: Population

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Enclaves & Exclaves

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A tour of the world's engulfed and orphaned places.
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Great examples of enclaves and exclaves in political unit
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Ever sat on a beach and wondered what’s across the ocean? It may not be what you think.

Ever sat on a beach and wondered what’s across the ocean? It may not be what you think. | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Have you ever sat on a beach and wondered what’s across the ocean? If you think you can figure out the answer just by looking at a map, read on. You may be surprised. I was. To ask the question more concretely, what’s across the ocean from New York? It doesn’t really matter which beach […]
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The why of where! Sometimes our global perspective is way off. The world is NOT flat! Pilots (air and sea), and geographers know the Great Circle routes are the "straight line" routes of our sperical earth. 
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U.S. Rep. Al Lawson says Winn Dixie closures creating food deserts

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—In a post on the congressman's Facebook page, U.S. Rep. Al Lawson claims the many Winn Dixie stores closing throughout the state are creating food deserts in his district.
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Local example of food desert in Tallahasee. agriculture unit
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McMansions Are Killing L.A.'s Urban Forest

McMansions Are Killing L.A.'s Urban Forest | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
The compact suburban bungalows of the 1950s were actually pretty tree-friendly by comparison.
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Urban and cultural units
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Mr Mac's curator insight, June 13, 10:18 AM
Unit 3 - Cultural Landscape, Unit 7 - Urban Sprawl 
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Where the Lights Are Brighter Than Four Years Ago—And Where They're Darker

Where the Lights Are Brighter Than Four Years Ago—And Where They're Darker | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
In four short years, urbanization, economics, and war have changed a satellite’s view of the Earth at night.
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After Economic Crisis, Low Birthrates Challenge Southern Europe

After Economic Crisis, Low Birthrates Challenge Southern Europe | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
A hot spot for childlessness is rising in Greece and neighboring countries, heralding weaker growth and productivity, and creating fiscal problems.
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Population Unit & Economic Unit - lower birth rates because of uncertainty leading to decline inn economic growth.
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You Probably Believe Some Learning Myths: Take Our Quiz To Find Out

You Probably Believe Some Learning Myths: Take Our Quiz To Find Out | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
A new survey shows widespread misconceptions and unfounded confidence about learning.
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Theories change. Test yourself and help your students learn more
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World of Change: Sprawling Shanghai : Feature Articles

World of Change: Sprawling Shanghai : Feature Articles | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
If you could go back in time to the 1980s, you would find a city that is drastically different than today’s Shanghai.
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Mexico City, Parched and Sinking, Faces a Water Crisis

Mexico City, Parched and Sinking, Faces a Water Crisis | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it

"A host of environmental factors are threatening to push a crowded capital toward a breaking point."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 17, 7:19 PM

Urban ecology, environmental justice, gendered inequities, primate city politics, the struggle of growing megacities…it’s all here in this fantastic piece of investigative reporting.  The article highlights the ecological problems that Mexico City faces (high-altitude exacerbates air pollution, interior drainage worsens water pollution, limited aquifers that are overworked lead to subsidence, importing water outside of the basin requires enormous amounts of energy, etc.).  just because the article doesn't use the word 'geography' doesn't mean that it isn't incredibly geographic. All of these problems are at the heart of human-environmental nexus of 21st century urbanization. 

   

Tags: urban, megacities, water, environment, Mexico.

Danielle Yen's curator insight, March 3, 8:45 AM

Urban ecology, environmental justice, gendered inequities, primate city politics, the struggle of growing megacities…it’s all here in this fantastic piece of investigative reporting.  The article highlights the ecological problems that Mexico City faces (high-altitude exacerbates air pollution, interior drainage worsens water pollution, limited aquifers that are overworked lead to subsidence, importing water outside of the basin requires enormous amounts of energy, etc.).  just because the article doesn't use the word 'geography' doesn't mean that it isn't incredibly geographic. All of these problems are at the heart of human-environmental nexus of 21st century urbanization. 

   

Tags: urban, megacities, water, environment, Mexico.

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Residue (Shape of You Parody)

Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat: @petefarmbros http://www.facebook.com/petersonfarmbros http://www.petersonfarmbros.com CLICK HERE TO WATCH ALL OF OU
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The Peterson Brothers have a number of musical parodies related to farming. They are a fun way to introduce students to life on a farm.
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Attention, Students: Put Your Laptops Away

Attention, Students: Put Your Laptops Away | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Researchers Pam Mueller and Daniel M. Oppenheimer found that students remember more via taking notes longhand rather than on a laptop. It has to do with what happens when you're forced to slow down.
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Not knocking tech, but want to recognize the pros and cons. 
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2017 APHG Test Debrief

"All the tweets regarding the 2017 APHG exam from the official social media outlet of College Board, Trevor Packer, Vice President of Advanced Placement."


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2017 APHG  exam info from CBs Trevor Packer
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More Than Half the World's Population Lives Inside This Circle

More Than Half the World's Population Lives Inside This Circle | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
In this week's Maphead, Ken Jennings explores Valeriepieris circle, a 2,500-mile radius in Asia that contains half the world's humans.
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Where does the vast majority of the world's population live? ASIA!! Population unit. 
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Mr Mac's curator insight, June 14, 11:57 PM
Unit 2 - Population Centers 
Robin Winkler's curator insight, June 15, 6:11 PM

Population Concentrations

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Where We Came From and Where We Went, State by State

Where We Came From and Where We Went, State by State | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Updated charts now show two views: where people who live in each state were born, and where people who were born in a state moved to.
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Interesting for Unit 2 migration
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Mr Mac's curator insight, June 13, 10:14 AM
Unit 2 - Interregional and Intraregional Migration
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One Minute Map Video

This is "One Minute Map Video" by Heather Segars on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.
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What China Has Been Building in the South China Sea

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China has been feverishly piling sand onto reefs in the South China Sea for the past year, creating seven new islets in the region. It is straining geopolitical tensions that were already taut.
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Excellent for the Political Unit and UNCLOS' territorial wates
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Escaped pet birds are teaching wild birds to speak English

Escaped pet birds are teaching wild birds to speak English | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
'Hello cockie' is one of the most commonly heard phrases feral birds are teaching in the wild, along with a host of expletives.
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Culture and relocation diffusion. Thanks Lisa Benton Short. 
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The big one is coming, and it's going to be a flu pandemic

The big one is coming, and it's going to be a flu pandemic | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
The last few flu pandemics since 1918 have had death tolls of a million or more. Experts say it's a matter of time until another strain hits.
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A Map of the World's Population Rendered As Mountains and Valleys

A Map of the World's Population Rendered As Mountains and Valleys | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
What if people were mapped like mountains?
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Interesting look at the world population. It reinforces that populations are found near coasts or water. Good for Unit 1 & 2.
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How did Zimbabwe get so poor?

President Mugabe's economic mismanagement of Zimbabwe has brought the country poverty and malnutrition. After 36 years in charge, he's looking to extend his rule by 5 more years.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 22, 8:40 PM

Poverty at the national level is usually not a function of limited resources, but more often it is a sign of weak institutions.  This is but one example of how governmental mismanagement can put a country's developmental progress back decades.

 

Tags: Africa, Zimbabwe, development, economic, political.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, March 9, 11:56 AM
unit 4 and  unit 6,  democratization?
Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, March 9, 11:58 AM
unit 4 and unit 6 #democratization?