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▶ Coca-Cola - It's Beautiful in Hindi - YouTube

The only thing more beautiful than this country are the people who live here. Watch the Official Coca-Cola "Big Game" Commercial and discover why #AmericaIsB...
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Singing America the Beautiful in Hindi

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▶ Coca-Cola - It's Beautiful - Behind the Scenes - YouTube

The only thing more beautiful than this country are the people who live here. Watch the Official Coca-Cola "Big Game" Commercial and discover why #AmericaIsB...
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Americans embracing America. Sharing cultures, dreams, People across America

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Pangaea and Plate Tectonics

The supercontinent Pangaea, with its connected South America and Africa, broke apart 200 million years ago. But the continents haven't stopped shifting -- the tectonic plates beneath our feet (in Earth's two top layers, the lithosphere and the asthenosphere) are still traveling at about the rate your fingernails grow. Michael Molina discusses the catalysts and consequences of continental drift.


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Jessica Rieman's curator insight, February 11, 2014 2:03 PM

Plate tectonics have alot to do with the world and how the world will evolve and in which way it will tranform in specific places. Pangaea involves not only Africa but also South America and how they broke away from the rest of the contenents about 200 million years ago. This idea involves the reality that the continents never stop shifting and the top two layer's of the Earth still grow at the rate of our finger nails grow. Divergent and Convergent boundries are apparent in the Earths ability to shift and eith come together or dive apart.

Edelin Espino's curator insight, November 26, 2014 4:55 PM

Very interesting that the earth has changed and continues to change. The continents have been separated over time and the example is there as Michael Molina explains that the continents of Africa and South America were once united as they have found remains of dinosaurs in eastern South America and West Africa.

April Howard's curator insight, February 13, 2015 1:36 PM

Visual Explanation of Pangaea and Plate Tectonics

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If all the Ice melted: National Geographic's Interactive map on Rising Seas - Geoawesomeness

If all the Ice melted: National Geographic's Interactive map on Rising Seas - Geoawesomeness | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
If all the ice melted: Amazing interactive map by National Geographic on the future of the world when sea levels rise.
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Online Quizzes for Regional Geography

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"For Regional Geography, I ask that all my students take an online quizzes before coming to class because it is very difficult to intelligently discuss European issues if you don’t know the countries of Europe, where they are and what other countries are on their borders.  Quizzes and knowing places doesn’t define geography, but if geography were English literature, knowing about places could be described as the alphabet–before you write a sonnet or critique an essay, you better know your ABC’s and basic grammar.  Given that, I like the Lizard Point Geography quizzes, Sheppard Software quizzes and those from Click that ‘Hood; they are simple, straightforward and comprehensive."


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Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, February 2, 2014 6:52 PM

Exámenes en línea para Geografía.

SFDSLibrary's curator insight, May 13, 2014 8:16 AM

Quizzes to test a students knowledge of places and countries.

Melissa Marie Falco-Dargitz's curator insight, September 22, 2014 12:20 PM

I hope the lizard point Geography tests are enough. I have sent you my screenshots for the ones I have taken.

 

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Place-based Geography Videos

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Professor Seth Dixon shares over 50 of his favorite geography videos in this online map http://bit.ly/KDY6C2


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Matt Davidson's curator insight, October 23, 2014 7:54 PM

Great site - showing locational context is important for not just Geography but every subject. How can we understand the complexities of topics like conflict or urban economies or agricultural histories.... without understanding locations and maps?

Melissa Marie Falco-Dargitz's curator insight, November 3, 2014 12:02 PM

It was nice to see where everything was happening. I hope it gets updated to more current events. I wish we had something like this when we were looking at the invasion of Kuwait.

Caroline Ivy's curator insight, March 15, 2015 5:19 PM

Seth Dixon uses ArgGIS to juxtapose maps with the location a video is associated with. 

 

This idea has crossed my mind before. Now, a video can be contemplated with the spatial accuracy needed. This connects events to a place, and can help students more fully grasp the geospatial distribution of events. 

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Not Just a Southern Thing: The Changing Geography of American Poverty

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Thirty years ago, the states with the deepest poverty were all clustered in dixie. But the rest of the country has been playing catchup.

 

So how did poverty stop being a Southern specialty? You've had, deindustrialization in the Midwest and Northeast. And you've had fast growing Hispanic populations, which tend to be poorer, in California, Nevada, Arizona, and Colorado (as well as North Carolina and Georgia, which could explain their presence on the list above).  Meanwhile, the Southeast has made some economic progress by attracting foreign manufacturing, among other efforts.


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Maybe we can stop being called the periphery

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viknesh's curator insight, March 2, 2014 9:42 AM

When Americans think of poverty, they often times think of the southern states. However, that was most accurate 30 years ago. As time progesses, other states, especially New York, have been catching up drastically. Poverty is not only a southern thing, but a factor in on the growing rates of low income households across the United States. Although the quality of life among the states of low income households may vary, the povery levels do not.

Nick Smith's curator insight, September 2, 2014 4:19 PM

Poverty, no longer a southern thing. What has changed this?

Nicholas Patrie's curator insight, October 20, 2014 12:16 PM

not only has poverty increased drastically in the south and spread west but also states that where considered to be low percentage of poverty have increased to poverty. many states up north are now in danger. the economy hasn't increased at all in the last twenty plus years and it should be interesting to see what happens in the future, hopefully the south doesn't get too far under the poverty line to the point where it can't be brought back.

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Americas Farmers

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Why are we helping to tell the farmer’s story? Because we have a responsibility to do so. America's farmers grow America. And they have a great story to tell.
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Here Are the Countries That Drink the Most Coffee—the U.S. Isn't in the Top 10

Here Are the Countries That Drink the Most Coffee—the U.S. Isn't in the Top 10 | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Only one nation averages more than 2 cups of coffee per day. It's the Netherlands.
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Coffee drinkers are not where the coffee is produced.

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Does Chopping Down Forests Spread Diseases?

A young scientist in Panama devises a novel way to study ticks and disease
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The Chocolate Hunters | Heifer International | Charity Ending Hunger And Poverty

The Chocolate Hunters | Heifer International | Charity Ending Hunger And Poverty | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Farmers journey deep into the Bolivian Amazon to harvest rare and delicious wild cacao.
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Agricultural Marketing Service - Creating Access to Healthy, Affordable Food

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Defines food deserts based on census tracts with 23.5 million people identified as living in food deserts and some 13.5 of those identified as low-income.

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This is how map projections warp your understanding of geography

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How distorting are map projections? Here's what four commonly used systems of projection do to a human head.
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This gives perspective to how maps distort space

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▶ Coca-Cola - It's Beautiful in Arabic - YouTube

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America the Beautiful in Arabic

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▶ Official Coca-Cola "Big Game" Commercial 2014 - America Is Beautiful - YouTube

The only thing more beautiful than this country are the people who live here. Watch the Official Coca-Cola "Big Game" Commercial and discover why #AmericaIsB...
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Multiculturalism at its best.

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The Right Move - Geography of Logistics

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Great lesson with awesome graphics of the commodity chains for chocolate, milk, sugar.

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The Myth of Industrial Rebound

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Don’t buy the hype about a manufacturing revival. It’s not enough to restore the U.S. economy.
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4 Russian Travel Tips for Visiting America

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A guide for visitors trying to navigate the peculiarities of American life.
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Muslims around the world celebrate the birth of Mohammed

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"Muslims around the world celebrate the birth of the Islamic Prophet Muhammed, who was born in Mecca, Saudi Arabia in 570 AD. His birthday is marked in way ways is different Muslim countries."  


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Lauren Stahowiak's curator insight, March 26, 2014 2:50 PM

Muslims rejoice, celebrate and honor Mohammed around the world on his birthday. These photos not only represent the celebrations of Mohammed but mark his lasting legacy and influence as an Islamic Prophet.

Tracy Galvin's curator insight, May 5, 2014 2:53 PM

It is nice to see a depiction of the celebrations and happiness of Muslims instead of just violence by radicals. Muslims are frequently misrepresented by the heavy news coverage of the tiny amount of evildoers. It would be like depicting all of the US as Klan members.

Jacob Crowell's curator insight, November 4, 2014 1:52 PM

Women and Men in some Islamic countries live entirely different lives in regards to their geographic spheres. The women dominate the private sphere, they are sheltered from the public sphere. Their architecture reflects that fact. Windows and balconies are constructed so people can see out but not see in from the street. Homes are built so the houses across from one another are not lined up with the front doors directly across from one another. Streets are winding and made so the homes are extremely private. This reflects society in regards to how people view gender. Females are kept out of the public sphere and when they do venture out into the streets, they are encouraged to have a male escorting them. This image above shows the balcony as a barrier keeping females "protected" from the public sphere.

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28 Fruits And Vegetables That You Had No Idea Grew Like That

28 Fruits And Vegetables That You Had No Idea Grew Like That | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
OK, some of these you might know, but the first time I saw Brussels sprouts in their true form , I literally screamed.
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Be ware of the unsightly language, but the surprising info is worth the read. Even I, the farmer, was surprised by a few!

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Americas Farmers

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Why are we helping to tell the farmer’s story? Because we have a responsibility to do so. America's farmers grow America. And they have a great story to tell.
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We know oh so little about how our daily bread (and all other food) is produced

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Hai-handed

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EVEN fish, it seems, are not exempt from China’s territorial claims. On January 1st new regulations from the government of Hainan, China’s southernmost province,...
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Great for the Political unit and UN Laws of the Sea

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The Untold Tale of Pow!, the Fourth Rice Krispies Elf

A look into the era when the cereal mascots were more than just Snap!, Crackle! and Pop!
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This was marketing toward children in the 50s but focuses on grains. 

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40 more maps that explain the world

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I've searched wide and far for maps that can reveal and surprise and inform in ways that the daily headlines might not.
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Some excellent APHG & Historical maps: population, walls, economic standing, place names, etc.

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Geospatial Revolution: Food Deserts | Health and Physical Education | Classroom Resources | PBS Learning Media

Geospatial Revolution: Food Deserts | Health and Physical Education | Classroom Resources | PBS Learning Media | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Digital classroom resources for Grades 7-12. Food deserts refer to a lack of easy access to nutritious food. They exist all over America as an outcome of poverty.
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This short video on Food Deserts highlights the importance of maps in making a case for bringing full service markets to "food deserts"

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