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http://www.grated.com/18-of-the-most-photogenic-cities-in-the-world/

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Most Photogenic cities in the world

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UK government's enthusiasm for GM not matched in developing nations

UK government's enthusiasm for GM not matched in developing nations | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
John Vidal: Across the world, countries are turning their backs on GM crops; perhaps the coalition in the UK could learn something from them
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Good for world look at GM foods and how they are viewed

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Cookstoves and Toilets for Developing Countries: Non-Trivial Tasks

Cookstoves and Toilets for Developing Countries: Non-Trivial Tasks, The western desire to 'fix' certain things often falls on deaf ears or comes up against unforeseen obstacles
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Interesting article for Development

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Mapping | This American Life

Mapping | This American Life | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Five ways of mapping the world. One story about people who make maps the traditional way — by drawing things we can see. And other stories about people who map the world using smell, sound, touch, and taste.
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Vertical Farming Goes Commercial in Singapore

Vertical Farming Goes Commercial in Singapore | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Vertical farming allows Singapore to feed it's people without importing vegetables
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Good use of limited space for a city-state like Singapore

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Canada: As immigration booms, ethnic enclaves swell and segregate | News | National Post

Canada: As immigration booms, ethnic enclaves swell and segregate | News | National Post | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
More than 600 newcomers per day have arrived in Canada since 2006, and many of them have settled in neighbourhoods like Richmond, B.C.
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Canadian immigration takes on a new spatial layout with ethnic enclaves that spread across greater areas and making a distinct imprint on the cultural landscape

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Germany 'exporting' old and sick to foreign care homes

Germany 'exporting' old and sick to foreign care homes | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Pensioners are being sent to care homes in eastern Europe and Asia in an austerity move dismissed as 'inhumane deportation'
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Impact of lower birthrate and aging populations present complex problems for developing countries.

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Welsh devolution-The reluctant dragon

Welsh devolution-The reluctant dragon | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
TOWARDS the end of the 13th century Edward I launched a series of attacks intended to quell the rebellions of Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, a tempestuous Welsh prince, and...
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The cost of freedom (Catalonia)

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WHAT is the price of liberty? Independence has a cost, as Catalans may appreciate following an election on November 25th that is seen as an unofficial vote on...
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UN to vote on Palestinian state status today

UN to vote on Palestinian state status today | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
http://www.ctvnews.ca/polopoly_fs/1.1058422!/httpImage/image.jpeg_gen/derivatives/landscape_960/image.jpeg source Countries who recognize the State of Palestine http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/08/Palestine_recognition_only.svg/800px-Palestine_recognition_only.svg.png...
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Op-Ed: Redistricting in Wisconsin

Op-Ed: Redistricting in Wisconsin | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Shaped like a giant pistol sitting on its butt end, Wisconsin's new 22nd state Senate District is Exhibit A in the case against partisan redistricting.


The redistricting process is far from neutral; to be far we should remember that gerrymandering is has happened on all ends of the political spectum.  Which map to you think is the best way to divide these districts?  What is the fairest way to divide them?


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, July 25, 2013 1:02 PM

The redistricting process is far from neutral; to be fair we should remember that gerrymandering is has happened on all ends of the political spectum.  Which map to you think is the best way to divide these districts?  What is the fairest way to divide them?

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Where Does the South Begin?

Where Does the South Begin? | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Roads? Religion? Accent? Food? Which factor dictates where the North ends?

 

This is a great intellectual expercise to help student think about regions and how we define them.  The article can help also inform some of their thinking since one of the main problems for students in drawing regional boundaries is a lack of place-based knowledge.   

 

Tags: regions, USA.


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Matthew DiLuglio's curator insight, October 12, 2013 6:49 PM

Borders... the first thing I think of was a giant bookstore near my hometown... it now ceases to exist, having been replaced by Barnes and Nobel...  As for the political organization of space, I could apply this situation and laugh.  Borders will cease to be, and they will be called after people's last names!  I think this has already happened, when people unite together in countries such as the USA- although borders are specific, the general federal laws and many policies still apply in all states... generally. And people's names are often the namesakes of places.  I don't like the idea of borders, though, it seems like a bunch of warmongers trying to get ahead in a world where they can't truly cheat death, so they cheat other people of land that may have been decreed in ancient documents as property of their ancestors, or even in accordance with the righteousness of the universe and what should be alloted to whom.  Ownership is a concept of denial, because no one can truly own anything, not even our bodies, which contain trillions of infinite universes the size of the large one around us that we commonly refer to.  Borders are relative, and will likely become recognized as obsolete.  I know this was abstract, but it's my thoughts on the topic.

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Gaza-Israel crisis 2012: every verified incident mapped

Gaza-Israel crisis 2012: every verified incident mapped | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it

This map shows each verified incident of violence in Gaza and Israel since last week's assassination of Hamas leader Ahmed al-Jabari.  Geospatial technologies combined with social media are changing how we learn about (and wage) wars. 

 


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10 Fun Tools To Easily Make Your Own Infographics - Edudemic

10 Fun Tools To Easily Make Your Own Infographics - Edudemic | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
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Sounds interesting and engaging

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Allentown- Billy Joel

Home-made music video of Billy Joel's "Allentown".

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Deindustrialization and economic units

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 4, 2013 4:12 PM

Many teachers use Billy Joel's classic song and music video Allentown as a teaching tool to introduce the topic of deindustrialization in the Rust Belt of the United States.  This alternative music video version adds some useful teaching images to help students contextualize the lyrics.  Another song to consider using is Telegraph Road by Dire Straits; the song follows a town as it industrialized and as it later deindustrialized.  


Tags: labor, industry, economic, unit 6 industry and video.

Mr Ortloff's curator insight, October 8, 2013 2:35 PM

Billy Joel's classic song and music video Allentown addresses the topic of deindustrialization in the Rust Belt of the United States.  This alternative music video version adds some images to help visualize the lyrics.  Another song that is similar is Telegraph Road by Dire Straits; the song follows a town as it industrialized and as it later deindustrialized.

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Geography game: how well do you know the world?

Geography game: how well do you know the world? | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Play the Global development game: identify the world's countries and territories, rank them according to GDP then fingers at the ready for the picture round
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Does China own the future — or does the U.S.?

Does China own the future — or does the U.S.? | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
COLUMN | The answer is more complicated than what is presented in straight-line projections.
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Good for the AP Hug Economic unit

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Are Silicon Valley's Employee Shuttles Bad for San Francisco?

Are Silicon Valley's Employee Shuttles Bad for San Francisco? | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
The city's parallel transportation network, invented by companies like Facebook, Google and Apple, could be creating unforeseen consequences.
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Interesting geographic look at industrial use of private coaches (busses) for Silicon Valley. Applies to the Urban and Economic units.

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Double bind

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ALTHOUGH America’s fiscal problems are among the worst in the rich world, its policymakers long took comfort that, when it came to demography, its outlook was one...
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The US is not immune to the demographic issues of a declining birthrate and an aging population, which has been experience in Western Europe.

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The Voices of China's Workers

TED Talks In the ongoing debate about globalization, what's been missing is the voices of workers -- the millions of people who migrate to factories in China and other emerging countries to make goods sold all over the world.


Our collective understanding of modern industrialization and globalization needs to go beyond the binary of "oppressors" and "victims."  This lecture explores the voices and lives of Chinese workers that we so often simply see as simply victims of a system, but are full of ambition and agency. 

 

Tags: industry, globalization, labor, China, TED. 


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Braden Oldham's comment, May 2, 2013 9:49 PM
The workers seem to not see their work as bad as we see it. They see it as a opportunity, bette then waht they had before.
Sarah Graham's comment, May 3, 2013 1:54 PM
I think that we often overlook the fact that life and culture is very different in these places. Here, the factory workers probably don't want the I-phones that they are making. We don't think about the people and how they WANT these jobs. These people want to make their life better, just like you and me.
Ryli Smith's comment, May 5, 2013 2:55 PM
In these Chinese factories, they don't view these jobs as harsh or poor treatment because this is better than how they would be doing back in their villages. They want these jobs so bad because they will give them a better life. Also, you have to remember that not all of these Chinese factory workers want to have an iPhone or a Coach purse or Nike shoes, because those things don't have any worth in their culture.
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The World's Fastest-Growing and Fastest-Shrinking Cities in 2012

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The World's Fastest Growing & Fastest Shrinking Cities in 2012 is it any surprise the fastest growing are primarily in Asia and the Fastest Shrinking are primarily in Europe.

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Thanksgiving Maps

Thanksgiving Maps | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Want to know where your Thanksgiving food comes from? 

 

This provides the geography of holiday food production with links to the data so you can map out the data with GIS (links produced by Western Illinois University).


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More than a club: FC Barcelona and Catalonia's road to independence

As Catalonia goes to the polls, Sid Lowe looks at one of the region's great cultural sporting icons and its role in Catalan identity...

 

Sports and cultural identity of a region are often intertwined. As Catalonia is poised to break from Spain, this video shows how the local teams (especially FC Barcelona) are at the center of political identity and part of the very fabric of the political movement that is pushing for independence.  For more, see this recent GITN.

 

Tags: sport, Spain, Europe, devolution, autonomy.


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Jessica Martel's curator insight, April 28, 2013 4:37 PM

its understood that catalonie has a completely different country from the rest of spain. In fact many people associate catalonia as a seperate country. It would be cool to see spain let them have thier independence. However that would mean spain would lose land and money. For the most part, atleast the catalonia poeple are expressing thier feelings and wishes in a humane manor, rather than with vilolence

Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 12, 2013 12:54 PM

Sports and cultural identity of a region are often intertwined. As Catalonia is poised to break from Spain, this video shows how the local teams (especially FC Barcelona) are at the center of political identity and part of the very fabric of the political movement that is pushing for independence.  For more, see this recent Geography in the News article.


Tags: sport, Spain, Europe, devolution, autonomy.