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The Map Experience

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What if you had never seen a printed map? What if all you only knew about was electronic devices? This tongue in cheek video is an introduction to “a new bio-optical knowledge recording and dissemi...
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The ASEAN Community by 2015

I first saw this animation in 2007 when this was presented by representatives from the ASEAN Secretariat. The animation tells us about the ASEAN, which is co...
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Political unit show some benefits of cooperation for trade, defense, and growth. 

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What's wrong with what we eat? | TED Playlists | TED

What's wrong with what we eat? | TED Playlists | TED | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
It's easy to worry about food: Are we eating the wrong stuff? What about people who don't have enough to eat? These talks examine the problems -- and some compelling solutions.
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Another view on what we should or should not eat

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Geospatial Revolution

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The Geospatial Revolution examines the world of digital mapping and how it is changing the way we think, behave, and interact.
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Great for Unit 1

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New Japanese Helicopter Carrier Draws China Warning to Asia

New Japanese Helicopter Carrier Draws China Warning to Asia | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
China said Asian neighbors must be alert to Japan’s defense buildup after it unveiled a vessel capable of carrying 14 helicopters, the largest Japanese military ship produced since World War II.
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Interesting look at the potential for conflict in the East China Sea

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Observations around the Green Line - Cyprus / Filmed Voices

camgoez media GbR Film-und Fernsehproduktion Ertan Erdogan Speaker: Mitchell Amos - Translator: Lois Vickery Birkenstr. 86 40233 Düsseldorf www.camgoez.com e...
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Infographic: Charting the History of Agriculture & Climate Change

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A new infographic that maps the progress of the agricultural sector in addressing climate change throughout the history of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations has been launched on the sidelines of this year’s climate summit in Doha.


“Agriculture is already being hard hit by climate change and the outlook is even worse. However there are options for adaptation, and some of these even bring mitigation co-benefits,” said Bruce Campbell, Director of the Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security research program.
Agriculture supports over 1 million of the world’s rural poor, yet is responsible for 80% of overall deforestation and 31% of total greenhouse gas emissions. Increasing agricultural yields and improving farming techniques are some the ways that could help reduce its overall contribution to climate change.
In addition to tracking the developments and effects climate change has had on global farming communities, the infographic also calls for the creation of a Work Program on Agriculture under the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technology Advice (SBSTA) – a scientific advisory group to the UNFCCC. A new work program could document and share knowledge of improved practices to inform decision-making on agriculture and climate change to the UNFCCC’s Conference of the Parties.


The infographic was created by Farming First, a coalition of farmers associations, engineers and scientists, in partnership with the CGIAR Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security research program (CCAFS) and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT).


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Exclaves and Sovereignty

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"Prime Minister David Cameron is 'seriously concerned' about the escalation of tensions on the border between Spain and the British territory of Gibraltar."


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megan b clement's curator insight, October 13, 2013 12:37 AM

"The video explains about Spain and Gibraltar and how they have feuded back and forth with one another and their borders for some time now. Gibraltar has made a articfical reef to mess with the Spainish fisherman and SPain has made travel to Gibraltar nearly impossible and dreadfully long for tourists. Spain understands how essential tourism is to their economy. Until they are able to come to an agreement thei matter is only going to intenisfy more and worsen."

Elizabeth Bitgood's curator insight, March 3, 2014 10:55 AM

I was unaware that the UK owned this part of Gibraltar.  It seems like a throwback to the UK’s naval policies of the past that they would still to control this point of entry into the Mediterranean.  It will be interesting to see how this will be resolved.  As it is a dispute between two countries that are both part of the EU. 

Aidan Lowery's curator insight, March 21, 2016 11:59 AM
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The World Religions Tree

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Dynamic infographic on world religions (don't be intimidated by the page being in Russian... The graphic is not).


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Abby Laybourn's curator insight, December 10, 2014 1:25 PM

Although this was kind of hard to read it was interesting to see how different religions are related and where they stem from. 

Marita Viitanen's curator insight, January 31, 2015 6:48 PM

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Emma Conde's curator insight, May 26, 2015 9:16 PM

Unit 1 Geography: Its nature and perspectives

Although the article relating to this diagram is in Russian, the diagram is not, and I found it to be a very interesting visual to not only show world religions developing on a time scale, but also because it does a very good job of showing just how many little divisions of each religion they are, and how they are all intertwined. Zooming in on the diagram, you are able to see each divide, each new branch, and each date for hundreds of sets of information.

 

This illustrates the theme of identification of major world religions because it simply shows the mass amounts of tiny divisions that occur in the major world religions in a simple format. This is very helpful because this would be pages of writing if you tried to write it all out. 

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The Most Epic Shantytowns You’ll Ever See

The Most Epic Shantytowns You’ll Ever See | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
In 2009 photographer Noah Addis began working on a series titled “Future Cities” about squatter communities in densely populated cities around the world.
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Why San Francisco May Be the New Silicon Valley

Why San Francisco May Be the New Silicon Valley | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
A new analysis reveals that venture capital investment is flowing into cities at a startling clip.
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No, You’re Probably Not Smarter Than a 1912-Era 8th Grader

No, You’re Probably Not Smarter Than a 1912-Era 8th Grader | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
How well can you do on this 101-year old quiz for Bullitt County, Kentucky, eighth graders?
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They did have questions on geography. 

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Economic Geography Rick Gindele NCGE 2013

Rick Gindele's Economy Geography presentation at NCGE 2013 for the APHG strand
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Russian Vodka (Made In Latvia) And Other 'National' Products : NPR

Russian Vodka (Made In Latvia) And Other 'National' Products : NPR | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Levi's jeans made in Asia; Honda Civics made in America. What other iconic national products have pulled the old switcheroo?
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Globalization at its best

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The 20 Most Iconic Food Destinations Across America

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Every city has that one place that tourists and locals alike go to for local flavor. Which one is the best?
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Food. Culture. Regional differences. Many connections to APHG

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No Kids Allowed: How Our Street Design Is Killing Play

No Kids Allowed: How Our Street Design Is Killing Play | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Somehow, we find ourselves living in a world where children outside is a nuisance.
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Cultural change with urbanization

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Ancient African coins that could change history of Australia

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Can a handful of ancient copper coins from a once-opulent corner of East Africa change what we know about Australian history?
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African society of Kilwa
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20 years after Berlin Wall fell, Nicosia remains divided

The Green Line cuts the Cypriot capital of Nicosia in two. UN troops oversee security on the border dividing the internationally recognised Greek Cypriot rep...
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Map the Meal Gap: Food Insecurity in your county

Map the Meal Gap: Food Insecurity in your county | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
Visit Feeding America, the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Feeding America's helps provide food to over 37 millions Americans each year.

 


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 7, 2013 9:53 PM

Food insecurity is an important issue in human geography that, like so many things, impacts people is different ways depending on where they live.  This interactive map is a great tool for student projects, and local comparisons.  This is also a great tool to build geographic empathy and (for American students) to see that issues of dire poverty aren't only in the developing world.

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When Did Girls Start Wearing Pink?

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"Like other young boys of his era, Franklin Roosevelt wears a dress. This studio portrait was likely taken in New York in 1884."

 


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, July 29, 2013 12:46 PM

I show this picture to my classes with the simple prompt: this was a major figure in U.S. history in the first half of the 20th century.  Most pick female historical figures and are startled to find out that it was a revered president.  This slideshow demonstrates the cultural shift over time that has led to gendered norms on dress in the United States.  This article is quite compelling.

Delicia Worrill's curator insight, July 30, 2013 9:20 AM

May work for a Psychology or Sociology class as well.

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European History Interactive Map

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Ms. Harrington's curator insight, August 10, 2013 7:51 PM

So many uses!

Lola Jennings- Edquist's curator insight, August 12, 2013 3:56 AM

What an awesome map! A great resource for teaching kids history- and making it simple to understand, as well as interactive. Can be used in conjunction with the 'Protest Sites' map I scooped above; in a unit on protests and change around the world. 

 

I think it links to most areas of Humanities, which is cool. I showed it to some of the kids from placement and they loved it! 

Al Picozzi's curator insight, August 13, 2013 8:28 PM

Great Quick tool to use and very informative.

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The weirdest languages

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Which natural languages are weirder? (1) German, Spanish, and Mandarin, or (2) Indonesian, Turkish, and Hungarian? Surprise!
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Free Technology for Teachers: Three Ways To Look At The World As A Village

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Mom Wants You Married? So Does the State

Mom Wants You Married? So Does the State | Mrs. Watson's Class | Scoop.it
In South Korea, the government is playing a bigger role in matchmaking amid plunging birthrates and changing expectations over matrimony.
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Population Density

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"[This map's] an unabashedly generalized interactive population density map inspired/stolen from a map by William Bunge entitled Islands of Mankind that I came across on John Krygier‘s blog. I thought Bunge’s map was a novel way to look at population density, and I’ve tried to stay close to the spirit of the original."


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Katelyn Sesny's curator insight, October 31, 2014 12:22 PM

While most articles talk about population growth, this article provides factual and visual evidence to show population density. -UNIT 2

michelle sutherland's curator insight, January 28, 2015 8:28 PM

love the map

Daniel Lindahl's curator insight, March 21, 2015 11:50 PM

This is an interactive map that shows which parts of the world are most densely populated. It becomes very apparent to the viewer that the world is not evenly distributed at all. Places like China and India have a far higher population density than places like Russia.