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Inside the World's Tallest Slum

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Torre de David was supposed to be an office skyscraper for Caracas. Then the city's economy collapsed, and squatters took over.
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First indigenous map of its kind; U.S. map displays “Our own names and locations”

First indigenous map of its kind; U.S. map displays “Our own names and locations” | Ms. Conti's Geo Class | Scoop.it

"Aaron Carapella, a Cherokee Indian, has taken it upon himself to create a map that shows the Tribal nations of the U.S. prior to European contact. The map is of the contiguous United States and displays the original native tribal names of roughly 595 tribes."

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, July 24, 2013 2:57 PM

The same area can be mapped in so many ways to tell such distinct stories.  This article is a great example of mapping being used to tell your own story.

Kyle Kampe's curator insight, September 3, 2013 10:15 PM

Native American culture and experience has different tenets than that of the European Americans.

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Personal Geographies

Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah's journey to the NFL, beginning as a walk-on to the Brigham Young University football team from Accra, Ghana, who had never played foot...

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Start-of-the-Year Videos

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This is a compilation of videos that can be used to at the beginning of the school year to show the importance of geography, spatial thinking and geo-literacy. This is an excellent promotional vide...

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Child slavery and chocolate: All too easy to find

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Chocolate’s billion-dollar industry starts with workers like Abdul on an Ivory Coast farm. Abdul is 10 years old, a three-year veteran of the job.



He has never tasted chocolate.
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What are Continents?

What are continents and how many are there? **CGPGrey T-Shirts for sale!**: http://goo.gl/1Wlnd Grey's blog: http://www.cgpgrey.com/blog/ Full script at: htt...

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Nancy Watson's curator insight, August 17, 2013 10:28 PM

Unit 1 - Does this clear up confusion?

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Lady In Black: 'Burka Avenger' Fights For Pakistan's Girls

Lady In Black: 'Burka Avenger' Fights For Pakistan's Girls | Ms. Conti's Geo Class | Scoop.it
Burka Avenger is a new Pakistani kids' show about a mild-mannered teacher who moonlights as a burqa-clad superhero.

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Avonna Swartz's curator insight, August 30, 2013 11:15 AM

What do you think of this? Do you think it will have an impact on how women perceive themselves?

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Germany Fights Population Drop

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As German towns work to hide the emptiness, demographers say a similar fate awaits other European countries, with frightening implications for the economy.

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Holly Hough's curator insight, December 8, 2013 3:35 PM

Germany is undergoing a population crisis. The population is plunging due to a high number of elderly people (the dependency ratio is 1:4) and the desire of women to be in the workforce. As a result, the women are not having children. There is a large number of young people who have obtained educations, but are unable to find work, which makes them less likely to want to have kids and start a family. This is a push factor for them to immigrate to another country where they can find work. This leaves Germany with higher dependency ratios and pushes them further towards economic crisis. Germany and many other European countries are offering incentives to women to have children, such as 24 hour child care, tax breaks, and money for married couples. Some fear fertility rates have fallen below replacement level. Just what will Germany do, “part of the solution lies in remaking values, customs and attitudes in a country that has a troubled history with accepting immigrants.” Germany will have to work to pull immigrants to their country to regenerate their population. Who knows where Germany will be 50 years from now?

Sarah Ziolkowski's curator insight, December 31, 2013 11:05 AM

This article applies to how values and preferences impacts an area. For Germany, their low birth rates are being caused by highly valuing  single mothers and discouraging immigrants to stay in their country.  These  unfavorable birth rates may be a future for many other highly developed countries, or already are a part of many countries. This could happen to your home, so your values or preferences may be come a problem to the economy. Low birth rates and unwelcomed immigration are causing decreased work force and increased demand in Germany, that they can't fulfill. It also causes an uneven population between the young and old population. 

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40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World

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  If you're a visual learner like myself, then you know maps, charts and infographics can really help bring data and information to life. Maps can make a point resonate with readers and this c...
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