You may know exactly what race you are, but how would you prove it if somebody disagreed with you? Jenée Desmond Harris explains. And for more on how race is a social construct: http://www.vox.com/2014/10/10/6943461...
"This video is from the BBC documentary film Earth: The Power Of The Planet. The clip is also embedded in this story map that tells the tale of Earth’s tectonic plates, their secret conspiracies, awe-inspiring exhibitions and subtle impacts on the maps and geospatial information we so often take for granted as unambiguous."
"Water is an essential theme in social studies, science, and geography. Whether teaching about natural or human systems, water is part of the story. This course, framed around California's Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI), focuses on ocean and freshwater topics and strategies for teaching environmental topics in Grades 4-8. Resources and support are provided for how to use EEI to implement Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy."
“For most of the world, the Armenian Genocide is the slaughter you know next to nothing about. But every year on April 24, Genocide Remembrance Day, we Armenians remember the injustice of a crime that is rarely acknowledged and often flatly denied. It was April 24, 1915, when the Armenian intellectuals, professionals, editors and religious leaders in Constantinople were rounded up by the Ottoman authorities — and almost all of them executed. During World War I, the Ottoman Empire killed three of every four of its Armenian citizens. The majority of Armenians alive today are descendants of the few survivors.”
"Though it may come as a surprise to outsiders, the journey to Mecca is a manifestation of globally moderate Islam."
The Mecca region of Saudi Arabia has recently been in the midst of Hajj season. The Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca, is strongly encouraged of all Muslims who have the means to undertake it. Importantly, by bringing together 2 million to 3 million people from across the globe, the Hajj pilgrimage is a manifestation of the diversity and moderate nature of global Islam. This image of the Muslim world as cosmopolitan and reasonable stands in stark contrast to the militant Islamist fundamentalism we more regularly hear about in media coverage — with the Islamic State and Boko Haram being the most recent manifestation of this.
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"Violence has a geography and for this reason, geography lies at the center of discussions of violence. Within the United States a myriad of taken for granted assumptions about identity, place, power, and memory undergird the nation’s psyche. These normative interpretations intersect with a particular kind of geographic formulation that places persons of color in general, but black men most specifically, at the center of the violent structures of the nation."
"From the time we’re about 6 years old, everyone loves a good poop joke, right? But is there something more meaningful lurking beneath the bathroom banter? Take a look at some international potty humor and then follow the jokes to a deeper understanding. Every laugh on this page reflects a life and death issue: the very real sanitation problems facing India today."
The Endangered Languages Project is a website for people to find and share the most up-to-date and comprehensive information about the over 3,000 endangered ...
This short video is a great primer for understanding the importance of linguistic diversity. Why the loss of linguistic diversity (a global phenomenon) related to other themes on geography, such as political and economic autonomy for minority groups? Why are so many languages vanishing today? What forces are creating these emerging cultural patterns? For more on the project, see: http://www.endangeredlanguages.com/
Kahoot! is a classroom response system which creates an engaging learning space, through a game-based digital pedagogy. Kahoot! is an easy-to-use blended learning platform which works on any device, making the classroom interactive, encouraging both educators and learners to ask great questions.
This is a great idea from primary school teacher Ian Addison. He used with 7 to 8 year olds but it could easily be adapted for older children. I have mentioned Ian in a few other posts – he writes an excellent blog full of interesting stuff he is doing with technology in his own classroom. Check out his blog when you have time!
Our topic in Year 3/4 for the Summer term was Water. Now, the curriculum was fairly subject-specific with little crossover between subjects, so alongside this Geography topic of water, we did look at liquids and solids for half a term in Science, but then moved onto Living things/food chains in the second half-term. Literacy included topics such as adverts and stories in imaginary settings. So not all subjects linked to water, and I wasn’t responsible for some subject areas (like Literacy) meaning that I couldn’t link water/oceans to everything. It meant that the Wii was really only used in the afternoons. By the time we got started with the Wii, after many weeks of other things, there were only around 3 weeks of term left.
I began by clearing a wall in the classroom for our display. The thinking was that we would use this to document our findings along the way. Nothing fancy, just scribbles, questions, post-its and ideas. The best type of display!
So, to explain Endless Ocean…as a game, it’s a bit dull. It’s not a fast-paced action, shooting, racing game at all. It is also for 6 years old meaning that the graphics aren’t amazing and I was honest to the children about this at the beginning. I wanted to fend off any negative comments about the game-play or graphics and the children were great, they didn’t moan although there were a few sarcastic comments about the lack of HD or the pixellated fish.
The main purpose of the game is that you are on a boat along with an ocean-wildlife expert, but she can’t swim. So as the diver, you get to explore different areas and see what you can find. Every so often, a mission gets emailed and you can follow the mission to go to a certain part of the map or you can do what 90% of my children did, ignore the missions and just go swimming. Once you are through the training (which takes 15 minutes and I did this at home) then you have the whole map to explore.
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"All over the continent, potential parents have shown reluctance to have more babies. Hence, governments and advocacy groups are becoming increasingly creative about getting their citizens to make babies."
"African countries are also quite diverse from an ethnic standpoint. As the Washington Post's Max Fisher noted back in 2013, the world's 20 most ethnically diverse countries are all African, partially because European colonial powers divvied up sections of the continent with little regard for how the residents would have organized the land themselves. This map above shows Africa's ethnographic regions as identified by George Murdock in his 1959 ethnography of the continent."
"Superclusters – regions of space that are densely packed with galaxies – are the biggest structures in the Universe. But scientists have struggled to define exactly where one supercluster ends and another begins. Now, a team based in Hawaii has come up with a new technique that maps the Universe according to the flow of galaxies across space. Redrawing the boundaries of the cosmic map, they redefine our home supercluster and name it Laniakea, which means ‘immeasurable heaven’ in Hawaiian. Read the research paper here."
A former gang member from Long Beach, California, teaches break dancing to at-risk youth in Cambodia.
This video is a great example of cross-cultural interactions in the era of globalization. Urban youth culture of the United States is spread to Cambodia through a former refugee (with a personally complex political geography). What geographic themes are evident in this video? How is geography being reshaped and by what forces?
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