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Welcome to 'Geography Education'

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Finding Materials: This site is designed for geography students and teachers to find interesting, current supplemental materials.  To search for place-specific posts, browse this interactive map.  To search for thematic posts, see http://geographyeducation.org/thematic/ (organized by the APHG curriculum).  Also you can search for a keyword by clicking on the filter tab above.


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Some great ideas here for actually finding quality materials to match goegraphy activities. Some of them may not be compatible with iPad but there seems to be a great range of online material that is!

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Mr Inniss's curator insight, July 21, 3:57 PM

Superb

Tracy Cervone Burns's curator insight, July 22, 6:01 AM

Great Classroom tool- looking forward to giving it a try.

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Curated content specifically for developing digital literacy, apps for English and strategies for teaching 1:1 iPad in an English or Society & Environment classroom. This page is an offshoot of the original Prendi eLearning page - http://www.scoop.it/t/prendi-elearning Follow me on Twitter at @prendielearning
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What are children reading?

What are children reading? | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities | Scoop.it
DERN is developed and managed by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER).
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A new study seems to indicate that while children are comparatively reading less print-based material, they are reading more - and enjoying it more. 

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Free Technology for Teachers: Quill - Writing Worksheets Made Interactive

Free Technology for Teachers: Quill - Writing Worksheets Made Interactive | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities | Scoop.it

by Richard Byrne

 

"Quill is a service that provides an updated take on the old writing worksheets that most of us used in elementary school and middle school. The service offers more than just the writing practice activities, but that is its core feature. Here's how it works; students sign-in (email is not required) to find the worksheets that you have assigned to them. The worksheets contain spelling and grammar errors that your students have to identify and correct. Students submit their corrections and Quill shows them how they did by showing what they did correct and what they should have corrected. An explanation accompanies each Quill correction."


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How to Use Scratch for Digital Storytelling

How to Use Scratch for Digital Storytelling | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities | Scoop.it
Digital storytelling involves combining digital media (images, voice narration, music, text, or motion) to tell a story. Over the past few years, digital storytelling has become an increasingly popular and effective way for students to meet a range of learning goals in the classroom. Scratch...
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I first started using Scratch when I was at university doing IT teaching pracs. It is a fantastic free tool for programming. Students need access to desktops or laptops - but it is worth it. This article explains how to use these logical, programming skills for creative means such as digital storytelling. 

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Free Digital Storytelling Apps for iPads

Free Digital Storytelling Apps for iPads | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities | Scoop.it
Take advantage of your iPad's creative side with these free digital storytelling apps. They are a great way to create a multimedia narrative that you or your students can be proud of!

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Chris Carter's curator insight, May 11, 6:53 PM

Thank you, Jonathan Wylie!

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The Cold War: Crash Course US History #37 - YouTube

urseCrash Course World History is now available on DVD! Visit http://dft.ba/-CCWHDVD to buy a set for your home or classroom. You can directly support Crash Cour...

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Crash Course videos are an excellent Youtube series: there are multiple topics for understanding all sorts of things. This one is on the Cold War. 

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More Than Just a Writing Prompt

More Than Just a Writing Prompt | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities | Scoop.it
Meeting your students where they already were — in the land of MP3s and YouTube — can forever change your classroom.
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A really well-written article on how to ensure student writing is deep, meaningful and connected. 

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Changing Earth

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Over the years, ISS astronauts have had a rare opportunity to witness climate change on Earth from space.

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Sally Egan's curator insight, March 30, 4:29 PM

A great illustation of the changes to the environment as a result of increasing technology and population. Plays for 1minute 30.

Sally Egan's curator insight, March 30, 4:34 PM

A short but fascinating illustration of the rapid changes to areas of teh Earth, observed by astronauts since 2000. Plays for 1 minute 30.  

BI Media Specialists's curator insight, April 4, 4:46 AM
This is a great resource for some of our science classes. It is an interesting presentation of the changes that we are making over time.
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A tour of the British Isles in accents

Got the audio here - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01slnp5 The person doing the voice is Andrew Jack who is a dialect coach.

 

Tags: language, culture, English, UK.


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This is a really interesting video for understanding regional dialect differences!

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Sascha Humphrey's curator insight, April 6, 1:33 AM

He's really quite good, and the seamless change of dialect is quite impressive!

Michael MacNeil's curator insight, April 6, 8:32 AM

The diversity of the English language is amazing.  Even in the "motherland" it changes from location to location...aye bay goom.

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For Poetry Month, We're Taking To Twitter — And We Want Your Help - NPR (blog)

For Poetry Month, We're Taking To Twitter — And We Want Your Help - NPR (blog) | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities | Scoop.it
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For Poetry Month, We're Taking To Twitter — And We Want Your Help
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To kick off our coverage, we're inviting you to help us create collaborative poetry on Twitter.

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Digital storytelling for the flipped classroom

A 45 minute presentation to the RSC Scotland and Scotland's Colleges conference: "Connected for Learning: Flipping the Classroom" - 20th December 2011.

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iDevice in the Mountains: Tellagami - Another Fun Digital Storytelling Tool!

iDevice in the Mountains: Tellagami - Another Fun Digital Storytelling Tool! | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities | Scoop.it

hatiPad Digital Storytelling Apps


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Use Tellegami so students can digitally present their stories. 

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Joe Buglione's curator insight, February 25, 2013 10:12 PM

This is a great new story telling app that should have some good potential for students in a variety of classrooms.

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Human Development Index variation

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"Here's how the United States looks when it is measured on the county level by the same standards used to rank countries by the UN, the Human Development Index.  Five variables are taken into account: life expectancy, income per capita, school enrollment, percentage of high school graduates, and percentage of college graduates." 


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steve smith's curator insight, March 26, 12:53 PM

A fantastic resource for development studies.

Ms. Harrington's curator insight, March 26, 3:57 PM

Regional patterns?

Brian Altonen's curator insight, March 26, 6:18 PM

A WHO map of what life in the U.S. is like demonstrates the role of urbanization and heavily population regions for defining where U.N.'s Human Development Index scores are highest.

Three of the metrics pertain primarily to education.  The fourth is a measure of financial success for a region.  The fifth is most likely a consequence of scoring well for these first four measures.

An obvious next step in making additional use of this map is to compare its findings with the distributions of various language, culture and ethnic groups in this country, according to most recent US Census patterns.  

 

 

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How to open a book

How to open a book | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities | Scoop.it

ow woHere's a lovely old advisory from William Matthews Bookseller, explaining how to open a book for the first time, which was a major operation in the age of hand-sewn hardcover bindings.


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A poster advising of how to deal with new technology in a certain age. :)

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Students Map Real-World Issues with (Free) Geospatial Tools

Students Map Real-World Issues with (Free) Geospatial Tools | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities | Scoop.it
Schools are gaining access to the high-powered geographical information system software that enables detailed mapping and analysis of data. Learn how they are using it to teach students.

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Norton Gusky's curator insight, July 29, 11:51 AM

Examples from projects that allow students to solve real-world problems in their communities - creating a 911 responder map, for example.

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Apps and Sites for Storytelling

Apps and Sites for Storytelling | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities | Scoop.it
Storytelling is a very useful skill. It helps kids reel in listeners and requires them to remember material by heart. Use these fun apps and sites to help kids find their unique voice as storytellers, orators, individuals.

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Susan Berkowitz's curator insight, May 21, 9:25 AM

Story building apps are great for development of narrative skills, which in turn are the beginnings of both conversation skills and story creating or re-telling skills.

Susan Berkowitz's curator insight, May 25, 9:39 AM

Kids develop language skills through storytelling; whether it is developing a personal narrative, creating their own story, or re-telling a story that they have read or heard. These build the basics for conversational interactions and academic success.

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Report Shows Teens Aren't Reading for Fun

Report Shows Teens Aren't Reading for Fun | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities | Scoop.it

infromationA Community for Common Sense Educators.

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Here is an interesting article about reading rates - it seems that young people have stopped reading for pleasure, and instead are seeking out information. The study doesn't cover short forms of reading or digital media. It made me think that adults also seem to spend less time reading, so it does beg the question as to whether this form of pleasure really is disappearing?

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Author Commentary That's Simply App Smashing

Author Commentary That's Simply App Smashing | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities | Scoop.it

sFor every major reading comprehension skill that my students learn, I try to have them initially uncover the skill through an engaging inquiry-based lesson. When studying author purpose and perspecti

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A great activity on literacy using several apps 'app smashing' to produce a result. In this task, a group of Year 4s created a screencast deconstruction on five pages from their Literature Circles book. 

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Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask

Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities | Scoop.it

This Why evaluate Web pages (many examples of good and bad pages, Checklist for evaluating, Techniques for finding out who is responsible, who owns the domain name

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This is an excellent guide for figuring out if a web page contains quality information. It gives tutorials on how to truncate web addresses, find out how much traffic has visited the site and allows you to ask critical questions about the content. I am going to use this to create a student proforma for evaluating their sources. 

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Story Spark - spark creativity in your writing

Story Spark - spark creativity in your writing | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities | Scoop.it
Get Story Spark - spark creativity in your writing on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.

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An app to generate story starters or provide a plot twist to cure writer's bloc. You can enter your current characters and plot, or swipe across for a new story starter. Some of these are really good and could be used by the teacher for quick, creative writing, or students can select one and see where it leads them!

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Consultants-E's curator insight, April 9, 2:44 PM

Nice app to encourage the productive skills of speaking or writing when storytelling.

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If the Earth Stood Still

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"The following is not a futuristic scenario. It is not science fiction. It is a demonstration of the results of an extremely unlikely, yet intellectually fascinating query: What would happen if the earth stopped spinning?  ArcGIS was used to perform complex raster analysis and volumetric computations and generate maps that visualize these results.


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How interesting! The detailed GIS is fascinating and although an unlikely scenario, is great for discussion and deeper thought. You could discuss with students how the world would cope or what sort of device could start it spinning again...?

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 3, 4:46 PM

I love a good "what if?" question and this one (including the GIS model-based analysis) is fascinating. 

Tracey M Benson's curator insight, April 4, 1:49 PM

What a fascinating question, answered as a visualisation: What would happen if the earth stopped spinning? ArcGIS was used to perform complex raster analysis and volumetric computations and generate maps that visualise the results.

Christian Allié's curator insight, April 5, 1:40 AM

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Most scientists agree that the solar day (related to the speed of rotation) is continuously getting longer. This minimal increase of the day length is due mainly to the oceanic tidal friction. When the estimated rate of the slowdown was projected back to past geologic eons, it showed that the length of a day was several hours shorter than today.

Consequently, during the Devonian period (400 million years ago), the earth rotated about 40 more times during one revolution around the sun than it does now. Because the continents have drifted significantly since that time, it is difficult to make estimates of the land versus ocean outlines for that era. However, we can be certain that—with a faster spinning speed in the past—the equatorial bulge of oceanic water was much larger then than it is today. Similarly, the ellipsoidal flattening of the earth was also more significant.

The influence of the rate of the earth's rotation has a dominant effect on the geometry of the globe, in terms of the globe's overall shape as well as the outline of the global ocean. The earth's physical relief is only a secondary factor controlling the delineation of oceans. The slowdown of earth's rotation will continue for 4 billion years—as long as we can imagine. The slowdown infinitesimally—but steadily—changes the globe's geometry and makes it dynamic. The net result of these dynamic adjustments is that the earth is slowly becoming more and more like a sphere. However, it will take billions of years before the earth stops spinning, and the gravitational equipotential creates a mean sea level that is a perfect sphere.

 

About the Author

Witold Fraczek is a longtime employee of Esri who currently works in the Application Prototype Lab. He received his doctorate in the application of GIS in forestry from Agricultural University and master's degrees in hydrology from the University of Warsaw, Poland, and remote sensing from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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iReadWrite: TextHelp on iPad to support your writing and proofreading

iReadWrite: TextHelp on iPad to support your writing and proofreading | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities | Scoop.it

Features:

- Application converts text to speech, highlighting the words as you read

- Word prediction suggests the word you want based on the context of the sentence

- Dictionary feature allows you to confirm the meaning of a word, or helps you to choose the correct word in the appropriate context

- Adjust the background, text, and highlight colour to suit your own preference

- Select the voice that you prefer, featuring a variety of dialects

- Select the font you want, including OpenDyslexic font created for dyslexic users


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LearningDevelopment@ForthValleyCollege's curator insight, June 17, 2013 7:22 AM

The iReadWrite application for iPad makes reading easier and helps you to proofread your written work for College or work. The application does not require internet access, so can be used anywhere, to help you write an email, read an article, or complete your research before exporting the text to your email, Facebook, or Twitter. The iReadWrite application features the OpenDyslexic font, which allows you to read, and write, with confidence. 

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Reading is different online than off, experts say

Reading is different online than off, experts say | Prendi eLearning Literacy & Humanities | Scoop.it
Our brains, neuroscientists warn, are developing new circuits with a big impact on non-digital reading
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What is the impact of scanning and non-linear reading? Is it changing our brains? In this article, the argument is yes: that scanning is resulting in shorter reading attention spans and limited time looking at information in depth. Online material may also be having an impact on us being able to read critically. 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 8, 5:22 PM

It may be that this changes over time and humans adapt, but it is quite a risk to take. Reading and reading for depth is part of being an educated person in a civil society. Certainly, reading online has its place but it is one place not the only place.

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Can Digital Storytelling Enhance Learning?

BEFORE DIGITAL STORYTELLING AFTER

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Sarah Feldman's curator insight, February 18, 10:45 AM

This is a simple series of 5 slides that briefly explains the benefits to teachers and students for using digital storytelling to promote 21st century literacy.

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Awesome Storytelling Quotes

Inspiring storytelling quotes from famous storytellers.

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Mervi Rauhala's comment, March 27, 12:57 PM
Thanks Karen! I bought your new book Business Strorytelling for Dummies as soon as it got out. Great work! I am actually writing my own book about business storytelling. Finland needs one in Finnish language.The interest here is kind of building. I hope by fall when the book is out, it is in the roof :)
Karen Dietz's comment, March 27, 1:34 PM
I am so excited for your Mervi! How wonderful about your book. And many thanks for grabbing mine :) Glad you like it. The more the merrier. Make sure I know when your book is out so I can buy my own copy and possibly do a review. Thanks!
Mervi Rauhala's comment, March 28, 12:04 AM
Karen, I'll be glad to tell you when the book is out but it might be tricky for you to read it since it will be only available in Finnish. Finland is quite a small nation. Only 5 million people and culturally we are quite original too. That is one reason why we wanted to write a book just for Finnish audience. Things that work in American or other cultures don't necessarily work here. More about my wonderfull and weird country: http://finland.fi/ :)
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Time Zones

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What time is it there? TimeZones...Quick and Easy


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