Geographers make a distinction between site and situation as they consider the underlying foundation of a place. Few cities represent such a wide chasm between these two aspects as does New Orleans. The situation, or the answer to why does a place exist, was imperative. The Mississippi River was a major artery for the North American continent. As first the Europeans and then the Americans assumed control of the area, a port was essential at the mouth of this river. But the site, the response to where a city is placed, continues to confound. Few environments were or are more inhospitable to human habitation. Poor soil, disease, floods, and hurricanes are constant threats that have plagued the city for over three centuries. But the why trumped the where and hence the paradox of New Orleans persists.
Is PowerPoint a useful teaching tool? A few days ago on the Teaching English - British Council Facebook page there was a discussion about PowerPoint - Do you love it or hate it? The discussion linked to an article by Rob Lewis who talked about ways PowerPoint could be used in class. In an earlier post he…
Narrated by the poet Roger McGough, the film “Making the Change: Female Climate Fighters” provides an insight into the human impact of climate change in communities in Bolivia, Philippines, Zimbabwe and the United Kingdom. The accompanying resources provide further information about the lives of four women featured in the film and a selection of creative, cross-curricular teaching ideas to support learners to explore the issue of climate change in greater depth.
"The evolving role of cities and regions presents planning challenges as urban areas are work to achieve particular social, economic and environmental goals. This video explores a range of cities to examine how fully integrated planning, design, engineering and management capabilities can help to improve cities."
This is so great. We are doing Stephanie Alexander kitchen gardens programs in the next few weeks with about 60 pre-service teachers. I always try to do some work on food in history, geography, global education and economics to link in with the science, health focus of Stephanie Alexander programs. This gives me so much more to talk about and work on pedagogy associated with it. !!1 I am so excited!!!
Our world is a complex network of people, places and things. Here are 32 maps will teach you something new about our interconnected planet.
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Fascinating stuff - I love how if you come from a particular country you are provided with a map that reflects your country's political bias. Ah it was so much simpler when the world was primarily painted red and in Australia we saw ourselves as part of the great British Commonwealth. Ignore the rest.
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