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9 questions about South Sudan you were too embarrassed to ask

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"South Sudan's crisis began just two weeks ago, on Dec. 15, and it already has observers warning that it could lead to civil war. Fighting has killed an estimated 1,000 people and sent 121,600 fleeing from their homes. International peacekeepers are preparing for the worst; some have been killed and a number of them, including four U.S. troops, have been injured.  What's happening in South Sudan is complicated and can be difficult to follow; understanding how it got to be this way can be even tougher. Here, then, are the most basic answers to your most basic questions. First, a disclaimer: This is not an exhaustive or definitive account of South Sudan and its history -- just some background, written so that anyone can understand it."


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This is from a U.S. site - we have quite an extensive Southern Sudanese community here in Australia. Contacting local representatives may offer further insights.

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Brien Shanahan's curator insight, January 5, 2014 5:30 PM

Sad what's going in South Sudan but worth learning about it.

Cam E's curator insight, March 4, 2014 11:50 AM

New countries rarely establish themselves without a trying conflict or struggle in their infancy. I always like this simplified articles which introduce the latest conflict to people who are unaware. Ethnic groups are fluid in their importance throughout the world. It wasn't long ago on the historical scale that Irish Americans and British Americans were at odds, despite us in the US rarely considering that today. Ethnic conflict never ceases completely, but shifts targets depending on the politics of the time.

Tracy Galvin's curator insight, May 5, 2014 2:39 PM

Without the big bad north to be their common enemy, the two ethnic groups in South Sudan are now fighting each other. In places like these with such limited resources there will always be internal conflicts

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Maeklong Railway Market

"Multi-purpose land use."


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Danielle Lip's curator insight, April 14, 11:42 AM

While watching this video I was very shocked and surprised, just because I know that if I was to visit and there was a train coming by at a veggie market I would not remain calm, cool and collected like the people shown in the video. Everyone has different customs in their lives and everyone makes use of their land differently, yes it is very unsanitary to have train tracks near food but that is definitely clever and a great source of space to do such a thing. The people in this video are aware of the train passing by and just pulls back their roofs back. The train tracks seem to be raised and the food underneath is not crushed, if it did get crushed people would be out of business and lose valuable money.

This system does not work in the United States because we are not using to trains passing by so casually, while in Thailand the people are accustomed to that life and go through the same procedure everyday. Traditions and customs are a part of daily life in all different places around the world, everyone lives differently and creates a specific life for themselves.

Norka McAlister's curator insight, April 15, 10:05 PM

In America you will hear safety first and health second. But for most veggie market sellers, health and safety do not matter. Every tiny bit of space, especially in Asian countries, are not wasted and organized. These people are used to dealing with this problem on a daily basis and they learn in the face of danger. Most of the time people live near train stations, which serves as a good location to sell products. One thing that I noticed is that no one is concerned when the trains approach the veggie market. Those veggie could get contaminated when the train goes through for example leaving metal bits from the brake system, hydraulic fluid.... etc. However, in the U.S. people argue about how the vegetables are treated with pesticides. This can lead to potential life hazards. Poor local communities need to adapt to survive in whatever space they can manage and take advantage of the available resources even when the environment makes it a challenge. 

Kristin Mandsager San Bento's curator insight, May 1, 4:34 PM

That's insane!!!  At the same time is great that the people figured out what works and what doesn't.  Right down to what can actually stay on the tracks, under the tracks, and the retractable awnings.  Genius!

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Map Projections

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A map projection is used to portray all or part of the round Earth on a flat surface. This cannot be done without some distortion.  Every projection has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. There is no "best" projection.  The mapmaker must select the one best suited to the needs, reducing distortion of the most important features.  Mapmakers and mathematicians have devised almost limitless ways to project the image of the globe onto paper. Scientists at the U. S. Geological Survey have designed projections for their specific needs—such as the Space Oblique Mercator, which allows mapping from satellites with little or no distortion.  This document gives the key properties, characteristics, and preferred uses of many historically important projections and of those frequently used by mapmakers today.


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This is so useful for primary students

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LEONARDO WILD's curator insight, March 26, 9:08 AM

Maps have been a great aid in understanding—and warping our understanding—of our world.

Carlee Allen's curator insight, March 26, 6:58 PM

This article explains and talks about 18 specific map projections. It gives a lot of detail about all of them, and describes the disadvantages and uses for all of them.

 

I thought that this was interesting because I learned more about map projections, and actually how people use them.

Christopher L. Story's curator insight, March 27, 9:59 AM

Some review help

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Augmented Reality Sandbox

"Realtime topographic contour line generation."


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Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, March 8, 10:08 AM

Well, that is just incredible. Now THAT'S a sandbox! Augmented Reality is going to be a major gamechanger.

Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, April 5, 9:20 PM

Every Geography classroom needs one of these to explain topography

Paul Farias's curator insight, April 9, 12:24 PM

This thing is sick! I would love to make one of these i would play with this thing for hours and I'm an adult. And they say video games are useless, the kinect can be used for things other than dance offs and such. 

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Creating an Authentic Maker Education Rubric

Creating an Authentic Maker Education Rubric | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
To assess maker projects in your class, begin with a three-part rubric to guide students through process, understanding, and product.
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What’s new in ACARA’s new Geography F-6 curriculum: World place knowledge

What’s new in ACARA’s new Geography F-6 curriculum: World place knowledge | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
There are many new approaches in the new Australian Geography curriculum (Version 5.0; May 2013), and I am thrilled to be teaching it all. Here, though, I will talk about the emphasis on place know...
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Support World Soil Day and the International Year of Soils 2015 - YouTube

Animated video produced by the Global Soil Partnership promoting the creation of a UN World Soil Day and the adoption of 2015 as the International Year of So...
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Makes the point very quickly

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soils-2015 | 2015 International Year of Soils

soils-2015 | 2015 International Year of Soils | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
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Good to add a current focus in your teaching - some useful resources here

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10328x7760 - A 10K Timelapse Demo

"10328x7760 - A 10K Timelapse Demo" is a video I put together showcasing the extreme resolution of the PhaseOne IQ180 camera of which it was shot. This footage comes…
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Some wonderful footage of Rio de Janiero. A real glimpse into the vibrancy of the city.

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London's second languages mapped by tube stop

London's second languages mapped by tube stop | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
Which tube line in London is the most linguistically diverse? Where on the tube are you most likely to hear French or Portuguese? UCL’s Oliver O’Brien’s map of the most common second languages by tube stop will give you a clue
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Different styles of maps.  Mapping important ways in which society operates.

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Finding and Using Spatial Data Sources

Finding and Using Spatial Data Sources | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
By Seth Dixon, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Geography, Rhode Island College Data is great, but working with numbers can be intimidating. We have more data than ever before that is available to us,...
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maths and geography

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Peter Bellerby - The Globemaker

A short film about Peter Bellerby, artisan globemaker and founder of Bellerby and Co. Globemakers. www.bellerbyandco.com Directed by Charles Arran Busk & Jamie…
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Creating a wetland

Creating a wetland | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
Find out how a school uses stormwater to create a wetland habitat for native plants. Josh Byrne visits Swan Valley...
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Growing an organic edible garden

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Find out about the roles that earthworms and other animals play in a sustainable organic garden. View this clip called...
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Create a class of GPS explorers with geocaching | eSchool News | eSchool News | 2

Technology News & Innovation in K-12 Education
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Geocaching - there is a whole world of Geocachers out there. Google it in your area.

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Volcanic Eruption

"WebCams de Mexico archives the best of webcam videos in Mexico."


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Vincent Lahondère's curator insight, March 17, 3:53 PM

Impressionnant

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watch an eruption in action

Paul Farias's curator insight, April 9, 12:43 PM

It almost reminds me of a blemish that needs to be tended to on the face of the earth and it just couldn't handle the pressure anymore. My fascination with the way the earth does things blows my mind. 

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Teaching the Geography of Food

Teaching the Geography of Food | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
By Seth Dixon, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Geography, Rhode Island College  Food. It's something we all think about, talk about, and need. Food has been one major topic of interest at National Ge...
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Blended and Online Assessment Taxonomy Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

Blended and Online Assessment Taxonomy Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
The Blended and Online Assessment Taxonomy Infographic presents types of activities and grading and feedback criteria to help you plan better assessments.
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International Year of Soils 2015 | Soils for Life

International Year of Soils 2015 | Soils for Life | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
The Soils for Life Program facilitates improved management of the natural environment in Australia by encouraging the adoption of regenerative landscape management in agriculture - focusing on soil health, water management and a biodiversity of vegetation.
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An Australian focus and a conference in Canberra in July

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Global storytelling with a green screen and iPads - Innovation: Education

Global storytelling with a green screen and iPads - Innovation: Education | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
Tellagami-smash! With a fleet of iPads at their disposal, along with the free green-screen app Veescope
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Some useful apps to learn how to use. Tellagami-smash!  along with the free green-screen app Veescope. How best to present a global project? What are the key intercultural messages we want to get across?

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Quiz: Can you name these cities just by looking at their subway maps?

Quiz: Can you name these cities just by looking at their subway maps? | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
The stylized geography of urban transit.
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Different types of maps

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Education :: Conversations through the Asian collections :: Art Gallery NSW

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Asia art excursions in Sydney

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Worldwise - Geographical Association

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Very UK oriented but good fun for all

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Windows on Earth

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Windows on Earth - Stunning photos by astronauts
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Search for non USA focused resources but still some amazing pictures

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Build a worm farm and chook shed

Build a worm farm and chook shed | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
What's a good way to create a worm farm in your school yard? Find out the novel approach Swan Valley Anglican Community...
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