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The World's Most Densely Populated Cities

The World's Most Densely Populated Cities | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
The growth of these cities will create a host of environmental and health problems.

 

By 2210, the global population is expected to grow from just more than 7 billion to 11.3 billion — with 87 percent of the population living in urban areas, according to a new working paper by researchers from NYU’s Marron Institute.

Most of these individuals will be in what’s now the developing world — creating a host of environmental and health problems.

If projections are correct, these new urban dwellers will require the world’s existing cities to expand six-fold to accommodate triple the residents, Richard Florida wrote in The Atlantic. Plus, the world will need 500 new “megacities” of 10 million or more, he wrote.


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Interesting  environmental issues towards which we seem to be hurtling without much thought

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Valerie Bauwens's curator insight, March 28, 2014 4:46 AM

Or will there be a natural come back to the country side?

Jessica Rieman's curator insight, April 2, 2014 5:42 PM

 Cairo, Egypt has a population density of 9,400 residents per square kilometer. THese numbers are crazy think about it compared to MA or RI and our major cities.

MsPerry's curator insight, August 12, 2014 8:03 PM

APHG-U2 & U6

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The Fallacy of Endless Economic Growth

The Fallacy of Endless Economic Growth | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
What economists around the world get wrong about the future.
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Interesting discussion points here. How a book was sidelined because it said things people didn't want to hear. I think the connection with unending waste and loss of democratic practice and considered well researched discussion is important.
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How Access to Nature During The School Year Can Help Students Thrive

How Access to Nature During The School Year Can Help Students Thrive | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
Getting kids out in nature on a regular basis helps kids' development. Some schools have partnerships with local parks but students in the Ferguson-Florissant
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Just examples of authentic learning environments, solving real life problems. Nothing surprising about this but so good to see it happening.
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Turning the Community Into a Classroom

Turning the Community Into a Classroom | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
See how students investigate real issues in their communities—and check out an e-book on how to adopt this type of program.
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Community based experiences - global citizenship education
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Origin of crops | CIAT Blog

Origin of crops | CIAT Blog | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
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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!!!
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A New Map for America

A New Map for America | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
The 50-state model is holding the country back. It needs a new system, built around urban corridors.
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Can we look at our map and think of it differently? Then can we get others to agree with us?
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32 Maps That Will Teach You Something New About the World

32 Maps That Will Teach You Something New About the World | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
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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How a Modern-Day Mapmaker Does His Job

How a Modern-Day Mapmaker Does His Job | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
Tom Harrison, a Californian cartographer, explains what goes into a good map and why making one can take nearly two years.
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Maps are a choice of the mapmaker or who he/she has contacted to make the map. Maps come with values attached.
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Why Children Still Need to Read (and Draw) Maps

Why Children Still Need to Read (and Draw) Maps | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
While many skills have become obsolete in the digital age, map reading remains an important tool for building children's spatial reasoning skills and helping them make sense of our world.

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I totally agree

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ApocalypseSurvival's curator insight, March 11, 2016 9:15 AM

Young people need to develop a mental map of their environs and an over-reliance on GPS/mapping apps are no substitute.  When these youth become drivers, they are unprepared to make spatially/navigational decisions because they lack map reading skills.  They might think that their apps can do all the work and that an old fashioned paper map is outdated technology, but their spatial thinking skills become atrophied. Spatial skills are crucial for understanding the world as a global citizen, to understand your local environs and for making scientific discoveries.  So teach a kid how to read a map...the sooner the better. 

 

Tags: education, K12, geography education, spatial, mapping.

The Planetary Archives / San Francisco, California's curator insight, March 11, 2016 6:25 PM

Young people need to develop a mental map of their environs and an over-reliance on GPS/mapping apps are no substitute.  When these youth become drivers, they are unprepared to make spatially/navigational decisions because they lack map reading skills.  They might think that their apps can do all the work and that an old fashioned paper map is outdated technology, but their spatial thinking skills become atrophied. Spatial skills are crucial for understanding the world as a global citizen, to understand your local environs and for making scientific discoveries.  So teach a kid how to read a map...the sooner the better. 

 

Tags: education, K12, geography education, spatial, mapping.

Mike Busarello's Digital Storybooks's curator insight, March 13, 2016 6:53 AM

Young people need to develop a mental map of their environs and an over-reliance on GPS/mapping apps are no substitute.  When these youth become drivers, they are unprepared to make spatially/navigational decisions because they lack map reading skills.  They might think that their apps can do all the work and that an old fashioned paper map is outdated technology, but their spatial thinking skills become atrophied. Spatial skills are crucial for understanding the world as a global citizen, to understand your local environs and for making scientific discoveries.  So teach a kid how to read a map...the sooner the better. 

 

Tags: education, K12, geography education, spatial, mapping.

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26 Things You Might Not Know Were Named After Places

26 Things You Might Not Know Were Named After Places | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
From cheddar cheese to the tuxedo.

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Emma Boyle's curator insight, March 2, 2016 12:31 PM

Many ordinary objects are named for places where they were discovered, invented, or widely used. If you smell a dab of cologne on the man eating a Danish in the bungalow, the way you speak about that incident has a linguistic debt to a town in Germany, and the countries of Denmark and Bangladesh.  Many foods (especially wine and cheese) are named after places and 26 are highlighted in this article and here is a (semi-) exhaustive list of words derived from toponyms. 

 

Tags: food, language, toponyms.

MSTA's curator insight, March 3, 2016 3:35 PM

Many ordinary objects are named for places where they were discovered, invented, or widely used. If you smell a dab of cologne on the man eating a Danish in the bungalow, the way you speak about that incident has a linguistic debt to a town in Germany, and the countries of Denmark and Bangladesh.  Many foods (especially wine and cheese) are named after places and 26 are highlighted in this article and here is a (semi-) exhaustive list of words derived from toponyms. 

 

Tags: food, language, toponyms.

Jodi Esaili's curator insight, March 4, 2016 3:34 PM

Many ordinary objects are named for places where they were discovered, invented, or widely used. If you smell a dab of cologne on the man eating a Danish in the bungalow, the way you speak about that incident has a linguistic debt to a town in Germany, and the countries of Denmark and Bangladesh.  Many foods (especially wine and cheese) are named after places and 26 are highlighted in this article and here is a (semi-) exhaustive list of words derived from toponyms. 

 

Tags: food, language, toponyms.

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Spatialworlds: The currency of Geography

Spatialworlds: The currency of Geography | Primary Geography | Scoop.it

Image above: A frequently reported current event - displaced persons on their way to Europe from the Middle East and Africa.

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From Malcolm McInerney on the currency of Geography. How do we understand our world without  Geography?

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How geography shapes international politics | Geography Education

How geography shapes international politics | Geography Education | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
Tim Marshall explains how world geography colors national development and foreign relations. | Geography Education
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Sounds interesting. for a start what is the "place" of the author?

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Bartlett librarian pulls out stamp collection to help students learn world geography

Bartlett librarian pulls out stamp collection to help students learn world geography | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
Karla Norma is a new member of the Memphis Stamp Collectors Society and is using gifts from the club to help fifth-graders brush up on world geography.
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I have written a unit of work for the new Geography syllabus using stamps, They still hold fascination- at least for me!!

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Photographing mega-cities from 12,000 feet

Photographing mega-cities from 12,000 feet | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
Photographer Vincent Laforet spent the early stages of 2015 photographing the likes of New York, Las Vegas, London, Sydney and Barcelona from a helicopter.

 

Tags: urban, megacities, unit 7 cities, images.


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Marianne Naughton's curator insight, December 6, 2015 10:19 PM

Great photo of city ... 

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Creating Silhouettes and Design Elements Using Wordle - E-Learning Heroes

Creating Silhouettes and Design Elements Using Wordle - E-Learning Heroes | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
One of the things I've been playing around with is finding ways to incorporate tag clouds in my e-learning courses. Why tag clouds? Because they're a great way to visually communicate key points and concepts.
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Mr. Varley's APHG site

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"Welcome to Mr. Varley’s AP Human Geography website. Scroll over ‘AP Human Geography’ located above to find a drop-down menu for each unit."


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Some themes and resources that may be able to be adapted for pre-service teachers.
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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 23, 3:55 PM

There are many great teacher sites; this one has the great unit-specific resources as well as a student-produced "Motherload review packet."  Consider having your students collaboratively produce their own review packet.

 

Tags: geography education, APHG.

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15 free educational resources for the 2016 Rio Olympics - Ara Sarafian - ABC Splash - http://splash.abc.net.au/newsandarticles/blog/-/b/2357881/15-free-educational-resources-for-the-2016-rio-olympi...

15 free educational resources for the 2016 Rio Olympics - Ara Sarafian - ABC Splash - http://splash.abc.net.au/newsandarticles/blog/-/b/2357881/15-free-educational-resources-for-the-2016-rio-olympi... | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
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Geographical Association - Earthquake and tsunami resources

Geographical Association - Earthquake and tsunami resources | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
The GA supports primary and secondary geography teachers through teaching resources, geography journals, CPD events, Barnaby Bear, Worldwise and more.
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Such a good Association to join even for us "foreigners"
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The Geography of New Orleans

The Geography of New Orleans | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
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.

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New Orleans is the classic example to use to explain the difference between site and situation...lousy site, incredible situation.  These maps are a nice introduction to the city.  

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Jukka Melaranta's curator insight, April 2, 2016 2:27 PM

New Orleans is the classic example to use to explain the difference between site and situation...lousy site, incredible situation.  These maps are a nice introduction to the city.  

Ivan Ius's curator insight, April 3, 2016 11:58 AM

New Orleans is the classic example to use to explain the difference between site and situation...lousy site, incredible situation.  These maps are a nice introduction to the city.  

Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, April 16, 2016 3:00 AM

The reasons people live in some places is a product of economic, environmental and historic factors. New Orleans is a good example. 

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5 Activities to Make Your PowerPoint More Engaging

5 Activities to Make Your PowerPoint More Engaging | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
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…

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Reminds me of old games in a new format. BUT engaging for our current digital natives.

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Marianne Hart's curator insight, March 31, 2016 9:32 AM

Awesome resource for teachers - fun things to do with PowerPoint including ready-made templates.

Q Nguyen's curator insight, April 3, 2016 7:39 AM

Awesome resource for teachers - fun things to do with PowerPoint including ready-made templates.

Tonya Smith Saylor's curator insight, May 7, 2016 9:25 PM

Thinking of doing a PowerPoint for your next classroom presentation? Check out this resource to assist you in creating a more interesting and engaging presentation that your audience will love.

 

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.5
Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.

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Revolutionary new solar power plant generates energy all day and all night

Revolutionary new solar power plant generates energy all day and all night | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
The new plant overcomes one of the largest barriers to mass deployment of solar energy.
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Australia take note!!

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Making the Change: Female Climate Fighters | Oxfam Education

Making the Change: Female Climate Fighters | Oxfam Education | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
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.
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QUIZ: Can you match the country to what it used to be called?

QUIZ: Can you match the country to what it used to be called? | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
France has not always been called France.

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I am a citizen of which country?

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 31, 2016 10:49 PM

Everybody know that Istanbul was Constantinople, but some countries have also known by other names.  This quiz of 18 countries is fairly easily, but I must object to the website's characterization for a perfect score: "You're basically a professional historian."  The word you were looking for was geographer...and if you now have a song stuck in your head, here is the They Might Be Giants version and the old school Four Lads version of Istanbul (Not Constantinople)--you're welcome. 

 

Tags: trivia, games, place, toponyms.

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There’s a Walkable Map of the World in Denmark

There’s a Walkable Map of the World in Denmark | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
It really is a small world after all at Denmark’s World Map at Lake Klejtrup, a 43,000-square foot world map built entirely to scale.
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Even the way her constructed this is interesting

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