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Hurricane Sandy in Rhode Island

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RIDOT has compiled a great (or horrific) set of images documenting the damage that Hurricane Sandy had on the Ocean State, primarily in coastal neighborhoods.  

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RIGEA

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The Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance (RIGEA) is commited to promoting geographic education and geo-literacy in the Ocean State.  You can join the Alliance for free to receive newsletters and updates. We encourage you to visit our main website as well as our various social media profiles.


RIGEA Sites: Main Website, Facebook Page, Twitter.


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Welcome To Geography!

"Let's start off the new school year in style! This is a re-imagining of an older resource designed to introduce the subject to new students in a highly visual manner.  Feel free to use & share it."

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Admit it...geographers have to sell geography.  This geography teacher has done a fabulous job of demonstrating what geography is in an engaging, relevant way to start the year off right


Tags: geo-inspiration, geography education.

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Local Population Pyramids

Local Population Pyramids | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it
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Have you even wanted to explore an interactive map of the United States and be able to click on any neighborhood to see the local population age structure and compare that to the national, state or county data?  If not, you don't know what you've been missing.  This is a fantastic resource that lets you and your students explore the data AND ask spatial questions.  It's definitely one that I'll add to my list of favorite resources.  This population pyramid shows that Jamestown's population is much older than the national average; how come?   

 

Tag: population, population pyramidsmappingcensus, visualization, USA.

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The Language of Maps Kids Should Know

The Language of Maps Kids Should Know | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it
The vocabulary and concepts of maps kids should learn to enhance their map-skills & geography awareness. Concise definitions with clear illustrations.
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I really like this article because it briefly shares the language needed for students to able to successfully use maps in the classroom...plus it's highly adaptable for virtually any grade level.  


Tagsmapping, K12, scale, location.

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How big is Rhode Island?

How big is Rhode Island? | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

"In the end, the massive wildfires in Southern California burned an area that many reports described as about the size of Rhode Island. Now, that's probably a phrase you've heard before. As the smallest U.S. state, Rhode Island has the distinction—or perhaps the misfortune—of being one of the news media's most convenient geographic yardstick.  As in, Hey! This think is so big, is't as big as a whole state!  Just how big is Rhode Island anyway?"

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Did you know that Europe's six smallest countries could fit inside Rhode Island, with room to spare?  This Slate article (as well as this article from the Wall Street Journal) shares some fun facts about Rhode Island's size as a benchmark for comparisons that hopefully will bolster our mental maps with a familiar, local  point of reference.   

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Can you pass this grade-school New England geography test?

Can you pass this grade-school New England geography test? | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it
Questions taken from SoftSchools.com
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How Many Gun Deaths Are There In Your State?

How Many Gun Deaths Are There In Your State? | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it
Red, blue, and purple states wind up pretty much where you'd expect. And if you're in Louisiana, you might want to keep your head down.
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Rhode Island isn't on the bottom of this list for being the smallest state, but because Rhode Island has the fewest gun deaths (per capita) in the United States.  3.14 per 100,000 residents is lowest in the United States and this is one more reason to be glad that you live in the Ocean State.  Do you notice any regional patterns in the rest of the data?  Any explanations to make sense of these regional patterns?

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EnviroAtlas

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EnviroAtlas is a collection of interactive tools and resources that allows users to explore the many benefits people receive from nature, often referred to as ecosystem services. Key components of EnviroAtlas include the following:


This video is a brief introduction on how to utilize the EnviroAtlas mapping platform that has been created by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.  This has great potential for the classroom and as a portal for students to explore the data on their own.      


Tags: mapping, environment, physical.

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Geography in the News: Geographic Calibrations

Geography in the News: Geographic Calibrations | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

"Occasionally we need to be reminded that the concepts of distance and area are important to the day-to-day understanding of breaking news stories, as well as many of our daily personal decisions. Although modern communications and transportation have reduced the roles of distance and area in some activities, by no means has it eliminated the utility of these concepts."  


This classic Geography in the News highlights the importance of basic geographic concepts to understand and contextual global news. 

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Civics & Social Studies

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"The Rhode Island State Panel on Civic Education (SPCE) and RIDE will host the 2014 Rhode Island Social Studies Summer Institute on May 31, at Rhode Island College, from 8 a.m. to 2:00 p.m."

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The Rhode Island Social Studies Institute will be held at Rhode Island College on May 31, 2014, from 8am-2pm.  This is a free conference and a wonderful networking opportunity. Click here to register online and I hope that RIGEA will be well-represented there.      


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Population pyramids: Powerful predictors of the future

"Population statistics are like crystal balls -- when examined closely, they can help predict a country's future (and give important clues about the past). Kim Preshoff explains how using a visual tool called a population pyramid helps policymakers and social scientists make sense of the statistics, using three different countries' pyramids as examples."

Seth Dixon's insight:

This is an incredibly powerful and remarkably well-done TED-ED lesson on the importance and value of population pyramids.  This lesson goes nicely with this article fro the World Bank entitled "The End of the Population Pyramid" which highlights the demographic changes that will be reshaping global demographics in the next 50-100 years.  


Tag: population, demographic transition model, TED.

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Kyle Kampe's curator insight, May 27, 10:31 PM

In AP Human Geo., this relates to the theme of population pyramids because it gives a compelling explanation of how to interpret population pyramids and why they are significant for extrapolating into the future.

Lona Pradeep Parad's curator insight, May 28, 6:54 PM

This video proves how population pyramids can predict the current and future state of a country such as Rwanda.

Sid McIntyre-DeLaMelena's curator insight, May 29, 12:41 PM

Population statistics help show past, present, and future issues and concerns of certain areas ranging from health to women's' issues.

The movement of people in and out of areas affect population statistics and the landscape of areas either positively of negatively.

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Comparing Rhode Island's Size

Comparing Rhode Island's Size | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

I recently received this incredible shirt (I think the Easter bunny must stalk my Facebook page…but the shirt is also available online here).  I loved the idea behind it; the T-shirt mingles big-state bravado that declared regional superiority, with small-state insecurity that begs not to be forgotten. Both sentiments, even if they are on opposite side of the spectrum, display an enormous sense of regional pride and communal identity.  My first thought to check the truthfulness of this map was to see how many “Rhode Islands” there are in state Texas using this clever website that shows the number of areal units equal to the size of Rhode Island that are in any given country. And despite what that southwest bravado may lead you to believe, Texas isn’t its own country. So I needed to find a different website which lets you overlay any two places one on top of the other. This is a fantastic resource for help leverage your students’ local knowledge to teach them about places that are more remote and where their mental maps might have very little data.  So using those two websites, how accurate is this T-Shirt?  Now, any ideas on how to verify/debunk the oft repeated statement that Rhode Island is 3% larger at low tide?  Any geospatial ideas on how to conceptually go about answering this question? 

 So never mess with the Ocean State…even if this is Texas’ version of Earth Day.

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European word translator

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Translate any word from English to more than 30 other European languages, on a map
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This is an incredible resource to visualize the linguistic similarities between European languages all on one interactive map.  Just type in a word or phrase as it will translate it for you and place the results on the map.  I just found this, but I think it still belongs on my list of favorite resources.   


Questions to Ponder: Do you see any regions forming?  How does language impact the diffusion of people, ideas and goods?  Hoe do you think these languages diffused?   


Tags: language, culture, English diffusion.

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Melissa Marshall's curator insight, April 9, 10:23 PM

This is a fantastic resource for seeing how words have changed according to geography. Type a word into the box and see it translated directly on to a map in more than 30 languages. Great for teaching kids about regions of language, or asking how they think a certain country came to use a certain word. 

Mick D Kirkov's curator insight, April 11, 3:43 AM

Haha, hehe, hihi, or Ho-ho-ho! Maybe even huhuhuy!

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English; Toursim; Geography

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2014 Fall Opening Social

2014 Fall Opening Social | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

On September 13th, RIGEA will host a morning social that will double as an incredible professional development activity. Bridgewater State University is home to a rare 25 foot tall inflatable globe that will be on display at this RIGEA event. This globe, EarthView, also offers the singular opportunity to view the surface of the Earth from the inside. Dr. Vernon Domingo, a geography professor from Bridgewater State University, will offer guided demonstrations of EarthView and present a keynote address entitled “Integrating Geography and History.”  Dr. Seth Dixon will present on the challenges of teaching geography.


When: September 13th, 9 a.m.
Where: Rhode Island College, Student Union Ballroom (see map)
What: Opening Social with EarthView
Professional Development talks: “Integrating Geography and History” and “Teaching Geography in the 21st century”
Dining: Light continental breakfast; pizza for lunch
WHO: Anyone who would like to attend that RSVPs.
RSVP: Please email your RSVP to rigea@ric.edu with the subject line “1 RSVP for EarthView”


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Where We Came From, State by State

Where We Came From, State by State | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it
Charts showing how Americans have moved between states for 112 years.
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This incredible series of interactive charts from the New York Times show where the residents of every U.S. state were born and how that data has changed over time (update: now available as an interactive map).  This graph of Florida shows that around 1900, most people living in Florida were from the South.  Around the middle of the 20th century more people from other parts of the U.S. and from outside the U.S. started moving in.  What changes in U.S. society led to these demographic shifts?  How has demographics of your state changes over the last 114 years? 

   

On the flip side, many people have been leaving California and this article charts the demographic impact of Californians on other states.  


Tags: migration, USAvisualization, census, unit 2 population.

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Google Maps Smarty Pins

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Smarty Pins is a Google Maps based geography and trivia game.
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As stated in a review of Smarty Pins on Mashable, "Google unveiled a fun new game this week that tests players' geography and trivia skills.  Called 'Smarty Pins' the game starts players off with 1,000 miles (or 1,609 kilometers if they're not based in the United States), and asks them to drop a pin on the city that corresponds with the correct answer to a given question." 


This game is wonderfully addictive...I haven't enjoyed a mapping trivia platform this much since I discovered GeoGuessr.  I answered 38 questions before I ran out of miles...how far did you get?  


Tagsgoogle, fun, mapping, place, trivia.

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The Habitable Planet

The Habitable Planet | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

""The Habitable Planet is a multimedia course for high school teachers and adult learners interested in studying environmental science. The Web site provides access to course content and activities developed by leading scientists and researchers in the field."

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Much like the Power of Place resources were created by Annenberg Learner to share World Regional Geography videos, the Habitable Planet has diverse resources for Physical Geography and Environmental Science.  In essence, it is an excellent free online textbook.   


Tags: textbook, environment, physical.

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Improving the Urban Environment and Maintaining Historic

How do you move a historic victorian mansion? Very carefully. In this case, it's the Peter Green House at Brown University, Providence RI.
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Many cities wrestle with two important, but opposing mandates: modernize the infrastructure to improve the city and maintain the history of the neighborhood to preserve a sense of place.  Most often these are not reconcilable, but with a whole lot of money, this is are very creative way to do both.  

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Rhode Island’s 10 Best Beaches

Rhode Island’s 10 Best Beaches | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it
In a state renowned for its shoreline, we name the very best 10 beaches we've got.  From family-friendly coves to remote stretches, Rhode Island has something for everyone. See if your favorite made the list, and see if you can visit them all before Labor Day. 
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1,007 species recorded in Rocky Point survey

1,007 species recorded in Rocky Point survey | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

"A team of more than 140 naturalists set off to document every species of plant, insect, animal, bird and fish that could be found on the premises. A total of 1,007 species had been recorded. The total exceeded the 973 average count for the past 15 annual 'BioBlitzes' and greater than what he expected for an area as small as Rocky Point – the annual surveys are usually done on tracts larger than the Point’s 124 acres – and expected in an area that had been so extensively developed."

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National Geographic Bee: 2014 Top Ten Finalists

National Geographic Bee: 2014 Top Ten Finalists | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it
Top Ten Finalists Announced for the 2014 Geographic Bee: National Geographic Bee opens September 15, 2014
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Excellent work Max, on making it into the finals and representing the Ocean State well! 

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Why Providence Is the Country's Best Small City

Why Providence Is the Country's Best Small City | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it
Amazing architecture, great food, wall-to-wall culture—Rhode Island’s capital has it in spades


As the petite capital of our nation’s littlest state, Providence, Rhode Island, seldom steals the spotlight. But what the city lacks in scale and profile, it certainly makes up for in style and spirit, with rich architectural interest, top-notch restaurants, charming waterfront parks, and a creative community whose influence extends far beyond the region. Today the metropolis, its downtown revitalized, is a destination well worth exploring in depth. And what better time to do so than now, when warm-weather getaways beckon up and down this stretch of New England coast?

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Local Solutions: Northeast Climate Change Preparedness Conference

Local Solutions: Northeast Climate Change Preparedness Conference | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

On May 21st in Manchester, NH there is going to be an educators summit around preparing for climate change in the Northeast. The stated goal is to: "help middle and high school teachers and community leaders engage students as citizen scientists working to better prepare their natural and human-built communities for the impacts of climate change". This not only sounds like it might be interesting to RIGEA members in general, but it also sounds A LOT like one of the ideas that came out of one of our strategic planning charrettes.  We will have RIGEA representation at the meeting and hope you'll consider attending.  This Friday is the last day to register online (but you can register at the the event as well). There appear to be some scholarships for minority and female middle school and high school students still available as well as travel grants.

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40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

"If you’re a visual learner like myself, then you know maps, charts and infographics can really help bring data and information to life. Maps can make a point resonate with readers and this collection aims to do just that.  Hopefully some of these maps will surprise you and you’ll learn something new. A few are important to know, some interpret and display data in a beautiful or creative way, and a few may even make you chuckle or shake your head."


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State Maps in the Classroom

State Maps in the Classroom | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

"Have you ever seen a map and marveled over all of the information that it contains? It is incredible how maps can capture so much of the real world and depict so many places. From big cities to small towns, maps use characteristics such as topography, hydrography, industry, and recreation to tell the story of a place."

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National Geographic Education has just finished producing all 50 State Tabletop Mapmaker kits which focus on basic mapping skills for younger audiences.  This set of tiled 8.5 x 11 sheets really expands what you can do and to help educators know what to do with these resources, they wrote this article that shows 9 ways to use these new state maps in your classroom.  I'm looking forward to printing off the Rhode Island state map!


TagsNational Geographic. mapping, K12.

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Coast to Coast: Baseball Hall of Fame Geography Lessons

Coast to Coast:  Baseball Hall of Fame Geography Lessons | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

The history of baseball reflects the story of expansion in the United States. New cities have emerged and modern stadiums have been built as a growing population fueled the popularity of our National Pastime. The result is an extensive network of baseball teams at every level - from the major leagues to the little leagues - that represent the communities and environments in which they play. Everything from jersey colors, names, and symbols to the foods served at ballparks reflects the local landscape and culture of baseball teams. A simple game that began with a bat and ball is now a comprehensive case study of how people and geography are interrelated.

 
All of the lessons and activities have been prepared to accompany "Geography: Baseball Coast to Coast." You will find that the curriculum is organized into three levels: Level 1 for elementary school students, Level 2 for middle school students, and Level 3 for high school students.

Seth Dixon's insight:

Thanks to the NCGE and the Baseball Hall of Fame for working together to bring us these great resources...play ball!!  On a local note, what baseball team is the most popular in your area?  Is there a geography to fan support? 

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The Rice Process's curator insight, March 31, 10:59 AM

Love these lessons. Reminds me of the Gridiron Geography unit I did with my junior high classes. The lessons connected geographical  regions, economy, history or culture themes to NFL football teams.  

Marianne Hart's curator insight, April 23, 11:28 AM

 Local teams, stadium name, mascot, Great addition to #MysterySkype

Lauren Sellers's curator insight, May 28, 11:50 PM

It neat to think as the population grew a new city needed a new field and team and they use the landscape and culture around them to help decide factors of a team including the name and mascot and even the food. An example would be although you would find hot dogs in every stadium its probably a specialty in Chicago while in New York its pizza and down south in Texas its nachos.