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Why should I be interested in Geography?

A video made by David Lambert et al showing why Geography is a key subject and the importance of understanding it in the context of our modern world.

 

This is a creative video that promotes geo-literacy.  It is an excellent way to kick off a new school year if you are looking for a 'hook' to demonstrate the importance of geography to students today.  Other materials of this nature can be found on this website under the tag 'geo-inspiration' which is accessible here: http://www.scoop.it/t/geography-education?tag=geo-inspiration

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Lydia Blevins's comment, September 2, 2012 12:33 PM
I didn't realize how important geography is. It seems very fascinating to learn about geography and how it has so much to do with the future and how our world keeps changing. I can't wait to learn about it in class.
Haley Wayland's comment, September 3, 2012 12:24 AM
This video really gave me a better idea of what this class will teach me and give me more knowledge about. I never really understood the definition of geography and why it was so important. It really seems like an interesting class and I'm very interested.
Michael Grant's comment, September 12, 2012 4:11 PM
This really shows the importance of geography and how much we have not payed attention to how much has changed
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How The USA Expanded (In One Mesmerizing Animated GIF) | Edudemic

How The USA Expanded (In One Mesmerizing Animated GIF) | Edudemic | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

Got 30 seconds and want to see exactly how the country now known as the U.S. expanded across the continent? Ever wish you could see all that in one simple animated GIF? Me neither.

Until I saw this.

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Electing a US President | Common Craft

Electing a US President | Common Craft | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

This video discusses the basic ideas behind the U.S. electoral process. It follows the chronological steps from voting to election day, focusing on each state's role, including:

Comparisons of popular vote vs. state votes
Impact of state population on the number of electors
How electors are counted

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"Obamacare" Supreme Court Decision

The original Supreme Court opinion - how could this be used in the classroom? 


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Film as a Great Motivator

Film as a Great Motivator | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

Film can be used as a culminating experience to summarize a unit or lesson. It can be studied as an art form. Short films designed to teach a concept or skill, especially in a subject like physical education, can be very useful. Developing students' critical consciousness of visual media should be a major part of every school's curriculum and is important enough a subject to be the focus of a forthcoming column.

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National Atlas: Interactive Mapmaker

National Atlas: Interactive Mapmaker | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

The National Atlas that is available online has an extensive database for simple online mapping.  This is "GIS-light," an easy way to explore the spatial patterns within U.S. census data and other data sets.  The lists all contain a wide variety of variables, making this a good way to get students to explore potential research topics.  Thanks to the Connecticut Geographic Alliance coordinator for suggesting this link.   


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Lisa Fonseca's comment, August 27, 2012 11:10 AM
I think this website is great! I can see myself using this in a classroom. It provides a clear visual for students and anyone in general to view statistics on a variety of content.
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Straight Facts on American Teachers [INFOGRAPHIC] - GoEd Online

The original Straight Facts on American Teachers infographic by GoEd Online Teaching Materials.
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The Battle of Gettysburg - The United States Army

The Battle of Gettysburg - The United States Army | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

Flash map and audio on the Battle of Gettysburg.  

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Vanishing Languages - Pictures, More From National Geographic Magazine

Vanishing Languages - Pictures, More From National Geographic Magazine | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
One language dies every 14 days. By the next century nearly half of the roughly 7,000 languages spoken on Earth will likely disappear, as communities abandon native tongues in favor of English, Mandarin, or Spanish.
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Year-End Roundup | Social Studies, History, Geography and Civics

Year-End Roundup | Social Studies, History, Geography and Civics | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Our lessons are on summer vacation, but here are our social studies-related lesson plans for the 2011-12 school year.
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Flag Day and historical thinking

Flag Day and historical thinking | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

Great post from HistoryTech on historical thinking and using primary source photographs in the classroom.  

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101 Super Sites for Social Studies Teachers

101 Super Sites for Social Studies Teachers | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

A list of 101 websites for social studies, U.S. history, world history, government, economics and civics teachers.

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Hidden treasures

Hidden treasures | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

THE Arctic’s glaciers, including those of Greenland’s vast ice cap, are retreating. The land is thawing: the area covered by snow in June is roughly a fifth less than in the 1960s. Arctic governments are starting to see a bonanza in the melt. The Arctic is stocked with minerals that were hitherto largely inaccessible, including an estimated 30% of undiscovered reserves of natural gas and 13% of undiscovered oil reserves. Encouraged by Arctic governments and dwindling reserves elsewhere, oil companies are flocking north like migrating geese to explore the continental shelves of Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Norway and Russia. Canada and Russia also hope to develop their Arctic shipping-lanes, which the melt is making accessible.

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Prologue: Pieces of History » Working at the National Archives: Inside the Ice Cube

Prologue: Pieces of History » Working at the National Archives: Inside the Ice Cube | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

Where’s the coolest place to work at the National Archives? The Ice Cube, of course!

At the Federal Records Center (FRC) in Lenexa, Kansas, one storage bay stands out from all of the other rooms at our facility. It is a stand-alone room, equipped with state-of-the-art scanners and barcodes. And it is just a bit cooler than the rest of the center, checking in at 35°F in the main room and 25°F in the freezer. We refer to the room as the “Ice Cube,” and the items stored in the room are assorted types of film.

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Take Online Modules - For Teachers (Library of Congress)

Take Online Modules - For Teachers (Library of Congress) | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Library of Congress resources for teachers. On your own for professional development? Earn a certificate of completion by taking the Library's self-paced interactive modules. Each multimedia-rich program delivers approximately one hour of staff development.
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Oral History Project

Oral History Project | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

One of our Wisconsin school districts takes oral history very seriously, and for years has had students brainstorm, design, conduct interviews, and publish books.  Their latest is on the Holocaust, and is a huge collection of stories and reminiscinces of Holocaust survivors.  These kids deserve BIG props!

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London, the Olympics and Geography

London, the Olympics and Geography | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

The Geographical Association has produced numerous resources specifically for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games being held in London.  The Olympics as an event work as an important teaching moment that operates on numerous scales.  What local developmental projects reshaped the urban fabric of London in preparation for these Games?  Do international events such as the Olympics foster a global community?  Is this idea of a global community perfectly harmonious?    


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NATO Declassified | Les coulisses de l'OTAN

Relive the first ten years of NATO history.  NATO declassified documents, photos, films, and footage used to illustrate the birth of NATO and its formative years.  

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Virtual Stock Exchange Games (VSE) - MarketWatch.com

Virtual Stock Exchange Games (VSE) - MarketWatch.com | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Free stock market game with community trading discussion, player rank, profiles, earnings game.
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My Life as a Refugee - UNHCR

My Life as a Refugee - UNHCR | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

Built for iOS and Android, 'MY LIFE AS A REFUGEE' lets players contemplate the same life-changing decisions refugees make in a true-to-life quest to try to survive, reach safety, reunite with loved ones and re-start their lives.

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Obama vs Romney - Decide Who Wins!

Obama vs Romney - Decide Who Wins! | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Click on each state in the map with your predictions, and the running total at the bottom will tell you who wins!
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The Civil War

The Civil War | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it

Graphs and maps to visualize battles, victories, casualties of the Civil War. You can toggle to individual battles, as well.

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Secret corpse flights, pizza boy delivery routes and the daily commute: Stunning aerial images reveal never-before-seen side of America

Secret corpse flights, pizza boy delivery routes and the daily commute: Stunning aerial images reveal never-before-seen side of America | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
Everything from the routes taken by Manhattan pizza delivery drivers on a Friday night to Domino's Pizza truck movement across the U.S. are replicated in breathtaking pictures.
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Who Am I?: A History Mystery

Who am I?  A History Mystery from the Smithsonian.

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40 Of The Most Powerful Photographs Ever Taken

40 Of The Most Powerful Photographs Ever Taken | Social Studies Education | Scoop.it
A moving collection of iconic photographs from the last 100 years that demonstrate the heartbreak of loss, the tremendous power of loyalty, and the triumph of the human spirit. Warning: Some of the...

 

So many of these images represent powerful  images that make history personal and show the strands of history during pivotal moments of change. 


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