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The Geography of Foreign Aid

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This map is a graphical representation of the Dashboard’s available data on foreign assistance appropriations by fiscal year. The darker a country’s shading appears on the map, the more funding that U.S. Government country office received in that fiscal year. Users can switch between fiscal years by using the dropdown box in the top right corner of the page. Users can choose a country by clicking the map or by selecting the name of the country from the drop down box above.


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The New World

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An interactive series of maps show possible new additions to the world’s list of independent nations.

 

This is great way to show examples of devolution and political instability.  Included are 11 potential scenarios where further fragmentation/disintegration might occur or even greater regional integration that would redraw the map.  These case studies include: Somalia, Korea, Azerbaijan, Belgium and the Arabian Gulf Union.

 

Tags: political, devolution, supranationalism, war, autonomy, unit 4 political.


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Benjamin DeRita's comment, September 23, 2012 9:36 PM
Very interesting and informative piece, I found slide (10) especially intriguing with its discussion on the possibility of China claiming parts of Siberia.
Anna Sasaki's curator insight, March 24, 2015 8:53 AM

This article is probably one of my favorites I have read so far. It describes perfectly the political instability still present in the world, and that the globe and its boundaries are constantly changing, never staying put for too long. It surprised me at the new borders which most likely are going to happen, such as the unification of parts of Pakistan and Afghanistan. Also, the fact that South Korea is subtly getting ready for the reunification of North and South Korea. Also, there may be devolution in Mali and splintering devolution in the Congo's.

This shows devolution as the power in these nations in which are breaking up, such as Belgium and the Flemish peoples. It shows the centrifugal forces behind the breakup of nations, such as ethnicities which vary, or the centripetal forces which bring nations together such as the combination of South and North Korea. 

Caroline Ivy's curator insight, May 21, 2015 11:12 AM

Devolution/Fragmentation

 

This article is about nations that could become potentially independent in the near Future, whether due to chronic ethnic incoherence, redrawn governemnt policies, or a growing stateless nation group. Some examples given are an independent Khurdistan, a larger Azerbaijan, and the split of Belgium. 

 

Centrifugal forces are the root of conflict in many countries. These forces include ethnic variety, lack of common language, political instability. These are what may be causing a split in both Belgium (developed country) and Somalia (developing country). There may also be a unification of countries—the map gives an example of the Saudia Arabia, Oman, Yemen, Bahrain, and other melding into one Arabian Gulf Union, of China absorbing Siberia. This does not necessarily herald the presence of centripetal forces, as these countries may be the result of military conquest. 

 

 

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Teaching With the Presidential Debates

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Great ideas for using the presidential debates in the classroom.


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Common Core Practice | The Boston Bombings and a Supreme Court Case

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How have you handled this week’s breaking news stories? Here is how our classroom collaborators in New Jersey taught about them.

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Stacy Yule's curator insight, April 19, 2013 1:56 PM

Great ideas for covering this week's complex news stories in class.

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Geography and History Games & Activities

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Hi!  It's Thursday, September 29, 2011 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

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National Archives: Searching for the Seventies

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“Searching for the Seventies” takes a new look at the 1970s using remarkable color photographs taken for a Federal photography project called Project DOCUMERICA (1971-1977).

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GranGoddessa's curator insight, March 8, 2013 12:05 PM

“Searching for the Seventies” takes a new look at the 1970s using remarkable color photographs taken for a Federal photography project called Project DOCUMERICA (1971-1977).

Kevin Morrice's comment, March 9, 2013 6:47 AM
Great scoop! Nice little trip down memory lane.
Aulde de Barbuat's curator insight, March 19, 2013 7:17 PM

Short reading plus interesting photographs about the seventies

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A soldier's eye: rediscovered pictures from Vietnam

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"Staff Sergeant Edgar D. Bledsoe, of Olive Branch, Ill., cradles a critically ill Vietnamese infant. The child was brought to Fire Support Base Pershing. This image, with this caption, was originally published in Vol. 3 No. 53 of Tropic Lightning News, December 30, 1968."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 27, 2013 2:44 PM

This gallery of 46 vintage images of the Vietnam War (primarily of U.S. GI's) shows the humanity and the pains of war.  This photoessay is very informative and moving.

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Charlie Haughey was assigned as a staff photographer in Vietnam, and took over 2000 photos during his 18 month tour.  The negatives sat for 40 years...until now.  

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Primary Sources


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 15, 2013 9:15 AM

"Kindergarten Historians" is fantastic example that shows that it's never too early to start using primary sources. 

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How is power divided in the United States government?

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-is-power-divided-in-the-united-states-government-belinda-stutzman Article II of the United States Constitution allows for three separate branches of government (legislative, executive, and judicial), along with a system of checks and balances should any branch get too powerful. Belinda Stutzman breaks down each branch and its constitutionally-entitled powers.

Lesson by Belinda Stutzman, animation by Johnny Chew.


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Kimberly (Pope) Kindred's curator insight, April 17, 2013 12:08 AM

TED ED is one of the best resources I found for my classes this year. Great way to supplement lessons and content.

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The Portraits of Thomas Jefferson

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At the turn of the 18th century, Americans learned what their leaders looked like through paintings and drawings, explains a historian at the National Portrait Gallery

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I would to know more about this figure
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Critical Assessment Techniques for Teachers

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If you're not convinced that standardized testing is the best way to measure knowledge, try critical assessment techniques.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 18, 2013 8:54 PM

This post notes that cricial assessment techniques (CAT) fall into two major categories. They may be " be used to empower students by encouraging them to share their perspectives." CATs that fall into this category include:

* Student generated questions

* Student report groups

* Suggestion boxes

The second category "promote comprehension and long-term retention." Examples include:

* One-minute papers

* Chain notes

* Peer reviews

To learn more about CATs and find some additional resources click through to the post.

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Preparing for Common Core Assessments

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The inside scoop on the PARCC and Smarter Balance assessments

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Debble Lee's curator insight, July 9, 2013 10:36 AM

Excellent article.

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Authentic Assessment in Action

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At Sammamish High School, our staff has dedicated our professional development to building expertise in the key elements of problem-based learning. Previous blog entries by my colleagues have given a

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25 Best Sites for Free Educational Videos

Directory of the Web's best educational video resources. Includes 5min, Academic Earth, BrainPOP, Brightstorm, iTunes U, YouTube EDU, and many more sites.


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A History of Conflicts

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Browse the timeline of war and conflict across the globe.

 

This database of global wars and conflicts is searchable through space and time.  You can drag and click both the map and timeline to locate particular battles and wars, and then read more information about that conflict.  This resource would be a great one to show students and let them explore to find what they see as interesting.  This site is brimming with potential.     


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Sakis Koukouvis's comment, August 16, 2012 8:06 AM
Oh... You are lucky ;-)
Paul Rymsza's comment, August 22, 2012 2:15 PM
the potential of this site is amazing between the interactive learning system and the correlation between the timeline and location. If the human geography class is anything like this i can't wait for it!
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This database of global wars and conflicts is searchable through space and time.  You can drag and click both the map and timeline to locate particular battles and wars, and then read more information about that conflict.  This resource would be a great one to show students and let them explore to find what they see as interesting.  This site is brimming with potential.    

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Defining Authenticity in Historical Problem Solving

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At Sammamish High School, we've identified seven key elements of problem-based learning, an approach that drives our comprehensive curriculum. I teach tenth grade history, which puts me in a unique p

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Stacy Yule's curator insight, April 11, 2013 3:11 PM

Great article about teaching AP World History through classes based on problem-based learning using content rich simulations and debates.

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A National Geographic Cartographer Explains How to Win That Google Maps Guessing Game

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Some online quiz games are rendered pointless by Google. But here’s one that would be impossible without it: GeoGuessr, a “where in the world are you?

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Stacy Yule's curator insight, May 15, 2013 4:21 PM

This would be a great activity for a geography class.  

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Inside the Conclave

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The world watches with interest as cardinals gather in conclave to elect the next pope. This infographic was produced for the Catholic News Service.

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Rogério Rocha's comment, March 11, 2013 9:57 AM
Parabéns pela postagem. Bastante esclarecedora. Um abraço.
Trisha Klancar's curator insight, March 12, 2013 8:28 AM

LIVE HISTORY...for kids today.

Kristen McDaniel's curator insight, March 15, 2013 11:12 AM

Infographic looking at what goes on inside the Conclave.

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Anti-Suffrage Propaganda

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Thank goodness for the failure of those insufferable suffragettes! Why, just imagine the domestic anarchy if the lesser sex were allowed to cast ballots today. Wait...what? Crap. Well, if you crazy...

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 12, 2013 3:45 PM

This set of old "anti-suffrage" propaganda might seem funny, quaint or old-fashioned from our modern lens (or infuriatingly patriarchal), but they are also great primary document to examine the cultural values and political climate of the United States at the turn of the century (even that phrase is old-fashioned and now out of date).  For more see the Choices Program's supplemental board. 

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Em diu que possi el meu punt de vista! Nooor!

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The South still lies about the Civil War

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In an ongoing revisionist history effort, Southern schools and churches still pretend the war wasn't about slavery

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 2, 2013 2:35 PM

This inflammatory headline is designed to catch your attention, but also to challenge conventional wisdom.  The teaching of history isn't just about uncovering the past, but it is also about how we frame the past.   Popular opinion is often very far from academic opinion on issues such as the Civil War. 

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The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere

Dramatic reading of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's classic poem, "The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere" by cdavid cottrill. History Website: https://sites.google.c...

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 18, 2013 7:17 PM

As a friend of mine said, the ride of Paul Revere and Bunker Hill are great examples of geography shaping history.  To see this map of these events, see the Google Earth file.  

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Peu connu en France, un héros de la révolution américaine, et son épopée devenue mythique.

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Dating in the 1940s

1947 Archival advice

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 2, 2013 12:25 PM

This video is a classic cultural production that is filled with unintented comedy for today's youth (and adults--I laughed plenty).  It does chronicle the some of the popular culture interactions among youth in that day and dating practices.  It also is a normative production designed to show how things should be within society.  This normative element of earlier TV products (like Leave it to Beaver and Father knows Best) means that they aren't prefect reflections of the society that produced them, but represent an idealized form that many believed should be the aspirational goals of society.    

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New Assessments Will Need Continued Scrutiny

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A two-year independent commission studying the future of education and especially the effective use of assessment to measure student learning has issued a public policy statement calling for policymakers to turn their attention on the use of assessments to providing timely information to students and teachers rather than school and teacher accountability. The group also expressed skepticism that the use of digital technologies for performing real-time assessment of learning is ready for prime time, suggesting that more research is required before these can be integrated into classrooms and schools.


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Rigorous Assessment, by Design

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"The purpose of education is to cultivate and develop students who are not merely good at school, but also good at life. However, most traditional assessments promote the acquisition of superficial knowledge that can easily be 'crammed' by learners. These types of tasks don’t prepare students for the messiness of life. The best assessments embrace the challenges and ambiguity involved in real, adult work." | by Kristen Swanson


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Andrew Grosso's curator insight, October 21, 2014 9:31 PM

This essay provides a good exposition of a high-level thinking skill (transfer), and thus lays a good groundwork for encouraging interdisciplinary studies.  I wish, though, the author had spent some time addressing some of the more fundamental forms of knowledge and skills necessary before students can begin cultivating their facility with "transfer."

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ACT says "Aspire" is a Plan B for Common Core Assessments

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The maker of the ACT college entrance exam offers itself as an alternative to common tests being designed by two federally funded consortia designing tests for the common standards.

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