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Geographically Yours

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"If an urban population demands the freshest vegetables, they should be produced within a 24-hour field-to-table delivery zone.  What, therefore, should be the highest and best use of agricultural land between Taiwan's two largest cities, Taipei and Kaoshiung, only 200 miles apart?  The Lord of the Rings, a.k.a., Johan Heinrich Von Thünen, has the answer."  [2011]


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, November 5, 2013 4:02 PM

This image and analysis comes from the blog "Geographically Yours" by Don Zeigler.  He's a well-traveled cultural geographer and has been collecting great teaching images over his career and is now sharing them on this site.  These pictures are great discussion starters and bell ringers to start the day.


Tags: geo-inspiration, geography education, APHG, images.

Tony Aguilar's curator insight, November 6, 2013 2:13 AM

This image communicates the importance of agriculture and marketplace relativity. in an area where transportation is minimal and people happen to be more more poorer then need to supply needed resources in a timely manner is very important. Farmers and resource providers need to be close enough geographically. This image shows an outside clothing and food market were people get to shop around and choose in a convientent ways there most needed items. The umbrella suggests rain as the child and other shoppers are being covered. This outdoor market doesnt necessarily suggest poverty but a wide range of population given a convenient location to buy goods quikcly and efficiently. The market may be located in a urban downtown area or also a village central area. Regardless the location, and goods provided shows the valuable commodities need to be provided in a manner, freshest possible for delivery.

Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, November 13, 2013 8:40 AM

It is said that locally grown food can have more nutritional value than organic if the latter comes from thousands of miles away. If you had to choose, which would you rather have, locally grown or organic? 

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STEM and Writing: A Super Combination - Edutopia

STEM and Writing: A Super Combination - Edutopia | STEM Connections | Scoop.it

"I brought a superhero into my classroom the other day. He wasn't wearing a cape. He didn't have an alias. But he had the greatest superpower of all: inspiration.

When you teach using project-based learning (PBL), one brings outside expertise into the classroom. My eighth graders begin the year creating science fiction based origin stories for original superhero characters as an introduction to a greater advocacy unit. Therefore, it seemed natural to bring in an actual scientist. Which brought me to CalTech and Dr. Spyridon Michalakis."


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Addressing the Skills Gap Through After-School and Summer Programs

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we should not forget about the potential that high-quality afterschool and summer programs have to help youth develop the skills needed to successfully fill the skills gap.

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Minecraft Adventure Maps

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Hundreds of Minecraft adventure maps to download. Experience an epic and exciting adventure in Minecraft with these custom created maps.
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NASA Kids Club

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NASA.gov brings you the latest images, videos and news from America's space agency. Get the latest updates on NASA missions, watch NASA TV live, and learn about our quest to reveal the unknown and benefit all humankind.

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Part 1: Math and Project Based Learning... 22 Amazing Resources

Part 1: Math and Project Based Learning... 22 Amazing Resources | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Welcome this first of a  four part series intended to provide Math teachers with some outstanding PBL resources.  First, to ensure you do not miss one of these valuable posts or other resources cov...
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This is where Texas and every other state loves to spend its money

This is where Texas and every other state loves to spend its money | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
We Texans love our car battery stores, at least according to the Huffington Post and Yelp's latest collaboration.
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No-Tech Board Games That Teach Coding Skills to Young Children

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Programming for young children gets pared down to its analog basics in several board games that teach sequences of commands.

 

Thanks in part to STEM education initiatives and the tech boom, coding in the classroom has become more ubiquitous. Computer programming tasks students to persistently work to solve problems by thinking logically. What’s more, learning how to code is a desired 21st century career skill.

 

Teaching children how to code is not new; it dates back to the 1970s and 1980s. Most notable, perhaps, are the initiatives from MIT professor Seymour Papert. His MIT lab helped bring theLogo language into schools. In Logo, users programmed a graphical turtle on a computer’s screen. This exemplified Papert’s notion of constructionism, the learning theory that can be summed up as “learn by making.”


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And, as a reminder to all, the Logo initiative not only lives on in Scratch, but is the core of MicroWorlds EX from LCSI the company Papert started.

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Project Superhero: Using Pop Culture to Inspire Kids' Interest in Science - Scientific American (blog)

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In my pop-sci writing, mainly here, at Psychology Today, and in the books Becoming Batman and Inventing Iron Man, I use superheroes as foils for communicating ...
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Supercomputing: Key to Discovery and Competitiveness

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Along with coordination between public agencies, private enterprise, academia and U.S. national laboratories, sustained federal support will allow supercomputing to continue playing a key role in U.S.
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The Compelled Educator: Ideas for Using Google Hangouts in the Classroom

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Maps Mania: Map in GeoHipster Blue

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RT @TheMapAddict: Map in GeoHipster Blue http://t.co/3lrPTI4jOC | #geospatial #GIS
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10 of The Best Chrome Apps for Math Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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10 of The Best Chrome Apps for Math Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning on Ed Tech & eLearning curated by Carlos Pinheiro

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Teaching History Outside the Box

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Guest blogger Dan Carlin, historian and podcaster, examines why history lessons often don't stick. With the help of a downloadable audio file, he suggests making history exciting by making it about subjects that matter to students.
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Stenhouse Publishers: Sharing the Blue Crayon

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Social and emotional learning is at the heart of good teaching, but as standards and testing requirements consume classroom time and divert teachers' focus, these critical skills often get sidelined. In Sharing the Blue Crayon, Mary Anne Buckley shows teachers how to incorporate social and emotional learning into a busy day and then extend these skills to literacy lessons for young children. Through simple activities such as read-alouds, sing-alongs, murals, and performances, students learn how to get along in a group, empathize with others, develop self-control, and give and receive feedback, all while becoming confident readers and writers. - See more at: http://www.stenhouse.com/html/sharing-the-blue-crayon.htm?r=nb150227n#sthash.Qr6HT7Zg.dpuf
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NASA | First Global Rainfall and Snowfall Map from New Mission - YouTube

NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement mission has produced its first global map of rainfall and snowfall. The GPM Core Observatory launched one year ago on...
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Don't Be Left Out! 10 Reasons To Attend Esri DevSummit

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Once a year the most spectacular event for GIS developers happens in California. Thousands come to learn about the latest geospatial tech, share their cool apps, and let loose in Palm Springs. See ...
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How the warming Arctic might be behind Boston's deep freeze

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There may be a counterintuitive explanation for the deep freeze that hit New England this winter: The rapidly warming Arctic is causing big disruptions in the jet stream, which carries weather across North America. Is this the worst winter you've experienced?

 

Tags: physical, weather and climate, Arctic, Boston, climate change, podcast.


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Perhaps this article will sway some climate change skeptics...

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Not So Fast, Jamestown: St. Augustine Was Here First - NPR

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Jamestown, Va., claims to be "America's First Region," but St. Augustine, Fla., turns 450 this year, making it the U.S.'s oldest continuous European settlement, a title residents are quick to defend.

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15 Countries In 4 Minutes (Time Lapse)

"During the past two years, Kien Lam went on the kind of trip most could only dream about. The photographer wanted to "see as much of the world as possible," so he visited 15 countries around the globe, from Mexico to New Zealand, snapping more than 10,000 photographs along the way. He edited his work together to make this stupendous time-lapse, which may be one of the most envy-inducing travel diaries I've ever seen."

 

Tags: landscape, time lapse, video.


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Logo Summer Institute 2015

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An opportunity to do five days of training.

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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History: The Secret in the Cellar | Tech Learning

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The Resource for Education Technology Leaders focusing on K-12 educators. Site contains a Software Reviews Database, articles from Technology & Learning Magazine, articles from Educators in Educators' eZine, Event and Contest listings, Reader suggested Web sites, and weekly news updates on education technology leaders." />
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It’s Time for More Racial Diversity in STEM Toys | Voices, Scientific American Blog Network

It’s Time for More Racial Diversity in STEM Toys | Voices, Scientific American Blog Network | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
It's clear that we as a nation are failing to engage minority students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics as well as we could. In a ...
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The Coming VR Wars

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, February 24, 7:17 PM

Thanks to Maria Korolov of Hypergrid Business. 

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Maps at McClung Museum offer glimpse into history - Knoxville News Sentinel

Maps at McClung Museum offer glimpse into history - Knoxville News Sentinel | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
University of Tennessee students and faculty now have an increased ability to travel by map centuries into the past.

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Report: No 'Leaky Pipeline' for Women in STEM - US News

Report: No 'Leaky Pipeline' for Women in STEM - US News | STEM Connections | Scoop.it
Gender gaps in persistence have closed, although men still outnumber women overall.
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