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Finnish Education Highlights - Flipboard magazine - compilation of articles, research and reports

Finnish Education Highlights - Flipboard magazine - compilation of articles, research and reports | Sustainability in education | Scoop.it
By apuustin | apuustin created a magazine on Flipboard. "Finnish Education Highlights" is available with thousands of other magazines and all the news you care about. Download Flipboard for free and search for "apuustin".

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Valia Reinsalu's curator insight, November 3, 2013 12:34 PM

Always interesting to read about Finland's school system...

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15 before-and-after images that show how we're transforming the planet

15 before-and-after images that show how we're transforming the planet | Sustainability in education | Scoop.it
We've dammed mighty rivers, built hundreds of artificial islands, and made the world's fourth-largest lake disappear.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 8, 12:26 PM

This article highlights 15 classroom-ready examples of environmental change that can readily detected with satellite imagery.   See these 25 from NASA's Earth Observatory for more.


Tags: remote sensing, land use, environment, geospatial, environment modify, unit 1 Geoprinciples.

LEONARDO WILD's curator insight, April 9, 8:47 AM

Transforming the planet in massive scales.

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If all the Ice melted: National Geographic's Interactive map on Rising Seas

If all the Ice melted: National Geographic's Interactive map on Rising Seas | Sustainability in education | Scoop.it

What if all the ice melted in the world? Now whether you believe global warming happens because of human activities or naturally is another debate. The questions “How would the world look if ALL the ice melted?” How much would the sea rise by? What would be the average temperature on Earth? are of interest to everyone.

Trust National Geographic not only to capture such questions in the best manner possible but also to visualize it in such geoawesome manner! Here’s the super interesting map by National Geographic “IF ALL THE ICE MELTED“!

 

Tags: physical, weather and climate, National Geographic, climate change, water, visualization.


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LEONARDO WILD's curator insight, April 5, 9:05 AM

Climate change is all about the "Pendulum Effect," where the extremes is what matters, not so much the median or average. The average may fluctuate some, but the real problem comes when the weather goes haywire. Too much water can be as destructive as too little water, and this doesn't only happen in time but in space as well, where regions get too much of one and too little of the other. We'll see strips of drought and strips of wetness, strips of cold and strips of heat, like bands across regions and across the planet. If he ice melts, the sea and fresh water strips in the ocean will keep the fresh water atop and it'll probably freeze in great bands in winter and provoke an extreme albedo effect cooling down the planet radically followed immediately by a potential mini ice age.

Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, April 5, 9:23 PM

IMpact of climate change on landforms and landscapes 

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It's 2015! So Why is Our Education System still Designed as if it's 1915?

It's 2015! So Why is Our Education System still Designed as if it's 1915? | Sustainability in education | Scoop.it

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation is working to reshape public education to better prepare all students for the future.


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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, April 3, 10:57 AM

The Nellie Mae Education Foundation envisions an education system where learning transcends the traditional school calendar and setting. They envision a system where learners progress based upon mastery of a skill or topic, rather than time spent in a classroom.

And hey - learners shouldn't be bored in the classroom. Let's reshape our system so that learning is personalized, and learners have a true voice in their education.

Escola Global's curator insight, April 5, 4:16 PM

Student centered learning

Learning is personalized

Learning is competency based

Learning happens anytime, anywhere

Students take ownership

Tony Guzman's curator insight, April 6, 8:56 AM

This article and video help us start to discuss student-centered learning and how vastly different this is to the current model used in our K-12 public school systems.

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The Ocean Cleanup aims to strip plastic from the sea

The Ocean Cleanup aims to strip plastic from the sea | Sustainability in education | Scoop.it

"A 100-kilometre array of floating barriers designed by a 20-year-old inventor aims to clear the oceans of waste plastic, and is one of the projects shortlisted for this year's Designs of the Year award (+ slideshow).

 

"Dutch engineering student Boyan Slat created The Ocean Cleanup concept with the aim of clearing the oceans of their plastic gyres – floating islands made of millions of pieces of waste that accumulate where currents converge. (more)


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Roam the World in (Almost) Real Time

Roam the World in (Almost) Real Time | Sustainability in education | Scoop.it
A groundbreaking Mapbox project ushers in a new era for online cartography.

 

On Google Earth, the seasons rarely change. Most anywhere a digital traveler goes, the sky is cloudless and the grass is green. No snow on the ground in Iowa. No fire in Valparaiso. It's a big gap between the world as it is and as it's mapped.

Launched Thursday,a landmark project from Mapbox has changed the summertime paradigm for online cartography. Landsat-live reveals the planet's surface in real time and in stunning resolution, fed by a constant stream of public-domain imagery from NASA’s Landsat 8 satellite.


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YEC Geo's curator insight, March 23, 11:59 AM

This sounds really cool.

 

UPDATE:  I've had a chance to look at this. 

 

Cool things:  great images.

 

Not so cool:  It's not a substitute for Google Earth.   You can only pan out or in to a limited degree, so to go from Texas to Timbuctoo, for example, would take a lot of clicking and dragging.  Best way to get to a place is to type it in the search box.  No 3-D view also. And if there are a lot of clouds when the image was taken, they'll obscure the landscape.

 

That being said, if you want to see large-scale, recent images of a particular place, it's a good site. 

Seth Forman's curator insight, March 23, 4:34 PM

Summary: This interesting article talks a lot about modern technologies effect on the popularity of geography. This article talks about how programs like Google Earth have caused a general interest to arise about physical geography.

 

Insight: This article is significant to unit 1 because it shows how GIS can be so influential to not only geographers but to the rest of society.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, March 25, 12:16 PM

unit 1

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How the warming Arctic might be behind Boston's deep freeze

How the warming Arctic might be behind Boston's deep freeze | Sustainability in education | Scoop.it
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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Gail McAuliffe's curator insight, March 1, 11:12 AM

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

Paul Farias's curator insight, April 9, 11:33 AM

So bizarre how the rate of the arctic warming causes us to get smacked with the cold weather. Its one of those things that are like how does the jet stream actually work. Including the fact that California is getting hit with a major drought. 

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5 great Video Clips to Learn more about PLNs

5 great Video Clips to Learn more about PLNs | Sustainability in education | Scoop.it

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Plastic Eating Mushrooms Turn Trash Into Food - Design Milk

Plastic Eating Mushrooms Turn Trash Into Food - Design Milk | Sustainability in education | Scoop.it
The discovery specific fungi are capable of eating up some of the most toxic of materials is spurring on research into fungi as an answer for our global waste problem connected to our addiction to disposable, cheap plastics goods. Fungi may also become the foundation of a new chain of food supply if this intriguing growing system can move beyond the prototype phase and eventually help grace our plates with the “fruits” of its terrarium growing labor.

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How To Create Interactive Lessons for the iPad - Daily Genius

How To Create Interactive Lessons for the iPad - Daily Genius | Sustainability in education | Scoop.it

"As a teacher, you are used to create your own lessons. The xerox, Microsoft Word, and PowerPoint are your trusted companions. But how can you effectively use iPads in your lessons?

The ebooks provided by publishers are mostly static and just not interesting enough for today’s students. Some educational apps are great, but finding the rights ones, figuring out how they work and getting them installed on all student devices can be a hassle.

Aren’t there easy ways to create your own materials for iPad? Yes, there are! Try these:"


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Sherolyn Rymal's curator insight, January 18, 2:17 PM

This is a great resource for teachers.

Miguel Angel Perez Alvarez's curator insight, January 23, 12:42 PM

Para no convertir el iPad en un sustrato para el consumo de información. Al menos la interactividad con los contenidos.

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Enabling Globalization: The Container

Enabling Globalization: The Container | Sustainability in education | Scoop.it

"The ships, railroads, and trucks that transport containers worldwide form the backbone of the global economy. The pace of globalization over the last sixty years has accelerated due to containers; just like canals and railroads defined earlier phases in the development of a global economy. While distance used to be the largest obstacle to regional integration, these successive waves of transportation improvements have functionally made the world a smaller place. Geographers refer to this as the Space-Time Convergence."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 14, 5:32 PM

I've posted here several resources about the global economy and the crucial role that containers play in enabling globalization.  In this article for National Geographic Education, I draw on many of these to to put it all in one nice container.  


Tags: transportation, globalization, diffusion, industry, economic.

Brian Wilk's curator insight, January 31, 9:31 PM

By standardizing the containers, world wide exports and imports can flow much more freely and with less interruption. The same type of crane that loads a container full of vodka in Russia can unload that container in Abu Dhabi. Shared information about what works best and what need improving can be shared down the supply chain to make vast improvements across the network creating efficiencies as they go. The same technicians, the same mechanics and the same crane operators become interchangeable parts in this global system. What initially sounds like something Einstein would say, the Space-Time Convergence, is just a large Lego set with all of the parts ready made and fitted for universal use. Sometimes simpler is better...

 

Norka McAlister's curator insight, February 2, 5:19 PM

Containers are part of globalization. It saves time and allows for extra space to store more products. Also, it is easier to handle using ships, railroad, and trucks while also facilitating more quality in terms of safety. However, on the other hand, with the creation of these containers employ mainly the use of technology which, unfortunately, downsizes the workforce. This, as a result, increases the unemployment rate for citizens. Although, when it comes to recycling, the idea of making houses with these containers helps families in diverse ways such as decreased costs, energy efficiency, and very short construction time. Containers have shaped the concept of shipping and living for many years, impacting regions with more business and expansion trades around the world.

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Työhyvinvointiin investointi kannattaa

Työhyvinvointiin investointi kannattaa | Sustainability in education | Scoop.it
Atria Suomi Oy päätti panostaa esimiestyöhön, työturvallisuuteen ja henkilöstön hyvinvointiin. Sairauspoissaolot ja tapaturmat ovat vähentyneet merkittävästi – lisäksi henkilöstön keskimääräinen eläkkeellejäämisikä on noussut.

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Kari Hannonen's curator insight, January 13, 1:46 AM

"Työntekijä voi luottaa siihen, että työnantaja pitää hänestä huolta. Työnantaja tekee kaikkensa, ettei työntekijä sairastuisi töissä tai joutuisi työtapaturmiin – myös ammattitaidosta ja osaamisesta pidetään huolta. Tämä tarkoittaa mm. sitä, että, jos henkilö lähtee yrityksestä, niin on ammattitaitoa saada töitä muualta ja kun jää eläkkeelle, niin on  suurin piirtein terveenä."

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Why sustainability skills are a leadership issue

Why sustainability skills are a leadership issue | Sustainability in education | Scoop.it
Martin Baxter suggests why leaders should be putting sustainability high on their organisational wishlists in 2015

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New Images Show China Literally Gaining Ground in South China Sea

New Images Show China Literally Gaining Ground in South China Sea | Sustainability in education | Scoop.it
Satellite photos show the speed, scale and ambition China has exerted to assert ownership over South China Sea islands, far from the mainland.

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LEONARDO WILD's curator insight, April 11, 2:29 PM

Political Geoengineering to place land in the sea.

 

Marc Meynardi's curator insight, April 13, 2:40 AM

Suprisingly, the other countries dont show a lot of concerns.

Norka McAlister's curator insight, April 15, 10:06 PM

China is a powerful country with a population of 1.357 billion people. China as a regional hegemony, the more land means expansion of territorial control on the region and projecting sea power on international waters. However the main reason why China, the Philippines, and other countries are trying to claim these islands is due to the oil and natural gas exploitation in the South China Sea. Even when geopolitical conflicts between Philippines and other countries arise, any of these countries will have to form powerful armies in order to fight against China. The U.S. would be the only country that could pursue different strategies and mediate agreements between China’s neighbors. However, through military intimidation, China would overpower any country that tried to claim these islands as part of their territory. 

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Climate change: how does it work?

Climate change is complex. An increase in CO2 causes the earth to warm up, but is that a bad thing? And what does it mean to the Netherlands? Studio Lakmoes designed…

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 6, 10:29 PM

Climate change may still be a controversial subject in some areas. This short video provides a clear explanation about climate change. With the celebration of Earth Day later this month you may find this useful to share in your classroom.

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Content Curation: The Biggest Benefits According to 28 Experts

What is the biggest benefit of curation to content marketing? Hear from 28 of today's top marketing experts, including Lee Odden, Heidi Cohen and Jay Baer


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Marco Favero's curator insight, April 4, 5:39 AM

aggiungi la tua intuizione ...

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Non-Native American Nations Control over North America

Non-Native American Nations Control over North America | Sustainability in education | Scoop.it

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God Is.'s comment, April 5, 11:50 PM
With all due respect. Are we trying to corroborate that because we have been a colonialist nation, now we need someone to help us pay the price? or am I totally assuming wrong here...
Alex Lewis's curator insight, April 6, 10:00 AM

This animated photo shows the progression of the different nations in control of North America. The development of the U.S. is also depicted on here, as they went from mostly European control to independence. While the U.S. controlled most of what is now America, you can recognize the Civil War period by the control of Confederate States. 

 

                                        -A.L.

Kevin Cournoyer's curator insight, April 8, 1:33 PM

Wow. As a history major, I found this map timeline really interesting and really cool. It's a great example of how even though the physical geography of a place can remain the same, its political and economic geography can change so rapidly (or not so rapidly). It was especially interesting to see the brief stints that entities such as the Republic of the Rio Grande or the Confederate States of America did in the dividing up of North America over the last two and a half centuries. For someone who knows nothing about U.S. history, those blips on the radar beg the question, "what happened there?" How can a political entity encompass a geographic region and then disappear just as quickly?

 

And that ties into what I think this map is really about: colonialism. This map says a great deal about how European (or Western) empires carved up the New World and what some of their political or economic goals were in the times that the map shows. It's also important to note the title of the map: "Non-Native American Nations Control over North America". So as we see the map changing to show European or United States expansion, what we DON'T see is the gradual loss of land experienced by the various Native American tribes that inhabited the continent long before Europeans ever laid eyes on it. This map, therefore, highlights how political and economic geography can change so drastically when groups with a lot of economic, political, and military power are at odds with groups who are severely disadvantaged in these areas. 

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France now requires all new buildings to have green roofs or solar panels

France now requires all new buildings to have green roofs or solar panels | Sustainability in education | Scoop.it

France just passed a trailblazing new law that requires that all new buildings constructed in commercial areas to be partially-covered by either solar panels or green roofs. Not only will this bring dramatic changes to the nation’s skylines and bolster the efficiency of all new commercial construction, but the law will help France pick up the pace the solar adoption—which has lagged behind other European nations in recent years.

Read more: France requires all new buildings to have green roofs or solar panels | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building 

 

 


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Susan Davis Cushing's curator insight, March 26, 1:55 AM

"Here's hoping that other nations can soon follow suit." I had to go back and dig through my sources to make sure I hadn't dreamed this!

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Africa in Data - The Data-Visualization-Presentation on How Africa is Changing

Africa in Data - The Data-Visualization-Presentation on How Africa is Changing | Sustainability in education | Scoop.it
Visualizing Africa's Progress in Health, Food Provision, Political Freedom, Poverty and Education.

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Adventures in Population Growth

Adventures in Population Growth | Sustainability in education | Scoop.it

"The International Database at the US Census Bureau [provides] population estimates broken down by country, age and year for essentially every country. [With this data we can track] shifts in population makeup over time. I’ve created a few interesting graphs to show the expected shifts over the next 35 years, including the dependency ratio."


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Kristen Trammell's curator insight, March 23, 12:52 PM

I. International Database for the US Census Bureau created graphs representing population estimates broken down by country, age, and year. These graphs show the population shifts over 35 years of major countries. 

 

II. Developed nations show a column shape with a pointed top. Developed nations have equal amounts of males and females, and have a higher population of 30-50 year olds. With a high number of middle aged people and a low number of elderly people, developed nations remain stable due to a stable birth rate and death rate. Developing countries have a pyramid shaped population, with many young people and few 50-100 years olds. This leads to a weak economy as their is high unemployment. Developing countries also have overall higher populations, which leads to poverty as their is a lack of resources. 

Emily Coats's curator insight, March 24, 11:31 AM

UNIT 2 POPULATION
This article depicts various population pyramids in developing, as well as developed countries. These pyramids show trends from the past, as well as predictions for the future (2050). With population pyramids, it is easy to understand how populations shift, as well as observe different trends on populations. I really like studying the information given to us by population pyramids, so this article is very important to me. This whole thing relates to historical trends and projections for the future. 

Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria Inc. (GTAV)'s curator insight, April 5, 8:18 PM

GTAV AC:G Y10 - Geographies of human wellbeing

CD - The reasons for spatial variations between countries in selected indicators of  human wellbeing

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5 Innovative Ways Environmentalists Are Working to Save the Earth

5 Innovative Ways Environmentalists Are Working to Save the Earth | Sustainability in education | Scoop.it
As an increasingly dire prognosis about the health of the planet emerges, it's worth remembering that environmental pioneers around the world are working at the highest levels to create a greener, more sustainable future....

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What is a Smart Building?

What is a Smart Building? | Sustainability in education | Scoop.it
Smart buildings deliver productive building services including, illumination, thermal comfort, air quality, physical security, sanitation at the lowest cost & environmental impact.

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Education for Sustainability: a driver in the g...

Education for Sustainability: a driver in the g... | Sustainability in education | Scoop.it

People's awareness, understanding and perceptions of the ecological crisis should not be disregarded in global action for social and environmental justice.


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Instagram For Business: The 11 Things You Wish You Knew - The JustUnfollow Blog

Instagram For Business: The 11 Things You Wish You Knew - The JustUnfollow Blog | Sustainability in education | Scoop.it
Instagram for business: Find out the 11 proven things you can do to step up your follower engagement and achieve higher conversion rates.

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Everything YOU need to know about Teaching with Instagram

Everything YOU need to know about Teaching with Instagram | Sustainability in education | Scoop.it

Teachers have started using Instagram like they use Pinterest, to find and share creative ideas. However, instead of pinning and viewing links to webpages and videos, Instagram allows them to share examples of projects and activities actually going on in their classroom.


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Voisiko yo-kirjoituksista luopua? Asiantuntijat vastaavat

Voisiko yo-kirjoituksista luopua? Asiantuntijat vastaavat | Sustainability in education | Scoop.it
Lukio vähän päälle kahteen vuoteen ilman stressaavia ylioppilaskirjoituksia kuulostaa monen lukiolaisen unelmalta. Mutta olisiko se käytännössä mahdollista,...

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