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Where Do Borders Need to Be Redrawn? - Room for Debate

Where Do Borders Need to Be Redrawn? - Room for Debate | Teaching Geography | Scoop.it
What parts of the world should rethink their maps? Why and how?

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, July 7, 8:28 AM

Maps are always changing as a new nation gets added and old lines cease to make sense. Territory is claimed and reclaimed.  This series of seven articles in the New York Times explores regional examples of how borders impacts places from a variety of scholarly perspectives.  Together, these article challenge student to reconsider the world map and to conceptualize conflicts within a spatial context.

 

Tags: bordersmapping, political, territoriality, sovereignty.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, July 16, 7:53 AM

WOW, some really interesting thoughtdebate points here! very very unit 4

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Will Everyone Shut Up Already About How the Nordic Countries Top Every Global Ranking?

Will Everyone Shut Up Already About How the Nordic Countries Top Every Global Ranking? | Teaching Geography | Scoop.it
The Nordic countries are paradigms of equality, good education, female empowerment, and progressiveness. We know this because we are told. And told and told and told.   To take one example, the latest Global Gender Gap rankings from the World Economic Forum were topped by Iceland (for the fifth year...

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 1, 6:12 AM

This is an interesting op-ed, highlighting that the Nordic rankings are achieved in ways that are unthinkable in the United States political paradigm. 

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What can Scotland learn from Quebec?

What can Scotland learn from Quebec? | Teaching Geography | Scoop.it

"What would happen to Trident on the Clyde, what kind of Army would an independent Scotland have and how much would it cost?

These are just some of the questions being asked as part of the referendum debate on defence."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 8, 7:27 PM

This simple animation shows how the Scottish independence question is much more complicated because of the UK's involvement with the EU and Scotland's presumed future with that supranational organization. 

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Why all men should be able to read a map

Why all men should be able to read a map | Teaching Geography | Scoop.it
New research suggests that map reading is a dying skill in the age of the smartphone. Perish the thought, says Rob Cowen

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 21, 12:19 PM

This is some good advice regardless of gender.  The vocabulary and concepts of maps can strengthen spatial cognition and geography awareness.  While GPS technology can help us in a pinch, relying primarily on a system that does not engage our navigation skills will weaken our ability to perform these functions.  While it intuitively makes sense, that the 'mental muscles' would atrophy when not used, it is a reminder that an overuse of geospatial technologies can be intellectually counterproductive.  So break out a trusty ol' map, but more importantly, be a part of the spatial decision-making process. 


Tagsmappingspatial, technology, education.

Truthbehere2's curator insight, September 3, 10:21 AM

My dad could read maps but he refused to pull the paper out due to pride..obviously some humans aren't born with a compass, so its a life saver to ask for directions and read a map.

Mr. Gresham's curator insight, September 3, 12:34 PM

As we begin to really did into the meat of Geography, this article does a great job of explaining the importance of map knowledge!

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Topography of Religion | Geography Education

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"The Pew survey sorts people into major groupings--Christians; other religions, including Jewish and Muslim; and 'unaffiliated,' which includes atheist, agnostic and 'nothing in particular.' Roll your cursor over the map to see how faiths and traditions...

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A map of the Germanic, Romance, and Slavic... - Maps on the Web

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A map of the Germanic, Romance, and Slavic language groups (A map of the Germanic, Romance, and Slavic language groups #languages #europe http://t.co/17XzVqXQKn)...

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New Zealand's Wild Haka

ESPN Video: In the USA-New Zealand FIBA matchup, the USA players are very confused by New Zealand's pregame Haka.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 3, 6:03 AM

I've enjoyed the Haka, a ritualized war dance that the New Zealand teams often perform just before a match (and can't we argue that sports a form of ritualized warfare?).  The clash of cultural contexts is  of New Zealand and Team USA is what makes this video work for me. 

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The 9 biggest myths about ISIS

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If you want to understand the Islamic State, better known as ISIS, the first thing you have to know about them is that they are not crazy. Murderous adherents to a violent medieval ideology, sure. But not insane.

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Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, August 27, 9:36 AM

Units 3 & 4

Stephen Zimmett's curator insight, August 31, 1:24 PM

Perhaps most people should read this. Most of this is true

Lindley Amarantos's curator insight, September 5, 6:17 AM

things can't get more 'current' then understanding ISIS

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Comparing the five major world religions

"It's perfectly human to grapple with questions, like 'Where do we come from?' and 'How do I live a life of meaning?' These existential questions are central to the five major world religions -- and that's not all that connects these faiths. John Bellaimey explains the intertwined histories and cultures of Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam."


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Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, August 31, 7:45 AM

8th grade World History Teachers in AL - What do you think?

Mary Elizabeth's curator insight, August 31, 1:41 PM

perfect for Culture Unit

Lindley Amarantos's curator insight, September 5, 6:13 AM

Great insight into our 5 major world religions.

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A Professor's Pointers for Success in College: 21 Easy-to-Follow Tips

A Professor's Pointers for Success in College: 21 Easy-to-Follow Tips | Teaching Geography | Scoop.it
Here's to ivy-covered buildings, critical thinking, independence, making friends for life, asking hard questions, becoming global citizens, and discovering who you really are....

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 14, 8:35 AM

This is some good advice...as I begin another semester, I think I'll share this with my students. 

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12 Data visualizations that illustrate poverty's biggest challenges

12 Data visualizations that illustrate poverty's biggest challenges | Teaching Geography | Scoop.it
Want to learn more about the issues surrounding poverty in the world today? We ve assembled a collection of some of the best data visualizations for just that.

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Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, June 8, 1:42 PM

Datos Que ilustran la Pobreza en El Mundo.

Erica Senffner's curator insight, June 9, 8:01 AM

Unit 6

Helen Rowling's curator insight, June 10, 3:37 PM

STUDY OF RELIGION - COMPARISONS OF HAVE & HAVE NOTS.

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Mud houses in the this African village of Burkino faso are covered in beautiful paintings

Mud houses in the this African village of Burkino faso are covered in beautiful paintings | Teaching Geography | Scoop.it
Tiébélé village in Burkino Faso has a tradition of covering their houses with beautiful patterns and paintings. The decorated buildings are only for the royalt…

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Why Paris doesn't want a Scottish Yes

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"Nothing unites different nations quite like mutual enemies. But the 'Auld Alliance' between Scotland and France - both historic rivals of England - doesn't mean that the French government favours Scottish independence. Far from it."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 18, 8:50 AM

Historically, France has supported greater autonomy or independence as a way to limit English political power and influence.  However in the era of the E.U. and greater regional integration, modern geopolitics makes this old alliance untenable as some in Scotland are seeking independence from the United Kingdom.  

 

Tags: devolutionhistorical, supranationalism, political, states, sovereignty, autonomy, Europe, unit 4 political, geopolitics.

Kevin Barker's curator insight, August 19, 5:59 AM

I was surprised to listen to the affection that Scotland and France have towards each other but I wasn't surprised to hear France's concerns about the further division of countries within the EU.  What is it about the independence of Scotland that causes the French government to be concerned?

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EU debates biopiracy law to protect indigenous people

EU debates biopiracy law to protect indigenous people | Teaching Geography | Scoop.it
Pharmaceutical companies would need to compensate indigenous people for using their knowhow in creating new medicines

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Ingemar Pongratz's curator insight, August 23, 6:43 AM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzVv9rYPNBo

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, August 25, 7:16 AM

new vocabulary for us all and unit 5!

Shawn Wright's curator insight, September 7, 5:20 AM

The  Nagoya protocol is an international biological diversity convention. The protocol would at it's core require permission, acknowledgment of source knowledge  or practice and compensation for the use of cultural wisdom.


i don't see Nagoya as a perfect solution - there is a lot of room for language interpretation so slick corporate lawyers will find ways to legally cheat indigenous peoples from their share but I do see it as at least A small step in the right direction.   


The World Health Organisation estimates that 4 billion people, 80% of the world's population, use herbal medicine in primary healthcare. 


Cherokees Believe and have practiced healing from plant and water for thousands of years. Every and any human sickness has a plant who can cure it. Every plant in the world has a purpose if we but learn to hear and understand what that is - there are no weeds to the Cherokee.


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You Can't Understand ISIS If You Don't Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia

You Can't Understand ISIS If You Don't Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia | Teaching Geography | Scoop.it
Abd al-Wahhab argued that all Muslims must individually pledge their allegiance to a single Muslim leader (a Caliph, if there were one). Those who would not conform to this view should be killed, their wives and daughters violated, and their possessi...

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 3, 1:15 PM

This is a very interesting article that links the issues that ISIS pose with Saudi Arabia's current ambivalence about whether to back ISIS are repudiate them.  Much of Saudi Arabia is split on the topic.   

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, September 4, 1:32 PM

units 3 & 4

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The Newest Countries in the world

The Newest Countries in the world | Teaching Geography | Scoop.it

"Will Scotland follow the same fate as any of the other young nations in the world? Perhaps, but probably not. A glance down the list of the nine newest sovereign states below reveals that each situation is unique: It's hard to fully equate Scotland's situation with that of Slovakia, let alone with East Timor.

Even so, a glance back at history does show that the world's borders are changing more than we might appreciate: And the changes can sometimes take some time to settle."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 17, 5:58 AM

The recent histories of new countries getting started is important to reflect on as the world might get a new addition to this list. 

  1. South Sudan (July 2011)
  2. Kosovo (Feb 2008)
  3. Montenegro (June 2006)
  4. Serbia (June 2006)
  5. East Timor (May 2002)
  6. Palau (Oct 1994)
  7. Eritrea (Apr 1993)
  8. Czech Republic (Jan 1993)
  9. Slovakia (Jan 1993)
Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, September 17, 9:47 AM

unit 4

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Roma advocate scoops Wallenberg prize - The Local

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A Roma man has been hailed as inspirational after scooping this year's Raoul Wallenberg Prize for setting up an organization to help stamp out racism against (Roma advocate scoops Wallenberg prize http://t.co/7SIXf5oiDv)...

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Syrian Refugees Surpass 3 Million, U.N. Says

Syrian Refugees Surpass 3 Million, U.N. Says | Teaching Geography | Scoop.it
The relief agency called the crisis “the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era,” as more than a million people have fled in the last 12 months alone.

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Comparing the five major world religions | Geog...

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"It's perfectly human to grapple with questions, like 'Where do we come from?' and 'How do I live a life of meaning?' These existential questions are central to the five major world religions -- and that's not all that connects these faiths.

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Where China and Kazakhstan Meet

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"While people often say that borders aren’t visible from space, the line between Kazakhstan and China could not be more clear in this satellite image. Acquired by the Landsat 8 satellite on September 9, 2013, the image shows northwestern China around the city of Qoqek and far eastern Kazakhstan near Lake Balqash.

The border between the two countries is defined by land-use policies. In China, land use is intense. Only 11.62 percent of China’s land is arable. Pressed by a need to produce food for 1.3 billion people, China farms just about any land that can be sustained for agriculture. Fields are dark green in contrast to the surrounding arid landscape, a sign that the agriculture is irrigated. As of 2006, about 65 percent of China’s fresh water was used for agriculture, irrigating 629,000 square kilometers (243,000 square miles) of farmland, an area slightly smaller than the state of Texas.

The story is quite different in Kazakhstan. Here, large industrial-sized farms dominate, an artifact of Soviet-era agriculture. While agriculture is an important sector in the Kazakh economy, eastern Kazakhstan is a minor growing area. Only 0.03 percent of Kazakhstan’s land is devoted to permanent agriculture, with 20,660 square kilometers being irrigated. The land along the Chinese border is minimally used, though rectangular shapes show that farming does occur in the region. Much of the agriculture in this region is rain-fed, so the fields are tan much like the surrounding natural landscape."

 

Tags: remote sensing, land use, environment, geospatial, environment modify, food, agriculture, agricultural land change.


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FCHSAPGEO's curator insight, September 4, 12:58 PM

We discussed Landsat images today and borders. Here is a current article to bring it all together.

Ruth Reynolds's curator insight, September 18, 2:26 AM

what a difference a govt makes!

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Fragile States Index

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"Weak and failing states pose a challenge to the international community. In today’s world, with its highly globalized economy, information systems and interlaced security, pressures on one fragile state can have serious repercussions not only for that state and its people, but also for its neighbors and other states halfway across the globe.  The Fragile States Index (FSI), produced by The Fund for Peace, is a critical tool in highlighting not only the normal pressures that all states experience, but also in identifying when those pressures are pushing a state towards the brink of failure."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 27, 12:31 PM

How can political stability and security be measured?  What constitutes effective governance?  The Fragile States Index (formerly known as the Failed States Index) is a statistical ranking designed to measure the effective political institutions across the globe.  There are  12 social, economic, and political/military categories that are a part of the overall rankings and various indicators are parts of the metrics that are a part of this index are:

SOCIAL

•Demographic Pressures 

•Refugees/IDPs

•Group Grievance

•Human Flight and Brain Drain

ECONOMIC

•Uneven Economic Development

•Poverty and Economic Decline

POLITICAL/MILITARY

•State Legitimacy

•Human Rights and Rule of Law

•Public Services

•Security Apparatus

•Factionalized Elites

•External Intervention


Tags: political, statisticsdevelopment, territoriality, sovereignty, conflict, political, devolution, war.

Melissa Marshall's curator insight, August 27, 9:57 PM

How can political stability and security be measured? The Fragile States Index is a statistical ranking designed to measure the effective political institutions across the globe.

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Portraits of people living on a dollar a day

Portraits of people living on a dollar a day | Teaching Geography | Scoop.it

"More than a billion people around the world subsist on a dollar a day, or less. The reasons differ but the day-to-day hardship of their lives are very similar. A book by Thomas A Nazario, founder of the International Organisation, documents the circumstances of those living in extreme poverty across the globe, accompanied by photographs from Pulitzer prizewinner Renée C Byer. Living On A Dollar a Day is published by Quantuck Lane."


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Joy Kinley's curator insight, June 16, 12:21 PM

Poverty is nothing new but in the last hundred years the gulf between those that have money and those that don't has become almost insurmountable.  The lack of support systems that many in the West take for granted is absent in many developing countries.  

 

Access to education and health care are vital if these situations are to ever improve. 

Ms. Harrington's curator insight, June 17, 5:33 AM

Extreme poverty is defined by the World Bank living on under $1.25 per day.  The geography of of extreme poverty highly uneven--two thirds of the extremely poor live in just 5 countries (India, China, Nigeria, Bangladesh and DR Congo)   - Seth Dixon

Rianne Tolsma's curator insight, June 18, 4:07 AM

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The World we Now Live In

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A PSA in Scandinavia. #PeopleNowadays http://pic.twitter.com/79SjhIXOjt ;


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, June 7, 5:37 PM

This is hilarious but I think we all know SOMEBODY who first thinks that sharing it online is the top priority.  That's the scary thing.

Mandie Petrucci Socialmedia's curator insight, June 18, 12:02 AM

not strictly fire related but had to share

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APHG Reader Suggestions

APHG Reader Suggestions | Teaching Geography | Scoop.it

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, June 8, 7:26 AM

I've had a wonderful week in Cincinnati at the APHG reading.  Teachers love to share ideas and resources when we gather together and we've compiled 4 pages of links, books, websites and other resources that APHG readers have suggested for classroom use.  Here is a 4-page compilation of APHG reader-suggested resources. Additionally, here is the final newsletter (earlier editions of the newsletter archived here).   I'll miss the friendliness and professional expertise of this fantastic network of geography educators.  See you next year!

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Canada on mission to map Arctic, lay claim to broader boundaries

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Canada has dispatched two icebreakers to map the Arctic seabed beneath the North Pole to support a bid to extend the country's maritime territory deeper into the waterways at the top of the world.

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Nancy Watson's curator insight, August 18, 2:41 PM

Environmental ecology. What do we need to know about conserving the Arctic?

Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, August 18, 4:19 PM

Option - marine environments and management

Kevin Barker's curator insight, August 19, 5:53 AM

Canada and Russia have at least one way they will benefit from a warming climate and both are eager to see that they take advantage of it.  Using remote sensing is a way to identify and formalize where is their legitimate claim to territory and resources.  What problems might arise with the retreat of the arctic ice?

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Welcome To Geography!

"Lets 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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dilaycock's curator insight, August 22, 10:29 PM

Great slideshow to promote thinking about 'What is Geography?' and 'Why study Geography?'

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, August 24, 8:59 PM

Introducción a la Geografía.

Sally Egan's curator insight, August 31, 3:32 PM

This is a great introduction to a Geography course, covering both the content and the fieldwork and investigation, tools and skills.