The Measure of America is the first-ever human development report for a wealthy, developed nation.
The stated mission of the American Human Development Program is to provide easy-to-use yet methodologically sound tools for understanding well-being and opportunity in America and to stimulate fact-based dialogue about issues such as health, education and income. This is another treasure trove of maps, charts, graphs, raw data all begging to be used as to enhance a student project. This would be perfect to introduce after teaching about the Human Development Index.
This is an amazing tool that allows you to look at the human development index (HDI) across the United States by county, state, or major urban area. You can sort the data according to racial demographics as well. It's a powerful tool that helps to answer "What factors affect human development?"
Follow the link and then choose "Tools" and "Interactive Maps" to find the program.
The rapid increase in the number of cities home to more than 10 million people will bring huge challenges … and opportunities...
It's not just that more people now live in cities than in the rural countryside (for the first time in human history). It's not just that major cities are growing increasingly more important to the global economy. The rise of the megacities (cities over 10 million inhabitants) is a startling new phenomenon that really is something we've only seen in the last 50 years or so with the expectation that the number of megacities will double in the next 10 to 20 years (currently there are 23). This reorganization of population entails wholesale restructuring of the economic, environmental, cultural and political networks. The urban challenges that we face today are only going to become increasingly important in the future.
We often talk about life expectancy data at the national level; this simplification has a great deal of utility but obscures regional distinctions within a country. Some counties in the United States have life expectancies on par with Japan (84), while the worst off counties are more similar to Indonesia (69). Even more startling, in 661 counties, life expectancy stopped dead or went backwards for women since 1999. This is a dramatic look at the importance of scale within any geographic analysis to arrive at reasonable conclusions. So let's start looking at local demographic data instead of just nationally aggregated data. For more on this press release, see: http://www.healthmetricsandevaluation.org/news-events/news-release/girls-born-2009-will-live-shorter-lives-their-mothers-hundreds-us-counties
Here is an interesting infographic that was posted to Flowing Data today. It looks at water accessibility and quality issues in Gaza. Very useful for highlighting the impact of conflict on basic human needs and natural resources.
This is a great infographic from the NY Times that is featured this week on the Times' Learning Network site. I am planning adapting the lesson plan (designed for Common Core ELA) for my World Food Problems class this Spring.
Infographic. One topic that combines the issues of food production and globalization in a box.
The Gangnam Style! sensation is all over the internet, complete with parodies that both honor and mock the original. This first video is the original, which in a few short months received well ove...
The following link has the video, parodies and infographics to help student explore the meaning behind the cultural phenomenon.
Questions to Ponder: Considering the concept of cultural diffusion, what do we think about Gangnam style's diffusion? What cultural combinations are seen in this? How has the technological innovations changed how cultures interact, spread and are replicated?
We have a list of 10 Best Tools for Creating Infographics. Making infographics from scratch can be a tough as and not all the people can do it.
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You never know when you may need to bring some extra flair to your projects in class. Here is some food for thought and resources to help out. Might want to keep infographics in mind for your upcoming textbook project.
"In 1979, the National Population and Family Planning Commission in China enacted an ambitious program that called for strict population control. Families in various urban districts are urged to have only one child—preferably a son—in order to solve the problems related to overpopulation. What has happened since then and what are its implications for the future of China?" This is an excellent infographic for understanding population dynamics in the world's most populous country.
Like so many phenomena, there is a spatial nature to obesity (higher in the United States than global averages and higher in the deep South than national averages). This infographic compiles statistics that are 'food for thought.'
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