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The Geography of a Pencil

A film from the Competitive Enterprise Institute, adapted from the 1958 essay by Leonard E. Read.

 

This year's Geography Awareness Week's theme was "Declare Your Interdependence!"  The GAW poster for 2012 focused on the Geography of a Pencil and this video works together nicely as a supplement to that poster.  You may see the economics of capitalism and globalization in a less optimistic light than Leonard Read, but the theme of interconnectedness makes this a great resource. 


Via Seth Dixon, Marc Crawford , Mankato East High School
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An interesting take on the pencil.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 17, 2013 4:17 PM

This year's Geography Awareness Week's theme was "Declare Your Interdependence!"  The GAW poster for 2012 focused on the Geography of a Pencil and this video works together nicely as a supplement to that poster.  You may see the economics of capitalism and globalization in a less optimistic light than Leonard Read, but the theme of interconnectedness makes this a great resource.

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Common Assessment #1 Timeline: Rubric.pdf - Google Drive

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Here's the rubric to our 1st Common Assessment.

Don't forget this timeline will cover the lifespan of a product as it travels through the materials economy.

Pay attention to the Variety of Sources category. Be sure to apply what you learned about the type, form, and quality of sources from class discussion. Your source selection included in your timeline will be assessed by this category.

Proper MLA citation format is required as well. 

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Luke Walker's curator insight, October 5, 2014 6:01 AM

Consult this rubric regarding grading and expectations for your timeline common assessment.

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Critique of SoS- Viral Video 'The Story of Stuff' Is Full of Misleading Numbers | Fox News.pdf - Google Drive

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Reading critiques of resources we use in class is one way to assess the validity of our classroom resource. Here is one POV and critique  of the Story of Stuff video.

Assess the quality of the source as you read:
What type of source is this?
Is it reliable? What makes is more or less reliable?
Overall how would describe the quality of this source? 

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STEP Startseite - STEP

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An interesting website devoted to a group based out of United Nations University (UNU) in Japan.

They are a group that has taken on the issue of e-waste and are working to resolve it. 

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Sir Archibald Mapsalot III

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Sir Archibald Mapsalot III solves regional tensions in the Middle East.
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The Daily Show takes a comedic look at the formation of the modern Middle East and Europe's imperialist views  and role in that process.

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Luke Walker's curator insight, September 28, 2014 4:20 AM

The Daily Show takes a comedic look at the creation of the modern Middle East and 20th Century European imperialism.

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Mapping Migration in the United States

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An interactive map showing nationwide migration patterns in the United States since 1900.

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Mapping migration patterns and demographics by state.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 16, 2014 9:54 PM

This incredible series of interactive charts from the New York Times show where the residents of every U.S. state were born and how that data has changed over time (update: now available as an interactive map).  Around the middle of the 20th century more people from other parts of the U.S. and from outside the U.S. started moving to the South.  What changes in U.S. society led to these demographic shifts?  How has demographics of your state changes over the last 114 years? 

   

On the flip side, many people have been leaving California and this article charts the demographic impact of Californians on other states.  


Tags: migration, USAvisualization, census, unit 2 population.

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World’s Largest Dam Removal Unleashes U.S. River After Century of Electric Production

World’s Largest Dam Removal Unleashes U.S. River After Century of Electric Production | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
The last section of dam is being blasted from the Elwha River on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula on Tuesday.
For almost half a century, the two dams were widely applauded for powering the growth of the peninsula and its primary industry.
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Watch Australians Taste Test American Junk Food

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These Aussies are pretty sure that U.S. candy bars are as unhealthy as they are delicious.
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Differing cultural attitudes towards food and food quality.

Honestly, do people REALLY need to eat Twinkies? 

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Schooling the World Trailer

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STW STORE
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Full disclosure: I haven't seen this film, YET!

This trailer points to some very big trends in global education today, and how it can impact culture. 

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The Longitude Problem

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What was mapping and navigation like before the era of GPS?

Check out this great archive and collection of video clips! 

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 20, 2013 2:18 PM

Today we take it for granted that through GPS technology we can instantaneously determine our latitude and longitude.  This video documents how for centuries it was fairly easy to determine latitude at sea by measuring the height of the sun in the sky, but longitude (determined by the difference in time between local noon and the noon of a fixed point) could only be estimated.  The British Empire saw solving the "longitude problem" as the key to solidifying their economic dominance at sea and they established the Board of Longitude in this 18th century "race to the moon." Today the University of Cambridge has digitized the Board of Longitude's archives with a series of five shorter video clips.  


Tagsmapping, GPS, historical, cartography, geospatial, location.

Romain ARMAND's comment, August 21, 2013 5:17 AM
Thank you for the video and fo the link to the Board of Longitude! Already know this story, but still amazing and well documented.
Richard Miles's curator insight, September 5, 2013 7:30 PM

Great video on how the problem of longitude was solved.

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Our Place in the World

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Tags: scale, K12, location. 


Via Seth Dixon
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An easy way to understand scale and location.

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Jacqueline Landry's curator insight, December 15, 2013 10:21 AM

As I am almost finished with my teacher degree I always look for great ideas that will help the students I will teach some day. This will be great for kids to get the concept of location and scale.  Scale is critical to know where something is, This is a great frame of reference.  

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What is GIS?

This is a brief introduction to what geographic information systems are.  This is not a tutorial on how to use it, but a conceptual overview on the potential uses and applications for GIS.  

 

Tags: GIS, video, Unit 1 GeoPrinciples, geospatial, mapping and location.


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CT Blake's curator insight, September 28, 2014 10:55 AM

Useful for understanding the use of GIS and differences with GPS.

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America’s coal heartland is in economic freefall

America’s coal heartland is in economic freefall | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
The coal economy in Central Appalachia is in an unprecedented freefall. Which isn't making it easier for workers to move on.

Via Seth Dixon
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This is relevant to early posts about coalfields in West Virginia.

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Nick Smith's curator insight, September 9, 2014 12:24 PM

This effects the eastern part of our state and our country overall. The fall of the coal field is hurting our economy.

James Hobson's curator insight, September 15, 2014 5:58 PM

(North America post 3)
Built upon from class today, this article discusses the hardship many Appalachian families are feeling as the coal mining business continues to evolve and industrialize. Although coal was the major 'boom' behind many of these towns, the 'bust' hits more than just those laid off by the industry. Like a chain reaction, other families and their businesses suffer; less income leads to less eating out leads to less income for restaurants, and it goes on and on.  This article is also good at showing that geography is more than spatial and economic: on certain levels, it's also relational, personal, cultural, and historic, giving residents strong feelings behind their decisions to stay.

Alec Castagno's curator insight, September 23, 2014 10:44 AM

This video really shows the relationship between sense of place versus economic geography. Even though the town is no longer the rich mining town it once was, the remaining residents still cling to the past and their sense of identity remains strong. It demonstrates that cultural heritage is a powerful factor that can remain long after dramatic economic changes. Even though there are few opportunities left in the town and the majority of its young people leave for greener pastures, some residents still identify so strongly with the area that they are willing to do whatever they can to revitalize their town.

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CA #1 Timeline-HGEO.pdf - Google Drive

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Here is the student handout for our first Common Assessment.  Follow the directions on this sheet to properly complete your timeline. 

Remember topic selection will be posted to Edmodo on a date announced in class. First come first serve, no take-backs or trades! 

Here's a link to the rubric (also featured on scoop.it): 

https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BzfRP9O-7j7EUl9DMExXZEs4R3c/edit

 

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Critique of SoS-A Cautionary Video about America's Stuff.pdf - Google Drive

Reading critiques of resources we use in class is one way to assess the validity of our classroom resource. Here is one POV and critique  of the Story of Stuff video.

Assess the quality of the source as you read:
What type of source is this?
Is it reliable? What makes is more or less reliable?
Overall how would describe the quality of this source? 

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Reading critiques of resources we use in class is one way to assess the validity of our classroom resource. Here is one POV and critique  of the Story of Stuff video.

Assess the quality of the source as you read:
What type of source is this?
Is it reliable? What makes is more or less reliable?
Overall how would describe the quality of this source? 

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FRONTLINE/World Ghana: Digital Dumping Ground | PBS

FRONTLINE/World Ghana: Digital Dumping Ground | PBS | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
As this month's digital television conversion makes tens of millions of analog TV's obsolete, and Americans continue to trash old computers and cell phones at alarming rates, FRONTLINE/World presents a global investigation into the dirty secret of the digital age -- the dumping of hundreds of millions of pounds of toxic electronic waste across the developing world. The report also uncovers another dangerous bi-product of a disposable culture – data fraud, as thousands of old hard drives are finding their way into criminal hands.
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How does this relate to Story of Stuff: Electronics?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sW_7i6T_H78 

Check out this 20 minutes video on the community that surrounds one of the world's most active e-waste dumping ground. 

For additional reading check out these articles:

http://www.newsweek.com/ghanas-e-waste-dump-seeps-poison-68385

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2013/10/inside-ghana-electronic-wasteland-2013103012852580288.html ;

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What's on the Other Side of the Ocean?

What's on the Other Side of the Ocean? | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
For anyone who's ever been on a beach and curious.

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Ever wonder what you can see from the coast? Here's a map that explains it all!

Think of the implications for relative location! 

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 5, 2014 12:32 PM

For those that are critical of viral maps, what geographic and spatial relationships does this this map not convey?  What is good and bad about the cartographic design of this image?

Cory Erlandson's curator insight, August 6, 2014 9:21 AM

Use this for the warm-up on the first day of school and you'll have their interest all year.

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Iraq and Syria: the situation in six maps

Iraq and Syria: the situation in six maps | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
What are the forces at work in Iraq and Syria that have brought us to the current conflict?

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A great collection of maps that brings a historical context to the current situation in the modern Middle East, specifically Iraq and Syria.

If you like this link, be sure to seek out Sir Archibald Mapsalot III under the video tag. It will bring some comedic value to your thinking.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 3, 2014 9:11 AM

These articles that use a series of maps are becoming increasingly popular.  In what ways are these map/articles effective? 

Luke Walker's curator insight, October 5, 2014 12:51 AM

A great collection of maps that brings a historical context to the current situation in the modern Middle East, specifically Iraq and Syria.

If you like this link, be sure to seek out Sir Archibald Mapsalot. You can find that video under the Middle East tag. Check it out for further insight.

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USA: Photographer captures America's rust belt with a set of eerie images

USA: Photographer captures America's rust belt with a set of eerie images | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it

“These are the eerie images that show the collapse of America's industrial heritage as the rust-belt spread across previously proud cities that drove the US through the great Depression.”


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When we talk about globalization and the outsourcing of one country's industry to another location it might difficult to visualize the impact that is made by that outsourcing. This collection of photos captures the remnants of industry found in the American "Rust Belt."

I grew up in this region, and the widespread impact of outsourcing is apparent. For the first few decades following WWII areas in surrounding cities like Pittsburgh, Detroit, and Cleveland were known for being incredibly vibrant and productive. These pictures capture what was left behind when these industries globalized and outsourced to places such as Northern Mexico and the east coast of China.

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David Worth's curator insight, October 2, 2014 2:46 PM
Really good set of images from a soon to be demolished power station.
patrimodus's curator insight, October 2, 2014 3:39 PM

belles photos rouillées

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31 Images That Show The True Face Of The World – The Awesome Daily - Your daily dose of awesome

31 Images That Show The True Face Of The World – The Awesome Daily - Your daily dose of awesome | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
31 Images That Show The True Face Of The World
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This is an interesting collection that touches on a lot of relevant themes. It should raise a lot of questions for you. The most important thing to keep in mind is what's the state of the world according to these images, and how do the people and places represented compare and contrast?

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CT Blake's curator insight, October 5, 2014 10:47 AM

I don't know HOW to use this yet....but I'm determined to make a lesson out of these pics.

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The US government does not want you going to any of these places

The US government does not want you going to any of these places | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
Uncle Sam even frowns upon your weekend in Cancun.
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What shapes political opinion? What regions do governments create? How does this map affect your perception of place? 

Notice how 2 of the regions are considered dangerous or unstable and we draw heavily upon the resources there for our economy?


Interesting... 

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Congo's Bloody Coltan | Pulitzer Center

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So I found this video footage of Congo's Coltan industry. I thought it would go very well with our class discussion of externalities and the true cost of the electronics and products we consume.

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10 Places You're Not Allowed to See on Google Maps

10 Places You're Not Allowed to See on Google Maps | Walkerteach Geo | Scoop.it
Google maps brings the world to your desktop - well, most of it, anyway. Here are 10 locations that governments and other entities have blurred or removed from satellite photos.

 

A user of geospatial technologies is not free to explore all places of the Earth with equal levels of specificity. Why?  Where?  How come?


Via Seth Dixon
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The geographic context surrounding some locations is highly restricted.

What does this censorship tell you? 

It's not always political, some areas of resource extraction have been blurred too.

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Jacqueline Landry's curator insight, December 18, 2013 10:58 AM

When I was working on my environmental classroom assignment I came across an area that I couldn't see from above, only the fence that wrapped around it. At first I thought that couldn't happen but it makes sense for government reasons.  a security reason. 

Anhony DeSimone's curator insight, December 18, 2013 9:15 PM

although we like to think that we are able to go anywhere on the world wide web some locations are off limits. Google Earth allows us to see place we have never been. However, some place are not available for us to see due to security reasons. Google Earth has restricted the public to view certain images of locations.

Rich Schultz's curator insight, November 19, 2014 1:29 PM

Pretty cool stuff...

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What Is Geocaching?

Learn about the high-tech treasure hunting game being played around the world by adventure seekers! Learn more at http://www.geocaching.com Subscribe to this...

 

Geocaching is great way to get people outdoors, use geospatial technologies and have fun with the whole family. 

 

Tags: GPS, edtech, geospatial, technology, location.


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Shelby Porter's curator insight, November 4, 2013 10:56 AM

I have tried geocaching and it really does make you use geospatial tools. You have to know exactly where you are in reference to a map, you have to know directions in which you must travel, and you know you have to reach a certain place. While a fun activity, it is also a great geographic learning tool. 

Miles Gibson's curator insight, November 22, 2014 3:53 PM

unit 1 nature and perspectives of Geography 

This video relates to unit 1 because of its description of Geocaching, a vocab word of this unit, which is a high tech treasure hunting game where people use gps to find and identify little boxes that were hidden in the surroundings.

This relates to unit 1 because it is a defining example of globalization and helping a group of people come together in their environment. This is also an example of contagious diffusion because of the beginning spread of this invention, which spread rapidly and in an outward direction.

 

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Inside an Amazon Warehouse


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Think back to our materials economy system.

Where do images like this fit?

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noah taylor's comment, September 12, 2013 8:30 PM
to see something this lsarge and relavent to the world be built by human beings
Kenny Dominguez's curator insight, November 20, 2013 4:07 PM


It is amazing how big this warehouse is. This warehouse must be a couple of acres because amazon is a big company that mostly everyone in the world buys from. it is also amazing how organized they are with all the inventory they get. Amazon is a great company that is helping people gets jobs to help improve there lives and also the economy in which is struggling to get back on it knees. I wonder were amazon has found this warehouse because there are not so many that have this much space. The workers must have golf carts to get around from one spot to the other. Amazon keep up the good work.

 

Victoria McNamara's curator insight, December 11, 2013 10:45 AM

Online shopping is a great way to get your holiday gifts or just to regularly shop. By online shopping we do not have to go to the mall and walk around in all these different stores. What most people do not realize is when we online shop our orders are being processed somewhere and it is usually in big warehouse buildings. These buildings require a lot of space to hold all of a stores merchandise.