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Longitude and Latitude - YouTube

Longitude and latitude lines, as well as the equator and prime meridian are explained in this clip from "Dig Into History with California Jones: California R...

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GeoGuessr - Let's explore the world!

GeoGuessr - Let's explore the world! | Year 8 Geography - Investigating The World | Scoop.it
GeoGuessr is a geography game which takes you on a journey around the world and challenges your ability to recognize your surroundings.

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42 Amazing Maps

The map, as an innovation, is extremely important. Simply constructing a useful representation of our world onto a piece of paper (or clay or vellum or whate...

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Jyri-Pekka Kukkonen's curator insight, September 26, 2013 2:18 AM

mielenkiintoista...

jon inge's curator insight, October 11, 2013 5:20 PM

if graphs are the language of economics , maps speak for geographers and they are also a great way to show econmic data

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, September 11, 2014 2:13 PM

unit 1

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Why is Geo-literacy Important?

Geographic content, spatial analysis and decision-making skills are vital and this video succinctly explains it's important within our educational system.  I know, I'm preaching to the choir, but please share this video to promote geo-literacy.   


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Timothy Roth's comment, August 20, 2012 11:28 AM
there is a picture of a person on a bike and the road splits into two paths... incredible visual... I want that picture!
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Why should I be interested in Geography?

A video made by David Lambert et al showing why Geography is a key subject and the importance of understanding it in the context of our modern world.

 

This is a creative video that promotes geo-literacy.  It is an excellent way to kick off a new school year if you are looking for a 'hook' to demonstrate the importance of geography to students today.  Other materials of this nature can be found on this website under the tag 'geo-inspiration.'


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Lydia Blevins's comment, September 2, 2012 12:33 PM
I didn't realize how important geography is. It seems very fascinating to learn about geography and how it has so much to do with the future and how our world keeps changing. I can't wait to learn about it in class.
Haley Wayland's comment, September 3, 2012 12:24 AM
This video really gave me a better idea of what this class will teach me and give me more knowledge about. I never really understood the definition of geography and why it was so important. It really seems like an interesting class and I'm very interested.
Michael Grant's comment, September 12, 2012 4:11 PM
This really shows the importance of geography and how much we have not payed attention to how much has changed
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Atlas of True Names

Atlas of True Names | Year 8 Geography - Investigating The World | Scoop.it

The Atlas of True Names reveals the etymological roots, or original meanings,
of the familiar terms on today's maps of the World, Europe, the British Isles and the United States.

For instance, where you would normally expect to see the Sahara indicated,
the Atlas gives you "The Tawny One", derived from Arab. es-sahra “the fawn coloured, desert”.


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John Blunnie's curator insight, July 2, 2013 11:12 AM

True names give these maps a unique and historic twist.

Carol Thomson's curator insight, July 17, 2013 4:57 AM

I loved looking at the map of great britain.  I hope it grabs my pupils' attention as an introduction to maps.

Amy Marques's curator insight, July 31, 2013 7:19 PM

Great to see what the original names where! Especially for those that are similar to its current name and those that are completely irrelevant!

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Fieldwork For Geography and Environmental Science

This site hosts a variety of videos that take students through how to carry out a number of fieldwork techniques.

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Preparing Students to Present

Preparing Students to Present | Year 8 Geography - Investigating The World | Scoop.it

Students will at some point be required to give a presentation. If the students are prepared, they are more likely to be comfortable. Here are 27 ways to help prepare students for successful presen...


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Maps as a Common Core Reading Tool

Maps as a Common Core Reading Tool | Year 8 Geography - Investigating The World | Scoop.it

"Did you know know that there are some excellent reading opportunities in Story Maps? This map serves as a table of contents for using Story Maps with Common Core Reading Standards.  Reinventing the wheel isn't necessary with so many great maps and data sources that will help us teaching reading, writing and thinking with engaging content and little effort."


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Lauren Jacquez's curator insight, August 12, 2013 7:40 PM

Common core ideas

 

Duke No Limit's curator insight, August 12, 2013 7:53 PM

wow very interesting

Adilson Camacho's curator insight, August 13, 2013 5:39 PM

Very important way of communication!

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Using Landsat Imagery to Map Change

Using Landsat Imagery to Map Change | Year 8 Geography - Investigating The World | Scoop.it

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Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria Inc. (GTAV)'s curator insight, July 24, 2013 4:29 AM

These images were created when 'Aral Sea' was put into the search box. Enter any location and 1975 and 2000 will be displayed.

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Picture quiz – do you know your world cities?

Picture quiz – do you know your world cities? | Year 8 Geography - Investigating The World | Scoop.it
Some city skylines are so iconic they are instantly recognisable. Leaving out the most obvious contenders, we've put together this gallery of cities around the world – see how many you can guess

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Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria Inc. (GTAV)'s curator insight, September 4, 2013 8:06 PM

Something for more senior students at the end of last lesson on a Friday or as an end of term activity?? Not as straight forward as you'd think as the cities used are not the obvious ones like New York, Paris etc.

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3D relationships on 2D surfaces

3D relationships on 2D surfaces | Year 8 Geography - Investigating The World | Scoop.it

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espaciosalternativos's comment, September 11, 2013 1:27 PM
http://cargocollective.com/alvinaronson/Orange-Peel-Map
Bonnie Bracey Sutton's comment, September 11, 2013 2:00 PM
Africa is often misrepresented see a good map here http://www.mapsofworld.com/africa/
Makenna Jordan's curator insight, September 13, 2013 4:07 AM

I think the idea of drawing a map on an orange is so clever because it really shows us that it's basuically impossible to take an image from a round spherical shape and transform it into the same exact thing on a 2D surface 

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The People’s Guide to Spatial Thinking

The People’s Guide to Spatial Thinking | Year 8 Geography - Investigating The World | Scoop.it

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Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria Inc. (GTAV)'s curator insight, January 25, 2014 6:04 PM

This book provides an accessible and readable way for educators to understand what spatial thinking is and why it matters.  "It helps us think across the geographies of our life spaces, physical and social spaces, and intellectual space.” 

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Pumpkin Geography

Pumpkin Geography | Year 8 Geography - Investigating The World | Scoop.it
Ms. Croff takes advantage of the pumpkin harvest to bring hands-on geography to her students. After she teaches about hemispheres, the seven continents and major bodies of water, students create their own painted pumpkin globes.

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Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria Inc. (GTAV)'s curator insight, October 8, 2013 7:28 AM

The identification of all 7 continents as an exercise does not pertain to a specific content descriptor, however, this looks like a great activity.

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Welcome to 'Geography Education'

Welcome to 'Geography Education' | Year 8 Geography - Investigating The World | Scoop.it

Finding Materials: This site is designed for geography students and teachers to find interesting, current supplemental materials.  To search for place-specific posts, browse this interactive map.  To search for thematic posts, see http://geographyeducation.org/thematic/ (organized by the APHG curriculum).  Also you can search for a keyword by clicking on the filter tab above.


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Rich Schultz's curator insight, November 18, 2014 2:10 PM

Geography and current events

Olivier Tabary's curator insight, November 28, 2014 12:06 PM

Many interesting tools to practice and to discover

Jamie Mitchell's curator insight, March 8, 1:04 AM

Amazing resources about places and topics in Geography

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Ten Geographic Ideas that Changed the World

Ten Geographic Ideas that Changed the World | Year 8 Geography - Investigating The World | Scoop.it
Adapted from the book by Professor Susan Hanson...

 

This is an excellent review/summary of an edited volume that shows the value of geographic thought and its importance in the modern world.  This review conveniently gives a one paragraph synopsis of each chapter.  It does not need to be read chronologically, so you can pick and choose what you find relevant to your course.  The top 10 are (in order of inclusion in the book): the Idea of the Map, the Weather Map, GIS, Human Adjustment, Water Budget Climatology, Human Transformation of the Earth, Spatial Organization and Interdependence, Central Place Theory, Megalopolis and Sense of Place. 


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 29, 2013 9:40 AM

This is an excellent review/summary of an edited volume that shows the value of geographic thought and its importance in the modern world.  This review conveniently gives a one paragraph synopsis of each chapter.  It does not need to be read chronologically, so you can pick and choose what you find relevant to your course.  The top 10 are (in order of inclusion in the book): the Idea of the Map, the Weather Map, GIS, Human Adjustment, Water Budget Climatology, Human Transformation of the Earth, Spatial Organization and Interdependence, Central Place Theory, Megalopolis and Sense of Place.

Seth Forman's curator insight, March 23, 2015 5:24 PM

Summary: This article demonstrated how geographic concepts have been able to change daily life for humans everywhere. It talked about the log term effect of many life changing geographic concepts, such as how maps have influenced weather forecasts which have become an important part of daily life.

 

Insight:  This article showed me how important geographic processes can be on daily life.  It also demonstrates that nearly everyone in a developed country today relies on their ability to read geographic information even in something as simple as a weather map.

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Measuring Weather with Tools

Measuring Weather with Tools | Year 8 Geography - Investigating The World | Scoop.it
Students use prior knowledge to brainstorm instruments scientists use to measure weather. They use a photo gallery to identify what weather conditions each instrument measures.

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Mapping out the world

Mapping out the world | Year 8 Geography - Investigating The World | Scoop.it
The geography curriculum looks to engage students with powerful forces in our world.

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Klikaklu - Photo Treasure Hunts - Use Technology to get your children/students outside - really!

Treasure Hunts on your iPhone!

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Teachers Homepage

Teachers Homepage | Year 8 Geography - Investigating The World | Scoop.it
National Geographic Education brings geography, social studies and science to life. Using real-world examples and National Geographic's rich media, educators, families, and students learn about the world and the people in it.

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Maps as a Common Core Reading Tool

Maps as a Common Core Reading Tool | Year 8 Geography - Investigating The World | Scoop.it

"Did you know know that there are some excellent reading opportunities in Story Maps? This map serves as a table of contents for using Story Maps with Common Core Reading Standards.  Reinventing the wheel isn't necessary with so many great maps and data sources that will help us teaching reading, writing and thinking with engaging content and little effort."


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Lauren Jacquez's curator insight, August 12, 2013 7:40 PM

Common core ideas

 

Duke No Limit's curator insight, August 12, 2013 7:53 PM

wow very interesting

Adilson Camacho's curator insight, August 13, 2013 5:39 PM

Very important way of communication!

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Lensaloft Aerial Photography

Lensaloft Aerial Photography | Year 8 Geography - Investigating The World | Scoop.it
Amazing 360° aerial panoramas for a fully interactive aerial experience. As close as you'll get to flying, without leaving the comfort of you chair. Experience them for youself!

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Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria Inc. (GTAV)'s curator insight, August 6, 2013 1:04 AM

As Geographers I think we could 'get lost' in these images !! 

Check out the 360 Panoramas.

Simply stunning.

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MAP


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Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria Inc. (GTAV)'s curator insight, September 4, 2013 9:53 PM

Let me introduce you to a new bio-optical knowledge recording and dissemination system, responding to the trade name : MAP.
"Map" is an unprecedented technological revolution...

 

Love this!

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Comparing Urban Footprints

Comparing Urban Footprints | Year 8 Geography - Investigating The World | Scoop.it

"This is a series of infographics (or geo-infographics) created by Matthew Hartzell, a friend of mine that I met when we were both geography graduate students at Penn State in few years back..."


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Jacob Crowell's curator insight, October 14, 2014 3:25 PM

This is an interesting way to graph out the urban footprints of various cities from around the world. This also shows how the United States has a number of the largest urban centers in the world. Along the top, New York, Chicago, LA, and Miami are massive compared to cities like Hong Kong. This shows how in the United States there are massive amounts of urban growth. Even in China where their population is one of the worlds biggest, Hong Kong a major city only has 7.1 million. In the United States, for the past century cities have been growing and this graph shows that.

Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, December 14, 2014 6:40 PM

These visuals really help to show that the size of a city doesn't necessarily correspond with it's population. Many years ago the trend was the larger the city in turn it would posses a larger population than a physically smaller city. Today this no longer holds true, in fact many smaller cities vastly out populate large sprawling cities. Most of these mega-cities in Asia and Latin America are incredibly over build and densely packed surrounded by miles of slums. 

Edgar Manasseh Jr.'s curator insight, January 22, 2015 7:16 PM

Pretty cool.