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Geography in the News: Pumpkins

Geography in the News: Pumpkins | Educational Tools | Scoop.it

"Halloween and Thanksgiving are just around the corner and pumpkins are already showing up at roadside stands. Jack o’lanterns, decorative displays and pumpkin pies are the main destinies of most pumpkins in the United States. Elsewhere in the world, however, the pumpkin is nearly exclusively considered a food crop or animal feed."


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Matthew DiLuglio's curator insight, November 27, 2013 4:25 PM

I have been a long-time fan of pumpkin coffee, and tomorrow I will probably have some with my cousins and family... Some areas of Asia allow consumption of dogs, other areas of the US allow consumption of roadkill, and that is different from what most people in RI are used to... So I guess, it's not really my business what other people and countries do with their pumpkin crops, as long as it doesn't negatively affect other people.  My neighbor has won some prizes, I think 3rd place in RI for largest pumpkin contests, which is pretty cool, because for several months, you can see their pumpkin garden from my backyard.  Those pumpkins are enormous, and made me wonder if there was anything being done to make the modified pumpkins more usable in food.  I know GMOs are a touchy issue, but to feed the starving people around the world, you have to wonder if one pumpkin at 2000 lbs could feed a village of people.  Lots of people that don't like GMOs probably do unhealthy things in other ways, so their huge activism movements really boggle me.  Labeling GMOs is one thing, but stopping genetic modifications seems as controversial as starting them, especially when some people can benefit from them.  Whatever, I guess pumpkins are cool for whatever people want to do with them, including smashing them... this week on RIC's campus I saw a smashed pumpkin.  The only thing that really popped into my head was not "what a waste," or "oh, those delinquents," but rather "that seems fun."  I did assume though, that no one was hurt by the smashing of the pumpkin...

Jessica Rieman's curator insight, March 19, 2014 5:14 PM

Although you wouldn't think it there are many different countries and specific regions that demonstrate the perfect cropping land and fertilization process to grow pumpkins. Out of the US power house pumpkin growing Illinois is named number 1. Along side California, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvainnia, Mississippi. But lets travel abroad to Africa, now me personally I wouldnt think that there are alot of pumpkin patches in Africa but there are many different places in Africa that pumpkins are grown. SOme of these places are Egypt with (690,000) and then there is South Africa with (378,776). I found these numbers quite interesting because one wouldn't think that there are pumpkin patches in Africa.

Pamela Shields's curator insight, August 29, 2014 10:10 AM

@Danyl †  so inspirational!

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5 Teaching Strategies To Keep Students From Turning Off Their Brains

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5 Teaching Strategies To Keep Students From Turning Off Their Brains

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Learning with 'e's: Learning in round spaces

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What Works in Schools Is Real Work

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"The best type of curriculum for preparing students for the workforce is one that focuses on real-world problem-solving. It sounds simple, but for the first time, we have clearly established a link between students learning 21st century skills and future work success."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 1, 2013 9:49 PM

This report is based on a survey done by Gallup for Microsoft Learning and the Pearson Foundation. There are many findings of interest in this report. Three are below (quoted from the report).

* The majority of respondents (59%) reported that they agree or strongly agree that they developed most of the skills they use in their current job outside of school. Only 15% disagree or strongly disagree, indicating they felt that they developed these skills in school.

* Developing 21st century skills in the last year of school is positively correlated with higher perceived work quality later in life. In fact, those who have high 21st century skill development are twice as likely to have higher work quality compared to those who had low 21st century skill development.

* Across the 21st century skills included in this study, real world problem-solving is the significant driver of higher work quality; however, less than two-thirds (63%) of respondents reported developing this skill often in the last year of school and that number drops to less than half (39%) for high school graduates

Is your school providing students with these skills? The survey also noted that 59% of participants reported learning these skills outside the classroom. To go directly to the report: http://www.gallup.com/strategicconsulting/162821/21st-century-skills-workplace.aspx.

Carolyn Williams's curator insight, June 2, 2013 5:58 AM

Working in a corporate industry for twenty three years and seeing the rise of operators, school leavers would benefit from 21st technological studies and how that applies to the workplace.

Larry Davies's curator insight, June 2, 2013 3:34 PM

The link is real, and PBL is the key.

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The Teacher's Guides To Technology And Learning - Edudemic

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We've gone through hundreds of resources to assemble these guides which are meant to help you learn, teach, and share as much as possible.

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Blaine Morrow's curator insight, June 25, 2013 5:30 PM

Below are links to the guides we have made so far. They’re always a work in progress so be sure to let us know if we missed something or if you have more resources you want us to call out in the guides. We’re always looking for the best and most useful resources so don’t be shy, share!

Dolly Bhasin 's curator insight, June 26, 2013 1:50 AM

Fatastic Resource for Educators! Pinterest can be used as a great teaching aid, but is seldom used!

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Empowering Education with Video | eSchool News

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Communication has changed, and students and educators are increasingly using video technologies in all aspects of education.

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iPads in Primary Education: Raising Standards in Boys' Writing using the iPad for Gaming

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Justin Hickey's curator insight, June 29, 2013 5:08 AM

Good example of gaming being used to stimulate writing

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Three positive outcomes of successful collaborative e-Learning

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In eLearning, collaboration basically happens when multiple users can share and work with content simultaneously. Changes are shown in real time.
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A 60 Seconds Guide to The Use of Blogging in Ed...

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The Geography and Literacy Connection

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"What do you think of when you hear the word literacy? Depending on what you teach, chances are geography is not the first thought that comes to mind. But believe it or not, geography and literacy naturally share many similarities. And you can deepen students’ learning in both geography and literacy when they are integrated in the curriculum."


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Chris Cividino's curator insight, November 8, 2013 12:06 AM

Understanding key terminology in geography is paramount to demonstrating deep knowledge of geographical concepts.

Max Minard's curator insight, March 21, 2015 10:45 PM

In this report, a researcher describes the relationship between geography and literacy on educational terms. When combined, these two very similar topics would provide major benefits to a child curriculum in school giving them a better insight on geography through literary concepts. These certain concepts help kids better recognize relationships within graphs and charts that give valuable geographic information. This article helps prove geography as a field of inquiry based on its relations with other subjects that help enhance the knowledge among the children in any school curriculum. 

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10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking

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10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking

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Technology Tidbits: Thoughts of a Cyber Hero: 40 Sites and Apps for Creating Presentations

Technology Tidbits: Thoughts of a Cyber Hero: 40 Sites and Apps for Creating Presentations | Educational Tools | Scoop.it

Creating a presentation or slideshow is one of the staples of any 21st Century Classroom.  This is a skill that almost every educator has and is a must known skill for any successful student.  It used to be that only programs such as PowerPoint could create presentations.  However, now there are lots of sites and apps that not only creating stunning presentations but also make it easier then ever.  Below is my list of some of my favorite tools for creating beautiful looking presentations/slideshows.


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Mahani Mohamad's curator insight, June 2, 2013 12:32 PM

beyond powerpoint, prezi and tactilize...

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Salon de tecnologia's curator insight, June 4, 2013 9:05 PM

El aprendizaje como la enseñanza parece nunca acabar?

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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 15 iPad Skills Every Teacher and Student should Have

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10 Podcasting Projects Every Teacher Should Try

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Now that teachers have easy access to tools like Garage Band and iPods that make recording a breeze, podcasting is quickly becoming the latest creative mode of learning and presenting in schools.  Here are ten ideas to try in your classroom today.

 


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Sandra Carswell's curator insight, July 9, 2013 1:42 PM

I like some of these ideas. I'm thinking we could have students make podcast booktalks and have QR codes linking to them in the books or on a display or around the school. Hmm...kids can't use their phones at school, yet. Well, I can always put links to them in our catalog and on the website.

Connie Wise's curator insight, July 23, 2013 12:04 AM

Use podcasting to meet Common Core standards of speaking & writing.

BI Media Specialists's curator insight, August 19, 2013 3:05 PM

Let us know if we can try one of these projects with your class.

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iPads in Primary Education: 10 Practical Ways To Use Apps in Primary Mathematics Teaching - By Mr Williams

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Justin Hickey's curator insight, June 29, 2013 1:12 AM

some insightful ways to integrate gaming into numeracy activities

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Outstanding Learning Development Group

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During our INSET day today, staff met in their 'Learning Development Group' (LDG) for the last session of the year.  Each LDG focuses on a specific area of teaching and learning and is an opportuni...
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Blended Learning

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Blended Learning, by David Wallace: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos. (Blended Learning is out!
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Read Alouds and Short Text Recorder | Monica Bu...

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"There are some teacher tools that have changed my instruction immensely and this is one of them! QuickVoice allows you to record your voice and I use it for read alouds and test prep throughout the school year.
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