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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story | Video on TED.com

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories.
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The most wonderful account of how perspective shapes our world....

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Geo-Literacy

Geo-Literacy | All About Geography | Scoop.it

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Matt Richardson's comment, February 28, 2014 12:00 PM
I also appreciate the sentiment here, but as a geography teacher in high school I also find that students are missing very basic information about the world as it is right now. For example, many of my students can't identify more than about three countries in Africa, and I've had students in the past who could not even find the U.S. on a map. Now I force them to take the dreaded 'blank map' quizzes of the world. Its distressing, but it needs to be done. Interestingly, many of my lower level students like these types of tests because there are online games that teach them the locations in a fun way, and also because it is a very literal task. The ones who struggle with higher level material can at least succeed at this if they study.
PIRatE Lab's comment, February 28, 2014 4:16 PM
Yes, as Seth and several commenters have said, we need both. And too often my students don't seem to know the basic facts/history of a particular situation. You must know where you are coming from if you ever want to get to somewhere new.
SFDSLibrary's curator insight, May 13, 2014 1:11 PM

Excellent resource about the importance of Geography in understanding the world of the 21st Century.

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Places in their Proper Perspectives

Places in their Proper Perspectives | All About Geography | Scoop.it

"A fisherman's cottage is described by real estate agents as a 'property not to be missed' but it is also just yards away from two nuclear power stations."


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Adilson Camacho's curator insight, January 31, 2014 11:19 PM

Versões...

Fern Torres's curator insight, February 3, 2014 9:11 PM

Perception is everything!

Jess Deady's curator insight, April 16, 2014 6:35 PM

This house is 100% misleading. The paper advertised the first picture, which from the looks of it isn't so bad. Then when you get the reverse picture and see the nuclear power plants behind it, its a whole new scene! Whoever is trying to sell this house- good luck to you. Who wants to live next to something that could literally kill god knows what? Not me. 

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7 Cities with Great Green Projects

7 Cities with Great Green Projects | All About Geography | Scoop.it
Cities can be hot-spots of pollution, with thousands or millions of people, cars, pets, industries, and more contributing to global warming.

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oyndrila's curator insight, December 17, 2013 3:01 PM

Green projects help cities to be socially and environmentally sustainable.

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The amazing world of Geography

The amazing world of Geography | All About Geography | Scoop.it
making sense of the world around us
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Excellent for iGCSE Settlement!

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Disarray over flood prevention plans

Disarray over flood prevention plans | All About Geography | Scoop.it
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Great article on soft flood defences and the controversy surrounding their implementation in the UK.

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Charlotte Maddrell's curator insight, January 10, 2014 7:58 AM

Great article on soft flood defences and the controversy surrounding their implementation in the UK.

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala: Want to help Africa? Do business here | Video on TED.com

We know the negative images of Africa -- famine and disease, conflict and corruption. But, says Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, there's another, less-told story happening in many African nations: one of reform, economic growth and business opportunity.
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A unique insight into development in Africa

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In Syria, rebels taking on al-Qaeda should be a good thing, right? Think again.

In Syria, rebels taking on al-Qaeda should be a good thing, right? Think again. | All About Geography | Scoop.it
Messy, factional strife in Syria—taking place as al-Qaeda emerges once more in Iraq—is playing into the hands of Syrian President Bashar Assad
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Fascinating new conflict developments...

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TEDCity2.0: Exploring What Makes a Sustainable City | Better Cities Now

TEDCity2.0: Exploring What Makes a Sustainable City | Better Cities Now | All About Geography | Scoop.it
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European word translator

European word translator | All About Geography | Scoop.it
Translate any word from English to more than 30 other European languages, on a map

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Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, November 6, 2014 1:19 AM

unit 3

Claire Law's curator insight, April 26, 2015 7:30 AM

Lots of fun to visualise linguistic similarities and variability across a region.

Sally Spoon's curator insight, June 1, 2015 12:33 AM

Amazing how many use hamburger as hamburger.

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The End of the ‘Developing World’

The End of the ‘Developing World’ | All About Geography | Scoop.it
The old labels no longer apply. Rich countries need to learn from poor ones.

 

BILL GATES, in his foundation’s annual letter, declared that “the terms ‘developing countries’ and ‘developed countries’ have outlived their usefulness.” He’s right. If we want to understand the modern global economy, we need a better vocabulary.

Mr. Gates was making a point about improvements in income and gross domestic product; unfortunately, these formal measures generate categories that tend to obscure obvious distinctions. Only when employing a crude “development” binary could anyone lump Mozambique and Mexico together.

It’s tough to pick a satisfying replacement. Talk of first, second and third worlds is passé, and it’s hard to bear the Dickensian awkwardness of “industrialized nations.” Forget, too, the more recent jargon about the “global south” and “global north.” It makes little sense to counterpose poor countries with “the West” when many of the biggest economic success stories in the past few decades have come from the East.

All of these antiquated terms imply that any given country is “developing” toward something, and that there is only one way to get there.

It’s time that we start describing the world as “fat” or “lean.”


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Joanne Wegener's curator insight, March 7, 2014 10:03 AM

Fat or Lean - what sort of world do we live in

An interesting discussion on the way we perceive and label the world.

Ma. Caridad Benitez's curator insight, March 11, 2014 2:15 PM

Hoy en día poca claridad de dónde exactamente queda y quiénes son? 

Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 13, 2014 2:46 PM

UPDATE: this article (from the Atlantic) on the exact same concept would supplement the NY Times article nicely.  

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Britain is now a developing country ?

Britain is now a developing country ? | All About Geography | Scoop.it
Aditya Chakrabortty: We have iPads and broadband – but also oversubscribed foodbanks. Our economy is no longer zooming along unchallenged in the fast lane, but a clapped-out motor

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oyndrila's curator insight, December 10, 2013 4:19 PM

Disparities in wealth and development in UK. Strategies and policies are essential to reduce the increasing gap.

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First car-free Sunday in an Indian city.

First car-free Sunday in an Indian city. | All About Geography | Scoop.it

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oyndrila's curator insight, January 3, 2014 3:05 PM

More such initiatives need to begin across the rapidly urbanising India.

 

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▶ MARGARET THATCHER on Global Environmental Issues - UN, General Assembly, 1989 - YouTube

MARGARET THATCHER addressing the general assembly of the United Nations on 8 November 1989 on Global Environmental Issues.
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Not such a new issue...well worth a watch, no matter what your politics.

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Out of control

Out of control | All About Geography | Scoop.it
SIXTY kilometres from Baghdad, a battle is unfolding. Since al-Qaeda fighters on January 3rd seized parts of Fallujah and Ramadi, two towns in the western Iraqi...
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More on the shifting tides in the Middle East.

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Immigration: behind the noisy headlines, a country divided

Immigration: behind the noisy headlines, a country divided | All About Geography | Scoop.it
Those against immigration shout the loudest – but actually we're evenly divided, writes Robert Ford
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