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Jackalopes Return to Yellowstone Ecosystem

Jackalopes Return to Yellowstone Ecosystem | Geography Education | Scoop.it
After a 93 year hiatus, the elusive Jackalope has returned to the greater Yellowstone ecosystem! These beautiful, yet frightening, creatures were once widely collected by tourists, but better management practices have allowed a re-introduced pack to thrive again. These guys have been sporadically spotted all around the west, including Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, and New Mexico. Idaho allowed a “shoot on sight” policy for jackalopes, so they have not been seen there in quite a while.
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Long live the Jackalope!!  May the majestic creature once again flourish in the West. 

 

Tags: biogeography, environmentecology, fun.

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Flat Earth Theory

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I think we all need a laugh sometimes.  Flat earth videos are incredibly entertaining.  

 

DISCLAIMER THAT I WISH I DIDN'T HAVE TO MAKE: I don't believe in the flat Earth theory and think that this video is total jibberish; but it is delightfully inaccurate!  This is a good way to get students to think critically about epistemology (how we know what we know) and defend their own world view.  This also helps students to assess the validity of online sources

 

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Quiz: identify the cities from their running heatmaps

Quiz: identify the cities from their running heatmaps | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Smartphones and GPS watches now leave digital traces behind many urban runners, as they wind their way along the river or round the park. Can you identify the cities from the telltale tracks?
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Last year, my running program was greatly enhanced by using a mapping app(I know, who could have guessed that Map My Run and Strava would help keep me motivated and inspired?).  More runners are naturally going to be on more important roads, but they also love beautiful parks and runs along the water.  With that in mind, can you identify these ten cities from around the world based on the density of running routes?  You can explore your city's raw data on Strava

 

Tags: urbanmodelsfun, trivia.

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Country Cluster Quiz

Country Cluster Quiz | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"No borders. No landmarks. No context. How many countries will you be able to recognize? Here’s how this works. I give you a the outline of several countries together, without borders or any other context, and you guess which countries you’re looking at."

Seth Dixon's insight:

This is not the most difficult geography quiz (as advertised on Buzzfeed), but it does take some time since all the countries in a given cluster aren't all immediately obvious.  The fact that it is multiple choice certainly simplifies the this quiz.

 

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Olympic Races, in Your Neighborhood

Olympic Races, in Your Neighborhood | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"What would Olympic races look like if they took place near you? Enter your address below to find out, or keep clicking the green button to explore races that begin in where you live."

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I thought I was done with the Olympics, but this just sucked me right back in...in the most geographically relevant way possible.  Scale and distance are important geographic concepts and realizing JUST HOW FAST these Olympians are on the TV can be deceptive when they are paired up with other great Olympians.  Seeing how far in your own neighborhood you would have to go to beat the 400m champion--or the 5000m.  Since the United States doesn't use the metric system, this map is a good way to contextualize these measurements and try to run the race in your own backyard.  Let the Backyard Games begin!!

 

Tags: mappingfunscaledistance, sport, unit 1 GeoPrinciples.  

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ringacrux's comment, August 27, 2016 1:14 AM
Remarkable...!!
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Meander? I ‘ardly know ‘er!

Meander? I ‘ardly know ‘er! | Geography Education | Scoop.it
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This is brilliant.  I can't say how much I love this. 

 

Tagsphysical, fluvial, geomorphology, landscape, funart.

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Weary professors give up, concede that Africa is a country

Weary professors give up, concede that Africa is a country | Geography Education | Scoop.it
After years of teaching, speaking and publishing in an effort to convey the breadth and nuance of Africa’s thousands of cultural groups, earlier today, two weary professors gave up the fight to convince Americans that Africa is not, in fact, a country.
Seth Dixon's insight:

This was the best of the April Fool's Day articles.  And no, will we never concede and we will fight on, because that's what teachers do.

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Jukka Melaranta's curator insight, April 2, 2016 2:14 PM

This was the best of the April Fool's Day articles.  And no, will we never concede and we will fight on, because that's what teachers do.

Ivan Ius's curator insight, April 3, 2016 11:57 AM

This was the best of the April Fool's Day articles.  And no, will we never concede and we will fight on, because that's what teachers do.

James Piccolino's curator insight, March 24, 10:26 AM
I may not have a large amount to say as far as analysis goes, I have to admit I'm glad to see some humor sprinkled in here in what is normally a sea of posts about sadness, economic depression and death.
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Out of the Mouth of Babes...

Out of the Mouth of Babes... | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Brielle, Ellen’s periodic table expert is back and now taking on world countries. Are you ready to learn a thing or two from this 4-year-old whiz? Stay tuned for more Brielle-iant episodes!
Seth Dixon's insight:

If Ellen says she is awesome and adorable, it's because she's awesome and adorable. 

 

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Elizabeth Engel's curator insight, February 3, 2016 2:08 PM

this little girl knows everything about the periodic table! she sure has a brain full of knowledge!

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A Map of the World, Made From Soil and Stone

A Map of the World, Made From Soil and Stone | Geography Education | Scoop.it
A walkable map of the world, made from soil and stone by one man
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What am I thankful for?  A world filled with wonder and beauty. A world that is endlessly fascinating because its depths are beyond my ability to ever fully comprehend it.  A world that, despite all our faults, remains humanity's only home and we collectively need to to act as good and wise stewards of this planet.  


You can explore this glorious map in Denmark on Google Maps as well. 


Tags: cartography fun, visualization, mapping, artgeo-inspiration.

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Ian Fairhurst's curator insight, November 26, 2015 4:02 PM

One for our Master Plan STEM Unit..... a walkable map of the Earth

Maricarmen Husson's curator insight, November 26, 2015 5:35 PM

Un mapa del mundo hecho con suelo y piedras.

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Which NFL Team Are You Stuck Watching Every Sunday?

Which NFL Team Are You Stuck Watching Every Sunday? | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Like millions of other Americans, I watch the NFL on a regular basis. However, just like millions of other viewers, most Sundays I am not sure which games will be on my television. For years, the strange geographic structures that underpinned league broadcasts were almost entirely obscured from the average consumer. People would turn on their TVs expecting to see one game only to be disappointed by another.
Seth Dixon's insight:

The top map is essentially a major market analysis of sports teams and shows to some extent the media hinterlands of America's major cities.  The second map I find even more interesting; all teams are regional, but a select few have larger national followings (if you are a fan of the Packers, Steelers, 49ers or Cowboys and are not from those areas, maybe I can guess your age).  There are many other maps in this interesting sports geography article.  What patterns do you see?  Explanations? 


Tag: sportspatialmapping, regions.

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Just making sure you were paying attention...

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Because it's funny; that's why. 

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Scott Greer's curator insight, August 28, 2015 8:45 PM

All you need to know is that it is John Oliver....he's funny.

Gregory Stewart's curator insight, August 29, 2015 9:26 AM

This is a pretty funny clip.

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27 Facts About Maps

A weekly show where knowledge junkies get their fix of trivia-tastic information. This week, John shares 27 facts about maps.
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This Mental Floss video is an entertaining rapid-fire hodgepodge of map trivia with some important educational content nicely nestled in there.  This 99 Percent Invisible podcast is another 'ode to maps,' but this one is more poetic about the value of cartography and personal in how it explores the qualities they possess.  Enjoy them both!  

Tags mapping, trivia, cartography.

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Ashley Burleson's curator insight, August 11, 2015 4:45 AM

This Mental Floss video is an entertaining rapid-fire hodgepodge of map trivia with some important educational content nicely nestled in there.  This 99 Percent Invisible podcast is another 'ode to maps,' but this one is more poetic about the value of cartography and personal in how it explores the qualities they possess.  Enjoy them both!  

Tags:  mapping, trivia, cartography.

Matt Davidson's curator insight, August 11, 2015 7:43 AM

Maps are awesome - need I say more! This clip actually covers a significant amount on the power / influence of maps through history.

Ruth Reynolds's curator insight, August 11, 2015 7:59 PM

Very USA centric but entertaining and makes you think about the taken-for- granted use of maps. We do believe them!!

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The Orange Globe

The Orange Globe | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Creative Clever Objects by Martin Roler
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I have used an "apple globe" is the past to symbolize geography education and enjoy this play playful artistic work.  Oranges have been used to help students understand map distortion and well as map projections, so I thought this artistic rendering would be a nice fun addition to the set.   


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Emilycanfield's comment, July 4, 2015 2:10 AM
Amazing
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City lights quiz: can you identify these world cities from space?

City lights quiz: can you identify these world cities from space? | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Astronauts on the International Space Station took these images of cities at night. Note that up doesn’t necessarily mean north. All images: ESA/NASA
Seth Dixon's insight:

I'm a sucker for online quizzes like this.  Here is another quiz that shows only the grid outlines of particular cities.  This isn't just about knowing a city, but also identifying regional and urban patterns.  What are some other fun trivia quizzes?  GeoGuessr is one of the more addictive quizzes  where 5 locations in GoogleMaps "StreetView" are shown and you have to guess where.  Smarty Pins is a fun game on Google Maps that tests players' geography and trivia skills.  In this Starbucks game you have to recognized the shape of the city, major street patterns and the economic patterns just to name a few (this is one way to make the urban model more relevant).  If you want quizzes with more direct applicability in the classroom, click here for online regional quizzes.         

 

Tags: urbanmodelsfun, trivia.

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Ivan Ius's curator insight, March 28, 2017 8:44 AM
Geographic Thinking Concepts: Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends
Alexander peters's curator insight, April 11, 2017 9:07 AM
The article was about identifying city lights from the sky. I think that it was fun to do and guess them.
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Google Maps Smarty Pins

Google Maps Smarty Pins | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Smarty Pins is a Google Maps based geography and trivia game.
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As stated in a review of Smarty Pins on Mashable, "Google unveiled a fun new game this week that tests players' geography and trivia skills.  Called 'Smarty Pins' the game starts players off with 1,000 miles (or 1,609 kilometers if they're not based in the United States), and asks them to drop a pin on the city that corresponds with the correct answer to a given question." 

 

This game is wonderfully addictive...I haven't enjoyed a mapping trivia platform this much since I discovered GeoGuessr.  How far can you get before you run out of miles?  

 

Tagsgoogle, fun, mapping, place, trivia.

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Earth Science Memes

Earth Science Memes | Geography Education | Scoop.it
This link is where you will find funny science pictures, jokes, current events and other miscellaneous things pertaining to science.
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Because we all need a laugh sometimes...and if we can teach something at the same time, then even better.   

 

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Map Men: teaching geography through comedy

Map Men: teaching geography through comedy | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Mark Cooper-Jones and Jay Foreman, the Map Men, tap into a rich vein of geographical quirks to teach through comedy
Seth Dixon's insight:

Why am I just now finding out about this resource?!?  This new YouTube channel is full of promise for geography teachers...fun, quirky, full of interesting trivia, but most importantly, these videos are rooted in geographic concepts. 

 

Tags: mappingfun, videoAPHG, geography education, unit 1 GeoPrinciples.

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Jeremy Hansen's curator insight, August 29, 2016 12:43 PM
Holy heck these guys are good! I'd like to see more of these Map Men videos. I'm sure at least some of my 8th graders can appreciate some British wit.
Christopher L. Story's curator insight, August 29, 2016 9:24 PM
Anything to help people know where the Caspian sea resides...or was that Uzbekistan?
Colleen Blankenship's curator insight, January 22, 1:21 PM
Funny and full of information!
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Do You Know The Outline of These Countries?

Do You Know The Outline of These Countries? | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Can you spot the real outline from the fake?..
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This is just for fun...The borders/coastlines of these 14 countries are slightly photoshopped in one of the two images, and you have to remember from your mental maps which one is correct.  And yes, of course I got a 14. 

 

Tagsmapping, trivia, funborders, cartography.

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Jamie Strickland's comment, August 19, 2016 10:37 AM
Love this --- will try with my classes when I talk about cognitive images and our mental maps!
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Simplified City Map

Simplified City Map | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Cartoons by John Atkinson. ©John Atkinson, Wrong Hands (by Wrong Hands)
Seth Dixon's insight:

Maybe this is not the next geographic model that will transform the discipline, but it is fun. 

 

Tags: urban, economic, urban models, funart.

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Niall Conway's curator insight, March 16, 2016 1:41 PM

Maybe this is not the next geographic model that will transform the discipline, but it is fun. 

 

Tags: urban, economic, urban models, fun, art.

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Raster vs. Vector

Raster vs. Vector | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"For all you fellow GIS geeks, this is for you!  I drew this comic sketch a few years ago after a student told me that they were confused for an entire lecture because they swore the professor was talking about 'raptors' and they weren’t sure what dinosaurs had to do with GIS."

Seth Dixon's insight:

What you think you are teaching isn't always what they are learning. 

 

Tagsfunart, GIS, edtech.

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Antipodes Map (AKA Tunnel Map)

Antipodes Map (AKA Tunnel Map) | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"What is on the other side of the Earth?  Find out here."

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The antipode of any place is the spot of opposite side of Earth; this is like a geographic version of Bizarro Superman (it is also the name of journal for radical geography).  Two points are considered antipodal if they are are on opposite sides of a Great Circle from each other (Check out Great Circle mapper).  I knew I never would be able to dig a hole to China from the United States...I guess I'll have to go to Argentina with my shovel to dig my tunnel.    


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Ignacio Garrido's curator insight, October 20, 2015 8:17 AM

Exercise to do :

 

a) Explain what is the "antipodes" concept

b) Find out the "antipodes" of one city in each continent

c)If in one city is summer...what is the climate of their antipode city?

d) Write 10 lines explaining what is the most like you about this map

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, October 20, 2015 10:44 AM

unit 1-- how fun!

pascal simoens's curator insight, October 26, 2015 6:59 PM
Ludique!
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Finding Geographical Oddities...

Finding Geographical Oddities... | Geography Education | Scoop.it
The convergence of three state borders, or tri-points, offers a chance for out-of-the-way exploring.
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Kentucky and Tennessee is the tri-point hearth of the United States, but they are fairly evenly distributed on the interior otherwise.  Are you close to one of these tri-point geographical oddities?  Go on a field trip!  And if you think I used the phrase 'geographical oddity' just so I could reference one of my favorite movies quotes of all time, then you would be absolutely correct. 

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Quiz: Can you find these 15 U.S. foreign-policy hot spots?

Quiz: Can you find these 15 U.S. foreign-policy hot spots? | Geography Education | Scoop.it
We hear the names of these places in the news constantly, but can you actually locate them on a map?
Seth Dixon's insight:

I do enjoy a good current events map quiz.  Yes, geography is about more than just locating things on the map, but that is still a pretty foundational spatial-thinking skill to build upon. You can zoom it to place the points, but this is a very hard quiz that is not for novices (if you can get more than 130 points, you'll earn the title geo-champ).  If you want some more quizzes with perhaps more direct applicability in the classroom, click here for online regional quizzes.         


Tags: political, geopolitics, fun, trivia.

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Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, August 24, 2015 2:10 PM

locational geography test your knowledge and challenge yourself!

Michael MacNeil's curator insight, August 25, 2015 1:47 PM

Hard to do especially on Mobil phone map

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GeoGuessr - Let's explore the world!

GeoGuessr - Let's explore the world! | Geography Education | Scoop.it
GeoGuessr is a geography game which takes you on a journey around the world and challenges your ability to recognize your surroundings.
Seth Dixon's insight:

I've shared GeoGuessr before but they now have country-specific quizzes (this is for the United States).  When I was a child I used to wonder if woke up somewhere far from home, would I be able to know where I was just by looking at the places around me (I was a geo-geek from way back when).  GeoGuessr is the closest thing to finding yourself lost in the world and needing to figure out where you are without being wisked away.  GeoGuessr will display 5 locations in GoogleMaps "StreetView" and you have to guess where the images are located.  You can pan and zoom in the StreetView to explore the landscape and find more context clues as to where that location is.  It is a fantastic exploration exercise.   


Tags: landscape, place, trivia.

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Linda Denty's curator insight, August 9, 2015 7:33 PM

I've shared GeoGuessr before but they now have country-specific quizzes (this is for the United States).  When I was a child I used to wonder if woke up somewhere far from home, would I be able to know where I was just by looking at the places around me (I was a geo-geek from way back when).  GeoGuessr is the closest thing to finding yourself lost in the world and needing to figure out where you are without being wisked away.  GeoGuessr will display 5 locations in GoogleMaps "StreetView" and you have to guess where the images are located.  You can pan and zoom in the StreetView to explore the landscape and find more context clues as to where that location is.  It is a fantastic exploration exercise.   

 

Tags: landscape, place, trivia.

Marianne Naughton's curator insight, August 9, 2015 7:59 PM

I've shared GeoGuessr before but they now have country-specific quizzes (this is for the United States).  When I was a child I used to wonder if woke up somewhere far from home, would I be able to know where I was just by looking at the places around me (I was a geo-geek from way back when).  GeoGuessr is the closest thing to finding yourself lost in the world and needing to figure out where you are without being wisked away.  GeoGuessr will display 5 locations in GoogleMaps "StreetView" and you have to guess where the images are located.  You can pan and zoom in the StreetView to explore the landscape and find more context clues as to where that location is.  It is a fantastic exploration exercise.   


Tags: landscape, place, trivia.

Sanda Craina's curator insight, August 10, 2015 1:11 PM

I've shared GeoGuessr before but they now have country-specific quizzes (this is for the United States).  When I was a child I used to wonder if woke up somewhere far from home, would I be able to know where I was just by looking at the places around me (I was a geo-geek from way back when).  GeoGuessr is the closest thing to finding yourself lost in the world and needing to figure out where you are without being wisked away.  GeoGuessr will display 5 locations in GoogleMaps "StreetView" and you have to guess where the images are located.  You can pan and zoom in the StreetView to explore the landscape and find more context clues as to where that location is.  It is a fantastic exploration exercise.   

 

Tags: landscape, place, trivia.