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48 iPad Apps for Teaching and Learning Geography / Earth Science

48 iPad Apps for Teaching and Learning Geography / Earth Science | World Geography |

After a year or two of tinkering and experimenting with apps for teaching / learning Geography, I have (finally) compiled this list of what I deem to be the most useful iPad apps for teaching Geogr...

Via Maree Whiteley
Rola Fahs's insight:

How many apps do students have on their smartphones? How many of them pertain to their school work? I would say none. But these apps are a good way to have students easily look up facts and numbers about poverty, population, economy, culture, etc. A teacher can easily do an in class assignment with these apps. A 'webquest' like activity with the app would be really fun as well. I would recommend these apps for all social studies teachers to use. the information is easily available for students and teachers. And since it is on their phone, they take their education home with them. 

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#thehubisnotaplayground Hits Penn State After Offensive Tweet

#thehubisnotaplayground Hits Penn State After Offensive Tweet | World Geography |
An offensive tweet this afternoon sparked the amazing #thehubisnotaplayground Twitter hashtag.

Via Seth Dixon
Rola Fahs's insight:

This link might be too provocative for a freshman or sophomore class, but when doing a unit on technology in a geography class, links like these that show how technology should not be used, is a perfect way to teach students a lesson on responsibilty. I would recommend this to all teachers that plan to use technology in their classrooms and show the affects when technology is used the wrong way. Technology is the best thing we have but it is also the worst thing. As teachers we can use this to instill responsibility in our students and show them what happens when things like that are said. 

Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 9, 2013 3:27 AM

'The HUB' is the main building on campus for student life at Penn State; it is designed to be homey and the center of indoor social activities.  This offensive tweet sparked an debate about the cultural usages of public places and racial sensitivity.  I was delighted that the Penn State online community was both thoughtful and entertaining in their online responses to a weighty topic.  Unfortunately this isn't the first PSU scandal of this nature, but it now the community is working towards having a more inclusive cultural ethos.     

Denise Pacheco's curator insight, September 24, 2013 3:49 PM

I understand why she posted this because she probably was trying to focus/study, but she definitely did not need to take it to the extreme. I'm so sick of people being racist or making stereotypical remarks. Black people are not the only ones who are loud all the time. Spanish people and white people can be just as loud at times. And who cares if they are? Whatever happened to freedom of speech and expression? These minority students pay for tuition just like everyone else. So I feel like they should be able to do as they please and enjoy college because that's what it's all about at the end of the day. Sorry Ashley, if you don't like it then go sit/stand somewhere else. 

megan b clement's comment, December 16, 2013 4:39 AM
I think that this is complete ignorance. People who were never taught not to think before they think, she clearly was not. It was not only ignorant, but racist. I hope there was consequences to her actions.
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Rising Seas: If All The Ice Melted

Rising Seas: If All The Ice Melted | World Geography |
Explore the world’s new coastlines if sea level rises 216 feet.

Via Seth Dixon
Rola Fahs's insight:

This is perfect for a unit on climate change and global warming. I would definitely recommend this in geography classes because it is a wake up call. Students can see the effects of climate change and draw their own conclusions about what they believe about this. I would use this with in coorelation with a video about global warming, or even use this as a webquest activity. 

Brian Hammerstix's curator insight, November 24, 2013 12:29 AM

#stopburningfossilfuels or #goodbyeflorida

Steven Flis's curator insight, December 16, 2013 6:15 PM

Aside from the mass devastation i think it would be pretty cool of all the ice melted. As the interactive map shows there would be in inland sea in australia which i can turn into the AUs great lakes. Also imagine the possiblility of being able to take a vacation to antartica and not having to dress for absurdly negative tempatures, all the undiscovered land and preservated fossils. It would be a interestling link to the past that only in the future we could experience.

Mrs. Karnowski's curator insight, August 27, 2014 12:20 PM

Would Belgium be covered in water if all the ice melted?

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10 Online Activities and Resources for Geography Awareness Week

10 Online Activities and Resources for Geography Awareness Week | World Geography |
Next week is Geography Awareness Week. National Geographic Education has highlighted some of their activities for the week. I've put together a collection of other online activities to use during Geography Awareness Week.

Via Thomas Faltin
Rola Fahs's insight:

This website has interesting links to games and maps to introduce in a classroom. I would recommend this to any geography teacher because not only do students love using the internet but they also love playing games. The more colorful and interactive the better. 

I would use this on a computer lab day or even during a unit that introduces maps and how to correctly make and use them. 

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Typhoon Haiyan Before & After

Typhoon Haiyan Before & After | World Geography |
View interactive before and after images showing the devastation Typhoon Haiyan has caused in Tacloban City, Philippines.

Via Seth Dixon
Rola Fahs's insight:

These interactive images are great to introduce in a unit that involves climate, global warming, natural disasters, etc. It also riases awareness and gives students a satellite image of the damage caused by natural disasters. Since this is a current event, it would work great because of its relevancy. 

This interactive website also allows teachers to pose provoking questions that involve the role of the government and aiding nations after a disaster, or teach responsibility of students as citizens of the united states. 

Tracy Galvin's curator insight, May 4, 2014 12:01 AM

A great set of photos to show the great destructive force of a storm on coastlines. The Philippines are a bunch of small islands made up of primarily coastlines so this typhoon destroyed huge amounts of the country.

Nicole Kearsch's curator insight, December 8, 2014 6:16 PM

We know that natural disasters cause a lot of damage and personal loss but we don't really ever know how much damage is caused until we see it.  Even when we do see it if we don't know what it looked like before it really doesn't mean anything to us.  Using these before and after maps you can really understand how much destruction happened when the typhoon hit the Philippines.  You can see the loss of property, infrastructure and natural resources that were once there.  The loss of not only peoples homes, but entire neighborhoods wiped right off the map.  The remnants of roads can be seen but that is all they are, remnants.  The ability to see the before as well as the after really strikes a toll and makes people realize that this is serious and not just another storm for the people that live here.

Chris Costa's curator insight, November 9, 2015 7:51 PM

Such powerful imagery. I was tinkering around with the pictures and moving the scroller from right to left, keeping my eye on a particular house that stood before the typhoon. To keep scrolling to the left and to watch that image of the house completely disappear was absolutely surreal. It made the news of the devastation wrought by the storm seem so much more real; here I was, sitting in class and watching a home- a place where a family once lived, where lives had been and were continuing to be forged- completely disappear from the face of the map, never to return. I have lived in the same home for 15 years, and I could never imagine watching my home disappear in such a manner. The psychological impact of this devastation on such a massive scale is unimaginable, something that must be endured in order to truly understand- and, unfortunately for the people living in these areas, they now understand it all too well. The financial recovery from this storm will eventually come- perhaps not as fast as hoped, but it will, as always- but the recovery in human costs will take much longer. For those affected, many will believe that there can never be a recovery. Watching that home disappear in the blink of an eye makes me feel that they are probably right.

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Geography game: how well do you know the world?

Geography game: how well do you know the world? | World Geography |
Play the Global development game: identify the world's countries and territories, rank them according to GDP then fingers at the ready for the picture round

Via Allison Anthony
Rola Fahs's insight:

This website has games that can easily be incorporated in a geography class. Teachers can use this when they are introducing countries and continents. Students can use this as a way to prepare for a map quiz. I recommend games like these because who doesnt like games? Games are a great way to get students involved in class. Games like these are fun and students dont realize that they are actually learning something. 

Allison Anthony's curator insight, November 13, 2013 12:35 AM

For your enjoyment and practice during Geography Awareness Week!

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Yardstick of Wealth

"In the last of a series of programmes exploring global population for the award-winning This World strand, Rosling presents an 'as live' studio event featuring cutting-edge 3D infographics painting a vivid picture of a world that has changed in ways we barely understand – often for the better."

Via Seth Dixon
Rola Fahs's insight:

Rosling does a great job speaking of poverty and population. This would be an awesome text to use in a unit about poverty. This can be incorporated in a history class, economics class, sociology class, even an anthropology class if it is offered in highschools. 

It is a perfect length video that can be used to introduce a writing assignment, a research project, or an in class group assignment. But it also shows the extremety of poor vs. rich. From what I have seen students like to state their opinions about issues like this. Teachers may have to watch out how they introduce this into their topic or discussion, but it is a worthwhile source to use. 

Mrs. B's curator insight, November 1, 2013 7:10 PM

Who is this guy? LOLOLOL

Kibet Koskei's curator insight, November 2, 2013 8:19 AM

Get Paid To Enlighten African Youth On How To Use The Internet To Grow Rich ! Re: Ref:Jobs Are Moving Online, Lets Us Help You Acquire The Skills Of 21st Century and Help You To Be A head Of the Masses in Getting Online Jobs!

Sue Bicknell's curator insight, November 4, 2013 12:37 PM

Another fantastic presentation by Rosling

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Modern Slavery

Modern Slavery | World Geography |

"I recently saw this map in a Washington Post article about modern day slavery and was immediately was struck by the spatial extent and amount of slaves in today’s global economy.  As stated in that article, “This is not some softened, by-modern-standards definition of slavery. These 30 million people are living as forced laborers, forced prostitutes, child soldiers, child brides in forced marriages and, in all ways that matter, as pieces of property, chattel in the servitude of absolute ownership.”  This map shows some important spatial patterns that seem to correlate to economic and cultural factors."

Via Seth Dixon
Rola Fahs's insight:

I particularly like this because not only can I use this in a lesson about different maps but I can also connect this to history and today. This is a map of modern day slavery around the world. Not only should this entice students to learn more, but it makes it easy for them to learn spatial patterns that correlate with history, economy, and culture. 

This can also be used in a history class, economics class, and sociology class. I would recommend teachers to use this map or ones similar to this for a day's lesson because it covers so many other topics than just geography. 

Jessica Rieman's curator insight, March 19, 2014 9:04 PM

MOdern Slavery is a huge problem throughtout the world and especially in Africa and surrounding sister countries. For example, in Africa this map shows us that the slave rate is more than .75 this indicates that there is a small percentage of the country that is not enslaved in some way. This is outrageous for the modern society to think of in todays world especially because as Americans we think of the slave trade and slavery being something that happened many years ago and then slavery was abloished and now nothing bad happens anymore well we couldn't be more WRONG! AMericans are mostly ingornat to the fact that although slavery is not announced in surronding counintents and countries does not mean that it doesn't exist. Another example of this is the Somali blood diamonds and how the children become toy-soldiers and are turned into rebels because if they dont they will be killed so this is the type of society where it is kill or me killed. These CHILDREN are trained to kill anyone and everyone who gets in their way; taken away from their families at a young age and then brainwashed into using their ignorance as bliss.

Logan Haller's curator insight, May 26, 2015 2:51 AM

This article has to do with unit 6 because it deals with development.This article explains how 30 million people work as forced labors, forced child soldiers,  forced brides and many other forced things. The map illustrates spatial patterns on economic and cultural factors on where the people enslaved are. The map shows that India is 1.1% enslaved.People say that fair trade and not free trade will lead to sustainable economic growth and lower social injustice. Two questions asked by the article is what realistically can we do to lessen slavery in the world today, and how our our own spending habits part of the system. The article also includes a video on some of the ways the slaves are treated poorly .

8A JonathanS's curator insight, February 9, 2017 12:19 PM


This article describes when people in Africa are victims of modern day slavery. It tells us how people are forced into working long long hours a day with no breaks, barely any food or water and a very unsafe working environment. Some examples of what these poor people are forced into working as are laborers, prostitutes, child soldiers, child brides. Many people are also forced into marriages and illegal mining and smuggling of goods across borders . There are currently about 30 million modern day slaves all over the world. Their mostly in large parts of Africa and most of India. There's also some in Europe and in the U.S. One of the most unsafe working environment these slaves are forced into working in are the illegal mining projects. Their forced to work long hours in a mine that could collapse any second with nothing but a cheap flashlight tied to their head and a shovel or spade. 


I think this article connects to what were working on in class about modern slavery and Africa. I think this is very sad because I think everybody has the right to do what they feel like and deserve their freedom just like most people. This is extremely unfair and I think that more people should try and do something about it. Of course there are already loads of people trying to prevent this issue from spreading and I think it's a very kind and respectful thing to do. I did learn a lot from this article tho and the TED talk. One thing I learned was that this problem mostly appears in Africa. I honestly though that Asia and more parts of South America would have this issue as well. So yes, I learned quite a lot from this and I think that it was a good article with lots of useful information and I got a lot of emotional feelings from seeing the video.

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Why is Geography Education so Important?

Via Seth Dixon
Rola Fahs's insight:

This is a good read for anyone who is going to be a social studies teacher. 

I am not sure that I would recommend this in my classroom but all teachers can benefit from this. 

He introduces geography as a way to connect with the world. Learning geography adds perspective and insight into the rest of the world. In geography we can pose thought provoking questions to students that gets them to start thinking differently than they do now. 

Seth Dixon's curator insight, November 10, 2013 12:05 AM

This commencement speech from the President of the American Geographical Society highlights the importance of geographic thought and geo-literacy for college graduates.  I share this because (to quote Summer Howarth), "geo-literacy isn't really optional." 

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Geocaching - The Official Global GPS Cache Hunt Site

Geocaching - The Official Global GPS Cache Hunt Site | World Geography |
Geocaching is a treasure hunting game where you use a GPS to hide and seek containers with other participants in the activity. is the listing service for geocaches around the world.
Rola Fahs's insight:

For a high school geography class, ap or not, this is a great way for students to use technology to benefit their knowledge of the enviornement and community they live in. I would recommend this too all geography, even history, teachers. 

Geocashing is a treasure hunt where students use their phone's GPS to find hidden objects around their community. 

I would use this throughout the whole year in my class. I have seen this being used as an extra credit assignment as well as a group project. Students for the most part have responded well to this. 

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