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Be Part of the Largest Learning Event in History: Hour of Code - FRACTUS LEARNING

Be Part of the Largest Learning Event in History: Hour of Code - FRACTUS LEARNING | Homeschool learning |
In just under a month Computer Science Education Week will be upon us, and with it comes one of the biggest education movements in history, Hour of Code.

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Let’s Talk About Geography and Ebola

Let’s Talk About Geography and Ebola | Homeschool learning |
Why knowing where countries are in Africa matters for how the rest of the world thinks about Ebola.


Cultural and media norms that often refer to Africa as one entity rather than an 11.7 million-square-mile land mass comprised of 54 countries and over 1.1 billion people who speak over 2,000 different languages.  This cultural confusion means that, when a dangerous virus like Ebola breaks out, Americans who are used to referring to “Africa” as one entity may make mistakes in understanding just how big of a threat Ebola actually is, who might have been exposed to it, and what the likelihood of an individual contracting it might be.  This Ebola outbreak is wreaking havoc on African economies beyond the three most heavily affected by Ebola, and that damage is completely avoidable. The East and Southern African safari industry provides a good example. Bookings for safaris there — including for the famed Great Migration in Kenya and Tanzania — have plummeted due to the Ebola outbreak. These actions are based in fear, not reality.


Tags: Ebola, medical, diffusion, Africa, regions, perspective.

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Lora Tortolani's curator insight, March 18, 2015 9:36 PM

It doesn't surprise me that the average person doesn't know his geography.  It shocks the hell out of me that a college would put themselves in a situation to look that stupid!  Do your research people.

Jared Medeiros's curator insight, March 29, 2015 5:08 PM

This is another example of stereotyping taking its course through Africa.  Even though I am aware of the size and diversity of Africa, I was guilty of associating Ebola with the whole continent and not just the affected areas.  Same thing goes with the AIDS virus and other things, such as poverty.  Articles are great for people in other parts of the world to read to better educate them on the size and diversity of Africa and that there are many different ways of life in its 54 countries.

Raymond Dolloff's curator insight, December 15, 2015 12:44 AM

The Ebola epidemic over the last year put everyone in the world on high alert, not just those who lived in Sierra Leone and many countries in West Africa. It is important to understand how the virus spread so quickly and the advancements made to treat the virus. Geography played a big part of the spread of the virus. Because Africa, and the countries are far from modern medical technology, many non-profit organizations like Doctors without Borders were dispatched to those affected areas to help show and train physicians there the proper techniques on how to treat infected people with Ebola. That's why on the map one can see a far range of countries who treated infected people in facilities that were built to handle cases of Ebola.

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6 Inspiring Websites That Teach You To Code - Field Guide

6 Inspiring Websites That Teach You To Code - Field Guide | Homeschool learning |
If you've always had a desire to build your own apps or create your own websites, then you can begin your coding education with nothing more than a browser, an internet connection, and some spare time. Here we've picked out six of the best resources currently available online.

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Welcome to 'Geography Education'

Welcome to 'Geography Education' | Homeschool learning |

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 (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, 2016 1:04 AM

Amazing resources about places and topics in Geography

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Gone Google Story Builder

Gone Google Story Builder | Homeschool learning |
Collaboration has gone Google. Create a story and then share your video.

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Christina's insight:

Kids like this, would like to add graphics.


Marianne Hart's curator insight, April 20, 2014 8:59 PM

Not sure why they call it a video?!?

Ludmila Smirnova's curator insight, June 2, 2014 9:33 PM

Amazing! A new Google tool allowing creating stories and converting them into videos.

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, September 21, 2014 4:16 AM

Check it out!

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The Language of Maps Kids Should Know

The Language of Maps Kids Should Know | Homeschool learning |
The vocabulary and concepts of maps kids should learn to enhance their map-skills & geography awareness. Concise definitions with clear illustrations.

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Nicoletta's curator insight, April 5, 2014 6:13 PM

Global participation, interdependence, cultural diversity and globalisation are all key ideas in the HSIE K-6 Syllabus. Students learning the appropriate skills and terminology to navigate the globe and map is of critical importance to these key ideas and lay an important foundation for Stage 3 and Stage 4 outcomes that expand on this global perspective. Globes and maps assist in connecting students with their own community and importantly with the rest of the world.


This is a comprehensive yet concise blog post explaining the relevant geographical terminology that students should be learning throughout the Primary School years, with particular focus on terminology relating to maps. This blog post covers topics including the equator, the Tropic of Capricorn, Tropic of Cancer and cardinal directions. This geographical terminology is directly linked to the Stage 2 outcome ENS2.5 in the HSIE K-6 Syllabus. As part of this outcome students are required to learn this geographical terminology.


This post is an extremely useful and practical tool for teachers to understand key geographical terminology but it also provides various visual images that would be beneficial to utilise in the classroom. For example, the blog post has included a rotating 3D globe, an image of a compass rose and images of a variety of different map projections.


Reference List:


Board of Studies. (2006). Human Society and Its Environment K-6 Syllabus. NSW: Board of Studies.

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Gender Empowerment and Education

"In this exclusive, unedited interview, 'I Am Malala' author Malala Yousafzai remembers the Taliban's rise to power in her Pakistani hometown and discusses her efforts to campaign for equal access to education for girls. Malala Yousafzai also offers suggestions for people looking to help out overseas and stresses the importance of education."

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analise moreno's curator insight, October 14, 2014 8:01 PM

This was one of our focuses last chapter. I totally agree with this because woman and as well as men deserve education they need education to have a successful life. I like how she describes this so well and thoroughly she talks about what she wants and needs in her life.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, May 21, 2015 4:10 PM

unit 3 or 6

Raychel Johnson's curator insight, May 25, 2015 8:42 PM

Summary: In this interview, Jon Stewart talks with Malala Yousafzai, a girl who outwardly fought for women's education, and in doing so, was shot by the Taliban. Even now, she continues to fight for women's equality and their right to education, after she won her Nobel Peace Prize. 


Insight: In this interview, the main topic is gender equality, and how it can lead to better education for women, which, in turn, gives women more power. Although developed countries, especially in Western Europe, already display high gender equality, more developing countries, especially in the Middle East, have hardly anything close to gender equality. Even with low amounts of gender equality, people like Malala and advocates in Western countries are striving towards this goal of gender equality.

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Globalization in a Nutshell

"The world is becoming more and more interconnected. Globalization changes how people consume, work and live almost everywhere on the world. Today, many economic, political, cultural or ecological relationships are not explainable from a national perspective. At the same time, a controversial debate about the consequences of globalization has begun."

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, October 14, 2014 4:24 AM

Globalization in a Nutshell

Adilson Camacho's curator insight, November 2, 2014 4:29 PM

Integração seletiva...

Nicole Canova's curator insight, January 18, 7:10 PM
This video does a good job of explaining globalization and the effects it has on transportation, communication, economy, politics, and culture around the world.  It also discusses some of the consequences of the world becoming a smaller place.
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Sustaining Seven Billion People

Sustaining Seven Billion People | Homeschool learning |

"With seven billion people now living on Earth, the ever growing demand is putting unprecedented pressure on global resources—especially forests, water, and food. How can Earth’s resources be managed best to support so many people? One key is tracking the sum of what is available, and perhaps nothing is better suited to that task than satellites."

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Brady Jones's comment, February 9, 2017 6:55 PM
Measurements from the Landsat satellite also make it possible to tell how much water the crops consume in an arid environment. Such measurements are likely to become more important as demands on limited water resources increase. Currently, agriculture accounts for 85 percent of the world’s fresh water consumption
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Brieanna Hepburn's comment, February 13, 2017 6:15 PM
With seven billion people now living on Earth, the ever growing demand is putting unprecedented pressure on global resources—especially forests, water, and food.
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Where Will The World's Water Conflicts Erupt?

Where Will The World's Water Conflicts Erupt? | Homeschool learning |

As the climate shifts, rivers will both flood and dry up more often, according to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Shortages are especially likely in parts of the world already strapped for water, so political scientists expect feuds will become even more intense. To track disputes worldwide, researchers at Oregon State University spent a decade building a comprehensive database of international exchanges—-both conflicts and alliances—over shared water resources. They found that countries often begin disputes belligerently but ultimately reach peaceful agreements. Says Aaron Wolf, the geographer who leads the project, “For me the really interesting part is how even Arabs and Israelis, Indians and Pakistanis, are able to resolve their differences and find a solution.”

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J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, June 21, 2014 11:01 AM

Add water to geography education curriculum? You better believe it. The crisis of the 21st century is and will be water.  

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, May 21, 2015 11:36 AM

summer reading KQ2: How have humans altered the Earth's environment?  Water Security

James Piccolino's curator insight, March 24, 10:01 AM
The idea of going to war over water is a scary one, but is still possible in an unfortunate future. After all there must have been a time when going to war over oil was a scary possibility and nothing more. Water being a necessity would surely make it more justified in the minds of many, but would lead to disaster down the line.