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The British Once Built a 1,100-Mile Hedge Through the Middle of India

The British Once Built a 1,100-Mile Hedge Through the Middle of India | Mr. D's Flipped Classroom | Scoop.it
This quixotic colonial barrier was meant to enforce taxes.
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Interactives about Syrian Refugee Crisis

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War, sectarian violence, and famine have forced more than 50 million people from their homes—the largest number of displaced people since World War II.

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Here are two excellent ESRI StoryMaps about the Syrian refugee crisis; these are two very good examples of a great web maps. 

'The Uprooted' (focused more on Syria).
Epicenter of a Deepening Refugee Crisis (puts Syria into larger global patterns).

 

Tags: GIS, ESRI, mapping, cartography, geospatial, edtech, Syria, political, refugees.

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Jukka Melaranta's curator insight, March 3, 2016 10:40 AM

Here are two excellent ESRI StoryMaps about the Syrian refugee crisis; these are two very good examples of a great web maps. 

 

Tags: GIS, ESRI, mapping, cartography, geospatial, edtech, Syria, political, refugees.

malbert's curator insight, March 4, 2016 1:30 AM

Here are two excellent ESRI StoryMaps about the Syrian refugee crisis; these are two very good examples of a great web maps. 

'The Uprooted' (focused more on Syria).
Epicenter of a Deepening Refugee Crisis (puts Syria into larger global patterns).

 

Tags: GIS, ESRI, mapping, cartography, geospatial, edtech, Syria, political, refugees.

Rachel Stutzman's curator insight, March 11, 2016 10:28 AM

Here are two excellent ESRI StoryMaps about the Syrian refugee crisis; these are two very good examples of a great web maps. 

'The Uprooted' (focused more on Syria).
Epicenter of a Deepening Refugee Crisis (puts Syria into larger global patterns).

 

Tags: GIS, ESRI, mapping, cartography, geospatial, edtech, Syria, political, refugees.

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There’s a Walkable Map of the World in Denmark

There’s a Walkable Map of the World in Denmark | Mr. D's Flipped Classroom | Scoop.it
It really is a small world after all at Denmark’s World Map at Lake Klejtrup, a 43,000-square foot world map built entirely to scale.

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Salem Witch Trials Podcast

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 19, 2013 3:02 PM

With Halloween right around the corner, the Salem Witch trials loom large in the collective American psyche.  While many emphasize the supernatural and the scandalous, this Maps 101 podcast (based on the article written by Julie Dixon and yours truly) gives the geographic and historic context to understand the tragedy of the 1692 witch trials.


Tags: seasonal, historical, colonialism.

Mohamed Maktoub's curator insight, October 21, 2013 6:20 AM

لوحة  عظيمة  مثل صاحبها 

Justin McCullough's curator insight, October 21, 2013 1:37 PM

The outbreak of the Salem Witch Trials really are really something that produces many questions. Perhaps the most obvious question is why did these trials happen all of a sudden? A community largely based off of agriculture produces an atmosphere of superstition. This can be seen in the events that led up to the Salem witch trials. With the land barely producing enough to sustain the town, people look for a scapegoat to blame. Neighbors turned on neighbors in order to obtain more land claiming that each other were witches. It is interesting to see that in a time of crisis one can a helping hand is not always the popular choice; as seen in the Salem Witch Trials the opposite extreme is taken place. 

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A History of Conflicts

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Browse the timeline of war and conflict across the globe.

 

This database of global wars and conflicts is searchable through space and time.  You can drag and click both the map and timeline to locate particular battles and wars, and then read more information about that conflict.  This resource would be a great one to show students and let them explore to find what they see as interesting.  This site is brimming with potential.     


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Sakis Koukouvis's comment, August 16, 2012 8:06 AM
Oh... You are lucky ;-)
Paul Rymsza's comment, August 22, 2012 2:15 PM
the potential of this site is amazing between the interactive learning system and the correlation between the timeline and location. If the human geography class is anything like this i can't wait for it!
Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 28, 2013 3:34 PM

 

This database of global wars and conflicts is searchable through space and time.  You can drag and click both the map and timeline to locate particular battles and wars, and then read more information about that conflict.  This resource would be a great one to show students and let them explore to find what they see as interesting.  This site is brimming with potential.    

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Five Smart Habits to Develop for Back to School

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"The enemy of innovation and growth is routine. These auspicious weeks before the school year commences are the perfect time to create a new routine that will ensure innovation in your instruction and growth as an instructor. Here are some idea for those who want to take advantage of these next few weeks to guarantee the best year they’ve ever had."

Below is the list of the five ideas. Read the full post to get additional information as well as links to resources.

1. Move Beyond the Textbook

2. Become an Expert in One Tool

3. Read About all Things Education

4. Revisit Your Homework Strategy

5. Make a Professional Development Schedule

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London to New York in ONE HOUR: US military to test radical new hypersonic aircraft that can reach 4,500mph within seconds

London to New York in ONE HOUR: US military to test radical new hypersonic aircraft that can reach 4,500mph within seconds | Mr. D's Flipped Classroom | Scoop.it

It may look like a vehicle the Thunderbirds would travel in, but in fact this experimental aircraft could be the future of long haul flights.It uses a revolutionary 'scramjet' engine that allows it to travel at hypersonic speeds. Tomorrow, it will be dropped from a B52 bomber in its latest test....

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World's Biggest Power Blackout in Human History Hits India

The second day of India's power grid failures were worse than the first. Nearly 1900 miles of India went dark, an area that is home to nearly half of India's...

 

How is this issue geographic? What themes are present in this issue and how are they interrelated? 

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U.S. Cities With Bigger Economies Than Entire Countries

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How do the individual economies of U.S. cities stack up against the world? Here’s a few quiz questions that can be answered with our chart of the 50 largest U.S. metro areas.
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Russian research project offers 'immortality' to billionaires

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A Russian entrepreneur who heads a hi-tech research project has contacted billionaires to offer them immortality. Itskov claims he will personally oversee their immortality process, in exchange for an undisclosed fee.
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Powerful Laser Shot Offers Hope for Self-Sustaining Energy | Techland | TIME.com

Powerful Laser Shot Offers Hope for Self-Sustaining Energy | Techland | TIME.com | Mr. D's Flipped Classroom | Scoop.it
The world's most powerful laser just fired its most intense blast yet, tantamount to all the energy used in the U.S. at any given instant, and bringing us one step closer to creating a potentially unlimited energy source.
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Countries Where People Work Least

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As the global economic recovery grinds to a halt, many workers feel the increased pressure of holding on to their jobs and putting bread on their tables. Some may hold several jobs or simply put in more hours at work.
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Iceberg breaks off from Greenland

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Greenland's northern Petermann Glacier calves an iceberg twice the size of Manhattan, the second to break off in two years, scientists say.
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Ten Ways on How Not To Think About the Iran/Saudi Conflict

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"Sometimes when a conflict involves Muslims, Islam may not be the best category for understanding it. Omid Safi with a reflection on the current crisis between Iran and Saudi Arabia, and why framing it as religion is not the most helpful framework."

 

In the last few days, virtually every news outlet has featured a series of stories on the rising tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia. The conflict by now is well-known: Saudi Arabia executed 47 people, including Shi‘i cleric Nimr al-Nimr. While both Iran and Saudi Arabia are among the worst global executioners of dissidents, the sheer size of these executions was rare even by their gruesome standards. Iran retaliated through bombastic rhetoric, stating, “God’s hand of retaliation will grip the neck of Saudi politicians.” The two countries have broken off diplomatic relations, a tension that has rippled across the region. 

 

Tags: Saudi Arabia, political, conflict, Iran, Middle East.


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This is a good reminder that the conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran is not just a Persian/Arab, Sunni/Shiite issue.  This isn't just some resurgence of an ancient battle but there are many modern geopolitical issues including oil and regional rivalries.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 9, 2016 11:28 AM

This is a good reminder that the conflict between Saudi Arabia and Iran is not just a Persian/Arab, Sunni/Shiite issue.  This isn't just some resurgence of an ancient battle but there are many modern geopolitical issues including oil and regional rivalries.

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The Uprooted

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War, sectarian violence, and famine have forced more than 50 million people from their homes—the largest number of displaced people since World War II.
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Comparing the five major world religions

"It's perfectly human to grapple with questions, like 'Where do we come from?' and 'How do I live a life of meaning?' These existential questions are central to the five major world religions -- and that's not all that connects these faiths. John Bellaimey explains the intertwined histories and cultures of Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam."


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mary jane james's curator insight, April 7, 2017 2:55 PM
This video relates to my subject on religion by showing the five main religions and how they're changing the world and prospective of how people see themselves on earth.
 My opinion on the video is that is good to see that all of the religions are somewhat related by where and how they were created, and also what is shown in them.
 
Hailey Austin's curator insight, May 11, 2017 9:53 PM
This article relates to are class because it is talking about different religions. It states that we all have different beliefs, but we believe in a higher power. This article was interesting because it shows you how different your beliefs are to other religions. They all have a story they believe is true.
Mr Mac's curator insight, June 13, 2017 10:27 AM
Unit 3 - Religion
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The Economics of Pro Sports: Why are the Cowboys and Yankees so Valuable? | EconEdLink

The Economics of Pro Sports: Why are the Cowboys and Yankees so Valuable? | EconEdLink | Mr. D's Flipped Classroom | Scoop.it
This lesson investigates the value of sports franchises in the various professional sports leagues. Students will investigate the revenues and costs of professional sports teams and determine which teams are the most valuable. Lastly, students will understand the specific rules of the game, which leagues employ that influence franchise values. TASK
Use a financial magazine's website to determine which professional sports teams have the highest current value, profit and debt-to-value ratio.  Identify how teams' generate revenues, determine some of the business costs of operating professional sports franchises, and investigate different factors like debt-to-value ratios that make some teams more valuable than others. Understand that the specific incentives and rules of the game, which the various leagues use strongly affects the value of their team's franchises.
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A Look into the Causes of Poverty in the U.S.

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"Are more and more people in the western world dropping off the radar and becoming the invisible poor or is the opposite happening?  We recently heard that an astounding 46 million Americans are officially below the poverty line (That's $23,050/year for a family of four according to the official sources).  That number really caught our eye and as such we decided to do a little more digging to help put some more facts and figures around it.  Above is a nice visualization of the results we came up with."


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Ivan Koh's curator insight, February 3, 2013 7:37 AM

This is my insight using See-Think-Wonder.
From this statistic, i can see alot of statistic about the number of people who are poor and the people's opinion related to poverty and welfare. In the article, i can see that 46million american are considered to be poor, and form the authors opinion, to prevent porverty, we should manage our wealth and make sure that we earn more than we spend.

I think that from the statistics, most people are poor mostly due to the fact that  they were uneducated in alot of ways. From the statistics, 1.2 million students drop out from high school every year. Thus, these people were mostly uneducated and cannot find a proper job, leading to drugs and borrowing of money. i also think that most people are poor because they are lazy and do not want to help themselves, as agreed by half of the americans that the poor are not doing enough to help themselves, and by 43% of americans that people who are poor can find a job if they are willing to work.

This article and statistics makes me wonder why american governments are not doing enough to educate students the importance of jobs and studies. Because people who are poor can actually work, but are too lazy to do it, this also makes me wonder why the government are giving money to the poor when they are able to help themselves 

Brandon Lee's curator insight, February 4, 2013 10:36 AM

The insight of this article merely showed that more and more people does not really have  a good financial health, which also has translated into people wer e "invisible poor" especially those living in the western world. Comparison had been made on its poverty line between USA and UK statistics.

In my opinion, managing a country's budget its not an easy task, this is because a country need competitive global presence and to boost the economy. People need to produce more and more services outside its own country.

I have often thought that a country's population does have an impact on a country's economic growth.

Tim Stark's curator insight, October 24, 2015 9:54 PM

Great visual for economics and sociology courses

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How a Google Search Travels Around the World [INFOGRAPHIC]

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A new infographic about Google Search shows the journey of a search on the site, from how it travels at the speed of light to how it ranks its results.In an infographic given to Mashable, Google likens the web to a book with millions of pages....

How would you search a book with a million pages? That is pretty much what Google is doing when you search the web. The amount of information and the number of miles a query may travel is amazing. Check out the infographic for specific information.

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The Ancient Solar System: The Edge of Knowledge: Fire rainbows....

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This fairly unknown craft gave us our first comprehensive look at how the energy from a coronal mass ejection [10] is funnelled into a geomagnetic storm [11] in our magnetosphere, giving rise to aurora - amongst other things.
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Beyond the App - You Found an App, Now What?

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With all of the technology integration and the plethora of academic apps  flooding the market, the time is ripe for teachers to take advantage of  these teaching tools.  More and more, classrooms are incorporating iPods and iPads into everyday instruction.  This is such a gift for today’s  students.  There is no denying that iDevices, when used efficiently, are some of our greatest teaching tools.  However, using this technology  for effective instruction is a challenge that teachers need to face and  accept...

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8 Ways The World Will Change By 2052

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Let me answer some of your likely questions about the next 40 years as I expect them to unfold.1. Will I Be Poorer?Some of us will, others will not.
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10 Places to Visit Before They Vanish

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Whether it's rising sea levels, desertification, torrential monsoons, melting glaciers or ocean acidification, climate change is rapidly altering the landscape of our planet. We may be one of the last generations to see some of the Earth's most cherished places. Here's our list of 10 places to see before they vanish.

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Is the BUBONIC PLAGUE still with us?

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Man develops BUBONIC PLAGUE from stray cat bite and narrowly escapes death... but will have fingers and toes amputated.

WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: Paul Gaylor, 59, from Oregon, rushed to hospital after his lymph nodes swelled to the size of lemons. His lungs collapsed and heart stopped but he is expected to recover.

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