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Power of Place

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Explore educational and professional development resources for teachers and classrooms on Annenberg Media's learner.org. Companion to the Annenberg Media series Power of Place. This site covers the 26 episodes of the world geography course, produced by Cambridge Studios.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 2, 2014 9:15 AM

I know many teachers love the "Power of Place" video series because they are regionally and thematically organized. All 26 videos (roughly a half an hour each) aren't the most current examples but they are all sound and available online here.  

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I think you should make an updated version! :-)
Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, May 3, 2014 9:07 AM

great course resource!

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Three Geography Games Based on Google Maps and Google Earth

Three Geography Games Based on Google Maps and Google Earth | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
One of the things that I emphasize to students before they embark on any kind of research or problem-solving task is to take a good lon
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This looks fun and useful to learn skills in google maps and Google Earth 
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10 Tools for Your Students’ Creativity Toolbox

10 Tools for Your Students’ Creativity Toolbox | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
Creativity is a process, and you can guide students to develop theirs with a set of tools for different situations.
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Which Countries Have Shrinking Populations?


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 28, 2017 4:02 PM

This video explores some of the impacts of a declining population on a country (for example, a smaller workforce, economic decline, and growing public debt).  Eastern Europe as a region is used as the principle example and the countries of Bulgaria, Moldova, and Japan are highlighted. 

 

Tags: declining populations, population, demographic transition model, models, migration, Bulgaria, Moldova, Japan.

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Why geography matters now more than ever

Why geography matters now more than ever | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
When I was hired as a geography teacher in 2001, I was out of my element. I was a history person. I knew bizarre bits of American History and Ancient Civilizations, but nothing about geography. In that first year, my career plan was simple: wait it out. Wait until there was an opening in ancient…
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Why Social Studies matters. The link between human geography, physical geography and history is evident and this is why I am now very interested in intercultural understanding and intercultural competence.
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The Fallacy of Endless Economic Growth

The Fallacy of Endless Economic Growth | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
What economists around the world get wrong about the future.
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Interesting discussion points here. How a book was sidelined because it said things people didn't want to hear. I think the connection with unending waste and loss of democratic practice and considered well researched discussion is important.
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How Access to Nature During The School Year Can Help Students Thrive

How Access to Nature During The School Year Can Help Students Thrive | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
Getting kids out in nature on a regular basis helps kids' development. Some schools have partnerships with local parks but students in the Ferguson-Florissant
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Just examples of authentic learning environments, solving real life problems. Nothing surprising about this but so good to see it happening.
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Turning the Community Into a Classroom

Turning the Community Into a Classroom | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
See how students investigate real issues in their communities—and check out an e-book on how to adopt this type of program.
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Community based experiences - global citizenship education
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Origin of crops | CIAT Blog

Origin of crops | CIAT Blog | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
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This is so great. We are doing Stephanie Alexander kitchen gardens programs  in the next few weeks with about 60 pre-service teachers. I always try to do some work on food in  history, geography, global education and economics to link in with the science, health focus of Stephanie Alexander programs.  This gives me so much more to talk about and work on pedagogy associated with it. !!1 I am so excited!!!
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A New Map for America

A New Map for America | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
The 50-state model is holding the country back. It needs a new system, built around urban corridors.
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Can we look at our map and think of it differently? Then can we get others to agree with us?
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32 Maps That Will Teach You Something New About the World

32 Maps That Will Teach You Something New About the World | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
Our world is a complex network of people, places and things. Here are 32 maps will teach you something new about our interconnected planet.
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Fascinating stuff - I love how if you come from a particular country you are provided with a map that reflects your country's political bias. Ah it was so much simpler when the world was primarily painted red and in Australia we saw ourselves as part of the great British Commonwealth. Ignore the rest.
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How a Modern-Day Mapmaker Does His Job

How a Modern-Day Mapmaker Does His Job | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
Tom Harrison, a Californian cartographer, explains what goes into a good map and why making one can take nearly two years.
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Maps are a choice of the mapmaker or who he/she has contacted to make the map. Maps come with values attached.
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Why Children Still Need to Read (and Draw) Maps

Why Children Still Need to Read (and Draw) Maps | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
While many skills have become obsolete in the digital age, map reading remains an important tool for building children's spatial reasoning skills and helping them make sense of our world.

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I totally agree

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ApocalypseSurvival's curator insight, March 11, 2016 9:15 AM

Young people need to develop a mental map of their environs and an over-reliance on GPS/mapping apps are no substitute.  When these youth become drivers, they are unprepared to make spatially/navigational decisions because they lack map reading skills.  They might think that their apps can do all the work and that an old fashioned paper map is outdated technology, but their spatial thinking skills become atrophied. Spatial skills are crucial for understanding the world as a global citizen, to understand your local environs and for making scientific discoveries.  So teach a kid how to read a map...the sooner the better. 

 

Tags: education, K12, geography education, spatial, mapping.

ThePlanetaryArchives/San Francisco CA's curator insight, March 11, 2016 6:25 PM

Young people need to develop a mental map of their environs and an over-reliance on GPS/mapping apps are no substitute.  When these youth become drivers, they are unprepared to make spatially/navigational decisions because they lack map reading skills.  They might think that their apps can do all the work and that an old fashioned paper map is outdated technology, but their spatial thinking skills become atrophied. Spatial skills are crucial for understanding the world as a global citizen, to understand your local environs and for making scientific discoveries.  So teach a kid how to read a map...the sooner the better. 

 

Tags: education, K12, geography education, spatial, mapping.

Mike Busarello's Digital Storybooks's curator insight, March 13, 2016 6:53 AM

Young people need to develop a mental map of their environs and an over-reliance on GPS/mapping apps are no substitute.  When these youth become drivers, they are unprepared to make spatially/navigational decisions because they lack map reading skills.  They might think that their apps can do all the work and that an old fashioned paper map is outdated technology, but their spatial thinking skills become atrophied. Spatial skills are crucial for understanding the world as a global citizen, to understand your local environs and for making scientific discoveries.  So teach a kid how to read a map...the sooner the better. 

 

Tags: education, K12, geography education, spatial, mapping.

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26 Things You Might Not Know Were Named After Places

26 Things You Might Not Know Were Named After Places | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
From cheddar cheese to the tuxedo.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 11, 2016 11:58 AM

Many ordinary objects are named for places where they were discovered, invented, or widely used. If you smell a dab of cologne on the man eating a Danish in the bungalow, the way you speak about that incident has a linguistic debt to a town in Germany, and the countries of Denmark and Bangladesh.  Many foods (especially wine and cheese) are named after places and 26 are highlighted in this article and here is a (semi-) exhaustive list of words derived from toponyms

 

Tags: food, language, toponyms.

Emma Boyle's curator insight, March 2, 2016 12:31 PM

Many ordinary objects are named for places where they were discovered, invented, or widely used. If you smell a dab of cologne on the man eating a Danish in the bungalow, the way you speak about that incident has a linguistic debt to a town in Germany, and the countries of Denmark and Bangladesh.  Many foods (especially wine and cheese) are named after places and 26 are highlighted in this article and here is a (semi-) exhaustive list of words derived from toponyms. 

 

Tags: food, language, toponyms.

MSTA's curator insight, March 3, 2016 3:35 PM

Many ordinary objects are named for places where they were discovered, invented, or widely used. If you smell a dab of cologne on the man eating a Danish in the bungalow, the way you speak about that incident has a linguistic debt to a town in Germany, and the countries of Denmark and Bangladesh.  Many foods (especially wine and cheese) are named after places and 26 are highlighted in this article and here is a (semi-) exhaustive list of words derived from toponyms. 

 

Tags: food, language, toponyms.

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Geography Education

Geography Education | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
Supporting geography educators everywhere with current digital resources. filtered by borders
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5 ways to teach kids about “Fake News”

5 ways to teach kids about “Fake News” | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
*The original post was uploaded on Craig Kemp's website on February 22, 2017. In collaboration with Craig, we wrote this post to address how we can help students learn how to consume and produce media.

We live in a fast-paced, constantly changing world with many struggles
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Pie Chart of the World’s Most Spoken Languages

Pie Chart of the World’s Most Spoken Languages | Primary Geography | Scoop.it

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Mother languages and where they are distributed.
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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, November 29, 2017 8:50 AM
Pie Chart of the World’s Most Spoken Languages
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This infographic is a great way to visualize the dominant languages on Earth.

LLewe LLyn Cooper's curator insight, January 14, 10:07 PM
Languages all over the world
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Bogotá closes its roads every Sunday. Now everyone wants to do it.

Bogotá closes its roads every Sunday. Now everyone wants to do it. | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
The Ciclovía is the world’s most successful mass recreation event.
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Alternative ideas to urban planning. Cuts pollution, gives up lots of space for apartment dwellers. Gives everyone a break from the rat race.
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Creating Silhouettes and Design Elements Using Wordle - E-Learning Heroes

Creating Silhouettes and Design Elements Using Wordle - E-Learning Heroes | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
One of the things I've been playing around with is finding ways to incorporate tag clouds in my e-learning courses. Why tag clouds? Because they're a great way to visually communicate key points and concepts.
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Mr. Varley's APHG site

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"Welcome to Mr. Varley’s AP Human Geography website. Scroll over ‘AP Human Geography’ located above to find a drop-down menu for each unit."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 23, 2017 3:55 PM

There are many great teacher sites; this one has the great unit-specific resources as well as a student-produced "Motherload review packet."  Consider having your students collaboratively produce their own review packet.

 

Tags: geography education, APHG.

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15 free educational resources for the 2016 Rio Olympics - Ara Sarafian - ABC Splash - http://splash.abc.net.au/newsandarticles/blog/-/b/2357881/15-free-educational-resources-for-the-2016-rio-olympi...

15 free educational resources for the 2016 Rio Olympics - Ara Sarafian - ABC Splash - http://splash.abc.net.au/newsandarticles/blog/-/b/2357881/15-free-educational-resources-for-the-2016-rio-olympi... | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
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Geographical Association - Earthquake and tsunami resources

Geographical Association - Earthquake and tsunami resources | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
The GA supports primary and secondary geography teachers through teaching resources, geography journals, CPD events, Barnaby Bear, Worldwise and more.
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Such a good Association to join even for us "foreigners"
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The Geography of New Orleans

The Geography of New Orleans | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
Geographers make a distinction between site and situation as they consider the underlying foundation of a place. Few cities represent such a wide chasm between these two aspects as does New Orleans. The situation, or the answer to why does a place exist, was imperative. The Mississippi River was a major artery for the North American continent. As first the Europeans and then the Americans assumed control of the area, a port was essential at the mouth of this river. But the site, the response to where a city is placed, continues to confound. Few environments were or are more inhospitable to human habitation. Poor soil, disease, floods, and hurricanes are constant threats that have plagued the city for over three centuries. But the why trumped the where and hence the paradox of New Orleans persists.

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New Orleans is the classic example to use to explain the difference between site and situation...lousy site, incredible situation.  These maps are a nice introduction to the city.  

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Jukka Melaranta's curator insight, April 2, 2016 2:27 PM

New Orleans is the classic example to use to explain the difference between site and situation...lousy site, incredible situation.  These maps are a nice introduction to the city.  

Ivan Ius's curator insight, April 3, 2016 11:58 AM

New Orleans is the classic example to use to explain the difference between site and situation...lousy site, incredible situation.  These maps are a nice introduction to the city.  

Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, April 16, 2016 3:00 AM

The reasons people live in some places is a product of economic, environmental and historic factors. New Orleans is a good example. 

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5 Activities to Make Your PowerPoint More Engaging

5 Activities to Make Your PowerPoint More Engaging | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
Is PowerPoint a useful teaching tool? A few days ago on the Teaching English - British Council Facebook page there was a discussion about PowerPoint - Do you love it or hate it? The discussion linked to an article by Rob Lewis who talked about ways PowerPoint could be used in class. In an earlier post he…

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Reminds me of old games in a new format. BUT engaging for our current digital natives.

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Marianne Hart's curator insight, March 31, 2016 9:32 AM

Awesome resource for teachers - fun things to do with PowerPoint including ready-made templates.

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Awesome resource for teachers - fun things to do with PowerPoint including ready-made templates.

Tonya Smith Saylor's curator insight, May 7, 2016 9:25 PM

Thinking of doing a PowerPoint for your next classroom presentation? Check out this resource to assist you in creating a more interesting and engaging presentation that your audience will love.

 

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.5
Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.

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Revolutionary new solar power plant generates energy all day and all night

Revolutionary new solar power plant generates energy all day and all night | Primary Geography | Scoop.it
The new plant overcomes one of the largest barriers to mass deployment of solar energy.
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Australia take note!!

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