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3 Summer Insitutes for RIGEA

3 Summer Insitutes for RIGEA | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it
RIGEA is pleased to announce 3 summer institutes that will be held locally to support geographic thinking, geography content knowledge, and geographic technologies.  Please look at these various opportunities and consider which one (ones!) might be right for you. 
 
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The Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance (RIGEA) is commited to promoting geographic education and geo-literacy in the Ocean State.  You can join the Alliance for free to receive newsletters and updates. We encourage you to visit our main website as well as our various social media profiles.

 

RIGEA Sites: Main Website, Facebook Page, Twitter.

Important Contacts:

To talk to the Alliance Coordinator, you can email Seth Dixon.  If you need to contact our Administrative Assistant, you can email Amy Tibbetts at atibbetts@ric.edu.

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Giant Maps

Giant Maps | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

The Alliance has TWO new Giant maps, and they are in large suitcases ready to be used in local schools and to travel the state.  The Alliance now has three types of Giant Maps: A Giant Map of Europe (26×26 feet), A Giant Map of South America (26×35 feet), and two Giant Maps of Rhode Island (14×21 feet).

 

If you are interested in getting one these maps, please email Amy Tibbetts at atibbetts@ric.edu with the subject line “Giant map: Europe”, “Giant map: South America”,  or “Giant map: Rhode Island”, to request a map to come to your school.  Please include 3 dates that would work best for your school schedule. Also include a cell phone number that the previous map borrower can use to arrange a time and place to hand off the map.  If there isn't a next borrower, you will be expected to return the map to Rhode Island College. 

We can offer the Giant Maps of Europe and South America for 2 days, beginning Wednesday, May 22nd.

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2018 Power of Data Institute

2018 Power of Data Institute | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

Link to Application: Power of Data Application
Application Due Date: May 11th
Location:: 105 Whipple Hall, Rhode Island College (Google map and the RIC campus map)

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November Professional Development Opportunities

November Professional Development Opportunities | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

There are some great opportunities right around the corner in November—there is something for everyone so I hope you find the professional development opportunity that is right for you.

 

  1. AP Human Geography workshop-November 4th at Rhode Island College.  I’m extra excited about this one since all participants will receive APHG test prep materials, atlases, supplemental reading materials and a thumb drive loaded with materials.  Please come prepared to share.
  2. GIS Educator’s Day-November 5th in Newport.  I’ve made a deal for RIGEA members to have their conference registration for this event paid for by the alliance (normally $100).  This meeting travels around the northeast and we are incredibly fortunate to have it in Rhode Island this year.  To get you registration fees waived, please email Lyn Malone at lmalone@worldviewsgis.com.
  3. Looking at Geography–November 18th, 8:30am-1:30pm Bridgewater State University.  Hosted by SEMAGNET, see more details here.
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Proposed Wickford playground would give fun a historic spin

Proposed Wickford playground would give fun a historic spin | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it
North Kingstown's historian is raising funds to make a "destination" playground, laid out like a giant map with structures mimicking the Wickford Light, the Hussey Bridge, Smith's Castle and other icons of the seaside village.
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A spatial perspective can make a boring proposal much more accessible to a wider audience.

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Fall NEARC

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The 2017 Fall NEARC Conference will be held Sunday, November 5 - Wednesday, November 8 at the Newport Marriott in Newport, Rhode Island. The preliminary conference schedule is now available to review. Mark your calendar and join our mailing list to receive notifications as more information becomes available. Download the postcard to share with a colleague
NEARC is not just for the GIS faithful. Yes, NEARC is for GIS practitioners, but NEARC is for anyone who wants to see the value GIS technology brings to their own environment and the world. This conference is very valuable for new users as well as those who have been using GIS for many years.
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The GIS Educators day is always a treat--and it's so close to home this year!!  I hope you all consider attending.  If you are interested in getting a "scholarship" for the conference attendance fee for GIS Educators Day, let me (Seth Dixon) know!  Email Lyn Malone (lmalone @ worldviewsgis.com) if you are interested in presenting.   

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2017 Fall GeoFest

2017 Fall GeoFest | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

The Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance is very excited to announce that on Saturday, September 9th, 2017, we will be having a Fall GeoFest conference at the Whispering Pines Conference Center (an incredibly beautiful location!).

 

We are looking forward to a tremendous slate of speakers and presenters; featuring experts on the geography of coffee, veterans of AP Human Geography, and many more.  Alliance T-shirts, books, map giveaways, great dining—all in a beautiful location amidst great colleagues.  There will be more details forthcoming, but in the meantime, please mark your calendars and invite colleagues to join us!  REGISTER HERE to reserve your spot at the event.

 

Date: September 9, 2017
Time: 9am-3pm
Location: Whispering Pines Conference Center
URI W. Alton Jones Campus
401 Victory Highway
West Greenwich, RI  02817

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Water Is Life

Hundreds of thousands of refugees have fled South Sudan to escape the civil war. When they arrive in Uganda, water is what they need most. Without it, they will die.
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Next to nothing in this video will make you happy about the way things operate for refugees in Northern Uganda who have fled from South Sudan.  We all know the about the dire conditions that refugees face, but knowing about the specifics, and hearing stories from the refugees about their lives and living conditions is powerful.  A huge influx of refugees can tax local resources, especially water.  Food can be shipped in, but water a much more locally variable resource.   The UN refugee camps recommend at least 15 liters of water per person be made available each day, but often it is more like 4-8 liters in these camps.  Dedicated wells (or boreholes) are more effective, but costly.  Trucking in water from the Nile River is the preferred method to simply keep these drowning people’s heads above water.    

 

Questions to Ponder: Consider how much water you drink, use for cooking, bathing, etc. per day in your household.  How difficult would it be to live on 4 liters of water a day?  What about your lifestyle would be changed? 

 

TagsAfrica, development, Uganda, South Sudan, migrationrefugees, environment, water,  environment depend, sustainability, resources.

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Next to nothing in this video will make you happy about the way things operate for refugees in Northern Uganda who have fled from South Sudan.  We all know the about the dire conditions that refugees face, but knowing about the specifics, and hearing stories from the refugees about their lives and living conditions is powerful.  A huge influx of refugees can tax local resources, especially water.  Food can be shipped in, but water a much more locally variable resource.   The UN refugee camps recommend at least 15 liters of water per person be made available each day, but often it is more like 4-8 liters in these camps.  Dedicated wells (or boreholes) are more effective, but costly.  Trucking in water from the Nile River is the preferred method to simply keep these drowning people’s heads above water.    

 

Questions to Ponder: Consider how much water you drink, use for cooking, bathing, etc. per day in your household.  How difficult would it be to live on 4 liters of water a day?  What about your lifestyle would be changed? 

 

TagsAfrica, development, Uganda, South Sudan, migrationrefugees, environment, waterenvironment depend, sustainability, resources.

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Geographic Thinking Concepts: Interrelationships; Geographic Perspective;
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How Clean is Narragansett Bay?

How Clean is Narragansett Bay? | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

"The progress in Rhode Island toward clean water owes a lot to this federal law. Seeing urban rivers and the beaches and coves of the upper bay rediscovered as natural assets for wildlife and people to enjoy is one of the great successes of the Clean Water Act [of 1972]."

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This article from geographer Mary Grady shows a pleasant story in the human and environmental interaction.  The upper bay (that in-between place where the Providence River widens and becomes part of the Narragansett Bay) has been cleaned up and has ecologically been revitalized and is becoming an asset to the community again.  It is far from pristine, but it nice to read about encouraging signs on this front.  


Tagsurban, watercoastal, urban ecology, Rhode Island.

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Application for National Geographic Summer Workshop

Application for National Geographic Summer Workshop | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it
Basic Information about the NatGeo Summer Workshop
When: June 24-28
Where: Washington, DC
Who is eligible:
-teams of 2 middle school educators
-both must be from same school
-1 should be a science/social studies teacher and 1 should be in the role of a library, media, or technology specialist
-agree to 1 year commitment with Nat Geo with deliverables
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The RI Geography Education Alliance is very excited to offer this opportunity to a team of middle school teachers to go to Washington D.C. and be at National Geographic headquarters (trust me, it's an amazing experience being there--one I wish every teacher could have).  Please consider applying with someone else at your school.   

 

Each teacher will receive a $600 stipend for: participating in the summer institute; attending webinars during the 2017-18 academic year; working closely with the Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance to develop an in-state workshop to be held in 2017-2018; and presenting the Geo-Inquiry process at a conference or regional professional development event.

To apply, please complete linked application form below for your school-based team (2 educators).  Please submit your applications by Wednesday April 5th, 2017 and the selected teachers will be contacted by Monday April 10th.

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National Geographic Grant Programs

National Geographic Grant Programs | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it
We invest in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, conservation, education, and storytelling. Our goal is to identify, cultivate, and develop the world-changers of today and tomorrow. Our grant recipients are—and have always been—the heart and soul of what we do.
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National Geographic grants aren’t just for explorers who are tracking lions, saving whales, or are deep in the Amazon.  The National Geographic Society is encouraging K-12 educators to apply for grants.  What are they looking for?  Creative teaching plans/strategies that:

  1. Address NatGeo goals/priorities
  2. Engaging ideas
  3. Evidence of capability
  4. Sound methodology
  5. Active, experiential, authentic learning
  6. Compelling story!

Can YOU become a National Geographic Grantee and become an emerging educational explorer? Absolutely.        

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National Geographic Educator Certification

National Geographic Educator Certification | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it
Join a professional development program for K-12 educators inspiring the next generation of explorers, conservationists, and global citizens.
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Does the idea of becoming a National Geographic certified educator sound like something you would like to include on your resume?  Would you like greater access to NatGeo resources and to collaborate with like-minded educators across the country?  This fantastic program is open to all educators (not just Geographers with a capital G) at all grade levels. 

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2017 Rhode Island State Bee

2017 Rhode Island State Bee | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

"All National Geographic State Bees will be held on Friday, March 31, 2017 at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center.  The Rhode Island State Bee’s opening ceremony begins at 1:30pm with the final round starting at 5pm.  The Rhode Island champion will qualify to compete in the National Geographic Bee Championship to be held at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., May 15-17, 2017."  

 

Scottish Rite Masonic Center

2115 Broad Street

Cranston, RI  02905

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2019 East Asia Seminars

2019 East Asia Seminars | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

"Since enrollment is limited, early application is encouraged. Complete This Application and forward to Arlene Kowal, 6 Country Way, Florence, MA 01062 or email: arlene.kowal@gmail.com."

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This thirty-hour seminar is open to teachers of history, geography, social studies, English/language arts, art, music, technology, and other teachers who desire to incorporate teaching about East Asia into their curriculum. School librarians and administrators are also encouraged to apply.  It provides content and resources for teaching about China, Japan, and Korea.

Benefits:

  • Learn about East Asia from experts in the field.
  • Receive $150 personal stipend and certificate for completion of 30 hours (upon completion of requirements).
  • Receive $200 in course materials and a subscription to Education About Asia.
  • Have opportunity to become eligible for subsidized study tour in East Asia (pending funding) with completion of seminar requirements.
  • Optional graduate credit may be available through UMass/Amherst.

Requirements:

  • Attend sessions (5 Saturdays), complete readings and assignments. Any sessions missed must be made up with webinars or FCCEAS events.
  • Create a written implementation plan showing how information and resources from the seminar will be used in your classes.

Since enrollment is limited, early application is encouraged. Complete This Application and forward to Arlene Kowal, 6 Country Way, Florence, MA 01062 or email: arlene.kowal@gmail.com. Rolling admission.

To view last year’s syllabus, speak with previous participants, or for further information, contact Arlene Kowal at arlene.kowal@gmail.com.

The Five College Center for East Asian Studies (NCTA national site) is located at Smith College, 18 Henshaw B1, 201, Northampton, MA. Learn more at  fcceas@fivecolleges.edu.

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2018 Geo-Inquiry Institute

2018 Geo-Inquiry Institute | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

June 21st and June 22nd are the dates for RIGEA’s summer institute.  This year’s focus will be on teaching using the geo-inquiry method.  Given that the geo-inquiry process includes asking questions about the world beyond our classroom walls and gathering information, we hold this event at the Save the Bay facility in Providence and collect data on a scientific boat cruise of the upper bay.

All educators are welcome, but this is especially geared for middle school teachers (as well as upper elementary school).  Since this model works much better when other educators at your school are also involved we are offering an incentive for you to recruit a colleague.  Every participant will receive a $200 stipend, but those that have a colleague from their school also attending will receive a $300 stipend.  So bring a friend and colleague to be your geo-inquiry partner in crime.  Click here to send in you RSVP (please RSVP by June 8th).

 

EVENT: RIGEA Geo-Inquiry Summer Institute
DATE: June 21-June 22
TIME: 9am-3pm
LOCATION: 100 Save The Bay Drive, Providence, RI  02905 (map)

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2018 APHG Summer Institute

2018 APHG Summer Institute | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

"The mission of Mass Insight Education is to transform public schools into high-performing organizations and close the achievement gap. We engage in performance-based partnerships with districts and states through our three areas of focus: College Success, School Turnaround and State Policy & Networks.  These Summer Institutes are comprehensive five day trainings for Advanced Placement® teachers* of the following courses including AP Human Geography."

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While the majority of the participants are teachers who will be teaching the AP Human Geography course, educators looking to improve there content base in human geography are also welcome.

 

WHERE: Bridgewater State University (MA)

WHEN: July 23 – 27, 2018

Presenter: John Trites (member of the original Test Development Committee and Question Leader at the annual Reading)

REGISTRATION: Apply here

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November APHG Workshop

November APHG Workshop | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

At our last GeoFest, it was suggested we have an APHG-specific Saturday morning conference/sharing/networking get together.  Nov 4th, at 9am-12pm, we’ll hold that event at Rhode Island College’s Gaige Hall room 200. We’ll have breakfast (coffee, egg muffins, fruit OJ) at 9am and lunch after 12pm (pizza, cookies, and chips) available.  Connecticut and Massachusetts APHG teachers are also invited to join us.  Please RSVP here: https://goo.gl/forms/XPDz2CAFx4TXzNwv1

 

WHAT: APHG Workshop
WHEN: Nov 4th, 2017, 9am-12pm
WHERE: Rhode Island College, Gaige Hall, Room 200

NOTICE: This event was previously planned for Nov. 11th, but is now officially on for Nov 4th. 

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Why Children Still Need to Read (and Draw) Maps

Why Children Still Need to Read (and Draw) Maps | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | 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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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. 

 

Tagseducation, K12geography educationspatial, mapping.

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See, drawing them IS helpful.
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Smallest state goes ‘giant’ with interactive map for students

Smallest state goes ‘giant’ with interactive map for students | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

The smallest state seemed larger for students at Northern Lincoln Elementary School, after a giant, interactive map of Rhode Island, equipped with QR codes, was delivered to the school.

Margaret Rock, a 5th-grade teacher at Northern, explained that the map, which measures 16 feet by 24 feet, was loaned to the school by the Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance, and classes had the opportunity recently to use the “traveling map,” which makes its rounds through Rhode Island schools, for two weeks.

While Rhode Island is tiny, Rock explained, she hoped this map and associated QR codes showed students “there really is a lot outside Lincoln and Manville,” inspired them to travel and encouraged their families to travel with them to different areas of the state. Each grade was able to use the map, Rock explained, and teachers selected different instructional activities appropriate for their students’ ages.

The map came with a trunk of additional materials, she said, including copies of the book “Rhode Island – The Ocean State” by Donald D’Amato, inflatable globes, geography and social studies picture vocabulary cards, a Rhode Island flag and other items, such as small traffic cones, scavenger hunt cards, bingo chips and a binder with organized lesson plans and more information for teachers.  Having these visuals and hands-on experience, Rock said, will boost students’ understanding of not only their specific location, but where they are in relation to other regions of Rhode Island.

“Sometimes people think with GPS, you don’t need maps anymore, but you really do,” the 5th-grade teacher explained.

Students in her class dove into geography lessons, analyzing physical, political and cultural maps, as well as time zone maps and specific area charts that outline landmarks in Washington, D.C.

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Why geography matters for students now more than ever

Why geography matters for students now more than ever | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it
Students need to know human geography; they need to understand the relationships that exist between cultures.
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This is one more example of me preaching to the choir, but I hope that this will arm you with resources to use in discussions with administrators and colleagues in the fight against geographic ignorance.  This is a great article to put into my new tag of article that discuss why geography matters.   

 

Tagseducation, K12geography education, geography matters.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 5, 2017 11:30 AM

This is more example of me preaching to the choir, but I hope that this will arm you with resources to use in discussions with administrators and colleagues in the fight against geographic ignorance.  This is a great article to put into my new tag of article that discuss why geography matters.   

 

Tagseducation, K12geography education, geography matters.

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Syria's war: Who is fighting and why [Updated]

"After four-plus years of fighting, Syria's war has killed at least hundreds of thousands of people and displaced millions. And, though it started as a civil war, it's become much more than that. It's a proxy war that has divided much of the Middle East, and has drawn in both Russia and the United States. To understand how Syria got to this place, it helps to start at the beginning and watch it unfold."

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Over a year ago I posted a previous version of this video highlighting the complexities behind the Syrian war.  Much has happened since then and this updated version adds more detail and includes a very helpful timeline to show how more internal and external forces became involved in the fighting.  This is an incredibly complicated geopolitical situation because of all the regional and international players involved.  

 

TagsSyria, war, conflict, political, geopolitics.

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Matt Manish's curator insight, May 3, 8:53 PM
The Syrian war started in 2011 when Bashar al-Assad made an attack against the peaceful protesters. It was when the protestors started shooting back that the civil war started. Those protesters we’re also joined by some Syrian troops who became the Free Syrian Army. Extremist then start traveling to Syria to join the Rebels. The USA assigns a secret order to use the CIA to train the Rebels to fight against Assad. Assad response by using chemical weapons against the Rebels, which cause the USA to almost bomb Assad. It was in 2014 that an Al-Qaeda affiliate breaks off from Assad, due to internal disagreements, and forms the Islamic State of Iraq (better known as ISIS). The US starts bombing ISIS, and not Assad. Which shows that America opposes ISIS more than Assad. This becomes confusing, because the US sees ISIS as its main enemy, when ISIS has its focus on other priorities. Later, Donald Trump wins the election and vows to stay out of Syria. Assad then bombs his own people again, and the US responds by bombing an Assad Air Base in Syria. This was the first time the US attacked the Assad regime.
Stevie-Rae Wood's curator insight, October 28, 9:37 PM
The war in Syria has been devastating to Syrian's inhabitants. After six years of this conflict it has become a mess and is divided into four sections or groups, all backed different foreign backers. The backers have know become so confused on who there fighting for and what there fighting for, that is how messy this war has gotten. The use of chemical warfare has killed hundreds of thousands of people and displaced millions. As to why there is a major Syrian refugee crisis. The conflict started as an internal war against Assad and rebels. This small civil war has know turned into a global conflict. I wish I could say what foreign countries are backing who and why but the lines are very blurred and there has been many back stabbing. All these foreign powers entering this war has established Syria as a great power dispute. The Assad and rebels conflict also brew the other two sections that are fighting in this region the Kurds who want their own nation. The Kurds are the largest cultural and ethnic group without a country. The entrance of the Kurds in the fighting brought in more foreign countries to either support their efforts or squash the Kurds hopes of obtaining a nation of there own. Then you have ISIS who formed as a branch out of the original rebels because there was an internal dispute. Overall this war is bloody and will never end if all these four sections cant come to an agreement. If there is no determination for peace there will never be peace.
David Stiger's curator insight, October 31, 6:59 PM
Hearing about the news in Syria is usually tragic and frustrating. It is also equally confusing and this video helped to sort out its causes and important transformations over time. Even with the video's succinct explanation, the conflict is still a quagmire to understand. The fighting began during the 2011 Arab Spring when peaceful Syrian protesters were gunned down by Assad's military forces. Instead of backing down and caving into the violent repression, the Syrian civilians retaliated with small arms fire and were joined by Syrian army defectors. The now belligerent protesters formed their own rebel army, causing Syria to erupt into a civil war. Then Islamic extremists, including a terrorist groups, joined the rebels. Countries like Turkey and Jordan began funding and arming the rebels while Iran - a Shiite country - provided support to Assad. Appalled by the out-of-control death toll, the United States began training and arming the rebels - some of whom were from Al Qaeda! Assad's chemical weapons attack escalated U.S. involvement while Russia came to the side of Assad. Putin most likely supports Assad to maintain its lease of a key geographic asset - a warm-water naval base -while also discouraging internal rebellion. At some point a group of ethnic Kurds in northern Syria succeeded (Putin's fear) and began attacking Assad. But, Turkey started attacking the Kurds! Then in 2014 ISIS broke away from Al Qaeda and started attacking the Kurds and the rebels prompting the U.S. to redirect its focus away from the Assad regime. This has to be the messiest conflict in modern history and is entirely defined by proxy wars. Because the war is so convoluted and complicated, there is no end in sight. The relentless destruction over years has caused millions of refugees to flee to Europe because it is the closest stable place to Syria. This unprecedented wave of migrations will surely transform Europe and cripple Syria in the long run.  
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Map Center: in PVD

Map Center: in PVD | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

"Do You LOVE Maps? Or do you just need one – FAST? You have found the original amazing storeful (in Providence, RI) of maps, globes, atlases, charts, and accessories for travel, recreational, decorative, academic and business use.

We are best known nowadays for pinboard maps and magnetic maps that are attentively handcrafted from quality materials. Plus, we stock the greatest selection of map tacks and pins, plain and fancy."

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Have you ever walked into this treasure on the East Side of Providence?  Giving the economic models today, a store specializing in paper maps is not destined to stick around forever and I recommend checking it out.  The alliance is working with them to find great local mapping resources into more schools. 

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2017 Summer Institute in Washington D.C.

2017 Summer Institute in Washington D.C. | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

The Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance will be selecting two middle school educators (Grades 6-8) to attend an all-expense paid summer workshop at National Geographic Society’s headquarters in Washington, DC, June 24-28, 2017.  Both educators should teach at the same school and apply as one team with one application.  One teacher must be science or social studies, the other must be the school librarian/media/technology specialist (this person must work with students on a regular basis).

 

The summer professional development institute focuses on the “Geo-Inquiry” Process and how to integrate this process in the teaching of middle school social studies or science.  Rhode Island will be sending a 2-person teacher team to attend the summer institute.  Each teacher will receive a $600 stipend for: participating in the summer institute; attending webinars during the 2017-18 academic year; working closely with the Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance to develop an in-state workshop to be held in 2017-2018; and presenting the Geo-Inquiry process at a conference or regional professional development event.

To apply, please complete linked application form below for your school-based team (2 educators).  Please submit your applications by Wednesday April 5th, 2017 and the selected teachers will be contacted by Monday April 10th.

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Understanding Islam for the Classroom

Understanding Islam for the Classroom | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

"This seminar will provide a brief history of Islam, a review of its teachings, current politics, and a list of local resources for teachers. PDPs are available (email arlene.kowal@elms.edu for specifics) and Elms students are welcome. Materials and resources provided, and lunch is included. Presenters are Todd Lewis, professor of world religions at College of the Holy Cross; Martin Pion, professor of religious studies at Elms College; and Michael Butler, associate professor, Department of Political Science, Clark University. This seminar is geared toward middle and high school teachers; registration fee is $25, lunch is provided."

 

Saturday, April 1, 2017
Faculty Dining Room, Mary Dooley College Center, Elms College

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2017 Giant Asia Map

2017 Giant Asia Map | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

"This year, we will be receiving the Giant Map of Asia which comes with an excellent set of resources.  The world’s oceans are so much more than just the empty spaces between land…and this map brings that to life.  This trunk with lessons and materials can show you how to interactively teach, explore, learn and play with this specific map as a part of your curriculum. This map will soon be coming to Rhode Island; it will be available for schools and teachers to use from March 7th to April 9th." 

SCHEDULING THE MAP:

For those interested, please send your request to Amy Tibbetts (atibbetts@ric.edu

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Creating RI's Wind Farm

Creating RI's Wind Farm | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

"Today, to the southeast of Block Island, there are five new structures rising from the ocean. These are the towers of the Block Island Wind Farm, the first offshore wind energy installation in the United States. The turbines will generate 30 megawatts of energy; providing electricity to 17,000 households on Block Island and coastal Rhode Island (McCann, 2016), and replacing the diesel generators that previously powered the town New Shoreham."

Seth Dixon's insight:

One of the overriding, major take-home points of this ESRI StoryMap, is that a project of this scale, scope, and magnitude requires geographic data across many disciplines (to see the largest off-shore wind farm in the world, click here).

 

Tags: mapping, Rhode IslandESRIStoryMap, GISresources, water, coastalenergy, environment depend.

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