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What Does Good Geography Teaching Look Like?

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Seth Dixon, a Rhode Island College geography professor and the coordinator of the RI Geography Education Alliance, gave the keynote address at the Thinking Geographically about International Issues 2013 summer institute, in a talk entitled What Does Good Geography Teaching Look Like?


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This is a great video and sa reminder of how we should be approaching our teaching of the Australian Curriculum. 

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mirmilla's comment, August 2, 2013 9:13 AM
Never thought it was so interesting the ("good") geography, Thank you!
Alejandro Restrepo's comment, August 4, 2013 12:22 AM
Great work
Jarrod Dodds's curator insight, April 13, 2014 8:49 PM

In this video, Seth Dixon demonstrates a profound knowledge of geographical concepts . More importantly, it's his delivery and approach to teaching those concepts.

 

Watch this video and respond to the questions.

 

1) Highlight what methods the professor uses to engage students effectively.

 

2) Why do you think those methods are important, particularly for the subject of geography?

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Resources  linked to NSW Geography Syllabus 7-10 (2015) & Australian Curriculum Geography
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The Real Threat to Hinduism: The Slow Death of India's Rivers

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Hinduism shares an intricate, intimate relationship with the climate, geography, and biodiversity of South Asia; its festivals, deities, mythology, scriptures, calendar, rituals, and even superstitions are rooted in nature. There is a strong bond between Hinduism and South Asia’s forests, wildlife, rivers, seasons, mountains, soils, climate, and richly varied geography, which is manifest in the traditional layout of a typical Hindu household’s annual schedule. Hinduism’s existence is tied to all of these natural entities, and more prominently, to South Asia’s rivers.

 

Hinduism as a religion celebrates nature’s bounty, and what could be more representative of nature’s bounty than a river valley? South Asian rivers have sustained and nourished Hindu civilizations for centuries. They are responsible for our prosperous agriculture, timely monsoons, diverse aquatic ecosystems, riverine trade and commerce, and cultural richness.  Heavily dammed, drying in patches, infested by sand mafia and land grabbers, poisoned by untreated sewage and industrial waste, and hit by climate change — our rivers, the cradle of Hinduism, are in a sorry state.

 

If there is ever a threat to Hinduism, this is it. Destroy South Asia’s rivers and with it, Hinduism’s history and mythology will be destroyed. Rituals will turn into mockery, festivals, a farce, and Hinduism itself, a glaring example of man’s hypocritical relationship with nature. The fact that we worship our rivers as mothers and then choke them to death with all sorts of filth is already eminent.


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The value of water 

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 3, 11:54 AM

This might be a controversial op-ed because it has a strong perspective on the religious and environmental dimensions of modern Indian politics...that said, I think it is well worth the read.  The Ganges is both a holy river, and a polluted river; that juxtaposition leads to many issues confronting India today. 

 

Tagsculturereligion, India, South Asia, Hinduism, pollution, industry,   environment, sustainability, consumption, fluvial

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Environmental change and human impacts 

Reasons for effective management 

Brian Weekley's comment, January 5, 9:26 AM
Seth- here is another article from a few years back about this same thing. http://www.newsweek.com/2015/10/02/ganges-river-dying-under-weight-modern-india-375347.html
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Asia's glaciers to shrink by a third by 2100, threatening water supply of millions

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High mountains of Asia hold biggest store of frozen water outside the poles and feed many of the world’s great rivers, including the Ganges
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'Major disaster' looms with Hurricane Harvey set to be 'on par with Katrina'

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Tens of thousands of Americans are fleeing from the path of the menacing Hurricane Harvey, which experts fear could be the most destructive since Katrina left 1,800 people dead in 2005.
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Where we get our fresh water

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/where-we-get-our-fresh-water-christiana-z-peppard Fresh water accounts for only 2.5% of Earth's water, yet it is ...

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Our most precious liquid

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Water is an essential resource we need to share it equitably with each other and the natural world.
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"A panel of artists, writers, cultural and indigenous scholars wants you to think deeply about water in all its forms and our responsibility to share it equitably with each other and the natural world."

This audio from Perth Writer's Festival incorporates indigenous and intercultural perspectives on the value of water. It highlights the responsibility to be active and engaged citizens that seek to share this precious resource.

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Toilet-to-tap: recycled water gets the hard sell ("cheaper than desalination")

Toilet-to-tap: recycled water gets the hard sell ("cheaper than desalination") | Lorraine's  Water in the World | Scoop.it
Australians will be encouraged to embrace highly treated sewage for drinking in the strongest push so far to overcome the "yuck factor" and push the contentious option onto the national agenda.

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The World’s Biggest Bottled Water Brand Admits: "It’s Just Tap Water"

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The world’s biggest bottled water brand has been forced to admit that their water comes from the exact same source as your tap water. USA Today reports Aquafina has changed its labels to specify P.W.S. — Public Water Source — under pressure from Accountability International. The company said it was reasonable to make people understand …
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As Menindee's lakes dry up, its tourism prospects do too

As Menindee's lakes dry up, its tourism prospects do too | Lorraine's  Water in the World | Scoop.it
Menindee's lakes have long been a vital source of water to nearby neighbours — but as those dependents move on, the town and its people are worried.
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Access to drinking water around the world – in five infographics

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Billions of people have gained access to clean and safe drinking water since 1990, but data show that huge inequalities remain
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Unit 6 - Development, Sustainability
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Salt of the Earth

Salt is a natural part of the Murray-Darling Basin landscape. There is more than one trillion tonnes of it in groundwater systems close to the Murray. Thi
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For want of a drink

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Finite, vital, much wanted, little understood, water looks unmanageable. But it needn’t be, argues John Grimond (interviewed here)
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Water's Promise

Water today is undervalued, misused and misallocated. Too many of us take it for granted - we turn on the tap and it flows. But did you know only 4% o
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Australia's water report card: Could do better

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Australia's reputation as a world leader in water management is well-deserved but there's more to be done, says the Productivity Commission.
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Hurricane scientists have never seen an image like this before

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For the first time in modern history, three hurricanes in the Atlantic are lined up in the most dangerous of ways, according to Eric Blake, a hurricane specialist at the National Hurricane Center. https://twitter.com/EricBlake12/status/905825921243938817 The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has issued advisories on Hurricane Irma (currently located north of the Dominican Republic), Hurricane Jos
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Hydrologic / atmospheric hazards
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Hurricane Irma reaches Category 5 strength — there's no higher category

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Hurricane Irma is the strongest hurricane on record in the Atlantic Basin, outside the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico. But here's why it's still "only" a Category 5 hurricane.
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Typhoon Hato: Hong Kong issues highest warning, halts trading

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Hong Kong upgraded the storm warning to the highest for the first time in five years and cancelled its stock exchange morning trading session as Hato dre
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More than half of south Asia's groundwater too contaminated to use

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Salinity and arsenic affect 60% of underground supply across vast Indo-Gangetic Basin, according to research published in Nature Geoscience
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Students investigate the nature of water scarcity and ways of overcoming it, for example:
description of the nature, extent and causes of water scarcity in different countries
Geoworld 8 NSW
Chapter 3: Water scarcity; mature, causes, extent and management
3.1 Water scarcity and management strategies
3.10 Polluted water accelerates water scarcity
3.12 Dangerous chemicals reduce water scarcity
3.16 Sanitation reduces water scarcity

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The places on Earth where nature is most likely to kill you

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The world is full of natural hazards, from volcanoes to floods and storms. But where is the risk to human life greatest?
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Access to drinking water around the world – in five infographics

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Billions of people have gained access to clean and safe drinking water since 1990, but data show that huge inequalities remain
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The Murray-Darling basin: a brief history – video

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In response to the severe droughts of the early 2000s, a plan was signed to secure its long-term ecological health. So far, it has not been successful
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'Solarsack' cleans water with heat from sunlight, cheaply and effectively

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Students have developed “SolarSack” for inexpensive and environmentally friendly water purification. The concept was tested in villages, refugee camps and slums in East Africa where it will be marketed.
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Water resources and technology

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An engineer grows giant pyramids of ice to store water in the world's highest desert.
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Making water resources available when needed in mountain environments
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