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Edible Cutlery

"India is one of the world's largest consumers of disposable plastic cutlery, which has the makings of a huge health and environmental crisis written all over it."


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How innovative!! Will definitely being showing this to my Geography students. 
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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 3, 2016 9:15 AM

Plastics clog our landfills and single-use plastic consumption is one of the most wasteful elements of our consumer-based, disposable society.  This product is a reaction against the waste of disposable cutlery, but it is also an intriguing developmental strategy (see company kickstarter page or website). 

 

Tags: developmentfood, gender, agricultureconsumption, South Asia, pollution

Katie Kershaw's curator insight, April 5, 2018 2:05 PM
This video was really fascinating and brings up very good points about being environmentally friendly.  The creator of this edible cutlery noticed that there was a problem in India with the use of plastic cutlery.  He points out that it has been littering the area because of the high volume of usage of the product in India.  The problem with plastic cutlery is that it doesn't decompose, so people throw them out and they just sit there forever.  So the inventor of the edible cutlery came up with an ingenious solution to the plastic problem, he created a product that was incredibly ecological.  The cutlery is made of crops that are readily available and grown right in India.  This cuts down on waste transporting the materials to make the cutlery.  He also decided to use millet as the main material in the product because it takes significantly less water to grow than other crops he considered using.  The cutlery is completely biodegradable and 100% edible, so it has little impact on the environment once it is disposed of.  Another unique aspect of the cutlery is that it comes in a variety of flavors so it actually adds to the culinary experience.  Not only did the inventor come up with a great solution to pollution in India, but he has also helped spur the local economy by providing jobs to 9 lower class women.  This shows that even though pollution seems like a huge problem that effects the whole planet, the solution is not always as complicated as it seems.
David Stiger's curator insight, November 12, 2018 6:02 PM
After seeing this my first thought was "absolutely brilliant." With over a billion people living in India, something simple like disposable cutlery is no longer a small, trivial matter - it is a major environmental and public health concern. Disposable plastic on such a large scale is not sustainable. Necessity must be the mother of invention as this Indian engineer find a practical and innovative alternative to help solve an issue in his country. But, this does not have to start and end with India. This eco-friendly solution could be applied to restaurants all over the world. I love that the cutlery is both edible and healthy and also biodegradable. Humanity needs more of this. It would be interesting to see a future in which a raised level of environmental conscientiousness led to people either carrying their own personal resuable cutlery with them or, if they forgot to bring their utensils, used edible/biodegradable ones. What is is so promising is that the interviewee stated that he could find a way to make the edible utensils as cheap as the plastic ones and that they have a shelf life of three years. Climate change is not just a regional problem in India but a globalized problem. When one region of the world discovers a solution, it should be shared and promoted on a global scale.  
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Why Don’t We All Speak the Same Language?

Why Don’t We All Speak the Same Language? | Digital Pedagogy | Scoop.it
There are 7,000 languages spoken on Earth. What are the costs — and benefits — of our modern-day Tower of Babel?

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 21, 2017 10:40 AM

These two podcasts are great mainstream looks at issues that filled with cultural geography content.  So many languages on Earth is clearly inefficient (the EU spends $1 billion per year on translation), and yet, linguistic diversity is such a rich part of humanity's cultural heritage.  Listen to the first episode, Why Don't We All Speak the Same Language? as well as the follow-up episode, What Would Be the Best Universal Language?

 

Tags: languagecultureworldwide, English, regions, diffusiontechnology.

Andrew Kahn's curator insight, November 4, 2017 8:13 PM
Culture speaks louder than words
 
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25 Behavior Management Hacks for Teachers | Really Good Teachers

25 Behavior Management Hacks for Teachers | Really Good Teachers | Digital Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Get ready for an amazing school year with these behavior management hacks that let you get a handle on classroom behavior.
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The Incredible growth of megacities

The Incredible growth of megacities | Digital Pedagogy | Scoop.it

"The world’s cities are booming and their growth is changing the face of the planet. Around 77 million people are moving from rural to urban areas each year. The latest UN World Cities Report has found that the number of “megacities” – those with more than 10 million people – has more than doubled over the past two decades, from 14 in 1995 to 29 in 2016. And whereas the developed world was once the home of the biggest cities, this map shows that it is now the developing world taking the lead."

 

Tags: urban, megacities, regions.


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Carson Dean Williamson's curator insight, May 11, 2017 10:43 AM
This relates to our chapter by showing some facts on mega cities. Mega cities are metropolitan areas that have a high population. These cities are the definition of urban development around the world. There is currently 29 mega cities (since 2016) around the world. This article showed the growth of mega cities and urban development of the city.
Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, May 19, 2017 10:25 AM
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9 lessons to boost media literacy

9 lessons to boost media literacy | Digital Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Those who control the messages know how to push our buttons — to get us to buy products and vote for candidates. By helping our students to critically assess media messages, we are teaching them to be savvy media consumers.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 23, 2016 11:12 PM

ISTE Infographic -- good advice.

Lilydale High School's curator insight, December 29, 2016 3:37 PM
Media evaluation.
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Media literacy
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Do You Know The Outline of These Countries?

Do You Know The Outline of These Countries? | Digital Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Can you spot the real outline from the fake?..

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 18, 2016 3:03 PM

This is just for fun...The borders/coastlines of these 14 countries are slightly photoshopped in one of the two images, and you have to remember from your mental maps which one is correct.  And yes, of course I got a 14. 

 

Tagsmapping, trivia, funborders, cartography.

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Love this --- will try with my classes when I talk about cognitive images and our mental maps!
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World Geography Games - Let's play and learn about the world

World Geography Games - Let's play and learn about the world | Digital Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Brain-engaging geography games to bring you knowledge about Countries, Continents, Earth, Oceans, Seas, Rivers, Islands, Cities, Mountains, Deserts, Volcanoes and more.

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RitaZ's curator insight, September 16, 2013 12:41 PM

Wonderful way of learning Geography

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Hot Cities 5 - Dhaka Bangladesh 1 - Water Water Everywhere - BBC Environmental Documentary

Hot Cities 5 - Dhaka Bangladesh 1 - Water Water Everywhere - BBC Environmental Documentary, recorded 31.10.2009 "Water Water Everywhere" -- With over-flowing...

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Accurately depicts climate change effects on the environment and people's livability 
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Drainage system !

SMART SCHOOL is next generation product in the ICT domain. With High Definition 3D videos coupled with eLearning softwares, the product is the next bi
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Great way to demonstrate drainage patters in simple language for students. 
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New Zealand Waterways- Pollution

A short film thing that I made for a social studies assignment earlier this year. Thank you to everyone who helped with making it :)
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Another great resource for student to use when studying environmental impacts of pollution! 
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Volcanic ash covers Costa Rica towns

Volcanic ash covers Costa Rica towns | Digital Pedagogy | Scoop.it
A volcano erupts in central Costa Rica, belching smoke and ash up to 3,000m (9,840ft) into the air and choking nearby communities.

 

Tags: Costa Rica, disasters, physical, volcano.


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Problem-Based Learning: Six Steps to Design, Implement, and Assess

Problem-Based Learning: Six Steps to Design, Implement, and Assess | Digital Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Problem-based learning (PBL) fits best with process-oriented course outcomes such as collaboration, research, and problem solving.

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From megacity to metacity

From megacity to metacity | Digital Pedagogy | Scoop.it

In 1950, there were only two megacities, London and New York, with populations of more than 10m. In 2010, Tokyo was top of the list of the world’s largest cities, New York was only just scraping into the top 10, and London had dropped off the bottom. New York will join it in megacity oblivion in less than a decade and, with the exception of Tokyo, every other megacity will be in what is referred to as the 'global south'. To earn a place in the top 10, cities will soon need to boast a population of 20m or more. This is a new breed of city – the metacity."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, May 12, 2016 2:24 PM

The term megacity (a city with a population greater than 10 million) has been around for a while and there wasn't much linguistic need to describe something bigger.  Today, most megacities are more like Lagos and Mumbai, places of extreme wealth asymmetries than the global cities of New York City and London.  Some are now using the term metacity to describe cities with populations of 20 million.  Asian metacities are a good place to start thinking about the largest urban regions that are increasingly dominating economic, political and cultural affairs.      

 

Tags: urbanmegacities, unit 7 citiesEast Asia.

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50 Ideas And Resources For More Visual Learning -

50 Ideas And Resources For More Visual Learning - | Digital Pedagogy | Scoop.it
RT @SNewco: 50 Ideas And Resources For More Visual Learning https://t.co/VcMMpVBrcm #edchat #edtech
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Rebecca Dray's curator insight, June 2, 2016 1:16 AM
21st Century learners use visual thinking a lot more than other types of learning. This tool will be helpful to use it effectively.
samsinar's curator insight, June 2, 2016 8:11 PM
A very good illustrations under one page
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Europe's Population Change (2001 to 2011)

Europe's Population Change (2001 to 2011) | Digital Pedagogy | Scoop.it
The map provides a level of detail previously unavailable. It is the first ever to collect data published by all of Europe’s municipalities.

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Olivia Campanella's curator insight, October 1, 2018 4:35 PM
Europe has been undergoing intense demographic change and this map is the first ever collect data published by Europe. How this map works:

The Dark Blue color shows average annual population fall of 2% or more

The Medium Blue shows the average annual population fall of between 1 and 2%

and Light Blue shows a fall of 1%. The areas in tan experienced no change at all.

Areas in Deep Red show a rise of 2% or more in population, while in areas of Medium Red (1-2%) and Pale Pink (1%).
K Rome's curator insight, October 6, 2018 7:31 PM
Europe has been undergoing intense demographic change and this map is the first ever collect data published by Europe. How this map works:

The Dark Blue color shows average annual population fall of 2% or more

The Medium Blue shows the average annual population fall of between 1 and 2%

and Light Blue shows a fall of 1%. The areas in tan experienced no change at all.

Areas in Deep Red show a rise of 2% or more in population, while in areas of Medium Red (1-2%) and Pale Pink (1%).
othni lindor's curator insight, October 20, 2018 2:45 AM
This article shows the population patterns of Europe between 2001 and 2011. Many cities have had a high rise in average annual population of 2 percent or more. This map also shows that there has been more migration in northwest Europe. Citizens have left certain cities in search of better job opportunities. The population in Germany is sparse except in Berlin. Spain has had a big drop in population overall. Many people living in more rural regions have moved to cities and many others are moving to coasts for retiring or downsizing.
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Making cities sustainable with urban agriculture

Making cities sustainable with urban agriculture | Digital Pedagogy | Scoop.it
To reduce the pressure on the world's productive land and to help assure long-term food security, writes Herbert Girardet, city people are well advised to revive urban or peri-urban agriculture. While large cities will always have to import some food, local food growing is a key component of sustainable urban living.

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Matt Le Lacheur's curator insight, May 14, 2017 7:29 PM

This article links well with my Authentic Learning post on my blog http://mattgdlt.weebly.com/the-whiteboard.html . A unit of work could easily be designed around the concept of sustainable food in an urban environment. The topic links in to the year 9 content descriptor (ACSSU176) under Science Understanding Biological Science.

M Sullivan's curator insight, August 28, 2017 8:48 AM
Urban farming - an important factor in making megacities sustainable.
Deanna Wiist's curator insight, September 12, 2017 9:02 PM

Urban agriculture is right at the perfect intersection for human geographers who focus on both urban networks and food systems--clearly this is an important overlap that deserves a more detailed look. 

 

Tags: food, consumption, sustainability, socioeconomic, food desert, food, urban, unit 5 agriculture

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Four Types of Group Work Activities to Engage Students

Four Types of Group Work Activities to Engage Students | Digital Pedagogy | Scoop.it

"Collaboration helps to develop many of the key skills that will be required of students for their future success. Students can develop many of these so-called “soft skills,” or Essential Employability Skills, by engaging in group work and other forms of collaboration (Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development 2005)."


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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, May 2, 2017 10:22 AM
Four Types of Group Work Activities to Engage Students
Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, May 2, 2017 10:54 AM
Good article on working with groups in your course. 
 
Sam Stephenson's curator insight, June 3, 2017 9:09 AM
A nice clear quick outline of useful group work activities
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The New York Public Library just uploaded nearly 200,000 images you can use for free

The New York Public Library just uploaded nearly 200,000 images you can use for free | Digital Pedagogy | Scoop.it
The New York Public Library just released a treasure trove of digitized public domain images, everything from epic poetry from the 11th century to photographs of used car lots in Columbus, Ohio from the 1930s. Over 180,000 manuscripts, maps, photographs, sheet music, lithographs, postcards, and other images were released online Wednesday in incredibly high resolution, and are available to download using the library's user-friendly visualization tool. It's a nostalgist's dream come true.
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Margarita Saucedo's curator insight, February 6, 2017 11:39 AM
Cuando se anda en búsqueda de buenas imágenes
Mike McCallister's curator insight, February 6, 2017 4:20 PM

Blogs and social media posts are always enhanced by graphics. More people look at and interact with posts with photos. Here's another place to find compelling graphics.

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The New York Public Library just uploaded nearly 200,000 images you can use for free
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​Five Ways Teachers Can Use Video Chat in the Classroom

​Five Ways Teachers Can Use Video Chat in the Classroom | Digital Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Unless you work in a Waldorf school where smartphones are banned, chances are you’ve seen your students video chat with friends when their time might be better spent working on homework. Video chat can, however, support classroom learning. It’s not impossible.Video technology has changed quite a bit

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Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, June 24, 2016 12:05 PM
Only four apply to higher ed, but includes some good reminders. 
Courtney Calhoun's curator insight, June 26, 2016 1:35 PM

This article gives great ideas on how to incorporate video chat into the classroom. My favorite is having more guest speakers. My students love when they can learn something from someone other than their teacher. It would make accessing speakers from all over the globe possible. 

Jasmine Villarreal's curator insight, July 19, 2016 5:10 PM
Now, with technology becoming more and more relevant, it isn't surprising that Video chats can be used in the classroom. At first I did not know how until I read this article. What really surprised me was that it can even be used to help with parent-teacher conferences when they have no time to come into the classroom.
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UK Floods 2014 Could Last for Months + 1.6M Homes at Risk for Flooding

Follow ClimateState on facebook for climate research https://www.facebook.com/ClimateState Andy McKenzie, a groundwater scientist at the British Geological S...

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The secrets of Sandfly Creek - ABC Tropical Queensland - Australian Broadcasting Corporation

The secrets of Sandfly Creek - ABC Tropical Queensland - Australian Broadcasting Corporation | Digital Pedagogy | Scoop.it
Every year Sandfly Creek, in Mackay, hosts a range of migratory birds who've escaped the harsh winter of Siberia and Alaska looking for some warm tropical weather.
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Great article and a excellent resource for students to read, as this area of land is usually undermined for not having much value. 
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India's Polluted River Systems | FT World

►Subscribe to the Financial Times on YouTube: http://bit.ly/FTimeSubs From the holy waters of the Ganges in Varanasi to Delhi's Najafgarh drain, India'
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VIDEO: Hundreds of fish found dead at Mackay's Gooseponds

IT'S too early to comment on the likely cause of the deaths at this stage, the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection said.
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Teacher Writes Encouraging Messages on Students' Desks Before Exam

Teacher Writes Encouraging Messages on Students' Desks Before Exam | Digital Pedagogy | Scoop.it
A 5th-grade teacher from Woodbury, New Jersey, has been surprising her students with personalized messages of encouragement on their desks for the past week.

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Superblocks to the rescue: Barcelona’s plan to give streets back to residents

Superblocks to the rescue: Barcelona’s plan to give streets back to residents | Digital Pedagogy | Scoop.it

"The Catalan capital’s radical new strategy will restrict traffic to a number of big roads, drastically reducing pollution and turning secondary streets into ‘citizen spaces’ for culture, leisure and the community.  Black routes allow public transport and cars at 50km/h, while green routes only allow private vehicles at 10km/h to prioritize pedestrians and cycling."

 

Tags: Catalonia, Spain, mobility, transportation, place, neighborhood, urban, planning, urbanism.


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Designing learning to engage students in the global classroom

Designing learning to engage students in the global classroom | Digital Pedagogy | Scoop.it
(2015). Designing learning to engage students in the global classroom. Technology, Pedagogy and Education: Vol. 24, No. 2, pp. 137-153. doi: 10.1080/1475939X.2014.946957

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