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LESSONS & WORKSHEETS: Climate Migrants via ESRI Storymaps

January 21, 2017 // 0 Comments

The ESRI storymap on climate refugees does a phenomenal job sampling locations in the world that experience migration effects as a result of climate change. Though many times, there are other causes of migration shifts, it is an important cog in the gear. Attached is a guided worksheet that accompanies the ESRI Climate Migrant Storymap. Students can complete for homework or be used as guided discussion questions. Climate Migrant Worksheet Here is the site for the Esri Storymap which they also allow to copy and paste code into a personal website as seen [...]

INFOGRAPHIC via Partselect: Most Popular and Iconic Home Design Styles

January 21, 2017 // 0 Comments

This infographic of American folk/popular housing styles is provided by Partselect.com. Use in your cultural unit and have students discuss what style their home/townhome building is represented below. If they can’t link it to any below, have them do a bit more research to see what it is. Source: [...]

INTERACTIVE via Localingual: Listen to Voices Around the World

January 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

Localingual is an interactive map that allows users to zoom in and hear voice samples from all over the world. Users can also submit their own samples to add to the map. This would be a fun site to show students the difference between accents and perhaps dialect within the same country, but also so that they can hear what different languages sound like around the world. Warning: Be careful where you send kids to on this site, since this is gathered from the general public, there are some instance of bad language (eh-hemm…Australia.) [...]

LESSON PLAN: Global Migration Flow & Data Visualization

January 12, 2017 // 0 Comments

Description:  This worksheet is inspired by the Global International Migration Flows website by the Wittgenstein Centre. It uses migration data over the course of 5-year periods in a circular-flow chart. The attached worksheet asks students to identify the largest migration flows both in and out of the respective regions. It also asks that they identify the regions that have the largest interregional migrations. Objective: Students will identify where the world’s largest migration flows are occurring between regions. AP Objectives:  Apply the concepts of forced and voluntary migration to historical and contemporary examples. Forced migrations include those involving refugees, internally displaced persons, and asylum seekers. Voluntary migrations may be transnational, internal, chain, step, and rural to urban. Patterns of voluntary and forced migration may be affected by distance and physical features. Procedure: Introduce vocabulary to students: Interregional migration, [...]

LESSON PLAN: Diverted to Delhi Documentary & Video Guide

January 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

The synopsis provided by ABC TV Documentary: Diverted to Delhi looks at the Indian call centre phenomenon. It looks at how India, with no tradition of customer service, trains call centre workers to provide quality service to overseas customers. It follows university graduates attending two training courses. The graduates employed by Delhi’s cal centres have to put aside their cultural identity, modify their accent and change their name so they can converse with international customers. Most of the call centre business comes from USA and Britain but Australian interest in India is growing and an Australian training course is up and running, where Indians are introduced to the Australian vernacular courtesy of The Castle on video, It’s only a matter of time before tens of thousands of Indians will be saying “g’day mate” when they answer the phone. [...]

MC QUESTIONS: Volume 1 Edition 6

January 9, 2017 // 0 Comments

This week’s MC questions are inspired by US interregional migration shifts, folk culture & video games, cultural dispositions towards the sciences, and boundary disputes between Timor and Australia. Download Below! Human Questions Edition 6 As always, constructive criticism and or discussion of the questions are welcome via Facebook, WordPress, or [...]

NEWS via theguardian: Moana: progressive paean to Polynesia – or another of Disney’s cultural blunders?

January 7, 2017 // 0 Comments

Moana: The Progressive Paean to Polynesia or another of Disney’s Cultural Blunders? This is an article that discusses whether Moana, the Disney movie, is an example of cultural appropriation or an attempt to be culturally inclusive. Human Geography Application: This would be a good article to step off into a debate among students, whether Moana is an example of cultural appropriation or an attempt to be culturally inclusive. This would be appropriate when discussing ethnicity, commodification, cultural insensitivities, folk vs. pop [...]

ARTICLE via VOX: 15 before-and-after images that show how we’re transforming the planet

January 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

15 Before and After Images that Show How We’re Transforming the Planet This article includes fifteen aerial images of the Earth and it’s physical transformation as a result of human activity. Human Geography Application: This article would be useful within the Nature & Perspectives unit and the discussion of the importance of new age mapping, remote sensing, and human-environment interaction. You could also swing this if discussing the man-land tradition/human-environment interaction (Pattison and 5 [...]

INTERACTIVE via New York Times: Where Is America’s Heartland? Pick Your Map

January 5, 2017 // 0 Comments

Where is America’s Heartland? Pick your Map This short interactive has users choose a map that they feel best represents the “American Heartland.” After voting, they will see a tally and an article that discusses the topic of what the Heartland means to other people. Human Geography Application: This would be a good, 2 minute activity to direct students with 1:1 devices after discussing vernacular [...]

VIDEO via New York Times: A Conversation With Asians on Race

January 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

A Conversation with Asian-Americans on Race This video shows Asian Americans confronting stereotypes about their own community. Human Geography Application: This would be a great clip to show while discussion ethnicity. It would play very well with classrooms that have an Asian-American perspective, or to show students that there are stereotypes within other ethnic groups that might otherwise go [...]

Interactive via PBS: Can You Tell Someone’s Race by Looking at Them?

January 3, 2017 // 0 Comments

Race: The Power of Illusion Via PBS:  How easy is it to group people into “races” based on appearance? What about using individual traits? Does everybody classify the same way? Try your hand at “sorting” individuals and see if it matches how people think of themselves. Or explore how we might sort people by physical traits. Human Geography Application: After a lecture/discussion about the topic of race, ethnicity, and nationality, have your students complete this PBS interactive. It helps show them what they really don’t know about race based upon appearances. This could be a short 5-minute 1:1 activity on a device that supports flash, or it could stretch an entire block with interwoven discussion on race and [...]

MC Questions: Volume 1 Edition 5

January 3, 2017 // 0 Comments

Inspiration for this week’s MC questions include the 12th Congressional District, gender-equity legislation (or should we say, lack there of), Amazon’s dominance at vertical integration, and nationalist movements. As always, constructive criticism and or discussion of the questions is welcome via Facebook or WordPress. Have a good week! Download PDF below. [...]

MC Questions: Volume 1 Edition 4

December 28, 2016 // 0 Comments

MC questions this week are inspired by topics including the Chinese airpocalypse, Slovakian bathtub fish, chaupadi, the city of Orania, the winner of the Google Science Fair, and shadows cast by the buildings of New York City. As always, constructive criticism and discussion is welcome via WordPress, Facebook, or email. DOWNLOAD BELOW! [...]

MC Questions: Volume 1 Edition 2

December 11, 2016 // 0 Comments

Multiple choice questions for the news week of December 5th-11th, 2016. human-questions-edition-2 As always, if you have constructive criticism or would like to discuss the questions, comment or post via WordPress or Facebook. Now to get that shopping [...]
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