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INTERACTIVE: Boomtown Flood Town

August 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

If you want an opportunity to show how GIS can help solve real world problems and discover correlation, look no further! Boomtown, Flood Town is an interactive article with map overlays that show Houston and the many different variables that pertain to flooding.  [...]

Illustrated Textbook: GIS, GPS, and the Clumping of “Things”

August 10, 2017 // 0 Comments

Greetings! In this installation GIS and GPS make an appearance, we find out about about the AGGREGATE of “things”, and find out how geography can help us solve the cause of traffic fatalities in Wyoming (or anywhere for that matter). Click below to access the [...]

Professional Development Night at the 2017 AP Human Reading

June 11, 2017 // 0 Comments

If you haven’t had the chance to grade hundreds (for some of you thousands) of AP exams, I highly suggest that you do it at least once. While the reading itself can be grueling, there is no other place in the world where so many high school and college educators geek out about Human Geography, in one place. While walking to breakfast one morning, I overheard a man describe how he helped his wife give birth by candlelight in Uganda-needless to say, the stories here are unreal. And while it is difficult to squeeze in a professional development night between a Reds game and a peddle-bike tour of Cincinnati, it is an event that I never miss, because here, you will find the best of the best. The All-Americans of AP Human Geography. With 37 possible roundtable presentations, I was able to hit five, 15-minute talks. GIS, Geoinquiries, and APHG: Presented by Georgeanne Hribar of Old Dominion U. and Phillip Hare of A. C. Flora H.S. We need to make sure that our students [...]

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. [...]

LESSON & VIDEO: The Geospatial Revolution E.1 (17:44)

October 7, 2016 // 0 Comments

Objective: Students will understand the change in the purpose maps play in the contemporary world. Students will also be able to identify what is the Geospatial Revolution. Procedure: Students will watch the video, The Geospatial Revolution-Episode 1, provided by Penn State Public Broadcasting and answer the two worksheet questions. Worksheet with questions below. the-geospatial-revolution-youtube [...]

RESOURCE: AP HuGe Recommended Texts

April 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

The following list is taken from the AP Human Geography Teacher’s Guide. The list looks a little dated, nevertheless, the authors have updated versions of their texts. ———————– Textbooks de Blij, H. J., and Alexander B. Murphy. Human Geography: Culture, Society, and Space. 7th ed. New York: John Wiley, 2003. Fellmann, Jerome D., Arthur Getis, and Judith Getis. Human Geography: Landscapes of Human Activities. 8th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2005. Jordan-Bychkov, Terry G., and Mona Domosh. The Human Mosaic: A Thematic Introduction to Cultural Geography. 9th ed. New York: W. H. Freeman, 2003. Knox, Paul L., and Sallie A. Marston. Places and Regions in Global Context: Human Geography. 3rd ed. Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Prentice Hall, 2004. Kuby, Michael, John Harner, and Patricia Gober. Human Geography in Action. 3rd ed. New York: John Wiley, 2004. Norton, William. Human Geography. 5th ed. Don Mills, Ont.: Oxford University Press, 2004. [...]

NEWS via FCW.com: EPA: Using maps to make sense of water pollution data

March 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

EPA: Using maps to make sense of water pollution data By Frank Konkel Mar 17, 2014 West Virginians did not need an app to know that the Elk River had been contaminated when this Freedom Industries facility’s retaining wall failed, but there are tens of thousands of less famous waterways that the Environmental Protection Agency has identified as polluted. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) In early 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water began an effort to simplify how it conveys the complex information it has collected for decades. Nine months later, the agency launched a map-based application called “How’s My Waterway?” that allows users to check pollution levels in almost any U.S. lake, river or other waterway via the Web. The project’s launch coincided with the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, which requires states to report data on waterways to the EPA. The agency in turn periodically updates Congress on the condition of the [...]

NEWS via FCW.com: Why Maps Matter

March 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

Why maps matter By Frank Konkel Mar 17, 2014 People used to use maps so they wouldn’t get lost. But in recent years, access to the Global Positioning System and the proliferation of mobile technology have made paper-based maps almost irrelevant. Unless you’re in uncharted territory, it’s hard to get lost anymore. Basic geography is as easy as inputting an address and letting your mobile phone tell you how to get there. And as mapping technology advances, it allows for far more than foolproof directions. Federal agencies now use geospatial data, geo-analytics and multi-layered maps for myriad purposes, including gathering intelligence, predicting disease outbreaks and sharing data pools with the public. The allure of mapping lies in its intuitiveness. Even simple “dots on a map can be a powerful way to see trends in data,” said Josh Campbell, geographic information system architect for the Humanitarian Information Unit at the State Department. “Maps [...]

NEWS via NOLA: Putting hip on the map: Real estate markets heat up when a neighborhood turns cool

March 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

Putting hip on the map: Real estate markets heat up when a neighborhood turns cool By Richard Campanella on March 12, 2014 at 9:00 AM, updated March 12, 2014 at 8:25 PM “Location, location, location,” the real estate adage goes. In fact, a number of complex variables drive the value of land, particularly for residential areas. They range from schools and quality of life, to amenities and safety, to prejudices, perceptions and social status. In recent decades, a new variant of social status has entered the real estate equation, and it has since transfigured downtown New Orleans and other American cities. It’s the curious cultural phenomenon known as cool. Neighborhoods that a decade or two ago were viewed as dirty, dangerous and disregarded now rank among the region’s hottest real estate markets, turned around courtesy of an emerging social charisma that may be described as “hip” or “cool.” Among them are Bywater and adjacent areas down [...]

NEWS via Guardian Liberty Voice: China Population Structure Change Demands Economic Reform

March 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

China Population Structure Change Demands Economic Reform Added by Tina Zhang on March 15, 2014. On March 13, China’s annual parliament meeting closed. Reforms in financialsector, economic structure, environmental protection, and many other areas were proposed. During the nine days of the meeting, there was plenty of news showing disappointing performance in areas such as investment, retail sales and factory output in the first two months of this year. These already invited speculations that policy easing from the government should be imminent. Beijing repeated said it would tolerate slower economic growth in exchange for economic structural transformation. Aside from the often-quoted reasons for such reform, the unstoppable change of the population structure demands China must tough through the pain of slowing economy and its structural reform. China’s working-age population shrank for the first time in 2012 by 3.45 million. Looking into the future, the number of 15 to 24 [...]

INTERACTIVE: Racial Dot Maps via: University of Va.

February 16, 2014 // 1 Comment

The Racial Dot Map One Dot Per Person for the Entire United States Created by Dustin Cable, July 2013 Access and Use Policy Link to Full Screen Map The Map | The Dots | Weird Colors? | Rural Areas | Dots Located in Parks and Lakes? | Data Sources | Methodology Download a High Resolution Image of the U.S. Racial Dot Map (33 MB) Please read the Access and Use Policy, which describes how this map can be used and how it should be cited. NEW: You can see the new Congressional Dot Map project with election results here. The Map This map is an American snapshot; it provides an accessible visualization of geographic distribution, population density, and racial diversity of the American people in every neighborhood in the entire country. The map displays 308,745,538 dots, one for each person residing in the United States at the location they were counted during the 2010 Census. Each dot is color-coded by the individual’s race and ethnicity. The map is presented in both [...]

LESSON PLAN: Geomedicine

June 10, 2013 // 0 Comments

Topics: Geomedicine, Health, Activity Space, Environmental Geography, GIS, Pattern Source: AP Reading Technology Integration Night; Presenter Materials: iPad, iTouch, or iPhone Apps Required: TED, Place History Procedure: 1) Have students watch TED Talk titled, Bill Devenhall: Your Health Depends on Where you Live (9:25) 2) Q&A/Discussion/Lecture about how geography can help determine health risks. Discuss how the EPA and GIS can team up to assist in these discoveries. 3) Have students open Place History and find their current location and what toxic release locations are nearby.  Using the legend they can also determine the risk of heart attack Above and Beyond: Students can hit the “Explore” button and enter the various locations of places in which the frequent on a daily basis or have previously lived.  Students have the option of allowing the location tracking on their devices, which is why this should be an optional [...]
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