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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 [...]

2016 AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY COLLABORATIVE EDUCATOR RUBRIC (FOR FUN)

May 15, 2016 // 0 Comments

The 2016 AP Human Geography FRQs are officially released! How exciting and nerdy. Last year I created a collaborative Google Doc where teachers could brainstorm possible responses to the FRQs.  It was so much fun to see a hundred teachers looking at the document at same time, so let’s do it again! Simply open the Google doc and type to edit. Instead of deleting others’ responses, simply use the strike through option if you feel a response wouldn’t be accepted (a reason next to it is always nice). Just because you see 2-3 bullet points doesn’t mean you can’t hit enter to add another possible response. Let’s have some fun collaborating! TAKE ME TO THE [...]

2015 Edition ~ AP Human Geography FRQ and Exam Breakdown

August 19, 2015 // 2 Comments

2015 FRQ AP HuGe Breakdown DO2015-FRQ-AP-HuGe-Breakdown-DOCC  <—-To print on multiple pages LINK TO .PNG FILE FOR PRINTING. I really enjoy creating infographics using Piktochart.com. My 2014 edition was great fun to make and a good lesson in infographics. I would love to implement these more into my class and have students visually depict geographic data. At first glance, good infographics are very clean, effective in their message, and visually appealing. After some thought and attempts, they are not so easy after all. People get degrees in this stuff! A lesson plan on using infographics requires a vision and even maybe some tutelage from an art teacher. Design and color, combined with information can be beautiful. While I am artistically inclined, I am not formally trained. I am sure that a professional would put me to shame, but here is my best attempt at my second edition of the FRQ and Exam Score infographic. Some features are interactive so accessing from the URL [...]

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: The Country Training People to Leave

March 9, 2015 // 0 Comments

A great article to discuss when teaching BRAINDRAIN. The country training people to leave By Stephen SackurBBC, Philippines The Philippines has one of the fastest growing economies in Asia – but there aren’t enough jobs to go around. So every year the government teaches thousands of people the skills they need to get jobs abroad. When I arrive at the state-run Housemaids Academy in Manila morning exercises are well under way. A squad of uniformed cleaners is poking feather dusters into all corners of the sitting room. In the kitchen trainee cooks are immersed in the finer points of salad preparation. The academy has the feel of a soap-opera set – each room meticulously dressed to ape the reality of a grand residence. Below stairs is a classroom filled with old fashioned school desks. Here, I’m told, the trainee house servants take lessons in hygiene, respect and personal finance. The Philippines government schools tens of thousands of maids, chauffeurs, [...]

RESOURCE URL: Blank Map Website

July 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

For all of you out there who scour Google images for a good base map, I am happy to let you in on a little secret: http://d-maps.com This independant map lover created a library of outline maps for your saving enjoyment in multiple formats; SVG, GIF, PDF, CDR, AI, and WMF. Not only does he provide various different map perspectives and scales, he also provides around 34 different blank map types for you to play around with. I love how the website is designed to show you the different hierarchy of maps to choose from, starting with a basic “coastal outline” map all the way to the most complex option of “hydrography, states, main towns, and color”. Rollover each thumbnail for details.   These maps are clean, free, and very teacher-friendly. My favorite format to work with is the CDR (Corel Draw) or SVG files which are vectorized and allows for me to easily edit them in Adobe Illustrator. Once you bring in the SVG file into Illustrator, you can ungroup the [...]

LESSON: Spacial Distribution: Pattern, Concentration, Density

June 25, 2014 // 0 Comments

Teacher’s Notes: This is the lesson that I use for my students to teach them about the concept of spatial distribution and density. I am sure that you can implement a few more fun things like using M&Ms to have them illustrate the different types as well (actually I might try that this year). The blank worksheet and key are below. It usually takes my kids  50 minutes to complete the worksheet and it takes me 20 minutes to complete the lecture. Title: Spacial Distribution: The Final Frontier Topics: Space: Pattern, Distribution, Concentration, Density Time: 50-70 minutes Materials: Lecture Notes, Worksheets Purpose: For students to understand the different types of spatial distributions and types of densities. Procedure: 1) Lecture/Discussion: Explain to students what SPATIAL DISTRIBUTION is and its importance. Provide students with lecture notes on how to figure out the three types of arithmetic density. Explain why it is useful for geographers to [...]

Observations from the 2014 AP Human Geography Reading

June 11, 2014 // 4 Comments

Once again the AP Human Geography reading was a success. I still firmly believe that this group pf 500+ teachers and professors have GOT to be the most extraordinary and interesting people than any other group of readers. The stories that we all overhear while riding up the escalator for lunch are unbelievable and  inspires me to keep pushing to be a better teacher than I was yesterday. Never mind the 1125 free response questions that I graded- this is by far the best professional development that I can ever get. I am very thankful for a productive professional development night, and all of the other “professional development” nights outside of the convention center. After pondering the rubric that we used for grading and discussing it with my table, I decided to do some further research into the previous years and see what types of verbs that the FRQ test requests the students to answer. Some of my findings were interesting and provoked more thought while others were [...]

NEWS via TheAtlanticCities.com: America’s 1,000 Richest Neighborhoods

March 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

America’s 1,000 Richest Neighborhoods RICHARD FLORIDA MAR 13, 2014 Carolyn Williams/Flickr America’s “one percent” are a privileged bunch. It takes an adjusted gross income of almost $400,000 to be counted among those who make up the country’s top earners. Together, the top 1 percent account for nearly 20 percent of reported taxable income in the U.S. Overall, the one percent are heavily concentrated along the East and West Coasts. And despite all the talk about gentrification and the movement of the uber-affluent back to the cities, their numbers are overwhelmingly concentrated in the upscale suburbs of America’s increasingly bicoastal economy – places like Greenwich, Connecticut; Bethesda and Potomac, Maryland; Coral Gables, Florida; and Newport Beach, California. Eighteen neighborhoods have average incomes of more than $500,000. These are the location patterns of America’s super rich that geographer Stephen Higley has documented in a new [...]

NEWS via BloombergBusinessWeek: Megadams Are Dismal Investments

March 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

Megadams Are Dismal Investments By Blake Schmidt March 13, 2014 Photograph by Taylor Weidman/Zuma Press Indigenous Munduruku men at the quarry site for Belo Monte It’s hard to overstate the massive proportions of Belo Monte. When completed, it will be the world’s third-largest dam. Set in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon, it will funnel water through 18 turbines, each with the diameter of the Space Shuttle. When the last one is switched on in 2019, Belo Monte will have a capacity of 11,233 megawatts—enough to supply power to 40 percent of Brazil’s households. Construction crews, which began work in 2011, will have to dig up almost twice as much dirt as was removed to build China’s Three Gorges Dam, and truck in enough steel to build 16 Eiffel Towers, according to the dam’s developers. About 26,000 laborers toil in shifts around the clock. Massive is a word that also applies to the hydropower project’s price. Norte Energia, the consortium awarded a 35-year concession [...]

NEWS via Mashable: Mapmakers Debate How to Define Crimea

March 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

Mapmakers Debate How to Define Crimea A cartographer at work, circa 1930.IMAGE: VINTAGE IMAGES/HULTON ARCHIVE/GETTY IMAGES BY COLIN DAILEDA1 DAY AGO Much of the world is watching how the high-stakes tug-of-war over Crimea will play out, but few groups of professionals are more invested than cartographers. Cartographers are tasked with mapping the political dimensions of the globe. That means when a piece of land switches ownership between countries, it’s their job to decide whether they want to make that change official. The latest debate for this small but influential club is centered on Crimea, the once-autonomous region of Ukraine that voted on March 16 to become a part of Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a treaty to annex the peninsula, and it now must be approved by the Russian parliament. On Wednesday, the Ukrainian governmentannounced it was pulling out its troops. But Western nations including the United States, the U.K., and Germany, have not [...]

NEWS via CNN: Plugging China’s talent pool

March 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

Plugging China’s talent pool By Zarina Banu for CNN March 20, 2014 — Updated 0603 GMT (1403 HKT) Many are leaving China for reasons like education, food and wealth security and air quality. STORY HIGHLIGHTS China sees 8.5 million mainly middle-class living abroad with less than 10% moving in Paper in China calls exodus “the world’s worst brain drain” Hong Kong (CNN) — “Culture is not the main reason why most Chinese people leave. This is a romantic view. Most people leave China because of practical reasons like education, food and wealth security and air quality.” This is the view of Li Chen, who moved to Hong Kong from the mainland two years ago. A combination of pragmatism and aspiration led the 32-year-old Masters of Journalism student to leave. He said when his wife was offered the chance to relocate to Hong Kong, the timing for the couple was just right. The move allowed Li to pursue his passion for photography and will earn him [...]

NEWS via NPR: Who Had Richer Parents, Doctors Or Artists

March 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

Who Had Richer Parents, Doctors Or Artists A few weeks ago, we were sitting around the office arguing over this simple question: Who had richer parents, journalists or people working in finance? Doctors or artists? More generally: What’s the link between household income during childhood and job choice during adulthood? After some poking around, we figured out how to settle the argument. A government survey has tracked more than 12,000 people for decades. It allowed us to look at the same group of people in 1979 and 2010 — from a time when most were teenagers to the time when they were middle-aged and, for the most part, gainfully employed. We crunched the data a few ways. First, here’s a table that answers our basic question. It links peoples’ jobs as adults in 2010 to their parents’ income when they were kids in 1979. Job As Adult Household Income During Childhood Farming, Fishing, And Forestry less than $35,000 Child Care Workers, Home Care Workers, etc. [...]

NEWS via NPR: An Imaginary Town Becomes Real, Then Not. True Story

March 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

by ROBERT KRULWICH March 18, 2014 4:43 PM This is the story of a totally made-up place that suddenly became real — and then, strangely, undid itself and became a fantasy again. Imagine Pinocchio becoming a real boy and then going back to being a puppet. That’s what happened here — but this is a true story. It’s about a place in upstate New York called Agloe. You can see it here, circled in blue …  … just up the road from Roscoe and Rockland. In the 1930s (I learned from Frank Jacobs’ excellent blog, Strange Maps), there was no town on that stretch between Rockland and nearby Beaverkill — just a dirt road. This wasn’t an important or often visited place, which made it a perfect spot for what’s called a “paper town,” or a map “trap.” Pirate-Protected Maps Companies that create maps get their work copied all the time. You hire a draftsman. You check spellings, you work on the colors, you get all the cities in the [...]

NEWS via Christian Science Monitor: Why African-Americans are moving back to the South

March 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

After decades of moving north, thousands of blacks are returning to their Southern roots for economic and cultural reasons. By Carmen K. Sisson, Correspondent / March 16, 2014 Artist Kia Darceo left Milwaukee for Atlanta, which she calls ‘Black Mecca.’ This is the cover story in the Mar. 17 issue of The Christian Science MonitorWeekly. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff WEST POINT, MISS. When Charlie Cox told his friends he was leaving Chicago, no one tried to talk him out of it. After 35 years at General Motors, he was ready to retire. Ready to trade the cold and the crime and the frenetic pace of life for the rivers and fields of his youth. He had grown up in rural West Point, Miss., and he had moved north with his family when he was 9 years old, but somehow his heart had never quite followed. His spirit yearned for the South, and, as the years passed, the memories of his childhood burned brighter until he couldn’t stand it any longer. There was only one problem: [...]

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 [...]

NEWS via Newsweek: The Geography of Autism

March 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

The Geography of Autism By Rob Verger Filed: 3/14/14 at 2:56 PM  | Updated: 3/14/14 at 4:09 PM A new study hints at why autism clusters, but experts caution seeking an easy solutionEnrique De La Osa/Reuters Filed Under: Tech & Science, autism, Science, Studie Researchers have long know that autism is found in clusters. Certain communities and states have rates much higher than the rest of the country — a child born in California is several times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than a child in Alabama, for example. But the question why remains unanswered. The geographical nature of the disorder seems to imply some sort of local, environmental cause. And a new study suggests just that: it found a strong correlation between autism rates and male reproductive system malformations, which can be caused by environmental toxins. There is a complex array of factors that can influence autism rates, though: they seem to be affected by issues as diverse as income level, [...]

ORIGINAL: Counterculture: I Ain’t No Burger!

June 18, 2013 // 0 Comments

In what appears to be a cultural phenomenon that preaches exactly opposite what the Gangnam Style revolution brought (lavish lifestyle of new money in the South Korean city of Seoul), a COUNTERCULTURE effort is being rapped by young adults in the country of Pakistan. In Pakistan, a DEVELOPING COUNTRY that is finding its footing in a COMMERCIALIZED world, the Mr. Burger fast food chain provides halal burgers to the masses.  A typical WESTERN style food chain, Mr. Burger offers meals to those who can afford it, thus the new title that is given to young urban professionals, “Burgers.” Though the Mr. Burger food chain succeeds in ACCULTURATING the masses into Western tastes, there are some that look to turn their back on the would-be-Burgers by giving “Burgers” a negative connotation. Rapper Talha Anjum from the Young Stunners says, “A Burger is someone who wants to be someone they aren’t, someone who wears skinny jeans and Nikes, uses a smartphone, and [...]
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