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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Welcome Back

Hi All: Welcome Back . I know we are all hitting the ground running so I just want to start to pave the way for us to exchanger information for this school year. The first thing that I need to know is whether you would still like to be on this list serve . please let me know if you would like to be taken off the list.

Secondly , if you have any other or new teachers that would like to be included please either send me their names or get them to e-mail me.

I am including a few resources that have come across my desk with many more to come.

The History of conflicts site at

This database of global wars and conflicts is searchable through space and time.  You can drag and click the both the map and timeline to locate particular battles and wars, and then read more information about that conflict.  This resource would be a great one to show students and let them explore to find what they see as interesting.  This site is brimming with potential.


In acknowledgement of the vital role waters play in our lives, the Australian Government has released the Australian Water Education Toolkit and made the material freely available via their website


The website provides a repository of hundreds of teaching and learning opportunities, assisting teachers at all year levels to access national, state, territory, regional and urban water resources.


It offers free access to:

·  lesson plans

·  student activities

·  resource sheets

·  maps and charts

·  and Australian Curriculum links.



An interactive site listing all the countries with supporting data

Video at



Stephen Matthews from Ballarat Grammar has just sent this one through to us.  What a fantastic resource for the classroom.  It is called Field Papers and it enables the creation of base maps anywhere in the world and so much more. Have a play with Field Papers at


Here is some information from their site:

Field Papers allows you to print a multipage paper atlas of anywhere in the world and take it outside, offline, in the field. You can scribble on it, draw things, make notes. When you upload a snapshot of your print to Field Papers, we'll do some magic on the server to put it back in the right spot on the map. You can transcribe your notes into digital form and share the result with your friends or download the notes for later analysis.

You don't need a GPS to make a map or learn complicated desktop GIS software to use Field Papers. It's as easy as print, mark, scan.

This project is a continuation of Walking Papers, which was built for the OpenStreetMap (OSM) editing community. Field Papers allows you to print multiple-page atlases using several map styles (including satellite imagery and black and white cartography to save ink) and has built in note annotation tools with GIS format downloads. Field Papers also supports user accounts so you can save “your stuff” for later, or use the service anonymously.



Newer Hans Rosling Gapminder video


Religions and babies

About the video:

Is there a relation between religion, sex and the number of babies per woman? In this TED talk from Doha, Qatar, Hans Rosling discusses this delicate topic and explains the main reason why the world population will increase with another 3 billion people.
The chart in the presentation is available here.

Cheers Mark

Mark Lowry

Geography and Geotechnologies Instructional Leader

Social World Studies and Humanities

Toronto District School Board

1 Civic Centre Court

Toronto , On ,M9C 2B3

Tel; (416) 394-7269

Cell; (416) 576-4515

Fax; (416) 394-6420




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