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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Important to keep in Contact

Hi all; During these times of labour strife it is important to keep in continual contact and I will try to do this through my list serve and blog. Remember that all that I send out to you is archived on the blog site ‘ Geography Resources and Ideas’
Just remember when you are wondering if and why you are needed as geography teachers remember to check this out and thank your lucky stars that you live in Canada ( the tattoo reference refers to one of the last links however considering the day –election and all this needs to be at the top also )

As it is a confusing time for you , it is similar for us in Teaching and Learning, though we work in central positions we are also teachers and belong to the various federations also . therefore we are trying to get clarity on what we are able to do or not. Please feel free to email and ask any questions and I will be sure to pass them on and try to get clarity as soon as possible. However , after listening to last night’s town hall meeting I would like to re-iterate what was said regarding field trips . They are to be considered as ongoing and as long as on calls are not needed they should proceed as normal . What will happen to trips down the road (no pun intended ) is anyone guess. I know many have you have asked me to come in to help in the setup and use of the new laptops . I am waiting on some clarification on this and will communicate with you individually when I know. In the meantime I am proceeding with creating a DVD of ArcGIS 10.1 that I will send out to all schools for teachers to install on their home computers.
In the interim here are a number of great sites thanks to our friends in Australia. Please keep you great resources coming and I will try to filter them out as quickly as I can .
Here are a number of Great Twitter sites ( mostly for  geo-visualization but also great for student research)
Useful #geography visualisation 44 - Global #CO2 emissions 1960-2008 by country with comparison (interactive map):
* Useful #geography visualisation 43 - How will #hurricane #Sandy rank? Historical UShurricane damage cost graph
* Webcam feed providing real-time visuals of the effects of #hurricane #Sandy on Manhattan. Worth a look #geography
* Amazing #population #geography resource. Contemporary, high resolution #GIS compatible, downloadable data for Asian and African countries.
* Useful #geography visualisation 42 - Arms exports from US, Russia and China to the Middle East, 1992-2012 (flow map):
* Interesting infographic showing levels of tertiary #education in the top 10 of 42 (mainly OECD) studied :
* How many people have ever lived? How many are still alive? #population#demography#geography
#geography at work: Theory links levels of violence and conflict to climate -
* Useful #geography visualisation 41 - China's global investment reach by sector and country (interactive, data):
* Useful #geography visualisation 40 - Average annual consumer expenditure per capita, 20 selected countries (map):
@The_GA Citizenship Toolkit: Free activities, teaching about sustainable communities #AustralianCurriculum:#Geography
* Useful #geography visualisation 39 - Compare countries by indicators and size map (interactive - site now expanded):
* Useful #geography visualisation 38 - Marine pollution around Australia (PDF download map/infographic):
* Useful #geography visualisation 37 - Shrinking ozone hole over Antarctica Jul-Oct 2012 (animation and article):
* Useful #geography visualisation 36 - Sustainability [an #AustralianCurriculum #Geographyconcept] (infographic):
* Useful #geography visualisation 35 - Global spatial variation in opinion towards the United States (maps) for analysis:
* Useful #geography visualisation 34 - Comparative cost of living in 15 global cities across 15 indicators (interactive): (I do critique the use of line graphs for some indicators)
* Exploring possible relationships between nations' energy consumption and their economic output - straightforward?
* Useful (& 'local' for me) #geography visualisation 32 - Pedestrian counts in the Melbourne CBD (interactive map, data):
* If female employment rates matched those of men, how much would a country's GDP increase by 2020? See here: #geography
* Useful #geography visualisation 31 - Poverty in the United States 1967-2010 broken down demographically (interactive):
* Data for #geography: countries with the most migrants per 1000 population
* Australia sits at =9th; how do others rank?   Instant demographic data for almost anywhere in the world. - a great#geography resource.

Each one of the red highlights is in fact a hyperlink(just use control and click)

TED Talks In this short talk, TED Fellow Sarah Parcak introduces the field of "space archeology" -- using satellite images to search for clues to the lost sites of past civilizations

This image of Earth’s city lights was created with data from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) Operational Linescan System (OLS). Originally designed to view clouds by moonlight, the OLS is also used to map the locations of permanent lights on the Earth’s surface. Great image downloads.

The ease of navigation of this site allows the user to conduct a specific search of simply exploredemographiceconomicenvironmental and development data on any country in the world.

Environmental refugees have been forced to leave their homes beause of soil degradation, deserticfication, flooding, drought, climate change and other environmental factors.

This is an excellent video for population and demographic units, but also for showing regional and spatial patterns within the global dataset (since terms like 'overpopulation' and 'carrying capacity' inherently have different meanings in distinct places and when analyzed at various scales).
With Place Geography being so important to the Australian Curriculum: Geography I thought this article is worth a read

TED Talks Western countries throw out nearly half of their food, not because it’s inedible -- but because it doesn’t look appealing. Tristram Stuart delves into the shocking data of wasted food, calling for a more responsible use of global resources.

Some more interesting gis stuff:

and from those comments try; under Map view choose 3D - you'll need to install an extension (at least on Chrome), but the results are incredible


Chris Metropolis
Toronto Urban Studies Centre
Toronto Outdoor Education Schools

Quirky geography stuff

On this tattoo map, you've got to earn the ink by traveling to the country. A real geography nerd

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Subject: Register Today! Canada's Oceans & You - November 16&17


National Oceans Symposium
with top North American Experts
Presented by the Vancouver Aquarium and the Royal Ontario Museum

Friday, November 16, 9 am - 8 pm &
Saturday, November 17, 9 am - 1:30 pm

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This symposium represents an opportunity for world-leading experts to come together to share stories and research findings with each other and the public in an open and safe environment at the ROM. 

The program also features a screening of Revolution the new film by award-winning filmmaker  Rob Stewart (Sharkwater), presented Friday Nov 16th, 7 pm, before admission to the ROM's exciting new Friday Night Live adult program.


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1 comment:

  1. Hi Mark,

    Thanks for mentioning my blog Thoth is the Ibis. I may have some more interesting geography items soon.