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Monday, January 14, 2013

FW: Some New Resources and Tools




Some New Resources and Tools




Teach your students real-world applications Crucial GIS Tactics for Retail Site Selection Analysis

Rivers Of The World's Capital Cities

Most of the world's major cities are built on or around areas of freshwater. Our ancestors chose to settle near these areas as a means of supplying drinking water for their families and beasts, as a food supply, irrigation for crops, to service washing needs, and as a means of transport to aid commerce.

Great for Grade 7& Grade 8

Maps Tell a Story

Interesting blog using a variety of map examples.

ICON Finder

Neat little application to use when designing activities or for students to use.  It will have many uses.


26 Ways to Use Comics in the Classroom and 5 Free Tools for Creating Comics

One of the most popular posts that I've published on Free Technology for Teachers is a list of ten free tools for creating comics online. I wrote that post three years ago. Since then some of the tools have gone offline or started charging users. So I think it's time to share a new list. Here are five free tools for creating comics online.-Written by Richard Byrne

Resize your photos with this easy tool

Resize 2 mail is an online resize website utility developed for digital camera owners, webmasters, people travelling or anybody who quickly wants to resize a digital image for email or publishing on a web site.

UK tidal power has huge potential, say scientists

2013 Economic Freedom Heat Map

For over a decade, The Wall Street Journal and The Heritage Foundation, Washington's preeminent think tank, have tracked the march of economic freedom around the world with the influential Index of Economic Freedom. Since 1995, the Index has brought Smith's theories about liberty, prosperity and economic freedom to life by creating 10 benchmarks that gauge the economic success of 185 countries around the world. With its user-friendly format, readers can see how 18th century theories on prosperity and economic freedom are realities in the 21st century.

The Index covers 10 freedoms – from property rights to entrepreneurship – in 185 countries.

London Underground celebrates 150th anniversary

Busy, congested, stressful. This is how the world's first subway system was depicted by London newspapers in 1863. It's a situation that would be familiar to nail-biting passengers of the present as the Tube turned 150 years old Wednesday.

27 Science Fictions That Became Science Facts In 2012

We may never have our flying cars, but the future is here. From creating fully functioning artificial leaves to hacking the human brain, science made a lot of breakthroughs this year.

In the rich world, men are closing the longevity gap with women

The Economist- Jan 12th 2013 |

REG DEAN, who died on January 5th at the ripe age of 110, was unusual. Centenarians are rare in themselves, of course, but male centenarians particularly so. In Britain, where Mr Dean lived, five times as many women as men receive the famed card of congratulation from the queen when they celebrate their 100th birthdays. That may, however, cease to be the case in the future, for the fact that women tend to live longer than men, though still true, is less true than it was, and the gap is shrinking—in rich countries, at least—every year.

From Chris Hatfield

Great View of Vancouver and the delta as taken from the International Space Station

A surprising map of the best and worst countries to be born into today

If you came into the world today and could pick your nationality, there are at least 15 better choices than to be born American, according to a study by the Economist Intelligence Unit. The firm looked at 80 countries, scoring them across 11 variables to determine “which country will provide the best opportunities for a healthy, safe and prosperous life in the years ahead.” The results, mapped out above, are both surprising and not.


The End of American Dominance in Robert Kaplan’s ‘The Revenge of Geography’

n a stark new book “The Revenge of Geography,” Robert Kaplan argues that geography is still the greatest shaper of geopolitical forces—and why the map explains America’s coming fall. Historian Ian Morris on why Kaplan is worryingly right.


Infographic: The New Canadian Family

On Monday, the Agenda discussed a new report by Joel Kotkin, Distinguished Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University. The report, "The Rise of Post-Familialism: Humanity's Future?" argues that we are witnessing a new phenomenon, a shift, he calls, post-familialism. He writes,


"Today, in the high-income world and even in some developing countries, we are witnessing a shift to a new social model. Increasingly, family no longer serves as the central organizing feature of society. An unprecedented number of individuals — approaching upwards of 30% in some Asian countries — are choosing to eschew child bearing altogether and, often, marriage as well."

Great Graphics and Video

Why People Move

Why do people move around the planet?

Why should we learn about human migration? Good lesson pack for Grade 8 Geography.

2012 National Geographic Photography Contest Winners

The winners have been named in the 2012 National Geographic Photography contest. As a leader in capturing the world through brilliant imagery, National Geographic sets the standard for photographic excellence. This year's competition brought 22,000 entries from over 150 countries, professionals and amateurs participating. Photographs were submitted in three categories: people, places and nature; and entries judged on creativity and photographic quality by a panel of experts.



Mark Lowry

Geography and Geotechnologies Instructional Leader

Social World Studies and Humanities

Toronto District School Board

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Toronto , On ,M9C 2B3

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