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Friday, February 28, 2014

ESRI Storymaps to support Ontario Curriculum

Story Maps to Support Ontario Curriculum Expectations Grs 1-12

In order to support the connection of the” WHAT TO THE WHERE, WHY THERE and ultimately WHY CARE” in the revised Ontario Canadian & world Studies Geography and Social Studies  Curriculum, many teachers and students have asked how we use maps to tell stories. Well ESRI has created a utility that meets these  needs directly.

The Idea of the “Spatial Journal “ is everywhere.

The following is a selection of Story maps create in the ESRI ArcGIS online platform from authors and collaborators around the world. They have been identified as fitting some specific Curriculum expectations of the Ontario SSGH & CWS curriculum, but have lots of transferability As this is just a sample many more can be found in the galley http://storymaps.arcgis.com/en/gallery/#s=270&n=30&d=1

It is hoped that students and teachers in Ontario will use the utility of ArcGIS Online to create their own Story Maps (aka Spatial Journals ) and to this end the instructions ,and site are noted at the end of this document

Explore the Growing World of Story Maps

A community of storytellers is producing story maps about a variety of locations and topics. You can help us populate this map! Use our templates to tell the story of your special place.

http://storymaps.esri.com/stories/2013/storylocator/

 

Grades 1-6

Santas Around the World

In the US he's known as Santa Claus, but how has this traditional Christmas character evolved and transformed over time and around the world?

http://tiny.tw/3hD9

NEW Zoo Map Tour

This "map tour" will allow you to take a virtual sightseeing trip through all the exhibits and buildings at the NEW Zoo of Brown County.- Good for Primary Grades

http://tiny.tw/3hD3

The Helsinki Zoo. Where the animals live.

(click on the translate button to translate from Finish)

http://agol.esri.fi/storymaps/korkeasaari/index.html

The Changing Face of Canada     (excellent for grade 6)

This map story explores the diversity of Canada (2006) and the projected % change of visible minorities from 2006-2031 at the CMA level.

http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=5403c527772348a389d3e2c089c36b36

Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots

 

http://storymaps.esri.com/stories/janegoodall/

 

Grade 7

TwistyRoads within 3 Hours of the 2013 BMW MOA International Rally

The host for this year's BMW MOA International Rally is Salem, Oregon. These highway segments have the highest TwistyScore within a 3 hour ride of the Rally. Provided by www.twistyroads.com

Great to teach elevation , mountains & contours

http://www.twistyroads.com/storymaps/BMWMOARally/

Akaishidake early winter (Japan)

I was back and forth two nights and three days Akaishidake November 25, 2013 (Sat) - November 23, 2013 (Monday), from Nagano Prefecture Oshika village

Great for Physical – mountain building, contour lines map reading- was created in Japanese but with click of a button it is translated

http://tiny.tw/3hBn

The Unknown World on the Ocean Floor

Great Oceanographic study out of Sweden

http://tiny.tw/3hBo

GIS for Forestry

Case studies of geographic information system applications for forest management.

http://tiny.tw/3hBu

Top Ten most damaging U.S. hurricanes of all time

What were the worst hurricanes ever? What would happen if they hit today? A NOAA study examined these questions, and came up with this rogue’s gallery of mega-storms.

http://storymaps.esri.com/stories/2012/top-ten-hurricanes/

Geysers and Other Geothermal Waters

Hot springs, geysers, fumaroles, and mud pots are examples of geothermal phenomena. Since hot springs are so numerous (thousands of them exist), this app maps only large basins of geothermal activities, geysers (hot and cold), and travertine pools, which are rare enough to be included.

http://maps.esri.com/legends/Geysers/deploy/index.html

40 Most Interesting Volcanoes

Most volcanoes are dangerous, capricious, unpredictable, but pretty. And, many of them smell bad.

http://maps.esri.com/legends/Volcanoes_30/index.html

Our Oceans -- LIVE!!

Take a map tour of world oceans via live webcams.

http://tiny.tw/3hBz

Renewable Energy

Which countries are leading the way in transitioning away from fossil fuels?

http://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=90b25eb95de9428e978f0930419a5414

Grade 8

Is the World Full or Empty?

Answer: it's both. Human population is unevenly distributed across the face of the planet. While some localities have more than 100,000 people per square mile, vast stretches of earth's surface are nearly devoid of people.

http://storymaps.esri.com/stories/2013/full-and-empty/

The World Heritage of Japan

Enjoy this selection of world heritage sites in Japan

http://apps.esrij.com/worldheritage/index_en.html

Syrian Refugee Camps

Current data on Syrian refugee camps in neighboring countries as well as Internally Displaced Persons camps within Syria

http://tiny.tw/3hBv

Human Population Reaches a Milestone

Sometime in late 2011, according to estimates, Earth’s human population surpassed the seven billion mark. Despite a general decline in birth rates, world population increases by some 83 million people each year. This growth will continue for decades to come, challenging our ability to feed ourselves and to sustain the natural capital on which human societies depend. The maps presented here explore a few population patterns: how our billions are distributed across the face of the Earth; regional differences in rates of population increase; and broad disparities in life expectancy.

http://storymaps.esri.com/7billion/

The most popular honeymoon destinations

Whether you are newlywed or just looking to revive the old spark, here are 10 best destinations to go for your honeymoon the world has to offer you!

http://tiny.tw/3hBy

Pressure on forest resources of Nepal due to household firewood consumption

http://geoportal.icimod.org/forestRes/

Feeding the world: Can global crop production meet future demands?

Crop production will have to double by 2050 to fulfill the needs of a growing and increasingly affluent population. Meeting this challenge will be difficult but not impossible, according to the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment.

http://storymaps.esri.com/stories/feedingtheworld/

 

Comprehending Urban Biodiversity in Abu Dhabi

EAD's Outreach Efforts at Understanding Biodiversity through GIS and Smart Apps.

http://tiny.tw/3hCW

Brinkworth Cattle Drive | Historic journey south from Queensland to New South Wales in Australia

In 2013 more than 18,000 cattle headed 2,500 kilometres south from drought stricken Queensland to greener pastures in New South Wales in the largest cattle drive for 100 years

http://tiny.tw/3hCY

 

Global Footprint

http://storymaps.esri.com/globalfootprint/

 

Grade 9

Watersheds in Eastern Ontario

What is a Watershed? Visit the Conservation Ontario website to find out. This map shows The County of Frontenac and watersheds at various levels throughout Ontario

http://gis.northfrontenac.com/watersheds/

 

 

Old Ottawa: A Capital Uncovered

Take a map-based tour looking back at some of the historical features, events and settings in Canada's capital city.

(Photo Source: Facebook. "Lost Ottawa". Accessed: July 2013.)

http://tiny.tw/3hBq

GIS for Forestry

Case studies of geographic information system applications for forest management

http://tiny.tw/3hBu

Senior geography & others (some are really fun)

Sarah Palin's Alaska

Political powerhouse turned pop-culture phenom, Sarah Palin, showcased some of the many features of Alaska in her very own reality television show, which ran for just one season in the winter of 2010-11. Take a guided map tour through some of the show's highlights below... (Photo Source: Gilles Mingasson. "Sarah Palin's Alaska". Accessed: July 2013.)

http://tiny.tw/3hBp

Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots

 

http://storymaps.esri.com/stories/janegoodall/

 

Seinfeld: A Map About Nothing

Arguably one of the best television sitcoms ever, Seinfeld originally aired from 1989 to 1998 and remains in syndication to this day. The show featured various locations around New York City, some of which are displayed as a map tour below with a corresponding YouTube video for each. Yadda, yadda, yadda...

Great map story for modern culture , urbanization , USA values etc

http://tiny.tw/3hBr

Ghostbusters: Something Strange In Your Neighborhood

One of the most easily recognizable blockbuster film-franchises from the 1980s, Ghostbusters was an action-comedy focusing on supernatural events taking place in New York City. The first film was released in 1984, along with a sequel in 1989. Take a map-guided tour below of some of the spots where Peter, Egon, Ray and Winston lived out their adventures.

Another great what meet where –Great American Cultural study – RIP Harold Ramis

http://tiny.tw/3hBs

Syrian Refugee Camps

Current data on Syrian refugee camps in neighboring countries as well as Internally Displaced Persons camps within Syria

http://tiny.tw/3hBv

Brinkworth Cattle Drive | Historic journey south from Queensland to New South Wales in Australia

In 2013 more than 18,000 cattle headed 2,500 kilometres south from drought stricken Queensland to greener pastures in New South Wales in the largest cattle drive for 100 years

http://tiny.tw/3hCY

Sustainability & Environmental Issues

Outlook for European cities: higher temperatures and longer heat waves

Climate models suggest that Europe's urban areas will experience more hot days and tropical nights. These maps examine model predictions and urban conditions.

http://storymaps.esri.com/stories/2012/warming-cities/

Pacific Ocean Science and Exploration

Come with us on a tour of some of the wildest, most exciting places being explored and studied in the world's largest ocean, the Pacific. Map by "Deepsea Dawn" Wright, dwright@esri.com.

http://tiny.tw/3hD8

Our Oceans -- LIVE!!

Take a map tour of world oceans via live webcams.

http://tiny.tw/3hBz

Global Footprint

http://storymaps.esri.com/globalfootprint/

Natural disasters and Physical Geography

Tectonic Plates Movement and its Consequences

The Earth lithosphere is broken up into tectonic plates. Twenty plates are continuously migrating, apparently in uncoordinated fashion. Where plates meet, their relative motion determines the type of boundary: convergent, divergent, and transform. The great majority of all earthquakes and volcanic activity occurs along the plate boundaries. The movement of the plates varies from zero to 100 mm annually.

http://maps.esri.com/legends/Tectonics_acordeon/index_orig.html

 

Top Ten most damaging U.S. hurricanes of all time

What were the worst hurricanes ever? What would happen if they hit today? A NOAA study examined these questions, and came up with this rogue’s gallery of mega-storms.

http://storymaps.esri.com/stories/2012/top-ten-hurricanes/

Geysers and Other Geothermal Waters

Hot springs, geysers, fumaroles, and mud pots are examples of geothermal phenomena. Since hot springs are so numerous (thousands of them exist), this app maps only large basins of geothermal activities, geysers (hot and cold), and travertine pools, which are rare enough to be included.

http://maps.esri.com/legends/Geysers/deploy/index.html

40 Most Interesting Volcanoes

Most volcanoes are dangerous, capricious, unpredictable, but pretty. And, many of them smell bad.

http://maps.esri.com/legends/Volcanoes_30/index.html

Esri Impact Map for Superstorm Sandy

A collection of dynamic maps showing impacted counties provided by FEMA with Esri demographic data.

Select a demographic map using the tabs. Click any county to view demographic information.

http://tmappsevents.esri.com/website/sandy-impact/

Comprehending Urban Biodiversity in Abu Dhabi

EAD's Outreach Efforts at Understanding Biodiversity through GIS and Smart Apps.

http://tiny.tw/3hCW

Travel & Tourism

The most popular honeymoon destinations

Whether you are newlywed or just looking to revive the old spark, here are 10 best destinations to go for your honeymoon the world has to offer you!

http://tiny.tw/3hBy

Place-based Geography Videos ( in a true Spatial journal)

Professor Seth Dixon shares some of his favorite geographic videos. Connecting the WHAT &THE WHERE

You decide WHY THERE & WHY CARE

http://tiny.tw/3hBw

Historical Geography

Spyglass on the Past: New York City 1836 and Today

New York City in 1836, as depicted on a map from the David Rumsey collection, compared to a modern satellite image of the city.

http://tiny.tw/3hD4

 

Monuments Men: Recovering Europe's Plundered Art

The Monuments Men movie depicts the Allied effort to protect, recover, and return priceless artifacts damaged in World War II or looted by the Nazis. Here's the real story of the desperate effort to save Europe's artistic and cultural heritage.

http://storymaps.esri.com/stories/2014/monuments-men/

The 3rd Battle of Ypres - Passchendaele

Campaign of the WWI fought by the British and their allies against the German Empire on the Western Front, between July and November 1917, for the control of the ridges south and east of the Belgian city of Ypres in West Flanders

http://esribeluxdata-webapps.olympe.in/Third%20Battle%20of%20Ypres%20-%20Passchendaele/

A Walking Tour of Port Royal (Jamaica, West Indies)

This map acts as a guide to help you explore the infamous town that was home to Privateers and Pirates from around the world...

http://tiny.tw/3hBx

Our Oceans -- LIVE!!

Take a map tour of world oceans via live webcams.

http://tiny.tw/3hBz

The World in 1812 and 2013
Compare the modern world, as depicted on this National Geographic map, with the world as it was perceived two centuries earlier.
http://story.maps.arcgis.com/apps/StorytellingSwipe/index.html?appid=b8ece5952db443858442f122984602ba&webmap=8ea34ba9a4f843e08a468595d8d91188

Pressure on forest resources of Nepal due to household firewood consumption

http://geoportal.icimod.org/forestRes/

You too can create a map story – aka Spatial Journal

 Here is an example : Flatwater Kayaking: A Personal Journey

A Story Map of 60+ Paddle-Powered Adventures in the Western United States.

http://tiny.tw/3hBA

Lesson Packs to create Story maps

War of 1812 (Web Lesson)

In this lesson pack, you will use ArcGIS Online to create a spatial journal based on historical events surrounding the Battle of Fort George during the War of 1812. Students will explore how the British first lost occupation of Fort George and then the events that led to them capturing the fort. To complete the lesson, students create a collection of point, line and polygon features and symbolize them with appropriate symbols and colours.

View the lesson here: http://esri.ca/en/content/war-1812

 We have a public group on ArcGIS Online, ArcCanada

All teachers in Ontario can be on the Ontario Edu group

http://www.arcgis.com/home/group.html?owner=ESRICanadaEd&title=ArcCanada

Instructions for creating your own Story Maps

The following are a list of You Tube Video’s that will walk you through creating your own Story Maps

Esri Story Maps for Education: Introduction

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhCL-qJGa98

A Story Maps Primer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEVyi_BmOaA

Esri Story Maps for Education: Creating, 1 of 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8jXbpGh3V0

Esri Story Maps for Education: Creating, 2 of 2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVlZhYKfiqo

 

 

 

Mark Lowry

Geography and Spatial Technologies Instructional Leader

Social World Studies and Humanities

Toronto District School Board

1 Civic Center Court, Toronto , M9C 2B3

Tel (416) 394-7269   Cell (416) 576 -4515

http://tdsbweb/_site/ViewItem.asp?siteid=63&menuid=63&pageid=63

http://geographysites.blogspot.ca/

twitter @geogmark

 

 

 

FW: Athletes of the First Winter Olympics

 


 

The Athletes of the First Winter Olympics

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What skaters, ski jumpers, and curlers looked like in 1924.

By Juliana Jiménez Jaramillo

Much has changed since the first Winter Olympics were held in Chamonix, France, in 1924. The “International Winter Sports Week” featured about 250 athletes participating in 16 events across six sports, including the usual suspects like figure skating, bobsled, and ice hockey, as well as a military patrol competition. (The military event was won, strangely, by the Swiss.) Competitors’ attire was less slick and aerodynamic than we see today, with the look perhaps best described as Great Gatsby on Ice. Check out the best winter sportsmen of the 1920s in our collection of images from Chamonix.

Speedskaters at the starting line.

Photos via Chamonix 1924 Official Olympic Report

 

 

 

The Swedish and British curling teams.

Photos via Chamonix 1924 Official Olympic Report

 

 

 

Three members of the Swedish curling team taking a break to have a drink.

Photos via Chamonix 1924 Official Olympic Report

 

 

 

Clearing snow at the Olympic stadium.

Photos via Chamonix 1924 Official Olympic Report

 

 

 

An ice hockey team.

Photos via Chamonix 1924 Official Olympic Report

 

 

 

Jacob Tullin Thams of Norway, gold medalist in ski jumping.

Photo via Chamonix 1924 Official Olympic Report

 

 

 

Norway's Sonja Henie finished eighth (out of eight) in figure skating in Chamonix. She was just 11 years old. Henie would go on to win gold in 1928, 1932, and 1936.

Chamonix 1924 Official Olympic Report

 

 

 

Andrée Joly and Pierre Brunet won bronze in pairs figure skating in Chamonix before taking gold in 1928 and 1932. The French couple got married in 1929.

Photos via Chamonix 1924 Official Olympic Report

 

 

 

Julius Skutnabb and Clas Thunberg of Finland won a combined eight speedskating medals in Chamonix.

Photo via Chamonix 1924 Official Olympic Report

 

 

 

Competitors in the bobsled.

Photo via Chamonix 1924 Official Olympic Report

 

 

 

The silver-medal-winning British bobsled team.

Chamonix 1924 Official Olympic Report

 

 

 

Spectators and the official stand.




 




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Thursday, February 27, 2014

February Geo stuff to get us through to Break

February Stuff to get your through until the spring

Here is a range of things Geographic, Spatial, and just down right interesting to share with colleagues and students (hopefully they are one and the same)

  • In Southern Ontario the only positive thing about February. We that are gaining 3 minutes of sunlight per day. Who knew sunlight could be so cold?

Maps- Interactive and Otherwise

Google Street View maps polar bear country

You can now pay a virtual visit to wild polar bears on the tundra via Google Street View.

The stunning tundra landscape of Cape Churchill and Wapusk National Park in Northern Manitoba — polar bears and all — went online today in honour of International Polar Bear Day.

http://t.co/7zdPq0ilFW

 

The situation in Ukraine

Source: Washington Post

Costa for Schools

Costa for Schools is a comprehensive human and physical Geography resource for students aged 11-14. It explores coffee-growing communities around the world and how the coffee trade affects their lives. Around the Globe - Interactive Map pupils can use to discover more about the Coffee Belt countries. Great for Grade 7 natural resources (ML)

http://www.costaforschools.com/interactive-map.php

January 2014's extreme weather worldwide - interactive map

From temperatures as low as -36C in Russia to some of the wettest weather in the UK’s history, this map shows the extreme weather events of last month from around the world. The data was sourced from the Japanese Meteorological Agency and covers all of January 2014.

Hover over each marker to see which World Meteorological Office station it was recorded at and all the details of the extremity

http://tiny.tw/3hAP

 

Energy Consumption by per by country 2010

Map Tour of the International Joint Commission of Canada and the US

Great ESRI Story Map

http://ijc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapTour/index.html?appid=f1f2e136ad9d43cfa92407621bdb9ea5

Real time ocean current map by maker of wind map

http://earth.nullschool.net/#current/ocean/surface/currents/orthographic=-38.35,55.79,1024

 

The Economist

Wow interesting minds on (ML)

http://t.co/ZOEX1cah6a

What more can be said!

World and Canadian Issues

California's crippling drought could cost – and benefit – Canadians - Canada - CBC News

For Canadians with a craving for fresh strawberries, the devastating drought in California may mean having to pay more for the kind of produce that is not in season here.

But the agricultural havoc on the U.S. west coast may have a silver lining for Canadian farmers, assuming they can interest the California palate in some heartier alternatives.

http://t.co/t5TvJEz79F

Cyclones and frost: Two climate change myths debunked

Scientists have debunked two big myths around climate change by proving firstly, that despite predictions, tropical storms are not increasing in number. However, they are shifting, and South Africa could be at increased risk of being directly impacted by tropical cyclones within the next 40 years. Secondly, while global warming is causing frost to be less severe, late season frost is not receding as quickly as flowering is advancing, resulting in increased frost risk which will likely begin to threaten food security.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/02/140225101137.htm

Peek Vision

Making high quality eye care portable, cost effective and intuitive

We leverage mobile phone technology to extend the availability of a full range of ophthalmic diagnostic tests outside of high income hospital departments to anywhere in the world: hospital wards, GP surgeries, patient homes and we’re even being tested in the Antarctic!

Very interesting use of technology for developing world (ML)

http://www.peekvision.org/

Cost of natural disasters doubles in China

IT IS a heavy price to pay. China paid out twice as much to mop up after natural disasters in 2013 as it did in either of the previous two years. The rising costs are partly down to climate change.

http://tiny.tw/3hAQ

The geopolitics of the Ukraine crisis

Ukraine experienced the most dramatic weekend in European history since the fall of the communist regimes. Twenty-four hours after unprecedented violence in the streets of Kiev, which claimed the lives of 80 demonstrators and more than a dozen policemen, the situation remains uncertain.

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2014/02/geopolitics-ukraine-crisis-2014223124338526657.html

Ukraine: A key geopolitical battleground between Russia and the West

Good Backgrounder (ML)

http://www.globalresearch.ca/ukraine-a-key-geopolitical-battleground-between-russia-and-the-west/11705

 

Syrians to Replace Afghans as Biggest Refugee Population

The top United Nations refugee official said Syrians are about to pass Afghans as the world's biggest refugee population, and that those who have fled the country's crisis "have not escaped their trauma and psychological wounds." Great for inquiry and Critical thought- remember the voice (ML)

http://tiny.tw/3hAR

Biblical Waters: Can the Jordan River Be Saved?

With the swelling ranks of Syrian refugees in Jordan, an overstressed river is at risk of going dry

http://tiny.tw/3hAW

South Sudan: 'One of the most dangerous places to give birth'- BBC Video

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-26332929

Spain Might jump time zones to stimulate Economy

If your economy isn't doing so well, just jump into another time zone. This is the strategy pursued by Samoa, for example, which rather dramatically leapt across the International Date Line back in 2011 in order to align its work-week more closely with its Pacific neighbors; and a more local version of this might be the next step for Spain, according to a proposal being kicked around since September.

http://gizmodo.com/spain-might-jump-time-zones-to-stimulate-its-economy-1525072678?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

the Scarlett Johannsson Soda Stream Controversy

We’ve been following carefully how actor Scarlett Johansson (a.k.a Scarjo) was forced last week to choose between her role as an Oxfam Global Ambassador and as the face of soft-drink machine maker Sodastream.

This is the banned TV advert that was due to be shown at half time during Superbowl 2014, the ‘most watched’ TV show in the US. What values are expressed here?

This is a terrific Critical thinking activity (ML)

http://iwanttodiscussthat.wordpress.com/2014/02/11/noscarjo/

Introducing Google Maps Gallery: Unlocking the World’s Maps

Starting February 27 2014

Maps Gallery works like an interactive, digital atlas where anyone can search for and find rich, compelling maps. Maps included in the Gallery can be viewed in Google Earth and are discoverable through major search engines, making it seamless for citizens and stakeholders to access diverse mapping data, such as locations of municipal construction projects, historic city plans, population statistics, deforestation changes and up-to-date emergency evacuation routes. Organizations using Maps Gallery can communicate critical information, build awareness and inform the public at-large

http://googleenterprise.blogspot.ca/2014/02/introducing-google-maps-gallery.html

Yikes - Story maps you have completion

World Hunger Map from WFP

WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger.Interactive

http://cdn.wfp.org/hungermap/

Images

 

The severity of California's drought, explained in 1 image

http://t.co/ryh9ffBFMx

Top 20 Iconic Places to Photograph (National Geographic)

Spring is coming and everybody has started booking holidays to their favorite holiday destination, to make this easy to all holiday makers, we have collected Top 20 Iconic Places to Photograph (National Geographic). Hope you have already visited these places if not then you rethink to book your trip to these lovely places on this valentine day. From the symbol of Love Taj Mahal in India to the world’s most spectacular ruins, Machu Picchu. Well too many Iconic places in the world to visit and photograph that’s why in advance I want to send my heartiest apologies to all that places which I have missed this post – It’s not easy to pick up top 20 list, but it didn’t take long-Khalid Janjua

http://www.hybridlava.com/top-20-iconic-places-to-photograph-national-geographic/

In pictures: London now and then( England that is )

Neat concept (ML)

http://www.bbc.com/news/in-pictures-26339275?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_term=alew

It Takes How Much Water to Grow an Almond?!

Why California's drought is a disaster for your favorite fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Great Images and info regarding the California Drought Good for all levels from 7-12(ML)

http://m.motherjones.com/environment/2014/02/wheres-californias-water-going

Olympic curling stones are made from microgranite from the Scottish island of Ailsa Craig

http://geoscenic.bgs.ac.uk/asset-bank/action/viewHome

Volcanoes Experience Being Inside the Eruption

When discussing volcanoes, some people may wonder what it feels like to be inside the ash cloud of a volcanic eruption, or stand next to the flowing tongues of hot lava, or simply witness the hot fiery burst of ashes and magma forcing its way through the earth’s crust; the whole experience. While most people would probably evacuate and stay away from an erupting volcano, the Icelanders seem to prefer to do the opposite. They appear to like being inside the action.

http://guardianlv.com/2014/02/volcanoes-experience-being-inside-the-eruption/

North Korea left in the dark ages: NASA image reveals dictator-led state bathed in black

NASA said: "Coastlines are often very apparent in night imagery, as shown by South Korea’s eastern shoreline. But the coast of North Korea is difficult to detect."- Video

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/north-korea-in-the-dark-in-nasa-satellite-image-115226134.html?vp=1#Ui8sJsf

Southampton, Solent: How Ordnance Survey Mapped The War

Great link of history and Geography and the role of Mapping Technology (ML)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01s4w81

Ten of the world's most mind-blowing landscapes

Gazing at a remarkable view for the first time is one of travel’s greatest thrills - and these 10 landscapes are among the most mind-blowing we’ve ever seen. Straight from our brand-new hardback Lonely Planet's Beautiful World, these landscapes are almost too extraordinary to be real.

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/africa/travel-tips-and-articles/ten-of-the-worlds-most-mind-blowing-landscapes-3

Stats, Graphs and analytics

Google public Data site

up to date data with maps more or less instantly

https://www.google.com/publicdata/directory

 

INFOGRAPHIC: Worldwide 1/3 of food is wasted - see how!

No single research institution working alone can address the critically important issues of global climate change, agriculture and food security. The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) will address the increasing challenge of global warming and declining food security on agricultural practices, policies and measures through a strategic collaboration between CGIAR and Future Earth.

http://ccafs.cgiar.org/bigfacts2014/#comparison=food-waste

Domino's Pizza gets customer specific using geospatial analytics

Interesting for senior Geomatics students. Good Careers piece (ML)

http://tiny.tw/3hAU

Global megatrend #9: Urbanization

How can government plan for infrastructure better so that it is timely, effective and sustainable?

What is government doing to get rid of poverty in my city? San Francisco Case Study- Good info Graph (ML)

http://tiny.tw/3hAV

WORLD’S FIRST BANANA BILLBOARD

A giant billboard made from over 5,000 bananas was unveiled on Clapham Common in south London this morning, to mark the start of Fairtrade Fortnight and the Make Bananas Fair campaign.

 

Fairtrade has teamed up with Colombian banana farmer, Foncho Cantillo, to call on Government to put an end to supermarket price wars, which are driving down the price of the UK’s favourite fruit and trapping many of the farmers and workers who grow them in poverty.

http://foncho.fairtrade.org.uk/news/biggest-banana-billboard/

 

$2.6 Billion GPS Fitness Device Market Overshadowed by Smart Devices and Wearables

http://tiny.tw/3hBa

 

Cold medallists

Some countries excel at summer sports while slipping up on snow_ Great inquiry starter(ML)

http://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2014/02/daily-chart-14?fsrc=scn/tw/te/dc/coldmedallists

Great Data & Graphs on the medals of the 2014Winter Olympics

http://data.huffingtonpost.com/winter-olympics-sochi-2014

4 Great National Geographic Time line to share with students

Timelines compiled by the folks of National Geographic. These timelines span four major themes: Women Explorers, History of National Geographic, Space Exploration and Underwater Explorations.

http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2014/02/4-great-national-geographic-timelines.html

DON’T PANIC — The Facts About Population

The world might not be as bad as you might believe!

Don’t Panic – is a one-hour long documentary produced by Wingspan Productions and broadcasted on BBC on the 7th of November 2013. The visualizations are based on original graphics and stories by Gapminder and the underlaying data-sources are listed here. Hans’s — “All time favorite graph”, is an animating bubble chart which you can interact with online here and download offline here. Video

http://www.gapminder.org/videos/dont-panic-the-facts-about-population/

 

Understanding OUR World (Real Geographic Concepts)

What is Sea Level?

Very informative Video (ML)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q65O3qA0-n4

5 lost rivers that run under Toronto

The Don, Humber, and Rouge get all the glory, but Toronto is much more than a three-river town. Before John Graves Simcoe, when the land that would occupy the city was thick with trees and thickets, its soft soil was traversed by numerous streams and creeks that over centuries etched out deep ravines and sculpted rolling dales.

http://www.blogto.com/city/2014/02/5_lost_rivers_that_run_under_toronto/

 

Sustainability & Environmental Issues (though what isn’t?)

How Wolves Can Alter the Course of Rivers- Video

When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the United States after being absent nearly 70 years, the most remarkable "trophic cascade" occurred. What is a trophic cascade and how exactly do wolves change rivers? George Monbiot explains in this movie remix titled, 'How Wolves Change Rivers'.

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/video/wolves-alter-course-rivers-162607632.html

A Hunk Of Planet Dissolves Before Our Eyes

It begins with a growl. Then there's a crack — a slurpy, sucky, crunchy noise. A guy is on the phone, and his pal interrupts him and says, "It's starting, Adam, I think. Adam? It's starting ..." The two are up on a bluff, overlooking a giant ice field. They are standing next to time-lapse cameras. What happens next is astonishing: An enormous frozen, icy hunk of our planet suddenly opens, splits into bits and then sinks right before our eyes into the sea. It happens so, so quickly. And the scale of it? That's the part that shocked me. When they superimpose part of Manhattan Island onto the ice at the end of the clip, you think, "Uh oh." This is a peek into something monstrous.

Video From Chasing Ice    http://tiny.tw/3hAZ

What Are Fish Stocks – interesting Info graphic

fish stocks and determining sustainability:

Turning Down the Widening Gyre of Plastic Micropollutants

Look on the shores of the Great Lakes, or in the Los Angeles River, for instance, and you will find them: Tiny microbeads, as they’re called. The beads come hundreds of thousands to a single tube of exfoliating body wash or super-cleansing toothpaste. They are too tiny to be caught by the filtration systems of water treatment plants. Now they are turning up everywhere, to the alarm of environmentalists who say they could have significant effects on ecosystems.

http://tiny.tw/3hB3

How much bigger can container ships get?

The world's cargo ships are getting big, really big. No surprise, perhaps, given the volume of goods produced in Asia and consumed in Europe and the US. But are these giant symbols of the world's trade imbalance growing beyond all reason?

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-21432226

Study Confirms Tar Sands Contamination First Nations Warned of for Years

A new study puts the spotlight on tar sands' threat to one of the planet's precious and increasingly scarce resources—water.

The study by Environment Canada shows that tailings ponds, open 'lakes' that hold toxic bi-products from tar sands mining, are leaching into groundwater and contaminating Alberta's Athabasa River.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/02/21-4

Who, What, Why: Do beavers prevent flooding?

After heavy flooding across southern England, there are calls for beavers to be reintroduced. Would they help, asks Tom de Castella. We have some they can have (ML)

http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-26122318

HOW AN AGEING POPULATION WILL CHANGE THE WORLD

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4r0S5qoIXc&sns=em

Interesting Video  (ML)

Compilations Blogs Resource Banks and just stuff

His words –“i am an ordinary Geography teacher. This is my first ever blog. i am trying to start a blog that is useful to teachers and students of the new AQA Geography GCSE Syllabus A. My plan is vague atm but it involves putting my lesson resources and ideas on the site so that other teachers can borrow them if they so wish

http://geogteacher.wordpress.com/about/

Seth Dixon

His words - I'm a geography professor at Rhode Island College. I tweet @APHumanGeog I welcome suggestions & appreciate meaningful collaboration. http://geographyeducation.org

http://www.scoop.it/t/geography-education

Obituary: Roger Tomlinson put your cellphone (and nearly everything else) on the map

Roger Tomlinson is generally recognized as the father of GIS.

http://tiny.tw/3hB6

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A resource of educational web tools and mobile apps for teachers and educators

http://www.educatorstechnology.com/

Loads of great articles relating to a variety of geographical topics

https://flipboard.com/profile/wjallan28

 

Kids to validating satellite Image: “Spatial-kids” and crowd sourcing

Interesting take on kids understanding of spatial awareness and Technology (ML)

http://tiny.tw/3hBf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Lowry

Geography and Spatial Technologies Instructional Leader

Social World Studies and Humanities

Toronto District School Board

1 Civic Center Court, Toronto , M9C 2B3

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