Augmented Reality Sandbox

“Realtime topographic contour line generation.”


Many of our first experiments of creating landforms and designing a new world started in the sandbox (you can only image what I do at the beach).  This video shows how that early childhood activity can make for an excellent classroom demonstration to shows how Earth’s physical systems work.  If you don’t happen to have a digital topographic map to superimpose on the sandbox and a GPU-based water simulation, then at least you’ve got this video.  Click here to learn more about this UC Davis project on the visualization of lake ecosystems.

Tags: water, physical, geomorphology, landforms, visualization.

Gerrymandering Visualized

By simplifying gerrymandering we see how problematic it really is.


The redistricting process is far from neutral; to be fair we should remember that gerrymandering is has happened on all ends of the political spectrum.  Which map do you think is the best way to divide these districts?  What is the fairest way to divide them?

Tags: gerrymandering, political, mapping, census, unit 4 political.

4th Graders Get Free Admission to National Parks

The President announced yesterday that, starting in September, all 4th grade students and their families will have free access to national parks and other public lands and waters for a year.


Field Trips in a National Park can be an incredible experience in a outstanding learning environment, but even with this incredible opportunity, it is hard to get classes and students physically the parks.  The National Park Service has produced many lesson plans, videos, distant learning programs, and resources for teachers to give them opportunities to experience the National Parks online.  These resources are available for a wide range of subjects and grade levels.  Where is the nearest U.S. National Park to your community?  


Tags: K12, virtual tours.

GeoEd on Instagram

“Fascinating combination of old urban sophistication, modern consumerism and the new spatial demands of the automobile. Spotted in Washington D.C., on the corner of 10th and G.”


So apparently Instagram’s a thing.  Anyway, I created an account to share some on the physical and cultural landscapes that I find intriguing. 

I also curate other pages on including:

Cultural Geography

Regional Geography

Fantastic Maps

History and Social Studies Education

and the

Social Media Classroom

Damage from cancelled Canadian census as bad as feared

The cancellation of the mandatory long-form census has damaged research in key areas, from how immigrants are doing in the labour market to how the middle class is faring, while making it more difficult for cities to ensure taxpayer dollars are being spent wisely, planners and researchers say.


Canada got rid of the mandatory census, and is discovering it can no longer know much about itself. 

Tag: Canada, populationcensus.

15 Countries In 4 Minutes (Time Lapse)

“During the past two years, Kien Lam went on the kind of trip most could only dream about. The photographer wanted to “see as much of the world as possible,” so he visited 15 countries around the globe, from Mexico to New Zealand, snapping more than 10,000 photographs along the way. He edited his work together to make this stupendous time-lapse, which may be one of the most envy-inducing travel diaries I’ve ever seen.”

Tags: landscape, time lapsevideo.


The Geographic Advantage

We are living in an era of receding glaciers, accelerating loss of species habitat, unprecedented population migration, growing inequalities within and between nations, rising concerns over resource depletion, and shifting patterns of interaction and identity. This website provides 11 geographic investigations aligned to the geographic questions in the NRC Understanding Our Changing Planet report. The report focuses on the future directions in the geographical sciences and how these key questions will guide research to help us understand the planet on which we live.


The four aspects the geographic advantage (as conceptualized by former AAG president Susan Hanson and solidified by the AAG team–see powerpoint) are:

1.  Relationships between people and the environment

2.  Importance of spatial variability

3.  Processes operating an multiple and interlocking geographic scales

4.  The integration of spatial and temporal analysis


To ensure that this advantage is harnessed, the AAG prepared 11 modules within these 4 categories of key issue facing the world:

–Environmental Change


–Rapid Spatial Reorganization

–Technological Change

Tags unit 1 GeoprinciplesK12STEMsustainability, environment, spatial, technology.