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March 2012

At least 20 tools that might help you curate something

Via Scoop.itRegional Geography

If you are looking for a deeper look into curating, it can be found. I want to build a curation tool, so I am working my way though my backlog of pinboard links about curation. Here I have a list of all the tools I can find that would be considered curation tools.  Curating, blogging and critiquing can be excellent forms of student projects. 


Curating Tools (My personal favorites):

 Storify :

 Scoop It :


Blogging Tools (My personal favorites):






 Additional Curating Tools:

Stellar :

Bundlr :

Curated By :

Thoora :

Postpost :

Snipi :

trap!t :

scrible :

faveous :

memonic :

Bag The Web :


And more at Rumproarious :



International Fast Food Consumption

Via Scoop.itGeography Education

This map shows the distribution of one major fast food outlet brand (McDonalds’s). By 2004 there were 30,496 of these McDonald’s worldwide with 45% located in the United States.  The next highest number of these outlets are in Japan, Canada and Germany.


The world average number of outlets of this one brand alone is 5 per million people. In the United States there are 47 per million people; in Argentina and Chile the rate is a tenth of the American rate; the rate in Indonesia, China and Georgia is a hundredth of the American rate. In all the territories of Africa there were only 150 outlets: mostly in South Africa.  What does this say about consumption, economics, development, globalization and branding?


The Real Boundaries of the Bible Belt

Via Scoop.itGeography Education

The Atlantic Cities: The Real Boundaries of the Bible Belt Religion in America has an unmistakable geographic dimension.

We often hear people in the deep South describe there state as the buckle in the Bible Belt.  This map of religiosity in the United States shows a clear Bible Belt with other interesting patterns (with some pertinent political ramifications in an election year).


AAG: Changing Planet

Via Scoop.itGeography Education

The Association of American Geographers (AAG) is now Beta-testing a new website to address some of the issues from the NRC report, “Understanding the Changing Planet, Strategic Directions for the Geographical Sciences.” This site, builds on the idea that geographers can communicate truth in ways that other disciplines don’t offer, or “the geographic advantage.”


The four aspects the geographic advantage (as conceptualized by the AAG team) 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


The site is still under construction and will face some alterations. The AAG will provide beta-testers with a CD-ROM (Teachers Guide to Modern Geography) and select one module that you will fully explore. If you would like to be a beta-tester, sign up at:



Votes and Vowels: A Changing Accent Shows How Language Parallels Politics

Via Scoop.itGeography Education

“It may seem surprising, but in this age where geographic mobility and instant communication have increased our exposure to people outside of our neighborhoods or towns, American regional dialects are pulling further apart from each other, rather than moving closer together. And renowned linguist William Labov thinks there’s a connection between political and linguistic segregation.


“Labov suggests that it’s these deep-seated political disagreements that create an invisible borderline barring the encroachment of Northern Cities Vowels. When he looked at the relationship between voting patterns by county over the last three Presidential elections and the degree to which speakers in these counties shifted their vowels, he found a tight correlation between the two. And the states that have participated in the vowel shift have also tended to resist implementing the death penalty.


“Social identities are complex, and can be defined along a number of different dimensions like class, race, or ethnicity. Not everyone feels that politics are a part of their core identity. But I suspect that political ideology may become an anchor for accents to the extent that large social groups collectively identify themselves by their political beliefs. According to Bill Bishop, author of The Big Sort, this is happening more and more as Americans voluntarily cluster themselves into homogenous, politically like-minded communities.”


Bryan Stevenson: We need to talk about an injustice

Via Scoop.itGeography Education
TED Talks In an engaging and personal talk — with cameo appearances from his grandmother and Rosa Parks — human rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson shares some hard truths about America’s justice system, starting with a massive imbalance along racial lines…

The Trayvon Martin shooting has been a very polarizing social issue; many athletes, actors and even politicians have donned hoodies in solidarity to speak out against racial and social injustice.  This is a good opportunity to discuss race in the classroom, beyond the Trayvon Martin incident.  I find this particular TED Talk heartwarming (and fairly non-controversial although he strongly hints that he is against the death penalty), while still casting the light on injustices in the United States, specifically looking at the racial differences within the criminal justice system.


Wind Map

Via Scoop.itGeography Education

This interactive map is a ‘nearly live’ dynamic display of United States winds patterns (speed, direction and broad spatial context). 


10 Famous Clock Towers From Around the World

Via Scoop.itGeography Education
10 Famous Clock Towers From Around the World – (via @Twitt_Geography)…

This is a fun collection that captures the architecture of an era that valued large public timepieces as symbols of modernity and progress.  If we aren’t seeing the construction of new grand clocks, what are 21st century symbols of modernity and progress in public spaces?  Enjoy these photos from Switzerland and Russia.












Perpetual Ocean by NASA

Via Scoop.itGeography Education

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio — the same team that recently brought us an animation of the moon as it will appear from Earth for each hour of 2012 — has also released a stunning video called “Perpetual Ocean,” a time lapse of the world’s ocean currents as calculated by the ECCO2 computational model.


This is an stunning visualization of ocean currents.  Thanks for the suggestion! 


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