EnviroAtlas

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EnviroAtlas is a collection of interactive tools and resources that allows users to explore the many benefits people receive from nature, often referred to as ecosystem services. Key components of EnviroAtlas include the following:

This video is a brief introduction on how to utilize the EnviroAtlas mapping platform that has been created by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.  This has great potential for the classroom and as a portal for students to explore the data on their own.      

Tags: mapping, environment, physical.

See on enviroatlas.epa.gov

Geography in the News: Geographic Calibrations

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“Occasionally we need to be reminded that the concepts of distance and area are important to the day-to-day understanding of breaking news stories, as well as many of our daily personal decisions. Although modern communications and transportation have reduced the roles of distance and area in some activities, by no means has it eliminated the utility of these concepts.”  

This classic Geography in the News highlights the importance of basic geographic concepts to understand and contextual global news. 

See on newswatch.nationalgeographic.com

Why Providence Is the Country’s Best Small City

Amazing architecture, great food, wall-to-wall culture—Rhode Island’s capital has it in spades

As the petite capital of our nation’s littlest state, Providence, Rhode Island, seldom steals the spotlight. But what the city lacks in scale and profile, it certainly makes up for in style and spirit, with rich architectural interest, top-notch restaurants, charming waterfront parks, and a creative community whose influence extends far beyond the region. Today the metropolis, its downtown revitalized, is a destination well worth exploring in depth. And what better time to do so than now, when warm-weather getaways beckon up and down this stretch of New England coast?

See on www.architecturaldigest.com

Civics & Social Studies

“The Rhode Island State Panel on Civic Education (SPCE) and RIDE will host the 2014 Rhode Island Social Studies Summer Institute on May 31, at Rhode Island College, from 8 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.”

Seth Dixon‘s insight:

The Rhode Island Social Studies Institute will be held at Rhode Island College on May 31, 2014, from 8am-2pm.  This is a free conference and a wonderful networking opportunity. Click here to register online and I hope that RIGEA will be well-represented there.      

See on www.ride.ri.gov

Local Solutions: Northeast Climate Change Preparedness Conference

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On May 21st in Manchester, NH there is going to be an educators summit around preparing for climate change in the Northeast. The stated goal is to: “help middle and high school teachers and community leaders engage students as citizen scientists working to better prepare their natural and human-built communities for the impacts of climate change”. This not only sounds like it might be interesting to RIGEA members in general, but it also sounds A LOT like one of the ideas that came out of one of our strategic planning charrettes.  We will have RIGEA representation at the meeting and hope you’ll consider attending.  This Friday is the last day to register online (but you can register at the the event as well). There appear to be some scholarships for minority and female middle school and high school students still available as well as travel grants.

See on www.antiochne.edu

Population pyramids: Powerful predictors of the future


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“Population statistics are like crystal balls — when examined closely, they can help predict a country’s future (and give important clues about the past). Kim Preshoff explains how using a visual tool called a population pyramid helps policymakers and social scientists make sense of the statistics, using three different countries’ pyramids as examples.”

This is an incredibly powerful and remarkably well-done TED-ED lesson on the importance and value of population pyramids.  This lesson goes nicely with this article fro the World Bank entitled “The End of the Population Pyramid” which highlights the demographic changes that will be reshaping global demographics in the next 50-100 years.  

Tag: population, demographic transition model, TED.

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40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World

“If you’re a visual learner like myself, then you know maps, charts and infographics can really help bring data and information to life. Maps can make a point resonate with readers and this collection aims to do just that.  Hopefully some of these maps will surprise you and you’ll learn something new. A few are important to know, some interpret and display data in a beautiful or creative way, and a few may even make you chuckle or shake your head.”

 

See on twistedsifter.com