Thursday, August 29, 2013

Explorer: Nellie Bly

"The Best Reporter in America"

Elizabeth Jane Cochran was born in Cochran Mills, Pennsylvania on May 5, 1867. Her family was poverty-stricken after losing her father at age six, and Elizabeth moved to Pittsburg at age sixteen to find work. She was hired as a full-time reporter under the surname Nellie Bly for the Pittsburg Dispatch after writing a fiery response to a column that criticized working women. She later moved to New York to pursue her dreams as an investigative reporter where she worked to uncover examples of abuse and social problems such as unsafe working conditions, child labor, and poverty. In her first assignment with "New York World," she reported on cruel beatings and other terrible abuses to the mentally ill that she witnessed by covertly committing herself to an insane asylum.

In her book "Around the World in Seventy-Two Days," Bly details her record breaking trip around the world describing the people and places she encountered on her journey in 1889-1890. Read More

Spartacus Educational: Nellie Bly

Bio.True Story: Nellie Bly

Ten Days in a Mad-House

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Doing Geography: Explore The Data

Join Hans Rosling in an exploration of stats as he uses reality animation to tell the story of 200 countries over 200 years in just four minutes. The 'The Joy of Stats' provides an excellent visual of life expectancy against income for every country since 1810, and leaving the viewer to realize that the world we live in is radically different from the world most of us imagine.

Additional video: TED Talk Hans Roling: The best stats you've ever seen

Thursday, August 8, 2013

The Great Nature Project

The Great Nature Project site is now in its beta phase and you're invited to come check it out! You'll find great resources on the website about biodiversity, how to participate in the Great Nature Project, photo tips, and more. You can also see the photos that have already been submitted to the project and be among the first participants to share your nature photos with the project.

Get outside, snap a photo of a plant or animal you see there, upload your photo to a photo-sharing website using the hashtag #GreatNature, then visit the official site to see your photo alongside photos submitted from all over the world.

The site includes a link to Education Resources and this is an excellent way to prepare for your GeoWeek field folder.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Explorer: Sylvia Earle, Oceanographer

Sylvia Earle

"I can still feel that leap of enthusiasm, and real joy, at the prospect of finally getting out to the beach, and running around. But probably the most important thing, to me, aside from just the freedom of it and the power of it, was the kind of creatures that you could see along the beach, that you can't find anywhere else." That child's fascination with the crabs she found scurrying in the sand,was the beginning of a remarkable career in marine science. Today, Sylvia Earle is the best-known woman marine scientist on the planet. Among other accomplishments, she has walked untethered on the sea floor at a lower depth than any other human being. Read more

Academy of Achievement
National Geographic Explorers
TED talk