Thursday, January 30, 2014

From the AAG: Are Brazil's World Cup preparations displacing poor people?

Construction projects being undertaken in Brazil as part of the preparation for the World Cup soccer tournament have forced some residents -- especially poor ones -- to relocate. Some government officials say the World Cup is not the cause for most displacements, while activists say as many as 250,000 people across the country face evictions because of the event and other projects. "Brazil is by far and away the champion of forced removals," said Fluminense Federal University visiting geography professor Christopher Gaffney. "This is clearly the most impactful World Cup ever, with a lot of ambitious projects." The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (1/25)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

$1000 Educator Academy Scholarships - Educator Academy in the Amazon

Join a cadre of scientists and spirited teacher educators in Peru
July 1 to 11, 2014 for the
PD Hours, Graduate Credit, and Scholarships available! 

2014 Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest
is a cross-curricular professional development workshop for educators to use and learn innovative instructional approaches and protocols, and work side by side with scientists while exploring one of the world's most important natural resources -  the Amazon Rainforest.

Small group field study includes:

21st Century Instruction:
5E Lesson Design ~ Inquiry-Based Exploration ~ STEM

Inquiry Protocols and Resources:
Project Learning Tree ~ GLOBE ~ Project Noah
 Cornell Lab of Ornithology: BirdSleuth K-12

Global and Cultural Perspectives:
Service Learning ~ Sustainability ~ Global Education

Rainforest Topics:
Rainforest Plants and Ecology ~ Medicinal Plants
Biodiversity in the Tropics ~ Biomimicry
Camouflage and Adaptation
Field Research ~ Reptiles and Amphibians 
 Canopy Walkway ~ Forest Level Comparisons
Amazon Watershed  ~ Sustainability  
Rainforest Conservation and Climate Change 
  2013 Academy Educators at the base of the giant Ceiba Tree

Looking forward to seeing you in the Amazon! 
           Christa Dillabaugh         &       Dr. Molina Walters
     Amazon Rainforest Workshops            Arizona State University

and the 2014 Educator Academy Team including
Dr. Steve Madigosky, Widener University
Randy Morgan, Cincinnati Zoo
Al Stenstrup, Project Learning Tree
Jennifer Fee, Cornell Lab's BirdSleuth
"The instructor led activities were exceptional. The extensive knowledge of the guides and other members of the Amazon Workshop faculty was incredible. Linking those things with the wide range of backgrounds and experiences of the other participants in the program, made it the absolute best program with which I have ever been involved."
- Ken Goree, 
2013 Academy participant 

Find Out More
Click HERE for all the details, syllabus, scholarship, and registration instructions

1/4 mile canopy walkway

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Academy Program Coordinator

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Monday, January 27, 2014

From NGS Education: New Pentagon Dress Code Stirs Debate

by carylsue

UNITED STATES The Pentagon took steps to give individual troops greater latitude to wear religious clothing with their uniforms, but some Sikh groups say the new policy falls short. (Reuters) Use our resources to better understand Sikh articles of faith, including turbans and uncut hair. Discussion Ideas Read through our "media spotlight" on Sikh dastaars, […]

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Earth Matters: Best of the Archives: Dunes of the Great Bahama Bank


Thirteen years ago, a satellite acquired this beautiful image (above) of light and sand playing off a portion of the ocean floor in the Bahamas. The caption that accompanied the image didn't include many details, only noting that the image was acquired by the Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus (ETM+) sensor on Landsat 7 and that, "tides and ocean currents in the Bahamas sculpted the sand and seaweed beds into these multicolored, fluted patterns in much the same way that winds sculpted the vast sand dunes in the Sahara Desert."

An image as beautiful as this seemed like it deserved a bit more explanation, so I  grabbed a recent (January 9, 2014) scene of the same area captured by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on the Aqua satellite. That image (below) shows a much broader view of the area. You can still see some details of the intricate network of dunes, but the MODIS image offers a much better sense of the regional geology.  For instance, you can easily see that the section of dunes shown in the first image (the white box in the lower image) is part of a much larger limestone platform called the Great Bahama Bank. Limestone is a sedimentary rock formed by the skeletal fragments of sea creatures, including corals and foraminifera, and this particular limestone platform has been accumulating since at least the Cretaceous Period. 

You can also see a sharp division between the shallow (turquoise) waters of the Great Bahama Bank and the much deeper (dark blue) parts of the ocean. The submarine canyon that separates Andros Island from Great Exuma Island is nearly cut off entirely from the ocean by the Grand Bahama Bank, but not quite.  A connection to deep waters to the north gives the trench the shape of a tongue, earning the feature the name "Tongue of the Ocean." At its lowest point, the floor of the Tongue of the Ocean is about 14,060 feet (4,285 meters) lower than Great Bahama Bank. The shallowest (lightest) parts of the Grand Bahama Bank, in contrast, are just a few feet deep.


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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

AP Human Geography Online Courses and Certificate Program

From Joseph Kerski, Education Manager at ESRI
Do you know what the fastest growing Advanced Placement (AP®) course is?  It’s AP Human Geography! Over 113,000 students took the APHG exam in 2013, up from 2,000 just 12 years ago, and there are an estimated 3,200 AP Human Geography teachers in the USA alone.  That’s the good news!  But the challenges are that (1) the scores on APHG are among the lowest of any AP exam, and (2) there is a growing demand for experienced geography educators who can effectively teach these courses.  To help educators and their students gain key geography content, skills, and perspectives, Elmhurst College has designed a series of online courses specifically for secondary educators in a Graduate Certificate Program in Human Geography.  This program focuses on teaching spatial concepts as well as basic themes, skills and perspectives of human geography and how to apply them in the classroom.
Learn more:
Playlist of videos created for one of the courses, on urban, economic, and population geography, here: