Thursday, 27 November 2014

A cool website with lots of different applications.

This article discusses the future of oil prices and its impacts on the economy. Geographic Perspective, Spatial Significance, Interrelationships

Alberta shifts from oil as prices plunge
CALGARY — The Globe and Mail
Last updated 

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Short update to let you know that seats have become available for the December Docs For Schools Monthly screening:

·         Wed, Dec 10
·         10:00am
·         Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
·         Screening in conjunction with United Nations International Human Rights Day
·         Q&A will follow screening.

Send me an email if interested with school name and number of seats you would like to book.

The 2015 Docs For Schools Monthly screenings are posted.  Online booking begins January 7, 2015

·         Tues, Feb 25
·         Screening in conjunction with African Heritage Month

·         Wed, March 25 and Thurs, March 26
·         Both screenings in conjunction with the AGO major retrospective Jean-Michel Basquiat

Mark Friday, February 20 in your calendar for the first all day DOC CONFERENCE for teachers at the School of Image Art, Ryerson University.
This is a free event for teachers and details will be announced mid-December.
·         There are still some dvd slots for the final two weeks of this program. 
·         December 8 and December 15

Next update in December, but if any questions, please be in touch.
….and like Docs For Schools on Facebook for additional doc info:

Lesley Sparks
Education and Youth Programs Manager
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
110 Spadina Ave #333
Toronto, ON  M5V 2K4

416-203-2155 X253

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Spatial Significance

Maps made from mobile phone records could help plan for the next tsunami or Ebola outbreak 

Monday, 24 November 2014

This website deals with Geographic Perspective, Spatial Significance, and Interrelationships and provides many details about the Ebola virus.  There are several links that can help teachers discuss the topic with students through maps, charts, and diagrams.  


From National Geographic

This article provides quality information about Ebola and where it is found.  The Concepts of Think that are evident in the article are: Geographic Perspective, Spatial Significance, and Interrelationships.

Don’t isolate Africa over Ebola, IMF chief urges

IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde points to a button saying "Isolate Ebola, Not Countries" as she speaks during a news conference on October 11, 2014. (Reuters)
Polar bear population worldwide
Also read an associated article
The Globe and Mail
Published Sunday, Nov. 23 2014, 9:50 PM EST

Last updated Sunday, Nov. 23 2014, 9:50 PM EST

An interesting article dealing with the four Concepts of Geographic Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Spatial Significance, Patterns and Trends, and Interrelationships.

Ukraine's Maidan protests - one year on

What happened to the demonstrators who brought down a government and threatened to reignite the cold war? RFE/RL caught up with some on the anniversary of the movement.

Ukrainian anti-government demonstrators pay their respects at a memorial for protesters killed in clashes with police in Independence Square. Photograph: Fabrice Elsner /Sipa/Rex

Iryna Stelmakh and Tom Balmforth in Kiev for RFE/RL

Friday 21 November 2014 13.54 GMT 

Friday, 21 November 2014

Lake Effect Snow Graphic

The Globe and Mail
This is an interesting site all about Canada.   It is a fun tool for minds on and starting the Inquiry Process.

Don’t forget to look at the home page for more ideas.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

This link connects to videos and images relating to the Buffalo snow storm. Geographic Perspective, Spatial Significance.

Monday, 17 November 2014

Fun Interactive map

Create a map of the places you have traveled to.
A fun way to get a class engaged in the discussion of Travel and Tourism.

World Issues Resource

Through the link below you have access to many excellent support materials for World Issues course.

Human Rights Issues (watch video below)

Author And Page Information

·         by Anup Shah
·         This Page Last Updated Monday, October 07, 2013
·         To print all information e.g. expanded side notes, shows alternative links, use the print version:

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights came into existence shortly after the Second World War, reflecting the wishes of people at the time to try and never see such a horror again.

This is a good resource to address the Geographic Concepts of Thinking, particularly Geographic Perspective and Interrelationship, as well as Spatial Significance.
There are plenty of useful links embedded in the document.

Will New Climate Treaty Be a Thriller, or Shaggy Dog Story?
·         by Stephen Leahy (Uxbridge, Canada)
·         Monday, November 17, 2014
·         Inter Press Service

UXBRIDGE, Canada, Nov 17 (IPS) - This December, 195 nations plus the European Union will meet in Lima for two weeks for the crucial U.N. Conference of the Parties on Climate Change, known as COP 20. The hope in Lima is to produce the first complete draft of a new global climate agreement.

What are we in for?

Anthony Farnell's winter forecast: Will it be as bad as last winter?


The link has some  interesting historical information, images, and videos of the Great Lakes Climate Region.

A good audio recording to address the Geographic Concepts of Thinking, particularly Geographic Perspective

Critics say Keystone Pipeline will keep Canada from hitting 2020 greenhouse gas emissions targets
Canada has committed to cutting its greenhouse gas emissions to 17 per cent below 2005 levels by the year 2020. But with the Keystone XL Pipeline edging closer to approval, some researchers expect a jump in oil sands production will make it impossible to meet the Copenhagen targets.
Monday, November 17, 2014 |

A good article to address the Geographic Concepts of Thinking, particularly Geographic Perspective and Spatial Significance
Project seeks to harness – and harvest – the force of Fundy
HALIFAX — The Globe and Mail
Published Sunday, Nov. 16 2014, 10:50 PM EST
Last updated Sunday, Nov. 16 2014, 10:50 PM EST

Five years ago, the Irish company OpenHydro installed a 10-tonne, multimillion-dollar tidal turbine on the floor of the Minas Passage – a narrow body of water dominated by the magnificent basalt cliffs of Cape Split that connects the Minas Basin to the Bay of Fundy.
This was a historic first in North America and a test to see if the renowned Fundy tides, known for being the highest in the world, could be harnessed to produce electricity.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Good Afternoon Association Representatives:
Thank you very much for your past support of the So You Think You Know Mining” video production contest.
I wanted to notify you that the 2014-2015 contest is now open. The contest invites Ontario High School students to create a 2-3 minute video about the benefits of mining or, new to this year’s contest, a dynamic 15
second spot that builds the Ontario mining brand. Please visit the Ontario Mining Association for details about the contest, including prize categories, important dates and helpful resources. $42,500 is available to be
won in this year's contest.
New to this contest this year is a Best Cinematography award, with a prize of $2500, along with $500 bonus prizes to be awarded to the school of each juried prize winning video.
Please share this announcement with your members and colleagues. Let’s make the 2014-2015 “So You Think You Know Mining” contest the best yet!


The real story of US coal: inside the world's biggest coalmine

Despite Obama’s pledge to cut carbon emissions, production at North Antelope Rochelle mine in Wyoming is booming - and climate change is off the agenda. Suzanne Goldenberg gets a rare look inside the biggest coal mine in the world   

Report by Suzanne Goldenberg and video by Mae Ryan in North Antelope Rochelle Mine, Wyoming, Monday 10 November 2014

Friday, 7 November 2014

Ebola for beginners: Twitter map outlines some elementary geography
A rudimentary graphic has hit a nerve online by demonstrating that most of continent is free of the deadly virus – although critics say it stigmatises affected countries 

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Tools for navigating in the North
Please see link below for some interesting things to try with your classes around navigation.

Posted by Hugh Dale-Harris in Mapping on Monday, October 27, 2014
I have a confession to make: I like getting lost.

Not the “no idea where I am” lost. More like the “I’m not exactly sure where we are” lost. If you’re in that kind of position, then you’re taking risks, being challenged and are most likely on an adventure of some kind. In my book, these are all good things.
While it can be a bit stressful to not know where you are, finding out is usually fun. It’s a challenge. A puzzle. The key is to use a variety of different navigation techniques, not just one or two. Modern navigation techniques are essential for extended travel and are incredibly powerful. However, there is something that is so appealing about the simplicity and reliability of more traditional navigation techniques. Most of them don’t require you to have anything besides an awareness of what’s around you.

Just one-third of the world's longest rivers remain free-flowing  Geographic Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationship , Spatial ...