Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Europe's refugee crisis: 8 key numbers to know

People are arriving in Europe in numbers not seen since the Second World War

The Associated Press Posted: Sep 22, 2015 2:01 PM ET Last Updated: Sep 22, 2015 
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Minds On: What Is Where? Why There? Why Care? regarding this issue.

Friday, 25 September 2015

Photo Gallery: New 7 Wonders vs. Ancient 7 Wonders

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Geographic Perspective, Patterns and Trends

Lesson Idea: Have students create a spacial journal of all the Wonders of the World and make some observations. Ask the questions; What Is Where? Why There?  and Why Care?

They Flew a Balloon Over the Grand Canyon to Discover It’s More Jaw-Dropping Than They Imagined.

Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Spatial Significance

Problem Based Learning: What needs to be done to get a video of the Grand Canyon? Why might we want such a video?
The PV Balance of Systems 2015 report is now available 
FIGURE: Global Installed Capacity and Average System Prices, 2013-2020E

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Patterns and Trends, Geographic Perspective

Killer whale with dolphin pod off Nova Scotia a rare sight

By Cassie Williams, CBC News Posted: Sep 25, 2015 12:33 PM AT
Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationships, Geographic Perspective,

Lesson idea:
Investigate What Is Where? Nova Scotia
Why There?
Why Care?
Why might this be of interest?

Volkswagen is guilty – but it's not the only offender

The Guardian 
 Thursday 24 September 2015 

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Fossils of new duck-billed, plant-eating dinosaur found in Alaska

Latest finding supports a theory of a ‘lost world of dinosaurs’ that lived in a far cooler climate than most people associated with the creatures

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, 

EU governments push through divisive deal to share 120,000 refugees

Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania vote against decision to impose quotas, as lack of consensus threatens to feed resentment

Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Patterns and Trends, Spatial Significance

Create a spatial journal to determine What Is Where? and discuss Why There?

Monday, 21 September 2015

BBC News Middle EastSyria profile - Timeline15 September 2015Middle East
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Create a spatial journal/time line of events to help analyse contributing factors (Concepts of Thinking) of this issue to help determine  a possible solution. 

Aleppo, along with Damascus, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities

Central Europe gives up on holding refugees back from Austria

Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia abandon attempts to block passage of migrants to Austria while EU struggles to find lasting political solution

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Over 200 Syrians and Iraqis saved by Turkish coastguards allegedly threatened with deportation back to war zones. Photograph: Umit Bektas/Reuter

Friday, 18 September 2015

Harper, Mulcair, Trudeau lock horns over sluggish economy

The Globe and Mail

Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Spatial Significance

Lesson idea: How might location impact a voters view on an issue? Map it out. What are some of the patterns that emerge? Can you make a prediction on the out come of the election at this point? Continue following the election. 
Extension: create a spatial journal of where the politicians have campaigned. 

Chile's quick response to quake kept death toll down

Speedy, orderly evacuation of more than one million people after Wednesday's 8.3-magnitude earthquake shows how effective early warning systems and disaster-preparedness plans can be.

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A man sits by fishing boats that were run aground by the sea while berthed in the port of Coquimbo, about 445 kilometres north of Santiago, Chile, during the earthquake Wednesday night.
By: Marina Jimenez Toronto Star, Published on Thu Sep 17 2015

Mississauga mayor leads charge to raise $5M for Syrian refugees

Concepts of Thinking:
Geographic Perspective

Geography definition: What is Where? Why Care? 

Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie, seen here at the Hershey Centre as Malcolm Turner, President of the NBA Development League, looks on, in June wants to see the city do more for refugees.

Thursday, 17 September 2015

There are a few story maps and web maps that you can explore or come up with some questions.
Refugee maps/activities:
Story map on the 50 most populous refugee camps

Web map on sea arrivals to Europe Jan-July 2015

Refugee crisis escalates as migrants break through Hungarian border

Clashes with police follow moves by desperate refugees to break through a border gate, as others make their way to Croatia

Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Patterns and Trends, Spatial Significance, Interrelationships

Chile earthquake: one million people evacuated after 8.3 magnitude quake – live updates

Waves of up to 4.5m high reported in some parts of Chile as tsunami warning issued for Peru, Chile, New Zealand, California and Hawaii

Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Geographic Perspective, Patterns and Trends

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Roméo Dallaire says Canada could take 90,000 Syrian refugees

Syrians would be 'an incredible asset' to Canada, says former UN commander and retired senator

By Jennifer Chevalier, CBC News Posted: Sep 14, 2015 9:13 PM ET Last Updated: Sep 14, 2015 9:13 PM ET

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Refugees scramble for ways into Europe as Hungary seals borders 

Rumours and confusion grow as European leaders show little will to manage large numbers of people fleeing traumas of war
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Tuesday, 15 September 2015

The new Hot Docs website is now available…containing all the Docs For Schools info you need to begin the school year.  
There is a new drop down menu for Docs For Schools on the home page….  You will recognize most of the heading names in the drop down, but Fall/Winter Program now includes what used to be called Docs For Schools Monthly, and Gender Matters.  It will make sense once you click.

All Docs For Schools programs are available to any teacher, grade 7 – 12 throughout the province….and all programs are free.  An education package for each film will also be available as a pdf for download.

Docs For Schools Fall/Winter program: 
·         screenings throughout the months of October – April
·         Bloor Hot Docs Cinema – 506 Bloor St W, Toronto
·         Often partner with other organizations, tie-in the screening with special dates (ie Bully Awareness and Prevention week), and when possible offer discussion with special guests following a screening.

For our first screening SPEED SISTERS, will be in conjunction with the World Press Photo exhibition.  Attend the screening at 10am, have lunch in The Annex or the Food Court at Brookfield Place (one floor below the exhibition) and then have your students view the exhibition.  Two significant, in sync events…and both are free.  Online booking for the film will appear on the page Thursday, September 17.

There will also be a special Teacher Evening happening at Brookfield Place on Wednesday, September 30.  Email me if interested to learn more about this event.

Docs For Schools Focus:
·         Theme:  BEARING WITNESS
·         Documentaries available:  5 BROKEN CAMERAS, E-TEAM, CHASING ICE
·         For one week periods a dvd can be sent to your school
·         September 28 – December 14

Docs For Schools Teacher Conference:
·         After a successful year one of the conference we are happy to announce year two
·         February 19, 2016
·         School of Image Arts, Ryerson University, Toronto
·         Free and open to all teachers
·         Details will be posted on the website in late October
·         Our popular instructor, Juan Baquero, will return offering new content viable to both those who attended last year as well as new particpants….so mark the date.

Docs For Schools Festival:
·         two components, In-School and In-Theatre
·         tied to the dates of the Hot Docs Festival
·         this year, April 28 – May 8
·         recognize this is one week later than usual….it has to do with the festival calendars and periodically this happens

·         Dvds will be announced in February to make your plans
·         Booking begins late March
·         Screening dates in school, April 28 – May6
·         8 dvds may be requested per school
·         Only one teacher per school may request….librarians can be the best lead teacher in the school

·         10 Hot Docs Festival films screened exclusively for students
·         Filmmakers usually attend their screening for Q&A with students, and when available the film subjects too
·         2 screenings daily, 10:00am and 1:00pm
·         Week of May 2 – 6
·         Film announcement and booking info, late March

It is important to note that your feedback, on the positive and negative, is important to us.  Keep the dialogue happening if you have questions or comments about the program.  We are only successful if you like what we do and meet your needs as teachers.

Please share with your colleagues and ‘like’ Hot Docs’ Docs For Schools on Facebook…for more bits and pieces relevant education and the doc world. 

Welcome back, and look forward to working with many of you again this year.

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

Monday, 14 September 2015

Refugee crisis: EU in crunch talks as queues form at German border

Interior ministers to discuss refugee quotas as reintroduction of border controls leads to long queues on roads
A Syrian refugee holding a baby in a lifetube swims towards the shore after their dinghy deflated 100m off the Greek island of Lesbos at the weekend.
 A Syrian holding his baby swims towards Lesbos after their dinghy deflated 100m offshore at the weekend. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters
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Follow this story and create a spatial journal to document which countries are doing what. What Is Where? Why There? Predictions may be made and possible solutions developed. Why Care?

Japanese volcano Mount Aso on island of Kyushu erupts

Volcano sends mile-high plume of ash and smoke into the air as power company says the recently restarted Sendai nuclear plant would be unaffected
Concepts of Thinking: Spatial Significance, Geographic Perspective

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Shocking images of drowned Syrian boy show tragic plight of refugees

Young boy found lying face-down on a beach near Turkish resort of Bodrum was one of at least 12 Syrians who drowned attempting to reach Greece. 
What Is Where? Why There? Why Care? What Can/Should Be Done?
Concepts of Thinking: Geographic Perspective, Interrelationships, Patterns and Trends
 Warning: this article contains images that readers may find distressing 

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