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September 16, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Destination Unknown” Is A Well-Done Online Geography Game

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Destination Unknown is a very slick online geography game using Instagram photos. It’s particularly good because it offers hints. Unfortunately, since it utilizes Instagram, there’s probably no guarantee that all the photos will be classroom appropriate, though I didn’t see anything bad when I played the game.

Because of that potential issue, and because it may not be around for the long-term (since it’s sponsored as a promotion by a company), I’m not going to add it to The Best Online Geography Games. But it still might be worth a visit.

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May 31, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Fun Video With Potential Use In Geography Class: “3 guys Irish dancing around the world”

“3 guys Irish dancing around the world” is the latest video showing travelers doing the same thing in different countries. The genre was begun by “Where The Hell Is Matt,” which continues to be the best.

You can see them all here.

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May 2, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Here’s The Writing Prompt I’m Using For My Geography Class

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As regular readers know, I teach a Geography class for English Language Learners (and will be teaching similar U.S. History and World History courses next year).

Here’s the simple writing prompt I’m using as part of my semester final (you can download it here):

Geography Final Essay

“I was not sorry for loving Charleston or for leaving it. Geography had made me who I was.”
― Sue Monk Kidd, The Invention of Wings

“Do you understand the sadness of geography?”
― Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient

“All I ever wanted was a world without maps.”
― Michael Ondaatje, The English Patient

Pick one quotation from these three and respond to the writing prompt:

Writing Prompt

What do you think the writer is saying about geography? To what extent do you agree with what he or she is saying? To support your opinion, be sure to include specific examples drawn from your own experience, your observations of others, or any of your readings.

Quotes found at http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/geography?page=1

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April 15, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Spacehopper” Is One Of The Best Geography Games I’ve Seen

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There are quite a few online geography games out there, and you can see them at The Best Online Geography Games. Many of them are pretty hard, and can be frustrating to students.

Spacehopper is a new online game that isn’t easy but, after showing you a Google Street View image of a location, provides clues that make it less difficult. You’re shown a map with various dots on it, as well as the map outline of the country. After three guesses, you’re given the answer along with information on the location.

Thanks to Google Maps Mania for the tip.

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March 26, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Billionaire’s Ballot Initiative To Divide California Into Six States Is Insane, But It’s A Gift To Geography Teachers

Venture capitalist and billionaire Tim Draper is getting tired of paying taxes to help the rest of us, so he wants to divide California into six states. And he’s bankrolling an initiative that’s close to getting on the ballot to do just that.

A billionaire meddling into things he knows little about but that would have a major impact on a lot of low-and-moderate income people. There seems to be a lot of that going around.

If it does make it to the ballot, and even if it doesn’t, I do suspect that it might make our upcoming unit on California in my ELL Geography class a trifle more engaging. And I think I speak for all California Geography teachers!

Here’s a video and an infographic on what the San Jose Mercury News — and most other sane people — call a “crazy” idea:

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March 22, 2014
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The Best Sites For Learning About Japan

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We’re going to be studying Japan next week in my Geography class for English Language Learners.  One of our art teachers is going to come in and show students how to use origami as part of our unit, so it should be an engaging few days.

I’ll be adding this to A Beginning List Of The Best Geography Sites For Learning About Asia & The Middle East.

Here are my choices for The Best Sites For Learning About Japan (additional suggestions are welcome):

The Best Resources For Learning About The Atomic Bombings Of Japan

The Best Sites For Learning About The Japan Earthquake & Tsunami

The Best Sites For Learning About The Japan Earthquake & Tsunami, Part Two

The Best Resources On The One Year Anniversary Of Japan’s Earthquake & Tsunami

National Geographic Kids – Japan

What Is Origami?

How Japanese Paper Cranes Become Popular Around The World

TIME for Kids — Japan

A Kid’s Life In Japan

Japanese Food

Tokyo, Japan

Talking About Japan

More Talking About Japan

Fact Monster — Japan

Watch this video about origami.

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