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Further and Farther … with more STUDENT PHOTOS!

Let’s go … Further and Farther … and look at some more STUDENT PHOTOS! This is another set of “Geography Photo Contest” entries from the two classes that I taught online in Fall of 2020.

As we all try to forget the disaster that was the year 2020, we take heart that students were still able to make Geographic observations in their local areas. Many included photos that were taken last year — PRE-pandemic. Here in this “new normal” I am glad to see how the young students are able to adapt, and to even thrive. Maybe that is a bittersweet lesson to be learned by older teachers.

As the Fall term is over, we can now go further into the next semester. Or is it farther into the next semester?

I had to look it up on Dictionary Dot Com:

The widely accepted rule is to use farther when being literal and discussing a physical distance, as in “He went farther down the road.” Further is used when discussing a more symbolic distance or to discuss a degree or extent, as in “I wanted to discuss it further, but we didn’t have time.”

I am glad that is now clear …

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EVEN MORE Geography Student Photos!

Continuing on with photos from another class of participants in this semester’s GEOGRAPHY PHOTO CONTEST. These are again the students in an introductory Geography course. Click any photo to start the slide show in full size.

If you want to see the original assignment you can read it LINKED HERE.

Students were assigned to take a photo and describe the geography. This time I said it was OK to use a photo they had taken previously. (Students were not otherwise doing a lot of traveling this semester).

Students love this assignment! … I think.

It is a fun way to end the term with an assignment which boosts their participation score.

Please enjoy …  and please leave a comment! Vote for your favorite!

 

Posted in CULTURE, MY PHOTOS, Popular Culture, Restaurant Reviews

Restaurant Review: Lunch at the “Double Happiness” Chinese Restaurant in Wilmington

I do not usually write restaurant reviews, but I had a great lunch last week at the “Double Happiness” Chinese Restaurant in Wilmington.

I was in Wilmington for the 2019 PCA/ACA South Region Conference (see my presentation post linked here). I was getting tired of conference snacks, and I had a hankering for some good Chinese food. Not a buffet — I wanted a sit-down meal. I searched Google, and saw that the Double Happiness restaurant was well-reviewed. Please visit their website linked here:

The business has two restaurant locations in Wilmington. I went to the one on Wrightsville Road. It was not too crowded at the time, but I arrived there just after it opened for lunch. As you can see from their website, they have a lot of great artwork within. Here are some photos posted to Google linked here. I even took a photo of the pretty menu cover!

Indeed, the menu is expressive of “double happiness”. I would have liked to have kept the menu through the whole meal, just to look at it.

I started off lunch with some Wonton Soup:

Next up, a double dose of happiness continues with double spring rolls:

The main dish was Beef with Broccoli, and I chose the brown rice:

I did not choose any desert, but I ate the fortune cookie, then saved the mint for later:

What was the fortune from the fortune cookie you ask?

Lunch was great. I would like to return sometime for a full dinner. Maybe next time I can get someone to drive me so I can drink a beer or two with dinner!

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Seen at the PCA-ACA South Region Conference in Wilmington, NC September 26 – 28, 2019.

Who was seen at the PCA-ACA South Region Conference in Wilmington?

Dennis, Jesse and Sue: September 26, 2019

PCA-ACA South Region Conference in Wilmington, NC September 26 – 28, 2019.

Programs … get your programs …

PCA-ACA South Region Conference in Wilmington, NC September 26 – 28, 2019.

Dennis, Kent and Kit were on the panel.

PCA-ACA South Region Conference in Wilmington, NC September 26 – 28, 2019.

PCA-ACA South Region Conference in Wilmington, NC September 26 – 28, 2019.

I only found out that I was chair of this session when I received the program. We could have used AV, but it worked out for the best.

PCA-ACA South Region Conference in Wilmington, NC September 26 – 28, 2019.

This was a painting in my hotel room bathroom of the bridge in Wilmington.

PCA-ACA South Region Conference in Wilmington, NC September 26 – 28, 2019.

 

Posted in BOOKS, CULTURE, EDUCATION, MY PHOTOS, PowerPoint Ideas

4th Grade Presentations: Salvador Dali Book Report

I found another of my son’s old PowerPoint presentations while I was reorganizing our home computer. This one goes all the way back to when he was in 4th grade.

This assignment and presentation was supposed to be a biography of a famous person.  They were supposed to find a biography in the school library. He chose “The Mad, Mad, Mad World of Salvador Dali” by Angela Wenzel. Although it was written for kids, I enjoyed reading it myself. I didn’t know a lot about Dali.The kids were assigned to take on the persona of the person, as they read their presentations. My wife used an eyeliner to “draw on” Dali’s famous mustache. Just click on an image to start the slideshow.

I received a lot of good comments from the teachers. The boy was really getting good at making PowerPoint presentations at this point. I think that his presentation holds up pretty well! The YouTube link to the Disney/Dali collaboration has been taken down. I was able to find another posting here:

If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the book, here is the link for Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/Mad-World-Salvador-Dali-Adventures/dp/3791329448

Who is your favorite surrealist artist? Please comment!

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Third Grade Presentations: “Why Lumberton is Special to Me”

I found this old powerpoint file, as I am continuing to organize files on an old computer. This is my son’s report “Why Lumberton is Special to Me”. He was assigned to make a presentation on how his hometown is special.

I had to help him, but he was actually getting pretty good at using PowerPoint … even back in 3rd grade. When I was in 3rd grade, we cut photos out of old magazines to make a poster board.

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Thank you for your help, Mrs. Edwards

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The Geography Photo Contest

This slide set is from one of my assignments in my Intro Geography course this summer. I had my students take photos and describe the geography. Please enjoy these student photos and their written comments. (Click any slide to view FULL SIZE.)

Which one — wonWell, they are ALL winners to me!

College Educators: Students love their cellphones. They like to take selfies and share photos and comments on social media. This type of geography assignment should be fun and easy for them to do. Although this assignment is from my Online course, I suggest using the idea of a “photo contest” for a day when you cannot meet with your students due to faculty absence, conference travel, etc. This is another way to get students THINKING and WRITING …  

Please vote for your favorite in my blog comments below!

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Posters seen at the Undergraduate Research Conference

The Pembroke Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium was held on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. This annual event is a celebration and recognition of undergraduate research, scholarship, creativity and entrepreneurship.  Faculty mentored their students on a wide variety of research projects. This included students involved in course-based undergraduate research experiences.

Here are some of the posters seen at the conference. Click to view full size JPEG files:

Was this undergraduate event a stepping stone to more Geographic research? Will these students develop their ideas further? Who wants to take their posters to the Southeastern Division of the American Association of Geographers? Does anyone want to go to the Applied Geography Conference? How about the North Carolina Geographical Society?

Contact me if interested!