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Geography Photo Contest (Continued)

Here is one last batch of entries in the GEOGRAPHY PHOTO CONTEST! Three classes were competing for the prize this Spring Semester. Click on any image to view larger, and start the slide show.

 

I think that this Online Assignment worked out well. I enjoy my students’ creativity.

Good news:  This was the last assignment this semester!

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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 Climatology, CONFERENCE PRESENTATION, EDUCATION

“Meteorology and Myth — Part II: A Fair Candlemas”

Welcome QR Code readers! If you have scanned the QR Code on my poster or conference presentation, it has brought you here. I am still compiling my full presentation for the SouthEastern Division of the American Association of Geographers Conference, to be held November 24-25, 2019. This post is just a placeholder for the presentation and reference list TBA. In the meantime, enjoy this preview.

I will be continuing my “Meteorology and Myth” Weather-and-Climate Education series this fall with another project on weather lore, this time titled “Meteorology and Myth – Part II: A Fair Candlemas

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSEI teach an introductory course in “Weather and Climate”.  Whenever February 2nd rolls around, a student will  ask if the “Groundhog Day” predictions are true. I used to always answer “NO!” The presence or absence of sunshine on any one particular day can not be used to determine either a shortened or a prolonged winter. Punxsutawney Phil’s predictions are just folksy nonsense.

However, I got to thinking about it … and began to hypothesize that there may be a teaching opportunity in this legend. Although the Groundhog’s prediction does not make meteorological sense in the short term, perhaps there are long-term climatological averages about prolonged-winters and early-springs, which may have allowed the folklore to survive and diffuse.

The purpose of the overall project is to develop general education teaching modules which bridge topics in geography, atmospheric science, history, art, culture and folklore. Students in the arts and humanities often struggle with physical science. Equally, students in Geoscience and other STEM fields often need a greater appreciation for the arts and humanities. The intent is not to have students “prove” whether or not Groundhog Day predictions are true.  Instead, the  goal is for students to have a better understanding of atmospheric circulations, global teleconnections and weather patterns. Secondarily, students should have a better appreciation for folklore, history, culture and environment.

SEE THIS REFERENCE LINK BELOW FOR IMAGES, ARTWORK AND OTHER EDUCATIONAL INFO:

REFERENCES FOR ALL GRAPHICS, IMAGES AND ARTWORK

Look for more updates and embellishments later in November!

Posted in Climatology, CONFERENCE PRESENTATION, EDUCATION

A SPRITE IDEA

Welcome QR Code readers! This post is just a placeholder for another project in my Meteorology and Myth Science Education Series. This new project is titled “The Elusive and Ephemeral Sprites”.

Look for more updates and a re-post when I finish the poster presentation.

In the meantime, if you want to see a good introduction to Lightning Sprite research, please see the YouTube playlist below!

 

… what a sprite idea!

Posted in CONFERENCE PRESENTATION, CULTURE, EDUCATION

Art, Allegory and Geographic Education: Cultural and Meteorological Lessons from the Sky Deities of Japan

10-21-2019: This is an update and repost from May of this year. Please check out the YouTube video above. If you go to YouTube, put a “like” or comment if you have a question or compliment!  I will be presenting more about my investigation into the sky deities of Japan at the Applied Geography Conference in October. This presentation grew out of my “Meteorology and Myth” research. The abstract for my presentation: “Art, Allegory and Geographic Education: Cultural and Meteorological Lessons from the Sky Deities of Japan” has been accepted for a special session on Physical Geography. Here is a sample slide:

The following is a slideshow of some of the artwork to be discussed, TBD

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Credit goes to the original artists. No copyright infringement is intended. See the full presentation for all credits and references, TBD.

This year’s AGC will be held in Charlotte, NC October 23-25. See the link here for more information about the conference,

http://www.appgeogconf.org/

LINKS AND REFERENCES FOR ART AND IMAGES PDF HERE:

SUGGESTED REFERENCES AND LINKS FOR ART AND IMAGES

and more art …

More Refs and Links

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AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY PROJECT “FIVE THEMES OF GEOGRAPHY — THE PHILIPPINES”

AP HUMAN GEOGRAPHY PROJECT “FIVE THEMES OF GEOGRAPHY — THE PHILIPPINES”

I was cleaning out and reorganizing some old files on the home computer today, when I found my son’s AP Human Geography project from last fall. The class was studying the “Five Themes” and the assignment was to make a presentation on an assigned country. Lucky Ducks — my son was assigned The Philippines. They were actually supposed to tack it all to a posterboard, but this is a copy of the PowerPoint he made before cutting out and posting the components. I think that it stands up pretty well as just a PowerPoint! I am glad that we kept a copy of the file. He turned it in and received an “A” grade. His teacher wanted to keep the posterboard, but unfortunately — Hurricane Florence happened. The teacher said that the high school’s second floor roof leaked during the storm, then water dripped all over the stack of student posterboards — ruining every one of them.

TGF PowerPoint! Here is his original presentation.

Of course, if it was me … I would add in all kinds of animations, film clips and  picture postcards, and add in all this detail, … yada yada yada.

Here is another version he made that references all the images. Just incase you wonder where the images came from.

What country would you want to make a “Five Themes” project of? Please comment!