January 26, 2011

Blog Topic #3

Southeast Asia is a culturally diverse region that many Americans know relatively little about.  Video clips can help since they are a great way to see differences in culture, climate, or physical geography between and within regions.  Videos also assist in filling in our "mental maps" with images connected to place.

In this post I want you to embed a video clip from a country in Southeast Asia.  Your video should come from a reliable source, such as a news agency or organization, although I will leave this to your better judgement.  One excellent source for video clips is National Geographic, where you can search a database of hundreds of clips by topic or country.

Or, you can post one that you made, like this one, showing some goofy guy from Nebraska nearly getting killed outside the Russian Market in Phnom Phen, Cambodia.

Or this one riding a Tuk Tuk.

After your video clip write about why you selected the video and what it says about the geography of the country.  Enjoy geograhers!

January 23, 2011

Blog Topic #2

As mentioned in class, we in the United States often do not hear or read much news coverage from Australia or Oceania.  This doesn't mean important events, some influencing the U.S., are not taking place.  It just means that to learn we need to dig deeper by looking at news sources from the region.  Fortunately, the Internet makes this quite easy.   

In this two part post I want you to paste two links to online news articles from one of the following news sources:
     - The Sydney Morning Herald
     - news.com.au

The two topics I want you to research are "Australia Day" and "Immigration."

After the link I want you to summarize the article and relate what you read directly to your textbook.  The point is to connect what you read in the textbook to interpreting and understanding events in the region.  You should write a long paragraph for each, concluding with the page number(s) from the textbook that relate to the article.

Please remember to celebrate Australia Day this Wednesday, January 26th, when Aussies celebrate the arrival of the First Fleet!

January 12, 2011

Blog Topic #1


This word is so ubiquitous that its meaning is often glossed over or not understood at all.  It is also a very complex idea that does not lend itself well to an easy definition.  One good definition that I like, and which comes from our course textbook, is:
“Increasing interconnectedness of people and places through converging processes of economic, political, and cultural change.”

In this post I want you to find one image that you feel captures the essence of globalization.  Paste this image into your blog and write about what it says and why you selected it.  I like this picture since it showcases one of the driving forces of globalization - international trade, especially by large multinational corporations. 

Good luck exploring and remember that anyone on the planet (with an Internet connection) can read your blog!  So think clearly, write neatly, and share your geographic thoughts, expertise, and creativity.

January 8, 2011

Welcome Geography Students!

Welcome to World Regional Geography (Geog 202) for the spring 2011 semester. This semester you will travel around the world via video clips, reading, watching movies, studying for map quizzes, using Google Earth and other Internet sites, and creating and using your own blog.

The word geography can be divided into "geo"- meaning earth and "graphy" - meaning to write about or describe. When you travel and then tell others about what you did and saw you are practicing and applying geography. To help students learn and write about the world I use blogs. Since this is my third semester requiring students to blog, I pretty much have it nailed down.

Blogging is a great learning tool and one which is getting more attention in K-16 education.  Nick Bloch, a senior at CUNE, and I published an article in The Geography Teacher in the October 2010 edition titled "Teaching Geography in the Blogosphere."  This article is based upon my experience using blogs in this course since the spring of 2009.  Blogging is a great tool for allowing students to explore and write about the world.