New Election Map.
Gear up for the Vice-Presidential debate tonight by checking out the latest iteration of the red-blue state election map. I like this one from “Real Clear Politics,” which crunches state numbers by averaging results from several national polls.
In this opinion-editorial piece that appeared in the Des Moines Register on Monday, retired educator and school principal Joe Millard makes the case for geography, urging state officials to increase global education offerings.
Project Urban Earth Aims to “Reclaim the Streets.”
Geography teacher Daniel
Raven-Ellison of Thatcham, England, traveled to Mumbai, Mexico City, and London to look at urban
development trends--from street level, through photography. His methodology:
Walk across the entire city. Snap a picture every eight steps. Combine images
into a stop-motion film photo montage. His goal: Show cities objectively, as
they really are. “I wanted to show the changing face of the city from ground
level. Urban Earth is about challenging the way we see the world. We see most
of our urban environments through the screen of the car door. This aims to show
what the cities are really like and reclaim the streets.” It’s an important
task in this, the first year in human history when more than 50% of people live
in cities. Check out Daniel’s
blog for more on the project.
New York City Transit Added to Google's Map Service.
Now, when you’re using Google maps to find one of the billion “Tony’s New York Pizzerias” in the Big Apple, you can determine whether to walk, bike, bus, hop on the metro, or grab a cab to get there.
Senator Paul Simon Study
Abroad Foundation Act.
This bill you’ve probably never heard of, but may be interested in, endeavors to expand study abroad opportunities. My Wonderful World is a huge proponent of study abroad, of course! For many of our staff, including myself, the opportunity to study in a foreign country during college was a truly transformational, life-changing experience.