Finding Ready-Made Content

My posts. Relevant to GEG 111 (Physical Geography) and GEG 151 (Geographic Inforamtion Systems)

1. Video.

I would use the video “7 Billion” by National Geographic when introducing the concept of globalization and the impact of population growth (coupled with rising consumption and resource use) on the environment in Physical Geography course. This is an introductory course taken mostly by non-geoscience majors. Issues raised in the globalization unit are vividly illustrated in the video such as: i) the exponential increase in the worlds population from 1 billion in 1800 to 7 billion in 2012, ii) the rise of megacities, iii) inequality in basic services (and implication income), iv) the need for pervasive sustainability.

Video link: http://youtu.be/sc4HxPxNrZ0

2. Podcast.

I would use the podcast “Tracking Your Steps” in my Introduction to GIS (Geographic Information Systems) course. Specifically the podcast would be used in a classroom discussion after students learn about the uses and benefits of geospatial technologies (remote sensing, GIS, and GPS).

Having considered the benefits of these technologies (such as mapping applications on smartphones), students would be asked to consider and discuss issues that could arise from the use of these technologies: such as 3rd parties (hackers, businesses, government) having unauthorized access to usage information, who decides what is on the map and does it matter if the profit motives of mapping corporations or government interests are paramount in deciding which places we can access and how we access these places?

Tracking Your Steps – NPR

http://www.directionsmag.com/podcasts/tracking-your-steps-npr/355865