Thursday, August 21, 2014

Distortion: Maps, Latitude, Longitude

We're still working on some basics of geography: Equator, Prime Meridian, the poles, the hemispheres, and of course, latitude and longitude.  The bellwork reviewed some of those basics.

After the bellwork, we watched a couple videos dealing with maps, and map distortion.  They are very good, as well as short.  If you want to watch them again, or parents... if you want to watch them for the first time, here they are:

It's still strange to think that all of those maps are as accurate as the Mercator Projection...  And I've been teaching this for years.

Here's the other one.  I think that Hank Green drinks 5 Red Bulls and 5 Monsters before he makes these videos.  Dude... ... ...  Slow down.  You're speaking too fast.  The frames can't catch you when you're moving like that.    It's very, very good - albeit fast:

The students also had a chance to retake their continents and oceans tests.  Many improved their scores.  Don't forget that you can always go online and see their grades.

I don't know how long it took you guys to read the blog... but to get the extra credit today, it'll take you another... I don't know... 5 minutes...  Have the adult you read the blog with watch one of the two video clips.  (Or both, if you're so inclined...)  When you've finished watching it, ask them what they thought.  Then, find a scrap of paper, and write down 2 things they found interesting.  (The student has to write down the two things.)  Have the adult that read and watched sign the paper.  Turn it in tomorrow.

Until then, have a great day!

P.S. If any of you have social media, would you remind your fellow students that they can get extra credit by going here?  If you share the link, maybe they'll share in the points.

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