TECHNOLOGY With the advent of ever-more-accurate clocks, keeping good time is becoming surprisingly complicated. (Nat Geo News) Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit, including today’s MapMaker Interactive map—and a round-up of other interesting reads this week. Note: Current Event Connections is slowing down for the summer. Our column will continue to appear once or twice a week … Continue reading Warning! Time Stops on Tuesday
BUSINESS New York City cabdrivers have long had to pass an 80-question test, but now geography accounts for only 10 of those questions. (Time) Learn how the “Geospatial Revolution” is changing everyday jobs. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit, including today’s poll. Discussion Ideas What is GPS? GPS stands for the Global Positioning System, a system of … Continue reading I ? NY
By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM A new kind of hunter is lurking in our woods and parks, in our parking lots and shopping malls. This hunter is called a geocacher and is usually part of a team (most likely his or her own family) using a hand-held global positioning system (GPS) unit to locate a hidden stash or cache. … Continue reading Geography in the News: Geocaching
SCIENCE Some scientists use GPS locations to keep track of wide-ranging sharks. Others attach GPS tags to observe the movements of reclusive snow leopards. And then there are the guys who use the technology to study the movements of rocks. Well, OK. (National Geographic Newswatch) Use our resources to see how these stones sail! Discussion Ideas Read through the National Geographic Newswatch article. How do 272-kilogram … Continue reading Rock On!
WORLD Russia has started to impose restrictions on Global Positioning System (GPS) base stations in Russia, as retribution for the refusal of the United States to allow similar base stations on American territory that would improve the accuracy of Russia’s navigation system, GLONASS. (New York Times) Use our resources to better understand GPS. Discussion Ideas Read through the NY Times article. Why are American and … Continue reading Russia Restricts GPS