12 Things We Learned This Week!

What did you learn this week? Let us know in the comments or at education@ngs.org. This week, we learned … … the surprising story of the Muslim tamale king of the Old West.   … it’s Sami v. Somaliland in a World Cup for the stateless.   … that Maori ’emotiki’ will soon join the emoji crowd with emoticons to express cultural concepts like the … Continue reading 12 Things We Learned This Week!

Women’s World Cup Kicks Off

SPORTS Canada has kicked off (get it?) the Women’s World Cup, with 24 teams competing this year. (New York Times) Check out our map of the countries competing for the cup, and customize it as the tournament progresses. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit, and don’t forget to quiz yourself and your students on the “week that … Continue reading Women’s World Cup Kicks Off

Exploring World Cup Geography with Google Insights


June2010_soccerfans.jpgCheck out this World Cup data from Google Insights for Search:

We’ve done a bit with Google Insights in the past. For those who aren’t familiar or need a refresher, Google Insights–a more sophisticated version of Google Trends–enables comparisons of search volume patterns across specific regions, categories, and time frames. Here’s a quick two minute video overview of the tool.

Most Popular World Cup Countries
According to Google, these countries have logged the most* searches for the term “World Cup” in the past 30 days (*as a percentage of total Google searches from that country):

1. Botswana
2. Bangladesh
3. Nepal
4. Zimbabwe
5. Uganda
6. South Africa
7. Kenya
8. Ghana
9. Trinidad & Tobago
10. Tanzania

It’s pretty amazing to me that fully 7 of the top 10 countries are in Africa. Talk about continental football fever! Note that the United States is not on the list. Nor is the United Kingdom, or any other European nation. I guess people with internet access from those countries are searching for a lot of terms other than the World Cup.


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The Geography of … Soccer?

No matter what language you speak, chances are you recognize a soccer ball. The sport of soccer has spread over the globe, tying together people everywhere. The global connections are especially apparent now as the World Cup rages on in Germany. Twelve German cities have become mingling grounds for fans from all corners of the globe, competing, celebrating, and sharing their cultures. Here’s a World … Continue reading The Geography of … Soccer?