Trans-Pacific Partnership: What You Need to Know

POLITICS The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a controversial proposed free trade agreement. What makes it such a big deal? (Toronto Star) Use our resources to play the “Trading Game.” Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources, including today’s MapMaker Interactive map of countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership, in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas President Obama is hoping to get trade promotion authority (often … Continue reading Trans-Pacific Partnership: What You Need to Know

Armenia’s Stone-Age Arms Industry

WORLD High-tech archaeology has revealed that millions of obsidian artifacts, unearthed from the Aegean to Crimea, were made at a Paleolithic “factory” in the Caucasus. (Nat Geo News) Use our resources to take a look at an obsidian artifact unearthed a little closer to home. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our “Teachers’ Toolkit.” Discussion Ideas The great Nat Geo … Continue reading Armenia’s Stone-Age Arms Industry

Enabling Globalization: The Container

By Seth Dixon, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Geography, Rhode Island College When you think of technology and globalization, does your tablet or smartphone come to mind?   While smartphones and tablets play a part in reshaping global economics and culture, the backbone of the modern global economy is actually something that goes unseen by most people, despite its size. In fact, this thing is so ordinary that we fail understand … Continue reading Enabling Globalization: The Container

How America’s Relationship With Cuba Will Change

POLITICS President Obama has announced the re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba. What does this mean? (New York Times) Looks like we’re going to have to update our encyclopedic entry on “diplomacy”! Teachers, scroll down for a short list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas What are diplomatic relations? Read our encyclopedic entry on “diplomacy” for some help. Diplomatic relations are simply … Continue reading How America’s Relationship With Cuba Will Change

Polarizing Region

POLITICS Denmark, together with Greenland, is claiming around 906,495 square kilometers (350,000 square miles) of the continental shelf in the Arctic Ocean, in an area that is bigger than Texas and includes the North Pole. (NPR) Use our resources to better understand why the region is so important—and then map it yourself! Teachers, scroll down for a short list of key resources in our Teachers’ … Continue reading Polarizing Region