Thursday, November 16, 2006

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Geography Awareness Week: Nov 12-18
Geographic literacy is more than knowing state capitals. It's learning how people and places interact, where things come from, and where we're going. So, National Geographic launched My Wonderful World, a campaign to increase geographic learning in school, at home, and in the community.
NG also did a survey of geographic literacy

--some high(?)lights:
63% of young Americans can’t find Iraq on a map
50% can't find New York on a map
33% couldn't pinpoint Louisiana on a map
48% were unable to locate Mississippi.
30% (almost) could not find the Pacific Ocean
56% were unable to locate India
Test your Global IQ –see how you measure up !


NG has also launched the Genographic Project, a five-year effort to understand the human journey—where we came from and how we got to where we live today. This unprecedented effort will map humanity's genetic journey through the ages. Explore your own genetic journey with Dr. Spencer Wells. DNA analysis includes a depiction of your ancient ancestors and an interactive map tracing your genetic lineage around the world and through the ages.

Another interesting site: World66 - an open content travel guide where people can write about traveling around the world. You can also keep a personal travel profile and map states and/or countries you have visited.
Photo credit: confusing the enemy by spidrwegian Flicker.com

1 comment:

Abby said...

What a wonderful test, thank you! I finally got "smart" toward the end, but my score was still sad and pitiful. Oops...I need to be more geographically aware.

I thought it was interesting that the majority of kids 18-24 selected English as the world's most spoken primary language, instead of Mandarin Chinese. It really says something about how we view ourselves in the world!