Geography

Pre-1500 Era | Lesson 1: A Sense of Geologic Time

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Scientists divide geologic time into eras, measured in millions of years. Within each named era are periods, and within each period are epochs. Each vast unit of time is defined by the appearance and disappearance of various life forms and climactic conditions on Earth's ever-changing face. Geologists, paleontologists, archaeologists, anthropologists, and historians read the book of time in Nebraska's land. Their shared insights and interpretations can paint a detailed picture of life ten thousand years.

Learn more at NebraskaStudies.org.

River Rewilding: History and Economy of the Grand River

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This four-minute video describes the role the Grand River has played in the economy and culture of the people who settled along its banks. A description of the Grand River Revitalization Project is also provided.

Mesopotamia | Crash Course World History

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John Green presents Mesopotamia, and the early civilizations that arose around the Fertile Crescent. Topics covered include the birth of territorial kingdoms, empires, Neo-Assyrian torture tactics, sacred marriages, ancient labor practices, the world's first law code, and the great failed romance of John's undergrad years.

The Roots of Prohibition: A Nation of Drunkards | Ken Burns & Lynn Novick: Prohibition

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A review of the alcohol's influence in America. Beer and wine are overtaken by hard liquors.

Boundaries and Borderlands | The Power of Place

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This half hour video, Boundaries and Borderlands, introduces the case study approach of the course. Here we examine the borderland region between North America and Latin America. A journey to Anapara and a Campestre near Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and then across the Rio Grande to EI Paso, Texas, highlights concepts of geography that are central to the course: relative location, regions, scale, and the spatial perspective.

The Mainland | The Power of Place

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This half hour video program features two case studies on mainland Southeast Asia: Laos: Isolated Heart and Vietnam: Fertile Dreams. Laos and Vietnam are countries attempting to open their borders to the world after years of isolation due to civil war, political unrest, and physical geographic barriers.

Flag Company Field Trip

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Penny and the KidVision VPK kids visit a flag company. They  locate the United States on a map, put the pieces of the American flag together, learn how to fold the flag, and say the Pledge of Allegiance. Watch this field trip and get ready to salute!

The Bozeman Trail | Who Was Jim Bridger?

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Learn about the life and accomplishments of the famed mountain man, Jim Bridger, through this collection of videos, images, and activities.

Introduction | Teaching Geography: Workshop 1

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This one hour video workshop introduces the 18 national geography standards, showing how they can explain the complexity of our geographic world. A case study of neighboring cities El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez in Mexico highlights the importance of understanding spatial relationships and geography's effect on human lives. In addition, this workshop provides a framework for inquiry based teaching, introducing the five geographic skills associated with good scientific inquiry. The case study students explore follows a NASA space shuttle mission and examines the geographic factors surrounding Russia's shrinking Aral Sea.

World War II Part 1 | Crash Course US History

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In which John Green teaches you about World War II. John will teach you how the United States got into the war, and just how involved America was before Congress actually declared war. John will actually talk a little about the military tactics involved, and he'll get into some of the weaponry involved, specifically the huge amount of aerial bombing that characterized the war, and the atomic bombs that ended the war in the Pacific.

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