CONLANGS: What in the…

The CONSTRUCTED LANGUAGES (aka CONLANGS) that are used in Game of Thrones’ Dothraki, Avatar’s Na’vi, Star Trek’s Klingon and LOTR’s Elvish are all fictitiously constructed languages used for the purpose of Hollywood. Invented languages can present a bit of a conundrum as they have an extensive vocabulary, grammar rules, and even dialects. The conundrum being…what then constitutes as a real language? The TED talk may help straighten things out a bit.

Teachers can flip this lesson by using: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/are-elvish-klingon-dothraki-and-na-vi-real-languages-john-mcwhorter

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Educator Imprint Lesson Plan: Geomedicine

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Topics: Geomedicine, Health, Activity Space, Environmental Geography, GIS, Pattern

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Source: AP Reading Technology Integration Night; Presenter

Materials: iPad, iTouch, or iPhone

Apps Required: TED, Place History

Procedure:

1) Have students watch TED Talk titled, Bill Devenhall: Your Health Depends on Where you Live (9:25)

2) Q&A/Discussion/Lecture about how geography can help determine health risks. Discuss how the EPA and GIS can team up to assist in these discoveries.

3) Have students open Place History and find their current location and what toxic release locations are nearby.  Using the legend they can also determine the risk of heart attack

Above and Beyond: Students can hit the “Explore” button and enter the various locations of places in which the frequent on a daily basis or have previously lived.  Students have the option of allowing the location tracking on their devices, which is why this should be an optional activity.

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