Image explorations

This was a page I created in order to integrate images into cultural and geographical exploration. It's quite basic and not that good but it helped me understand the use of images more comprehensively. In this page I posed as a monkey called Mixie who goes on a journey from Gibraltar to Morocco. The page is designed for preschoolers. I'm aware preschoolers won't be able to read so maybe this page could be for grade 1 or 2. The factual information I got was mostly from Wikipedia, which I understand is not a very reliable site. If I did something like this professionally I would use better resources. Also in the first video I don't think I pronounced 'Gibraltar' correctly.

In a real class situation something like this would be done with the children's help. The teacher could encourage children to draw maps and talk about the culture they learnt. As Moodle (2011) suggested something should never be entirely done by the teacher. This page would be much more fun for students to explore if they could create it themselves. Some ideas I got included each child having their own page and posing as animal from the country they were exploring. They could make something similar to what I've made. Afterwards each child could share the information and pages they'd made. As I said before it could much more elaborate than this. Children could use prezis, podcasts and glogs with consideration to content learnt rather than fancy tools used.

Anyway I'm glad I made this because it was an insightful learning journey for myself. It's amazing how much I learnt about Morocco and Gibraltar in . I'll let the production begin now.



Hello Everyone. My name is Mixie the Gibraltar Monkey

Welcome to my introduction to Africa!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_PageImage 'Gibraltar Monkey' by Fr Antunes from
http://www.flickr.com/photos/franciscoantunes/3452446102/sizes/l/in/photostream/

Before I show some images of Africa I want to show you where I come from...

Gibraltar

I did actually manage to find a map. As you can see Gibraltar is just between Africa and Spain

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Orignal image 'European book mooches' by Brendan Riley from http://www.flickr.com/photos/digitalsextant/3927483677/sizes/o/in/photostream/

You may think that Spain and Africa are joined. Actually, they are not and I can prove it with my next picture.

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'Africa, seen from Gibraltar' by Mingo Hagen from http://www.flickr.com/photos/mjhagen/1580319869/

It's hard to imagine that such a large sea 'the Mediterranean Sea' (they call it) has a such a small opening. This tiny stretch of see is called the 'Strait of Gibraltar'. I could swim across there if monkeys could swim! And if the sharks didn't get me (I don't know anything about sharks).

He's another photo of Gibraltar Rock

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'Rock of Gibraltar' by BBM Explorer from http://www.flickr.com/photos/bbmexplorer/5297882596/

Gibraltar Rock is where I live. It currently a nature reserve and is home to about 250 other monkeys like me (Wikipedia, 2011). There are many tunnel networks within the rocks (Wikipedia, 2011). It would be interesting to explore these!

Another interesting fact is that this rock is a port (a quite important one) (Wikipedia, 2011).


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Image 'Sven & Amanda-184' by John Hope from http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnhopephotography/5068343482/




So now I've shown you Gibraltar let's cross the Gibraltar Strait into Africa!

Morocco is the country directly below Africa. So what is Morocco like?

Is it sandy? Is it lush? Is it dry? Are there lots of mountains or is it flat and grassy? How about I show you some pictures and we can find out. First let's look at a map so we know EXACTLY where Morocco is.


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Original image 'Colour line contacts in Africa' by Color line from http://www.flickr.com/photos/sunrise/8962822/sizes/o/in/photostream/

How about I show a funny skewed photo of Africa!

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'Africa' by Hitchster from http://www.flickr.com/photos/hitchster/3145612101/

Sorry. That made me feel sick too. But it's good to get different persepctives. How about we try one more?


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'Earth' by Eelke Dekker from http://www.flickr.com/photos/eelkedekker/3256044930/sizes/l/in/photostream/

This is Africa from a horizontal perspective. There's Gibraltar and Morocco, way up the top of Africa.

Now that we've really explored our geography I can show you the photos of Morocco, which I've been waiting for. See what you think?

First I have some photos of the Atlas Mountains. Where are they? Look at the map below (sorry I did promise no more maps).

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Original image 'ILRI Mapping Poverty Livestock In Developing World Map' by ILRI from
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ilri/4678880824/

This image also explores other implication relating to the whole of Africa. Anyhow the Atlas Mountains (as shown) are on (or very near) the coast of Morroco.

Now we'll have a look.

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'Atlas Mountains IMG_2206.JPG' by H Anderson from http://www.flickr.com/photos/hemflock/2981229270/



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'Morocco' by Tom T from http://www.flickr.com/photos/scraplab/3225968608/sizes/l/in/photostream/

It looks considerably drier here than in other captions.


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'Morocco, Atlas Mountains' by frankdouwes http://www.flickr.com/photos/frankdouwes/3540553646/sizes/l/in/photostream/

Here we have some dry red soil. It looks very similar to Australian terrain.

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'IMG_2195.JPG' by H Anderson from http://www.flickr.com/photos/hemflock/2980371181/in/photostream/


This looks like a village or settlement. Notice the types of houses they use. What are they made of? WHy are they made this way?

Now we'll go to another location not far away. Let me see... How about the shore. What do you think the Moroccan shore will look like?

Just before we go there here's another map showing where we are. The location is so similar you won't know the difference. You may, however, have better eyesight than I thought

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Original image 'ILRI Mapping Poverty Livestock In Developing World Map' by ILRI from
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ilri/4678880824/


Anyway most of these places are near Essaouira (not sure how to pronounce that


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'and YES, someone lives there IMG_2614.JPG' by FrenchSelfCatering.com from http://www.flickr.com/photos/hemflock/2981267388/

These rocks also look similar to those on Australian shores with the jagged edges. Why would that be? Know anything about geology?

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'IMG_2373.JPG' by FrenchSelfCatering.com from http://www.flickr.com/photos/hemflock/2980397019/

And at last this is at a place called
As Suwayrah

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'Evening stroll on the beach IMG_2772.JPG' by FrenchSelfCatering.com from http://www.flickr.com/photos/hemflock/2981304514/

Now I'll move somewhere further inland where the terrain is quite different. How about the desert?

Again here's another map if you want to know how far inland I've gone

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Original image 'ILRI Mapping Poverty Livestock In Developing World Map' by ILRI from
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ilri/4678880824/


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'It's here NASA short their moon landing IMG_2831.JPG' by FrenchSelfCatering from http://www.flickr.com/photos/hemflock/2981307920/



These next two photos, although still in the desert, are further inland. They are located at a place called
Ouarzazate, not far from Zagora.

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'Zagora, Morocco' by YoTuT from http://www.flickr.com/photos/yotut/5422893203/

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'Zagora, Morocco' by YoTuT from http://www.flickr.com/photos/yotut/5422875239/

Notice how much sandier it is at Ouarzazate than it was nearer the coast. The first image showed rocky terrain but here is it dusty and deserty. Notice the huts the last photo. Who lives here? Does anyone live there? What are their lifestyles and what do they do?

Start asking yourself questions because...

There's a lot more to explore in Morocco

Now might be a good time to give some trivia on Morocco. Where do I start...


Okay Morocco is a constitutional monarchy (Wikipedia, 2011). This means that there is an elected president as well as a monarchy. The monarchy how complete ruler over the constitution (WIkipedia, 2011)
It has an area of 710,850 square kilometres and a population of almost 33 Million (Wikipedia, 2011). This population is consisted of Arabs and Berbers (Wikipedia, 2011). The Berber's speak three different dialects (Wikipedia, 2011).

Now about the less political side. In these photos I've only explored the terrain. We are yet to explore the fauna. Before we I'll mention that much of it is endangered (Wikipedia, 2011). Many of the animals are once knew are about to be extinct. The Barbary Lion, Atlas Bear and Barbary Leopard are (I think) extinct, or else very close to it (Wikipedia, 2011).


I would show you a lot more but I'm kind of running out of time. If I did have more time we could visit the big cities, see the cuisine, clothes and houses. Of course we could go into the wild and see the fauna. There is so much to explore. I haven't shown you all the terrain yet! We've still got the forests and other places to explore. Never mind. Since we can't make it I'l leave you with a video. It's of some baby Gibraltar (Barbary Marcaque) monkeys I know. Enjoy!


Hominina. (2010, november 26). Barbary Marcaque infants playing [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWKczk2BuxI

Goodbye from Mixie!


Information in videos and text from
http://www.gibraltar.com/sightseeing/gibraltar-monkeys-barbary-macaques.html
http://www.gibraltarmonkey.com/
http://www.gibraltarmonkey.com/gibraltar_monkey_history.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gibraltar
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbary_macaques_in_Gibraltar
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandy_Bay,_Gibraltar
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_of_Gibraltar
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morocco#Geography
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWKczk2BuxI
http://www.flickr.com/
http://blabberize.com/
http://moodle.cqu.edu.au/mod/resource/view.php?id=156839
http://www.pz.harvard.edu/vt/visibleThinking_html_files/03_ThinkingRoutines/03c_Core_routines/SeeThinkWonder/SeeThinkWonder_Routine.html