Global news with a spatial perspective: Interesting, current supplemental materials for geography teachers and students.
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This video explains why geography teachers should be interested in Latitude News given it's desire to show how global stories have regional impacts. They often have interesting perspectives on global stories that makes the geographic linkages explicit. They are currently raising funds to expand their reach.
The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History is a fabulous resource in Washington D.C., but now this museum available virtually. Teachers can now bring the museums to the classroom with these fantastic Smithsonian virtual tours.
HDC guide to interpreting graveyards and cemeteries...
How can cemeteries be a fertile ground for geography projects for students? This website provides an intellectual background on how to interpret cemeteries and gravestones as a cultural landscape and a portal to local historical geographies.
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"Now that it is easy to gather tracks and waypoints on a smartphone and map them in a GIS, it provides a good opportunity to remind students about the importance of being critical of and paying attention to data. I recently went on a walk around a local reservoir and used the Motion X GPS app on my iPhone to collect my track and a few waypoints. I emailed the data to myself and added the GPX file to ArcGIS Online so I could map and examine the track. I made my results public and made it visible below to feature some teachable moments......"
What a perfect combination! Students more and more have these fantastic computing devices that we often underutilize (or ban outright) in their education. This article shows how to bring GIS and a student's smartphone together.
How to search for graves in the town of sylvan lakes lakeview cemetery.
This is a tangible example of public GIS data being used to help the community know more about it's history. What type of project could you do make with this kind of data? How could a cemetery be the nexus for a interdisciplinary project?
Officials at Arlington National Cemetery will use an Army-designed geospatial mapping system to manage cemetery operations, the executive director of the Army National Cemeteries Program said March 8, 2012.
This is another fantastic example of how GIS, GPS and online mapping can be used within many diverse projects. Mapping cemeteries can be an excellent service learning project for a GIS class and the exploring local cemeteries is a very hands on method for exploring local history in a way that makes place matter. Geographic skills and spatial analysis is increasingly critical in the 21st century as we've seen an explosion of online applications for geospatial technologies.