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We've seen a world map made of each country's coins before. Here's another currency map that uses images of each country's bills...And of course I'm going to enjoy this.
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This podcast explains the MOOC Maps and the Geospatial Revolution. It is designed to be an easy on-ramp to 21st century geospatial tools and any geography teacher hoping to modernize their skillset would do well to take this summer course from the Program of Online Geospatial Education at Penn State, taught by Dr. Anthony Robinson. Click here to register for free.
Tags: GIS, teacher training, mapping, cartography, geospatial, edtech, geography education, unit 1 GeoPrinciples.
"AP Human Geography Free Response Questions should be approached in a very deliberate and specific way. APHG teacher Tom Landon explains his approach to teaching students how to do it."
For those preparing students for the AP Human Geography test, this video gives great advice to help you instruct students on how to approach the Free Response Questions (FRQs). Understanding the content always comes first, but some bright students who I know understand the content fail to read the instructions or to answer every portion of the questions. This will help those APHG students.
Tags: APHG, training, geography education.
"More than 96,000 students took the AP Human Geography exam in 2012 and it is estimated that there are 3,200 AP Human Geography teachers nationwide. As demand for APHG exams increase, so will the demand for qualified teachers."
It is with great pleasure that I can announce to you that a Graduate Certificate Program specifically for AP Human Geography teachers is about to be launched. Offered through the Elmhurst College Online Center, the program will to taught fully online in 8-week sessions. The APHG graduate certificate program curriculum correlates directly with the College Board AP Human Geography established curriculum. This 5-course program can be completed in less than one year. The full announcement is available in this PDF.
Movements toward increased and better education are always an added plus!
"Learn how advances in geospatial technology and analytical methods have changed how we do everything, and discover how to make maps and analyze geographic patterns using the latest tools."
When I was a graduate student at Penn State, I was introduced to some great people and programs and I'm glad to see that the institution has continued to excel and be a leader. You have probably heard of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) and been interested in seeing how this might change higher education in the future. This MOOC is a free 5-week course designed to be an introduction to mapping, GIS and geospatial technologies so you don't need to be a specialists with a mapping background: it's for beginners. I know that many geography teachers tell their students about GIS, but are afraid to teach with GIS because they are worried that it will be too hard. This is an easy on-ramp to 21st century geospatial tools and any geography teacher hoping to modernize their skillset would do well to take this summer course fromthe Program of Online Geospatial Education at Penn State, taught by Dr. Anthony Robinson. For more information on this, see this annoucement from Directions Magazine and from Penn State News.
Resources from National Geographic Education to support teachers and learners of the Advanced Placement Human Geography course.
The National Geographic Education Foundation works to assist teachers to promote the status and quality of geography education. In keeping with that mission they have recently revamped their AP Human Geography page, dividing all their resources according to the 7 major units of the course (in the "tags" section below, I have attempted to do the same):
Tags: APHG, unit 1, unit 2, unit 3, unit 4, unit 5, unit 6, unit 7.
Useful tools for Geography Educators
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A safe way for teachers to text message students and keep in touch with parents.
I've tried numerous methods including Facebook groups and Twitter hashtags as ways to digitally connect with my students through emerging social media platforms. Every method seems to have a few privacy or accessibility issues and this is no expection. However, for this one, I think that the benefits outweigh the negatives and it has much greater privacy control than most. I haven't tried this out yet, but next semester I hope to use this free way to text message all my students (and/or parents) without the privacy issues of sharing cell phone numbers or getting them to sign up for a new social media platform.
Tags: training, edtech, socialmedia, GeographyEducation.
Great way to maintain communication.
This is an interesting possible way to connect with students or organizational members.
The National Council for Geographic Education's Annual Conference 2012 is this week in San Marcos, Texas! I'll excited to hear so many engaging presentations (I'm on page 66). The latest edition of the NCGE newsletter is here as a flipboard and as a PDF. If you are at the conference, I hope you'll say hi!
Tags: NCGE, training, GeographyEducation, aphg.
We suggested ways to teach about Election 2012 and included links to lesson plans and Times features, and we'll be updating the page regularly as the march to the White House proceeds.
The Learning Network has partnered with the NY Times to produce lesson plans for all ages (and all disciplines) on how to teach using the 2012 United States Presidential Election.
Tags: Political, K12, training, education.
Looking for a professional development opportunity? This Fall 2012 eNet Colorado is hosting a series of 5 webinars on spatial thinking. This promises to be a tremendous opportunity.
"The goal of Teaching Using Spatial Analysis 101 is to provide confidence, skills, and the spatial perspective necessary to foster spatial analysis in geography, earth and biological sciences, history, mathematics, computer science, and in other disciplines.
It will accomplish this through a series of hands-on activities where participants investigate a series of fascinating issues relevant to the 21st Century, including population, natural hazards, energy, water, current events, sustainable agriculture, and more. These activities will be supplemented by short readings and reflections that will build a community of educators focused on the value of investigating the world through a spatial perspective."
Facilitator (Teacher): Bianca Katz - Co-Facilitator Facilitator (Teacher): Joseph Kerski Begins: 19 September 2012. Duration: 5 weeks. Location: Online. Cost: USD $75
Tags: training, APHG, Geography Education
This is the second in our series of videos showing educators the main features and applications of QGIS (Quantum GIS) in the classroom. In this video we will...
If you need help downloading and installing there is a video tutorial. Once installed, this simple tutorial gets you started with the free, open-source GIS platform. For more about resources on how to use QGIS, see: http://geographyeducation.org/whats-new/qgis/
Today was the launch for the new AP Human Geogaphy Teacher Community site administered by College Board. This new community allows for more effective discussion management and resource posting than the listerv did. You can access the community by going to http://apcommunity.collegeboard.org/ and logging in with your same user id and password that you use for accessing AP scores and such. If you, or someone you know, is not an audit-approved teacher then they are still welcome to join the community (and I quote, "all educators are welcome"). They will simply go to the same site, click on Human Geography in the drop-down box, and request to join. All membership requests will be processed as quickly as possible. I will most certainly still post the majority of my links here and at http://geographyeducation.org but hope to participate will many of you on this new site as well.
This evening I had the great pleasure of listening to one of my mentors from my days at Penn State, Roger Downs. He spoke brilliantly about the importance of understanding expertise within the fi...
Archived here are the PDF and PPT files from Roger Downs professional development talk presented at the AP Human Geography reading entitled, "Expertise in Geography."
Did you miss the AAG annual meeting this February in New York City? There were some tremendous presentations, panels lectures and plenary sessions. A few of the highlights are archives here on the AAG website.
"Preparing to Teach Social Studies: Geographic Content for the Praxis Exam."
I know that most of my readers are in-service teachers as opposed to pre-service teachers, but I thought it was still worth sharing. Several schools have noticed that without geography classes, social studies teachers have difficulty becoming certified without some core geographic content. As a part of job at the Alliance coordinator for the Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance, I'm giving a workshop tonight at Salve Regina University designed to strengthen pre-service teachers geographic content as outlined on the Praxis Exam. I have prepared these materials with that audience in mind, but if there is anything you find useful, please use it or share it with those that could use it (local School of Education, Alliance, etc). Most of the images in the presentation are hyperlinked to articles, videos and infographics that I have posted here in the past.
Tags: Rhode Island, training, geography education.
This will be abig help when i have to take that exam...Thanks for the info on it.
"Brown University's Choices Program invites secondary level geography teachers to apply for a 2013 Summer Institute that focuses on using the Choices approach and materials to ask What is Where, Why, and So What?"
Applications for this tremendous Summer Institute are due April 8th and I am very pleased to announce that I'll be one of the presenters there at Brown University. I hope that many of seriously consider applying. I look forward to collaborating with all the participants in person (the only cost is travel to and from Providence, RI).
Tags: Rhode Island, APHG, training.
Where are AP Human Geography courses being taught? What other schools in nearby districts also teach a certain AP course? This data has recently be made public (at least it's new to me) so you can find out where classes are being taught. The actual information for particular teachers is not revealed (for some important privacy issues), but this is still a great starting pointing for local and regional collaboration for teachers. Also additional link will show you where AP institutes and workshops are going to be held in the future.
Tags: APHG, training.
Are you a high school teacher looking for some funds for your classroom? The My Community, Our Earth: Global Connections and Exchange Program (PDF) is connecting high school students in the U.S. with their peers abroad (in Bolivia, Ghana, Nicaragua and the Philippines) through virtual online meetings. The Association of American Geographers is especially eager to have AP Human Geography teachers participate in this program. These meetings are arranged through online video conferences, online phone calls and chat sessions using Skype. The purpose of these meetings is to stimulate thinking and collaboration between high school students across international borders around sustainable development themes such as climate change, green economy, food security and hazards and vulnerability, while enriching cultural literacy. We are looking for formal and informal educators in the U.S., at the high school level, who would like to participate with us. For every time that you complete one hour of exchange and submit one MyCOE exercise to our online system, you will receive $300 for your classroom (personal check or Amazon gift card).
Ready to Participate? Please send e-mails to email@example.com.
Tags: AAG, teacher training, APHG.
Could have great potential experiences for the classroom
I love National Geographic’s MapMaker Kit as a great way to have students produce their own oversized Mega Maps (8 rows of 17 columns), especially if you only have access to a printer that p...
Here are 6 lessons and activities designed around National Geographic’s Mega Maps and Tabletop Maps that can be printed with ordinary 8.5 x11 sheets of paper. This is a perfect way to celebrate and get ready for the upcoming Geography Awareness Week (Nov . 11-17).
Tags: mapping, K12, National Geographic, Geography Education.
The 2012 NCGE conference has been tremendous; I plan on sharing many of the resources that I’ve discovered with you over the next few weeks. October 6th is the day of my presentation and I’ve uploaded my slides (with hyperlinks included) here: Empowering Students: The Digitally Curated Textbook.
Tags: training, edtech, NCGE, social media.
Pigskin Geography is a 17-week program that motivates students to learn United States geography by tracking the travels of competing professional football teams with the NFL schedule.
Pigskin Geography is an incredibly dynamic way to teach the geography of the United States. Specifically tailored for 4-6 grade students, this program gives students a series of 17 weekly activities that are adapted to the NFL schedule that week. These questions do NOT rely on football knowledge, but uses this as an opportunity to introduce vocabulary teams, and explore other places. For example: “This week the New Orleans Saints will ‘march’ over Cairo, IL, going to their game in Green Bay, WI. Locate Cairo at the southern end of the Illinois. Cairo is located at the CONFLUENCE of the _______ River and the _________________River.”
Tags: USA, sport, K12, geography, GeographyEducation, training.
Supporting Geographic Education since 1915...
The National Council for Geographic Education hosts "Webinar Wednesday" during the school year which are free for NCGE members. This Wednesday (Sept. 5th) at 8pm Eastern time Charlie Fitzpatrick from ESRI will host a special, free webinar entitled, "Getting Started with ArcGIS Online."
Next week (Sept. 12th) I will be the presenter for the webinar for NCGE members entitled, "Social Media for the Geography Classroom." I look forward to my first webinar on the other side of the screen.
Tags: Training, NCGE, GeographyEducation and edtech
And if you prefer, to can read this as digital flipbook.
Guidelines to run a Family Geography Night at a school or Alliance function...
This week I’ve had the privilege of working with NEGEN (New England Geography Education Network). The great people in the Massachusetts Geographic Alliance have collaborated to create a template to run Family Geography Nights at schools. The Family Nights are incredibly successful in showing the relevance of geography education to administrators, other teachers, parents and the general public.
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I thought I posted this a month ago (at the AP readings when Lili Monk gave me a copy!) but couldn't find the link. Geography education isn't just essential for the social sciences; it's cross-curricular benefits are well-documented. I know this is preaching to the choir, but I hope this gives you 'added ammunition' in defending geography with administrators.
I've mentioned that http://geographyeducation.org is another site that I've created to be a warehouse for the many of resources that are currently listed on this website. While the "tag" function here can is somewhat helpful, I created this parallel site to archive and gather resources in a way that corresponds with how a share them with my students in my World Regional Geography classes at Rhode Island College. First, I gathered all of my favorite resources within a regional context. During the summer, I will be archiving my resources thematically and future projects will continue to build the http://geographyeducation.org site. This is still a work in progress, so please leave comments and I'll try to keep continually improve the sources as well as the format.