Digital resources to strengthen the quality and quantity of geography education in classrooms the world over
Curated by Seth Dixon
Some of the best free professional development opportunities are found online as educators develop Personal Leaning Networks (PLN). This is a sampling of important voices from my PLN, with important links, updates and perspectives--so glad to be a part of your PLNs!
Play the Global development game: identify the world's countries and territories, rank them according to GDP then fingers at the ready for the picture round
This game is not as simple as it may appear. The first round challenges you to be able to recall basic facts, the second has you comparing countries while the third asks you about global current events. Hopefully geography education around the world can get past that '1st round' and into deeper content. Good luck (Hint: use a computer with a mouse since locating the countries on the map is a timed activity).
"See Rome as it looked in 320 AD and fly down to see famous buildings and monuments in 3D. Select the 'Ancient Rome 3D' layer under Gallery in Google Earth."
Although these were designed specifically for GIS day during Geography Awareness Week, these 2 excellent map-based treasure hunts from ESRI are great any time of year. The answer to the question will only pop up in you are zoomed in the the right region (SHIFT + Make a box = Zoom to area). These links will take you to the World Cities quiz and also to the Mountains quiz.
Free travel tip and photos from all over the world...
This map is not a professionally produced map and that is the beauty of this website. Virtually anyone can make a 1-feature world map by simply clicking on a checklist all the countries you want highlighted on your map. Second, opened the file and added some text and a few lines to label it. This took 20 minutes to make with no need for any cartographic or GIS experience (this PNG didn't compress well, the full image of this map can be seen here).
Finding Materials: This site is designed for geography students and teachers to find interesting, current supplemental materials. To search for place-specific posts, browse this interactive map. To search for thematic posts, see http://geographyeducation.org/thematic/ (organized by the APHG curriculum). Also you can search for a keyword by clicking on the filter tab above.
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Using addresses you input and your choice of icons, we add your child’s favorite places to a custom neighborhood map that includes real cartographic features, such as street names and north arrow.
What happens when a city planner becomes a parent? Kids Placemaps! Combining cartographic expertise and a desire to start geography education at a very early age, the founders of Kids Placemaps have personalized a child's geography in a tangible, simple fashion.
A graphic novel to entertain, excite, and educate…and with an experimental interactive comic app as well! Plaid power to the people!
Looking to teach geography and world affairs with a flair? The Plaid Avenger has a new interactive comic book to teach about the geography of Mexico and the geopolitical impacts of the the drug wars in that country. If you've received some value from his work in the past, please consider supporting this endeavor which is pushing the boundaries of educational technologies and platforms.
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.
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.
Learn about the high-tech treasure hunting game being played around the world by adventure seekers! Learn more at http://www.geocaching.com Subscribe to this...
Geocaching is great way to get people outdoors, use geospatial technologies and have fun with the whole family.
What are all these news reporters and school administrators doing in my classroom? Monday, September 24, 2012 was most certainly an interesting day in my Mapping Our Changing World (GEOG 201) class...
One of my students applied some mapping skills and spatial analysis to a string of unsolved bank robberies in Rhode Island. After 7 months of eluding capture with at least 8 robberies under his belt, the "bearded bandit" was apprehended less than 48 hours after my student handed over his analysis to a contact in the police department. Coincidence? I think not! Great work Nic, showing that spatial thinking and geographic skills can be applied to a wide range of disciplines and activities.
|Suggested by Tara Cohen|
I'm a huge fan of Yann Arthus-Bertrand's artistic aerial photography. This image of Rio de Janeiro and the favela is a striking one. I am also posting this to show the how easy the website justpaste.it is to use. Students with no website creation training can produce sharable materials online. Now this isn't the most professional outlet, but I envision some middle school or high school students producing a class project that can be transformed into something that reaches a bigger audience as it is shared with a broader community.
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.
Much like sites that you can rate items up or down, Stratocam let's you can rate the best aerial photography via Google Earth screen shots. There are some beautiful images and places to be discovered through this site. The physical and human landscapes are both intermingled in this fantastic collection of images…be careful, it can be amazingly addictive. On this blog post I've added 13 of my favorite cultural and physical landscapes.
|Suggested by Matt Beiriger|
This site "Map of Strange" is dedicated to showing strange things that can be seen in Google Maps. Displayed here is a beach that I loved to go to growing up in San Diego. Coronado is written in large stones on this part of the beach right next to the red roof of the famous Hotel Del Corondo (this tab is labeled 'writing of the beach').
With the help of satellite images fifth and sixth grade students at Mr. Tim Blum’s geography class at the University of Wyoming Lab School got a birds-eye view of how humans have impacted or modified their environments. Images acquired by satellites decades apart showed cleared forests, irrigated crop fields in the middle of the deserts, altered landscapes (new roads and water bodies), and urban growth.
SD: Geospatial technologies can sound daunting for teachers that don't feel that they are specialists. Yet there are simple ways to make sophisticated technologies very relevant to just about any grade level as this article demonstrates.
On myHistro you can create advanced geolocated timelines that you can play as presentations. Pin your events, videos and photos to the map and share them with friends and family.
This new resource, myHistro, combines interactive maps with timelines to organize stories, journeys or historical events as the move over time and place. By embedding photos, videos and links this creates an incredibly dynamic platform for telling historical and geographic stories. By combining these features, this is a powerful tool to create customized resources for you students. Pictured above is a sample timeline that shows the spatial and temporal journey of the Olympic torch for the 2012 Games.