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Thinking Geographically About International Issues

Thinking Geographically About International Issues | Geography Education | Scoop.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?"

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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).  


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Peter Phillips's comment, March 15, 2013 4:31 PM
I like the title "what is where, why and so what?"
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Where is an AP course being taught?

Where is an AP course being taught? | Geography Education | Scoop.it

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.   


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Recruiting High School Teachers

Recruiting High School Teachers | Geography Education | Scoop.it
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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 mycoe@aag.org


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Courtney Holbert's curator insight, February 3, 2013 10:21 PM

Could have great potential experiences for the classroom

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Make your own Mega Map

Make your own Mega Map | Geography Education | Scoop.it
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). 


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The Digitally Curated Textbook–My NCGE Presentation

The Digitally Curated Textbook–My NCGE Presentation | Geography Education | Scoop.it

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.


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I really liked the post and found it very useful. Thank you....
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Pigskin Geography

Pigskin Geography | Geography Education | Scoop.it
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.

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Christopher John's curator insight, April 23, 2014 2:14 PM

Football Stuff for Geography

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NCGE Webinar Schedule

NCGE Webinar Schedule | Geography Education | Scoop.it
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.     


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*New*--AP Teacher Communities

*New*--AP Teacher Communities | Geography Education | Scoop.it

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. 

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Expertise in Geography (Files)

Expertise in Geography (Files) | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"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 field of geography."

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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."

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Rich Schultz's curator insight, November 18, 2014 3:02 PM

Can't go wrong with Roger Downs...

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This scoop tells us the importance within the expertise of geography by providing a presentation from a college class in Penn State. In the presentation, most aspects of geography are discussed on a more broad level and the overall relative importance of geography within today's society. I understand how geography matters in a relative sense, but this presentation gave me a more in depth look on how an expertise of geography is beneficial on many levels. Through examples and real world problems, it explains how solutions can be brought up by solving them geographically. 

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2012 Annual Meeting Videos

2012 Annual Meeting Videos | Geography Education | Scoop.it

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.  

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Regional Geography

Making the connections...

 

Thinking geographically is in essence about making the connections between themes, across regions and at a variety of scales.  

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AP Human Geography Models and Theories

AP Human Geography Models and Theories | Geography Education | Scoop.it

This is a great public Prezi that covers many (all?) of the models and theories that are a part of the AP Human Geography course.  I love it when teachers digitally share their resources, so others can benefit from their class work.   

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APHG Graduate Certificate Program

APHG Graduate Certificate Program | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"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." 

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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.

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Heather Ramsey's comment, March 6, 2013 8:33 PM
This is awesome! In my opinion, there are not enough graduate programs in Geography Education, especially online. Thanks for posting this information!
Sharla Shults's curator insight, March 8, 2013 6:36 PM

Movements toward increased and better education are always an added plus!

Greg Hill's comment, March 10, 2013 3:45 PM
This is great
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Maps and the Geospatial Revolution

Maps and the Geospatial Revolution | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"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."

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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.    


Tags: GIS, teacher training, mapping, cartography, geospatial, edtech, geography education, unit 1 GeoPrinciples.

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Leigha Tew's comment, November 6, 2013 9:41 PM
GIS is redefining mapping skills. In 21st Century education, it is crucial that we communicate GIS literacy in our geography curriculums and classrooms. As a geography teacher it is, therefore, also crucial that I have a thorough and sound knowledge of this field. This course could strongly assist such an understanding as professional development throughout my teaching career.
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NatGeo's APHG page

NatGeo's APHG page | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Resources from National Geographic Education to support teachers and learners of the Advanced Placement Human Geography course.
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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):

  1. Geography: Its Nature and Perspectives
  2. Population
  3. Cultural Patterns and Processes
  4. Political Organization of Space
  5. Agriculture and Rural Land Use
  6. Industrialization and Economic Development
  7. Cities and Urban Land Use

Tags: APHG, unit 1, unit 2, unit 3, unit 4, unit 5, unit 6, unit 7.

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Steven Sutantro's curator insight, December 20, 2012 8:31 PM

Useful tools for Geography Educators

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It's Worth knowing about it!

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Remind 101

Remind 101 | Geography Education | Scoop.it
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.

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mkauls's comment, October 14, 2012 1:03 PM
I use this with all my classes and I would recommend it! It's simple and very easy to use and teach parents/students to sign up.
Courtney Holbert's curator insight, February 3, 2013 10:47 PM

Great way to maintain communication. 

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, March 2, 2013 9:25 AM

This is an interesting possible way to connect with students or organizational members.

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NCGE Conference 2012

NCGE Conference 2012 | Geography Education | Scoop.it

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!


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Election 2012: Teaching Ideas and Resources

Election 2012: Teaching Ideas and Resources | Geography Education | Scoop.it

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. 


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Isn't That Spatial? Overview of Online Spatial Thinking and Digital Maps Course

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


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QGIS for Educators: Basics of QGIS

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/


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Geography for a Flat World

Geography for a Flat World | Geography Education | Scoop.it
News, Articles and Community for district-level decision makers in K-12 education. Magazine published monthly, with daily news and blogs and online content. Archives available.

 

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.   

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Regional Geography Resources

Regional Geography Resources | Geography Education | Scoop.it

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.     

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NCGE resources for AP Human Geography

NCGE resources for AP Human Geography | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Supporting Geographic Education since 1915...

 

The National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) has compiled resources that can benefit AP Human Geography teachers.  Especially of note is a list of way to help prepare 9th grade students for the AP exam.

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