Digital resources to strengthen the quality and quantity of geography education in classrooms the world over
Curated by Seth Dixon
I was glad to present in Washington D.C., and for any who could not attend, it was designed as a "first foray" into using ArcGIS online and chance to discover great web maps for every unit of APHG.
"As the proud publisher of both Journal of Geography and The Geography Teacher, the official publications of the NCGE, we couldn't be more excited to join the NCGE in Washington, DC for their 100th Anniversary Conference. We will be offering NCGE members and attendees FREE ACCESS to specially selected content which reflects core themes of this special meeting: Korea, Pedagogy, Educational Policy, Spatial Thinking, and Technology - 100 articles for 100 years!" http://bit.ly/celebrate-geoedu
The National Council for Geographic Education is having their 100th conference this week (#NCGE100). The Journal of Geography has recently TRIPLED its impact factor and The Geography Teacher is growing from 2 issues a year to 4. These are fabulous resources (and great reasons to become a member of NCGE). The link above is a collection of great articles over the years linked to the themes of the conference; here are free articles from the Journal of Geography and some free articles/lesson plans from The Geography Teacher.
A judge in Argentina orders the seizure of assets of firms drilling for oil around the Falklands, but it is unclear how it can be enforced.
Are they the Falklands or Las Malvinas? It's not just a simple linguistic translation but also a statement of territoriality and geopolitical recognition in this festering situation. For a great teaching resource on the historical ebbs and flows in this longstanding dispute between Argentina and the UK, see the second slideshow in this series of AP Human Geography talks that was given at NCGE two years ago.
"If you're concerned about Common Core and how geography fits in then don't miss this informative event. We'll dive into resources that were designed to expand the definition of text, show the alignment between the ELA common core standards and Geography for Life along with suggesting teaching ideas. This presentation will focus on the ELA and Geography Interconnections document that was created to support educators. The session will also highlight the National Geographic Common Core website and the resources available. Join us for a look into Common Core Standards and Geography Education!"
NCGE and National Geographic Education have partnered to bring you the first free partnership webinar of the 2013-2014 NCGE Webinar Series! This webinar is tomorrow evening (Wednesday August 28th, 9:00pm EDT) so register ASAP! I've posted some resources in the past about how geography and the Common Core can be aligned; this webinar will pull together years of work to ensure that geography does not get squeezed out of the curriculum.
6 conference presentations on various economic and political geography topics given at NCGE 2013 as a part of the APHG strand.
The last two mornings in Denver, CO there was a series of presentations of economic and political geography given in front of a capacity crowd. 6 of the educators have agreed to share the slides of their presentations with the broader geography education community and you can access them all here. See also this livebinder with resources for teaching APHG to 9th graders (which can be adapted to older students as well). This was a fantastic professional development event and we are all thankful that they were willing to share these resources.
The keynote address of the NCGE conference in Denver was given by Ken Jennings of Jeopardy fame and the author of Maphead (and yes I was super excited to meet a fellow map geek and BYU grad). "Everything is better with maps," Jennnings said, and geographers often try to say that we do more than just look at maps, but mapping technologies should be embraced as a way to help make geography be the placed-centered part of other academic disciplines. He also mentioned the great advantage and challenge we have with mapping technologies in building greater spatial thinking skills for our students today. One the one hand, maps are so interactive today that the application are endless. On the other hand, if we allow our GPS devices to do all of the spatial and navigational thinking for us, our minds will lose those skills. As we use (and refrain from using technology) appropriately, spatial thinking and mapping can only make everything better.
This is a five-course part-time program that can be completed in less than one year. Offered through the Elmhurst College Online Center, the program is fully online in eight-week sessions. This program correlates directly with the College Board AP® Human Geography."
NCGE has recently announced that they are willing to offer scholarships to reduce the cost of Elmhurst College's Graduate Certificate Program in Human Geography for AP. Each course is $1950 per class, and every NCGE member that is a current teacher can receive a scholarship of $600 (reducing the per course cost down to $1350 per class). Not currently a member of the NCGE? Join today.
This article from the NCGE provides 10 ideas on how to prepare ninth graders for the AP Human Geography Exam. Although tailored specifically for the youngest of test-takers, these strategies are good ideas for any teacher trying to help students do well on the exam.
This screenshot is of a great article in this month's edition of NCGE's newsletter focusing on rural lands and recent changes to rural systems. Follow the link for the whole newsletter as a flipbook (PDF here) including an edition of Geography in the News on Siberia's Northern Railway.
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.
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!
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.
NCGE now offers weekly “Bell-Ringers” or daily questions for your AP classes delivered to your inbox. To receive this member benefit, click the button below. You will be directed to the NCGE online store. Click on "APHG Bell-Ringers" in the Featured Products section. You will be directed to the members log-in page. Once logged in, you will proceed to the "check-out" to complete your registration. Non-members, please purchase the appropriate membership. Once your payment has been accepted, you will be able to register for the bell-ringers.
The National Council for Geographic Education is a non-profit organization, chartered in 1915 to enhance the status and quality of geography teaching and learning.
Wednesday, Sept. 14th webinar "Navigating the Challenges of Teaching Geography to 9th graders."