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Launched in 1987 by presidential proclamation, Geography Awareness Week is an annual opportunity for families and schools to engage in fun, educational experiences that draw attention to geo-literacy and the importance of geographic understanding.
Geography Awareness Week is right around the corner (Nov. 18-22)! The Theme is GEOGRAPHY AND THE NEW AGE OF EXPLORATION. Here are some resources that we are using in Rhode Island. What is your local Geographic Alliance doing? If you don't know, now is a great time to join.
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"What do you think of when you hear the word literacy? Depending on what you teach, chances are geography is not the first thought that comes to mind. But believe it or not, geography and literacy naturally share many similarities. And you can deepen students’ learning in both geography and literacy when they are integrated in the curriculum."
The geography and literacy connection helps new generation student apply common core to better be prepared in the 21st century for vocation and keen awareness of geopgraphy, history and the world around them. Common core allows them to apply critical thinking and connections to the wolrd around them including a thurough understanding of geopgraphy. History and geography are being integrated to apply a different way of preparing students and creating a better awareness of changes in our world. literacy will not only be focused on reading but studying and analyzing data and statistics that help them become better integrated in the world around them.
Geography provides a lot of fundamental knowledge and gives you also a sense of place, which I find very relevant in times of globalization where you belong everywhere and nowhere simultaneously.
Understanding key terminology in geography is paramount to demonstrating deep knowledge of geographical concepts.
Join me and National Geographic's Great Nature Project in exploring the great nature all around us!
Join National Geographic in celebrating the great nature all around us! Go outside and snap a photo of plants and animals you find. Upload photos with #GreatNature. Add #animal to animal photos. View photos from around the world at greatnatureproject.org.
Tags: biogeography, National Geographic. images.
I am requesting you do this and send me a copy of your pictures as well!
Something for that class set of cameras!
"FOUND is a curated collection of photography from the National Geographic archives. In honor of our 125th anniversary, we are showcasing photographs that reveal cultures and moments of the past. Many of these photos have never been published and are rarely seen by the public. We hope to bring new life to these images by sharing them with audiences far and wide. Their beauty has been lost to the outside world for years and many of the images are missing their original date or location."
How have I not found National Geographic FOUND until now? The curators post approximately 2 pictures a day that generally have never been published before; the result is an archive that is a wonderfully eclectic treasure trove. There are simply too many great teaching images to share them individually. Pictured above is the Sutherland Falls which thunders down a 1,904-foot drop from Lake Quill in New Zealand (January 1972, Photo by James L. Amos). I consider National Geographic FOUND as a must see and will include it in my list of best scoops (filed under the tag zbestofzbest).
Tags: perspective, National Geographic. images, zbestofzbest.
I think that is a manigficient photo i can't believe that these phoos nev been published and also missing their original location.
These pictures are awesome. It would be nice to know the locations of some of the pictures to compare them to images now.
this is amazing!
"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.
Tags: common core, English, NCGE, National Geographic, geography education, teacher training.
The common-core standards present an ambiguous message on how to draw information from maps and charts, Phil Gersmehl says.
Written by Phil Gersmehl, the author of Teaching Geography, this article shows how teachers can read maps to gather contextual information about places in a way that fosters deeper learning. The Common Core ELA standards emphasize a "close reading," but the examples of reading of maps and charts are often rather superficial. The National Geographic has recently produced Connections to be a guide for teachers of both geography and English to see how the two are interrelated and to promote geo-literacy for a more profound appreciation for spatial analysis and place-based knowledge.
Tags: English, National Geographic, geography education, spatial, teacher training, mapping.
This is a resource i feel would be relevant to those students who struggle to be egaged in their reading
This can be used on readers on many different level
the reading maps foccus on language arts, Its description is communicated through charts, graphs, and maps intead of normal paragraphs and text
New geologic map helps scientists understand ancient volcano’s roots and contemporary rock falls.
On a personal note, my very first globe and National Geographic magazines were given to me by my grandparents who noticed I had an affinity for all things geographic. They lived just outside Yosemite Park and they made sure I explored it frequently while I was growing up so I have a soft spot for this particular national park. My grandmother informed me that El Capitan was the largest single piece of granite on Earth and my skeptical 3rd grade mind replied, "Is that a fact or an opinion?" Informal geographic education had a greater impact on my educational path than the formal K-12 curriculum. Without those simple nudges, I doubt I would be a geographer today.
Tags: California, physical, geomorphology, erosion, landforms.
From the food we eat to the energy, transportation, and water we all need, a warmer world will bring big changes for everyone.
B Sinica: This article touches every aspect of geography from culture to climate [considering] how the growing population plays the biggest role in determining the future of life on Earth. People need to recognize the problems and potential future issues with global warming and the rapidly changing environment. Though not many issues can be prevented or even solved, the least we can do is try to lessen the severity of devastation and prolong the current conditions as much as possible before the world becomes too extreme to manage.
Some tangible ways that climate change can impact us in the future:
Tags: climate change, environment, environment adapt, sustainability. National Geographic.
Climate change is going to affect how we live in the future. It will cause lack of food, energy sources, health risks, climate changes, drought etc. It is because of our growing population and the amount of people the world has to take care of for all of us to survive. We are also using too many of its resources too quickly. What could we do now to try to slow down the process of it happening?
"A canyon is a deep, narrow valley with steep sides."
This encyclopedic entry is a concise explanation of the environmental forces that create canyons.
Tags: water, physical, geomorphology, landforms, National Geographic.
Canyons are really cool to look at, but they also tell stories. The various layers of rock can be dated based on crystal structures and possible organic content in sediment, and the eroded sides can be traced back to wind, or in some areas, water-based erosion patterns. I think that shows that one does not just have to look at the rocks, but one can use their imagination to view history, and even infinite time by considering that the canyons are transient and shifting messages that are carved into rocks by the world, and the universe. I think that where the article said people have relied on and depended on canyons, it brings to the surface more illumination of the immense convenience of humans having everything they need to survive- just on this one planet... Food, clothes, shelter, can be created by what is around us. It is like we were put here with resources- it sorta feels like some of the Sim games. I do believe aliens are responsible for putting what is now known as the human species on this planet, and I do believe in the abstract yet artificial terraformation of Earth by aliens. Canyons erode, and die away, as do humans. I can't help but believe that they are messages from the natural universe, along with the material resource provisions that have been so widely abundant for humans on this planet.
See a photo of an aerial view of a terraced rice field in China and download free wallpaper from National Geographic.
This image shows is one of the more beautiful cultural landscapes that shows the great extent of agricultural modifications of the environment. National Geographic's photo of the day is a great source for images that start class discussions and can enliven class content. You may download a high resolution version of the image here.
Tags: National Geographic, agriculture, landscape, China.
LOVED touring @natgeo hq's today; thisspecial shark camera helped produce this video video.nationalgeographic.com/video/news/ani… twitter.com/APHumanGeog/st…— Seth Dixon (@APHumanGeog) February 28, 2013
LOVED touring @natgeo hq's today; thisspecial shark camera helped produce this video video.nationalgeographic.com/video/news/ani… twitter.com/APHumanGeog/st…
To see videos (and many more pictures) of the National Geographic Society's headquarters, visit the Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance site. Especially interesting was National Geographic's production of a Cuba map.
The Road Map Project brings together experts in geography, education, and research to chart a course for the large-scale improvement of K-12 geography education in the U.S.
Some great educators and geographers have collaborated to design a "road map" for the future of geography education. This is their report.
Tag: National Geographic, geography education.
Ocean maps - National geographic
Tag: National Geographic, geography education.
Why should we learn about human migration? ow.ly/gCai8 twitter.com/NatGeoEducatio…— NatGeo Education (@NatGeoEducation) January 7, 2013
Why should we learn about human migration? ow.ly/gCai8 twitter.com/NatGeoEducatio…
I like this as it also sets up the beginning of the lesson if you were were unsure what to do with this.
Migration is what is need in order for the human race to relate to one another and survive. This shows us how we can learn form Migration from a geographical stand point. If you look at the Geography of how and where people move you will it will help you to develop a sense of what is next to come or what is needed to survive.
Explore the world’s new coastlines if sea level rises 216 feet.
If all the ice in the world melted, we wouldn't have a post-apocalytic scenario like Kevin Costner's "waterworld," but it still would have an enormous global impact. This interactive feature highlights the locations of places that would be submerged in the most extreme example of hypothetical sea level changes. What would some of these changes be?
This is perfect for a unit on climate change and global warming. I would definitely recommend this in geography classes because it is a wake up call. Students can see the effects of climate change and draw their own conclusions about what they believe about this. I would use this with in coorelation with a video about global warming, or even use this as a webquest activity.
#stopburningfossilfuels or #goodbyeflorida
Aside from the mass devastation i think it would be pretty cool of all the ice melted. As the interactive map shows there would be in inland sea in australia which i can turn into the AUs great lakes. Also imagine the possiblility of being able to take a vacation to antartica and not having to dress for absurdly negative tempatures, all the undiscovered land and preservated fossils. It would be a interestling link to the past that only in the future we could experience.
"By 2030, two out of three people will live in an urban world, with most of the explosive growth occurring in developing countries. For a preview of the future, the last in the Challenges for Humanity series explores São Paulo, Brazil; Lagos, Nigeria; Bangkok, Thailand; and Hyderabad, India."
This magazine feature is filled with resources for teaching urban geography and development. In this feature you'll find 8 videos, articles, maps and images discuss some of the geographic factors that have created megacities and the difficulties that they pose for future development.
Tags: urban, megacities, unit 7 cities, National Geographic.
Remember we talked about megacities last week?
The mega city revlution has started and accroing to stastics its only to get more popular. The creattion of these mega cities has trasformed where people want to live, while also helping to bring nations stability though creation on these mega cities. It was said that with in 30 years more than 60% of the population will live in cities. Theses megacities are desirable, they help to stablize a country and have almost doubbled in number since the 1990's. It will be intereesting to see how the effects of megacites play out on the eniorment and ecnomny in the futre though.
Cities are attractive places to live. They host local entertainment, culture and are very lively.But with the increasing number of city dewellers in years to come i can see people easily forgetting their roots. This can also become a massive enviromental problems if citys start to expolde in numbers but the cities resources remain stagnet. Imagine a city like LA doubling in numbers the water supply in surrounding areas would be erraticacted.
"Water is an essential theme in social studies, science, and geography. Whether teaching about natural or human systems, water is part of the story. This course, framed around California's Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI), focuses on ocean and freshwater topics and strategies for teaching environmental topics in Grades 4-8. Resources and support are provided for how to use EEI to implement Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy."
This new MOOC on water resources in California is project supported by National Geographic Education and Annenberg Learner. This is a course is designed to span the disciplines and create an awareness in students about environmental issues that impact them.
Tags: consumption, California, water, environment, resources, environment depend.
Starts in October.
I find this video very informative because I didn’t know, that they have this type of course. I feel this course should be teach in every classroom around the United States, because is not only the adult that needs to learn how to protect the environment. We also need to educate our children because they are the future of America. I think that by taking this class people will learn which places have the more environmental problem, and by becoming more aware of the issue , we all together will find the solution.
Hijab is an Islamic concept of modesty and privacy, most notably expressed in women’s clothing that covers most of the body.
What is the geography of hijab? Covering one's head pre-dates Islam in the Middle East but many associate this practice strictly with Islam and only for women--read this article (with teaching tips and supplemental resources) for more context on this cultural and religious practice.
Tags: Islam, perspective, religion, culture, National Geographic.
The recently revised Geography for Life standards have been aligned to show how geographic skills can be taught within the Common Core framework. The National Geographic Society, in cooperation with the National Council for Geographic Education and the Network of Alliances for Geographic Education created Connections to be that link (for grade specific Common Core/Geography resources click here).
So how is this to be done? This storymap shows ten great examples of maps that can be used as reading documents, one for each of the 10 ELA Reading Standards.
Tags: mapping, English, GIS, ESRI, geography education, geospatial, edtech.
wow very interesting
Very important way of communication!
Increasinglly the historiography of Freemasonry will be mpaced by he discipiine of historical geogrphy combining empirical data, place and narrative drama and code.
"Although 75% of the planet is a relatively unchanging ocean of blue, the remaining 25% of Earth's surface is a dynamic green. Data from the NASA/NOAA Suomi NPP satellite is able to detect these subtle differences in greenness. The resources on this page highlight our ever-changing planet, using highly detailed vegetation index data from the satellite, developed by scientists at NOAA. The darkest green areas are the lushest in vegetation, while the pale colors are sparse in vegetation cover either due to snow, drought, rock, or urban areas. Satellite data from April 2012 to April 2013 was used to generate these animations and images."
As displayed in this fabulous video, NOAA has produced in-depth information about the Earth's dynamic vegetation layers. This is a great example of how remote sensing data can enhance our understanding of the planet; additionally it is packaged in a very user-friendly format for a wide ranges of audiences. For great static images of this data layer, National Geographic has produced this great gallery.
Tags: physical, remote sensing, geospatial, biogeography.
This is something to check out if you want to see first hand look at the green and not so green places on our planet. It really makes you see the parts of the world that get enough rain and the areas that don't that makes what we see from Satellite images from space.
Useful insiight how we humans can change the world!
In this interview with Rosemary Wardley (senior GIS cartographer at National Geographic Maps) she offers tips on how to evaluate the landscape to do well on the game, GeoGuessr. If you haven't played GeoGuessr, you've got to try it out. It displays 5 locations in GoogleMaps StreetView and you have to guess where the images are located. You can pan and zoom in the StreetView to explore the landscape and find more context clues as to where that location is. It's a fantastic exploration exercise.
Tags: landscape, place, trivia.
This has great potential for a education geography tool. Very creative!
Say goodbye to getting anything done...
What is a border? What is a peninsula? A look into why geography is important to understand as students around the country prepare for the 2013 National Geog...
I loved participating at the Rhode Island Geography Bee this weekend. This video was shared with all the parents, teachers and students to help them understand that while the Bee may focus on specific bits of knowledge/trivia, it is the beginning and a foundation for spatial thinking to understand patterns and processes.
Tags: geo-inspiration, geography education.
This is a short video about why Geography is an important subject inhelping to understand the world in which we live.
Q1) Based on the information in this video, would you consider Geography as a broad subject and why?
Q2) Why do you believe that Geography is important? (Using examples from the video and your own opinion)
"Students are introduced to the physical and human features of Afghanistan."
This tremendous set of resources is the result of a partnership between The Choices Program (housed at Brown University) and National Geographic Education. This link takes you to a portal with lesson plans, videos, maps, student worksheets, etc. These are some of the materials that form the core of the Choices Program Summer Institute that focuses on the United States' involvement in Afghanistan.
Tags: Afghanistan, political, culture, Central Asia, National Geographic.
De-extinction is a new term for to me but this week a TEDx conference hosted by National Geographic focused completely on this concept on the possibility of reviving formerly extinct species. Just because we think we can bring back a lost species, does that mean we should? What would be the benefits? Disadvantages?
I've read enough about passenger pigeons to know that beyond overhunting, the species went extinct as large swaths of North American forests became fragmented and modified. While we may be able to theoretically bring back a species, we cannot rewind the clock and bring all the essential ingredients to their former ecosystem that allowed them to thrive in the first place. De-extinction would NOT be repairing the world so that it was as if the extinction never happened, since other species in the ecosystem have adapted to their absence. Given the length of their absence, could these be considered "invasive species?"
Tags: biogeography, environment, National Geographic, environment modify, ecology, historical, TED.
In #NatGeo with engineers from Remote Imaging.Very cool.CritterCams and remote flying cameras. twitter.com/lkeysmathews/s…— Lisa Keys Mathews (@lkeysmathews) February 27, 2013
In #NatGeo with engineers from Remote Imaging.Very cool.CritterCams and remote flying cameras. twitter.com/lkeysmathews/s…
Today I've been at the the National Geographic headquarters in Washington D.C. with other Geography Education Alliance coordinators. They have the coolest toys to capture some amazing footage, including crittercams.
Seen one of these used on mt washington to get aerial footage of people on the summit.
January 19, 2013—The West African nation of Mali is making headlines after a wave of French military actions on Islamic extremist groups now controlling the northern part of the country. National Geographic Senior Writer Peter Gwin has...
This 6-minute video clip is a good way to help students understand the ethnic and geopolitical context of the Mali conflict. What impact did the superimposed borders of colonialism have in creating the conflict?
Tags: Mali, Africa, borders, political, conflict, war, colonialism, National Geographic.
La crisi propera no es deixa fer prou atenció als canvis geopolítics a l' Africa.