Global news with a spatial perspective: Interesting, current supplemental materials for geography teachers and students.
Curated by Seth Dixon
"This Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is for people who know something about data analysis and want to learn about the special capabilities of spatial data analysis. Spatial analysis focuses on location to gain a deeper understanding of data. Spatial analysis skills are in high demand by organizations around the world. You'll get free access to the full analytical capabilities of ArcGIS Online, Esri's cloud-based GIS platform. Previous experience with GIS software is helpful, but not necessary for tech-savvy problem solvers. Could you and your career go places with spatial analysis?"
This course starts tomorrow...if you've wanted to learn about GIS with a no-risk on-ramp, this looks to be a safe bet from the worldwide leader in geospatial software. While a grad student at Penn State, I was a TA for a course designed by David DiBiase (the instructor of the MOOC), and I still refer back to that class as one of the best courses to teach geographic skills for the non-geography major.
"Some great geography education resources that can be found on Twitter."
While I might wish to write posts about everything pertinent to geography education that I find on social media, I just don't have the time to do it all. Too many good tweets, not enough time. Periodically I will share a list of tweets that can link you to good resources and help you expand your personal learning network.
"Join us to learn how you can connect your students with students around the world through global collaborative projects. Register at: http://on.natgeo.com/1ymyZdC "
Last night I had the pleasure of attending a tremendously entertaining and incredibly informative professional development evening at the APHG reading (that isn’t an easy combination to pull of either, and he did marvelously). Dr. James Johnson is a trained geographer teaching in the School of Business at the University of North Carolina. His talk, entitled “Disruptive Demographics: Implications for Global Competitiveness” (PDF file available here-- video of an earlier version is here) follows in a tradition of superb presentation at the reading; in 2012, Roger Downs gave a great professional development presentation on geographic expertise.
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Explore educational and professional development resources for teachers and classrooms on Annenberg Media's learner.org. Companion to the Annenberg Media series Power of Place. This site covers the 26 episodes of the world geography course, produced by Cambridge Studios.
"Join Us at http://Geo-Education.org"
The Geo-Educator Community will bring together educators and thought-leaders from different disciplines, age groups, and educational settings, who share a commitment to preparing young people to be successful and responsible citizens of an interconnected world.
If you are passionate about helping your students understand our interconnected world, then you are a geo-educator. National Geographic is currently working alongside other geo-educators to create the Geo-Educator Community.
Join the conversation online: The Geo-Educator Community currently lives on Edmodo. Edmodo is a free and secure educator website which hosts over 28 million teachers and students worldwide.
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A Human Geography Resource; Especially for Teachers
The Human Imprint is home to everything Human Geography related for the student, educator, and the every day Joe/Jane. This site includes geographic related stories, lesson plans, and other links that bring us closer to understanding the “why of where.”
Have you already seen this resource produced by a Chicago AP Human Geography teacher? If not, there's no time like the present!
Elmhurst College’s Skills for the Digital Earth MOOC is a 4-week, online course designed to introduce how location technologies are used in society.
Ever stop to think about how important location is when using your smart phone? This educational MOOC begins with an elementary explanation of how society uses location in a myriad of disciplines. Geography, or rather, "where?" is important to all of us from various perspectives.
Within this MOOC, participants will learn what location technologies are used for, how the discipline developed and learn by doing via a series of scaffolded practical exercises. Online spatial software will be employed for any device using a browser which takes users through exercises and real world examples. It is appropriate for those with no prior experience with geographic information systems (GIS) software all the way to advanced users.
Skills for the Digital Earth will incorporate video lectures, interaction opportunities and discussion forums. Each module will feature a quiz and activities, and participants will receive a badge after each completed module to be used to demonstrate skills mastered.
I am very excited about this free MOOC offered through the Elmhurst College Online Center (they also offer the Graduate Certificate Program for AP Human Geography teachers). The instructor, Dr. Rich Schultz is the Associate Director of the National Geospatial Technologies Center of Excellence.
Professor Seth Dixon shares over 50 of his favorite geography videos in this online map http://bit.ly/KDY6C2
Have you ever wanted to watch a video and to have a map handy at the same time? Ever since I first watched Raiders of the Lost Ark, I love the idea of combining video with maps. I produced this bare-bones map on ArcGIS online to spatially index over 50 videos that I enjoy using in my classes; all are place-specific videos (so they can be ‘located’ on the map). These videos have also been shared here earlier, but this map can function as a more user-friendly way to search for engaging video clips. Do you have a great place-based video that teaches the principles of geography that you love? Please share the URL in the comments section with a brief paragraph.
"This past evening UKEdChat focused on teaching and learning Geography. Aimed at educators teaching Geography at all levels, the session shared ideas, resources, apps, pedagogy, blogs…in fact, anything that supports the teaching and learning process in the subject."
If you haven't ever followed a Twitter chat, they can be incredible sources for teaching ideas, resources, and geographic content. This last week #UKEdChat's topic was geography and if you missed it, they archived the highlights of the chat here. Consider listening to (and joining in) the conversations on #geographyteacher, #APHG, #sschat and many others.
"Are you looking for a way to promote geography in your school in a way that involves students, parents, other teachers and administrators? A Family Geography can absolutely help. Here are some guidelines to run a Family Geography night at a school or an Alliance function."
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. These Family Nights are incredibly successful in showing the relevance of geography education to administrators, other teachers, parents and the general public.
"Introducing Geography News Network. Global culture, science, history and political stories have become a key component of Maps101 through weekly stories and associated lesson plans. This year sees the addition of 5 brand new authors bringing engaging stories from a range of perspectives."
I am delighted to announce that I will be one of the new authors that will be writing for Maps 101's newest educational platform: the Geography News Network. Many schools and districts across the country have subscriptions to this online service that provides thousands of supplemental materials and lesson plans for geography, earth science, history and social studies teachers. If your school district does not currently have a subscription, you can sign up for a free trial subscription.
The Stanford History Education Group has amassed some great resources for social studies teachers. Their chief resources is a program called Reading Like a Historian. The program has 71 stand-alone lessons for U.S. History organized within 11 units. These lessons span colonial to Cold War America and cover a range of political, social, economic, and cultural topics. They are continuing to expand the Reading Like a Historian program to World History. Currently there are 15 lessons from across the world history sequence with more lesson plans under development that will be released in the next few months.
"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.
Earlier this summer the T3G participants had an informal lightning talk session with many people sharing their favorite educational, geospatial or professional development tools. I was amazed as some of the incredible projects these fantastic educator are involved with and I didn’t have time to properly credit all the speakers, but this was the best I could do to capture some incredible projects. Below are some of the links:
GIS and GEOSPATIAL in EDUCATION
Seth Dixon, a Rhode Island College geography professor and the coordinator of the RI Geography Education Alliance, gave the keynote address at the Thinking Geographically about International Issues 2013 summer institute, in a talk entitled What Does Good Geography Teaching Look Like?
I was delighted to speak at Brown University this summer as a part of the Choices Program's summer institute. This is the video of that talk (as well as the hyperlinked slides) that is my modest attempt to tackle such a monumental question in my profession.
Join us for an informative session on the newest program available to AP Human Geography teachers of any level. We'll look at the data behind the program's development as well as the program components and options available.
I'm pleased to announce a FREE Webinar about the AP Human Geography Online Graduate Program at Elmhurst College on Aug. 7 at 8:00 PM EST. Sponsored by GIS Etc., the webinar will answer questions about the program and what is included in the professional development experience.
Scholarships have reduced the costs by $600 per course for all NCGE members who are public school teachers.
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.
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.
What Does Good GeographyTeaching Look Like? Answering the Big Questions in Geography.
I'm presenting today at a summer institute entitled, Thinking Geographically About International Issues for The Choices Program (housed at Brown University). This is a preview for what will be discussed there.
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.
"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. Here is the link to the other parts of the test.