How many apps do students have on their smartphones? How many of them pertain to their school work? I would say none. But these apps are a good way to have students easily look up facts and numbers about poverty, population, economy, culture, etc. A teacher can easily do an in class assignment with these apps. A 'webquest' like activity with the app would be really fun as well. I would recommend these apps for all social studies teachers to use. the information is easily available for students and teachers. And since it is on their phone, they take their education home with them.
This link might be too provocative for a freshman or sophomore class, but when doing a unit on technology in a geography class, links like these that show how technology should not be used, is a perfect way to teach students a lesson on responsibilty. I would recommend this to all teachers that plan to use technology in their classrooms and show the affects when technology is used the wrong way. Technology is the best thing we have but it is also the worst thing. As teachers we can use this to instill responsibility in our students and show them what happens when things like that are said.
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.
Next week is Geography Awareness Week. National Geographic Education has highlighted some of their activities for the week. I've put together a collection of other online activities to use during Geography Awareness Week.
This website has interesting links to games and maps to introduce in a classroom. I would recommend this to any geography teacher because not only do students love using the internet but they also love playing games. The more colorful and interactive the better.
I would use this on a computer lab day or even during a unit that introduces maps and how to correctly make and use them.
These interactive images are great to introduce in a unit that involves climate, global warming, natural disasters, etc. It also riases awareness and gives students a satellite image of the damage caused by natural disasters. Since this is a current event, it would work great because of its relevancy.
This interactive website also allows teachers to pose provoking questions that involve the role of the government and aiding nations after a disaster, or teach responsibility of students as citizens of the united states.
This website has games that can easily be incorporated in a geography class. Teachers can use this when they are introducing countries and continents. Students can use this as a way to prepare for a map quiz. I recommend games like these because who doesnt like games? Games are a great way to get students involved in class. Games like these are fun and students dont realize that they are actually learning something.
"In the last of a series of programmes exploring global population for the award-winning This World strand, Rosling presents an 'as live' studio event featuring cutting-edge 3D infographics painting a vivid picture of a world that has changed in ways we barely understand – often for the better."
Rosling does a great job speaking of poverty and population. This would be an awesome text to use in a unit about poverty. This can be incorporated in a history class, economics class, sociology class, even an anthropology class if it is offered in highschools.
It is a perfect length video that can be used to introduce a writing assignment, a research project, or an in class group assignment. But it also shows the extremety of poor vs. rich. From what I have seen students like to state their opinions about issues like this. Teachers may have to watch out how they introduce this into their topic or discussion, but it is a worthwhile source to use.
"I recently saw this map in a Washington Post article about modern day slavery and was immediately was struck by the spatial extent and amount of slaves in today’s global economy. As stated in that article, “This is not some softened, by-modern-standards definition of slavery. These 30 million people are living as forced laborers, forced prostitutes, child soldiers, child brides in forced marriages and, in all ways that matter, as pieces of property, chattel in the servitude of absolute ownership.” This map shows some important spatial patterns that seem to correlate to economic and cultural factors."
I particularly like this because not only can I use this in a lesson about different maps but I can also connect this to history and today. This is a map of modern day slavery around the world. Not only should this entice students to learn more, but it makes it easy for them to learn spatial patterns that correlate with history, economy, and culture.
This can also be used in a history class, economics class, and sociology class. I would recommend teachers to use this map or ones similar to this for a day's lesson because it covers so many other topics than just geography.
This is a good read for anyone who is going to be a social studies teacher.
I am not sure that I would recommend this in my classroom but all teachers can benefit from this.
He introduces geography as a way to connect with the world. Learning geography adds perspective and insight into the rest of the world. In geography we can pose thought provoking questions to students that gets them to start thinking differently than they do now.
Geocaching is a treasure hunting game where you use a GPS to hide and seek containers with other participants in the activity. Geocaching.com is the listing service for geocaches around the world.
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For a high school geography class, ap or not, this is a great way for students to use technology to benefit their knowledge of the enviornement and community they live in. I would recommend this too all geography, even history, teachers.
Geocashing is a treasure hunt where students use their phone's GPS to find hidden objects around their community.
I would use this throughout the whole year in my class. I have seen this being used as an extra credit assignment as well as a group project. Students for the most part have responded well to this.
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