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RIGEA

RIGEA | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

The Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance (RIGEA) is commited to promoting geographic education and geo-literacy in the Ocean State.  You can join the Alliance for free to receive newsletters and updates. We encourage you to visit our main website as well as our various social media profiles.

 

RIGEA Sites: Main Website, Facebook Page, Twitter.

Important Contacts:

To talk to the Alliance Coordinator, you can email Seth Dixon.  If you need to contact our Administrative Assistant, you can email atibbetts@ric.edu.

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Map Center: in PVD

Map Center: in PVD | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

"Do You LOVE Maps? Or do you just need one – FAST? You have found the original amazing storeful (in Providence, RI) of maps, globes, atlases, charts, and accessories for travel, recreational, decorative, academic and business use.

We are best known nowadays for pinboard maps and magnetic maps that are attentively handcrafted from quality materials. Plus, we stock the greatest selection of map tacks and pins, plain and fancy."

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Have you ever walked into this treasure on the East Side of Providence?  Giving the economic models today, a store specializing in paper maps is not destined to stick around forever and I recommend checking it out.  The alliance is working with them to find great local mapping resources into more schools. 

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2017 Summer Institute in Washington D.C.

2017 Summer Institute in Washington D.C. | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

The Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance will be selecting two middle school educators (Grades 6-8) to attend an all-expense paid summer workshop at National Geographic Society’s headquarters in Washington, DC, June 24-28, 2017.  Both educators should teach at the same school and apply as one team with one application.  One teacher must be science or social studies, the other must be the school librarian/media/technology specialist (this person must work with students on a regular basis).

 

The summer professional development institute focuses on the “Geo-Inquiry” Process and how to integrate this process in the teaching of middle school social studies or science.  Rhode Island will be sending a 2-person teacher team to attend the summer institute.  Each teacher will receive a $600 stipend for: participating in the summer institute; attending webinars during the 2017-18 academic year; working closely with the Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance to develop an in-state workshop to be held in 2017-2018; and presenting the Geo-Inquiry process at a conference or regional professional development event.

To apply, please complete linked application form below for your school-based team (2 educators).  Please submit your applications by Wednesday April 5th, 2017 and the selected teachers will be contacted by Monday April 10th.

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Understanding Islam for the Classroom

Understanding Islam for the Classroom | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

"This seminar will provide a brief history of Islam, a review of its teachings, current politics, and a list of local resources for teachers. PDPs are available (email arlene.kowal@elms.edu for specifics) and Elms students are welcome. Materials and resources provided, and lunch is included. Presenters are Todd Lewis, professor of world religions at College of the Holy Cross; Martin Pion, professor of religious studies at Elms College; and Michael Butler, associate professor, Department of Political Science, Clark University. This seminar is geared toward middle and high school teachers; registration fee is $25, lunch is provided."

 

Saturday, April 1, 2017
Faculty Dining Room, Mary Dooley College Center, Elms College

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2017 Giant Asia Map

2017 Giant Asia Map | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

"This year, we will be receiving the Giant Map of Asia which comes with an excellent set of resources.  The world’s oceans are so much more than just the empty spaces between land…and this map brings that to life.  This trunk with lessons and materials can show you how to interactively teach, explore, learn and play with this specific map as a part of your curriculum. This map will soon be coming to Rhode Island; it will be available for schools and teachers to use from March 7th to April 9th." 

SCHEDULING THE MAP:

For those interested, please send your request to Amy Tibbetts (atibbetts@ric.edu

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Creating RI's Wind Farm

Creating RI's Wind Farm | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

"Today, to the southeast of Block Island, there are five new structures rising from the ocean. These are the towers of the Block Island Wind Farm, the first offshore wind energy installation in the United States. The turbines will generate 30 megawatts of energy; providing electricity to 17,000 households on Block Island and coastal Rhode Island (McCann, 2016), and replacing the diesel generators that previously powered the town New Shoreham."

Seth Dixon's insight:

One of the overriding, major take-home points of this ESRI StoryMap, is that a project of this scale, scope, and magnitude requires geographic data across many disciplines (to see the largest off-shore wind farm in the world, click here).

 

Tags: mapping, Rhode IslandESRIStoryMap, GISresources, water, coastalenergy, environment depend.

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RI Map Competition

RI Map Competition | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

As a part of a national map competition sponsored by ESRI, Rhode Island is having it's own statewide map competition for students.  All Rhode Island public, private, or home-schooled students (grades 4-12) are eligible to enter the contest. Maps can be submitted individually or as a team of two students. Limit of one entry per student or team.

Challenge: Your challenge is to create an original Rhode Island based map on a topic of interest or concern to you. The area mapped can range from the entire state to a smaller area, like a county or city. As an ESRI competition, you must use ArcGIS Online to create your original map.  See the promotional flyer here and access more information on the competition website. 

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To help draw business, a state looks back to its 1636 roots

To help draw business, a state looks back to its 1636 roots | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it
Tax credits. Lower cost of living. Restaurants and beaches. And don't forget Roger Williams and his experiment in protecting everyone's liberty of conscience.

One of Colonial America's most important freethinkers has a new role as a marketing tool for the place he settled 380 years ago.

Rhode Island started out as a refuge for dissidents experimenting with revolutionary ideas that formed the backbone of U.S. democracy. Now, the tiny state is invoking its roots to draw and retain educated young people searching for a community that matches their ideals.

"Young people want to live in a place that's tolerant and diverse and inclusive," Gov. Gina Raimondo said during an interview at the Roger Williams National Memorial , which commemorates the minister and his advocacy for individual freedom. "This is part of who we are. It's not a fad or something temporary. It's ingrained in who we are as Rhode Islanders."

The Democratic governor views those principles through the lens of economic development. When PayPal announced it was halting plans to open a North Carolina branch because of that state's law blocking transgender people from using the bathroom of their choice, she called up the San Jose, California-based company and asked it to move to Rhode Island instead. Her appeal included a reference to the founding ideas of Williams' colony.
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Human Landscapes of East Asia

Human Landscapes of East Asia | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

Interested in this local event?  Please register!

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Providence Public Library Digital Collections

Providence Public Library Digital Collections | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

"Welcome to the new online showcase for the collections of the Providence Public Library."

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These are some great historical images...perfect for exploring past historical geographies of the Ocean State with a special emphasis on the capital. 

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Giant Map of RI

Giant Map of RI | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

The Giant Map of Rhode Island is officially in the schools now! A huge thanks goes out to Artena Fairbairn of Robertson Elementary School (Warwick) for leading the alliance initiative to bring this 16x24 foot map to Rhode Island Schools. If you are interested in getting the map, please email sdixon [at] ric [dot] edu with the subject line “Giant RI map” to request the map to come to your school.  Please include 3 weeks that would work best for your school schedule.

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46 Museums in Mass. Will Be Free This Weekend

46 Museums in Mass. Will Be Free This Weekend | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it
Check out a list of all the museums participating in Smithsonian's Museum Day Live. 46 museums in Massachusetts will offer free admission for the event.
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Not in Rhode Island, but within striking distance. 

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2016 ConnectED Workshops

2016 ConnectED Workshops | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

Due to popular demand and support from ESRI, the RI Geography Education Alliance will have another series of workshops to help educators learn how to bring online mapping skills into the classroom.  In 2015, Lyn Malone and Seth Dixon ran this as a week-long summer institute.  Not everyone has a week in summer, so some have asked to have this presented on the weekends.  These sessions will be condensed into two full-day workshops this fall; they will be on October 22 and 29.    Participants that complete either of the 2-day workshop will receive a $100 stipend as well educational materials that will help bring GIS into the classroom.  Lunch and some light breakfast refreshments will be provided.  If you want to receive more information about these workshops or register, click the following link to fill out your application and reserve your spot: http://eepurl.com/cawr7D

 

WHERE: 101 Alger (ALG) Hall, Rhode Island College
WHEN: 8:00am-3:00pm

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How Clean is Narragansett Bay?

How Clean is Narragansett Bay? | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

"The progress in Rhode Island toward clean water owes a lot to this federal law. Seeing urban rivers and the beaches and coves of the upper bay rediscovered as natural assets for wildlife and people to enjoy is one of the great successes of the Clean Water Act [of 1972]."

Seth Dixon's insight:

This article from geographer Mary Grady shows a pleasant story in the human and environmental interaction.  The upper bay (that in-between place where the Providence River widens and becomes part of the Narragansett Bay) has been cleaned up and has ecologically been revitalized and is becoming an asset to the community again.  It is far from pristine, but it nice to read about encouraging signs on this front.  


Tagsurban, watercoastal, urban ecology, Rhode Island.

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Application for National Geographic Summer Workshop

Application for National Geographic Summer Workshop | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it
Basic Information about the NatGeo Summer Workshop
When: June 24-28
Where: Washington, DC
Who is eligible:
-teams of 2 middle school educators
-both must be from same school
-1 should be a science/social studies teacher and 1 should be in the role of a library, media, or technology specialist
-agree to 1 year commitment with Nat Geo with deliverables
Seth Dixon's insight:

The RI Geography Education Alliance is very excited to offer this opportunity to a team of middle school teachers to go to Washington D.C. and be at National Geographic headquarters (trust me, it's an amazing experience being there--one I wish every teacher could have).  Please consider applying with someone else at your school.   

 

Each teacher will receive a $600 stipend for: participating in the summer institute; attending webinars during the 2017-18 academic year; working closely with the Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance to develop an in-state workshop to be held in 2017-2018; and presenting the Geo-Inquiry process at a conference or regional professional development event.

To apply, please complete linked application form below for your school-based team (2 educators).  Please submit your applications by Wednesday April 5th, 2017 and the selected teachers will be contacted by Monday April 10th.

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National Geographic Grant Programs

National Geographic Grant Programs | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it
We invest in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, conservation, education, and storytelling. Our goal is to identify, cultivate, and develop the world-changers of today and tomorrow. Our grant recipients are—and have always been—the heart and soul of what we do.
Seth Dixon's insight:

National Geographic grants aren’t just for explorers who are tracking lions, saving whales, or are deep in the Amazon.  The National Geographic Society is encouraging K-12 educators to apply for grants.  What are they looking for?  Creative teaching plans/strategies that:

  1. Address NatGeo goals/priorities
  2. Engaging ideas
  3. Evidence of capability
  4. Sound methodology
  5. Active, experiential, authentic learning
  6. Compelling story!

Can YOU become a National Geographic Grantee and become an emerging educational explorer? Absolutely.        

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National Geographic Educator Certification

National Geographic Educator Certification | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it
Join a professional development program for K-12 educators inspiring the next generation of explorers, conservationists, and global citizens.
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Does the idea of becoming a National Geographic certified educator sound like something you would like to include on your resume?  Would you like greater access to NatGeo resources and to collaborate with like-minded educators across the country?  This fantastic program is open to all educators (not just Geographers with a capital G) at all grade levels. 

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2017 Rhode Island State Bee

2017 Rhode Island State Bee | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

"All National Geographic State Bees will be held on Friday, March 31, 2017 at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center.  The Rhode Island State Bee’s opening ceremony begins at 1:30pm with the final round starting at 5pm.  The Rhode Island champion will qualify to compete in the National Geographic Bee Championship to be held at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., May 15-17, 2017."  

 

Scottish Rite Masonic Center

2115 Broad Street

Cranston, RI  02905

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RI Giant Map Lesson Plans

RI Giant Map Lesson Plans | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

I am excited to see the full kit that National Geographic and Alliance leaders have put together.  There are some fun lessons and plenty of room to individualize the activities and be as creative as you want to be.  Here are some of files to explain the supplemental materials that are in the trunk (besides the map of course!). 

I hope you enjoy bringing the map to your school!!  Please email atibbetts@ric.edu to get the map to your school.

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Providence area sees biggest shift away from manufacturing jobs in US

Providence area sees biggest shift away from manufacturing jobs in US | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it
The share of local workers with jobs in manufacturing plunged from 40% in 1980 to 11% in 2014, a Fed researcher reports.

 

A new study illustrates just how drastically employment has plunged in Rhode Island’s historic industrial base over recent decades. Since 1980, the Providence metropolitan area has experienced the largest shift in the country away from manufacturing jobs and into work requiring college degrees, according to a paper by Stephan Whitaker, a research economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. “In 1980, 40% of workers in the Providence metro area worked in manufacturing and 25% worked in degree-intensive fields,” Whitaker writes. “By 2014, manufacturing had dropped to just 11%, and degree-intensive jobs had risen to 47%.”

 

Tags: urbanindustrymanufacturinglabor, economic, Rhode Island.

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Educational Resources - Roger Williams Initiative

Educational Resources - Roger Williams Initiative | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it
Resources about Roger Williams and his teachings to establish a sense of place, awareness, and pride for all Rhode Islanders.

 

Explore our collection of resources organized by topic areas related to Roger Williams's life and teachings. View essays, videos, galleries, educational activities, lesson plans, or discussion starters in each of the topic areas below.

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2016 ConnectED Workshops

2016 ConnectED Workshops | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

There is still space in the Alliance's Oct 22nd and 29th mapping workshops.  If you are new to digital mapping, this is for you.  If you are hoping to deepen you ArcGIS online mapping skills, this is for you.  Social studies, environmental science, STEM...all are welcome.  Sign up and invite another educator! Registration: http://eepurl.com/cawr7D

WHERE: 101 Alger (ALG) Hall, Rhode Island College
WHEN: 8:00am-3:00pm

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Historic Aerial Mapper

Historic Aerial Mapper | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

"This application was developed by The Providence Plan utilizing photos from the Rhode Island Geographic Information System."

Seth Dixon's insight:

This map is a great archive of historic satellite imagery of the Ocean State, with a special nod to Providence.  This is a great tool that can be used to show how and particular place in Rhode Island has changed over the years at the neighborhood scale.  At the metropolitan scale, it is easy to see the population grown, development expansion, and urban sprawl.  The years of data coverage are 1939, 1952, 1962, 1972, 1981, 1985, 2003, 2008, 2011, and 2014.  

 

Additionally, here is an historical StoryMap of Virginia's legacy of Redlining neighborhoods. 

 

Tags: mapping, Rhode IslandESRIStoryMap, GIS, remote sensing.

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PBS Election Central

PBS Election Central | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it
Check out Election Central from PBS with tools, resources & solutions to engage students in the political process.
Seth Dixon's insight:

The first presidential election last night has intensified the already polarized political conversation in the United States. This is a great resource to explore historic political maps and cartograms.  It also has rich tools to project the possibilities for the 2016 election with ready-made lesson plans. 

 

Tags: electoral, politicalhistorical, mapping.

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Massachusetts Has the Worst Drivers in the Country

Massachusetts Has the Worst Drivers in the Country | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

"Coming in dead last on the 200 cities measured: Boston, for the second year in a row. Boston has company. Worcester came in at No. 199, second up from Boston's position in the 200th slot. Boston and Worcester have basically been battling it out for last place in Allstate's rankings since 2014. Springfield makes a poor showing, too, at No. 196."

Seth Dixon's insight:

Don't get too excited by the news Rhode Islanders...Providence was the 194th ranked city and the state is typically the 49th ranked state.  Given some on my experiences in the Ocean State, 49th might be a generous ranking.   

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Introduction to Aerial and Satellite Images of Rhode Island

Introduction to Aerial and Satellite Images of Rhode Island | Rhode Island Geography Education Alliance | Scoop.it

Free Educational Seminar and RIGIS User Group Meeting

 

There is a wealth of aerial and satellite images of Rhode Island that are freely available online.  Tapping into them can be challenging if you're unsure where to look and if you're not familiar with some basic tools and techniques to view them.

 

This half-day seminar will introduce you to a number of online sources of image data for Rhode Island, with a special emphasis on data available from the Rhode Island Geographic Information System (RIGIS) consortium, USGS, and NOAA.  We will also highlight a suite of new image services featuring RIGIS data that are now under development by Rhode IslandView.

 

YOU will guide the techniques highlighted in this seminar.  Vote for the technique you are most interested in learning about by registering for this event now: http://bit.ly/RIimagery_Aug19

 

WHEN: Friday August 19, 2016, 9:00am - 12:00pm (8:30am onsite registration opens)

 

WHERE: Coastal Institute

University of Rhode Island, Kingston Campus

1 Greenhouse Road, Kingston, RI

 

QUESTIONS?  Contact Greg Bonynge at greg@edc.uri.edu.

 

IMPORTANT: All attendees will need a URI visitor parking permit which will be provided ahead of time to all who register using the above URL.

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