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.
I was just informed that our proposal to receive a Giant Traveling Map from National Geographic was accepted! This year, we will be receiving Pacific Ocean MapMany schools find this a great way to make a fun event for the whole school; it will be available for schools and teachers to use from March 11th to April 4th.
Explore Iceland's Changing Landscapes and diverse environments with the National Council for Geographic Education- Don't miss the Professional Development Travel Experience of a Lifetime! Watch the video to learn more about Geocamp Iceland and visit ncge.org/geocamp for details. Deadline is March 15, 2016.
"A geographic perspective is a way of looking at and understanding our world. When you view the world through the lens of geography, you are asking who, what, where, when, and how people, places, and things are distributed across the surface of the earth, and why/how they got there. In other words, it means that you are analyzing something with a geographic perspective. The understanding and use of a geographic perspective is critical for decision making skills in the 21st century. Using spatial concepts such as location, region, movement, and scale to help us understand:
Interactions - How the world works
Interconnections - How systems in our world are connected
Implications - How to make well-reasoned decisions"
"On why a Prussian scientific visionary should be studied afresh…In a superb biography, Andrea Wulf makes an inspired case for Alexander von Humboldt to be considered the greatest scientist of the 19th century. Certainly he was the last great polymath in a scientific world which, by the time he died in Berlin in 1859, aged 89, was fast hardening into the narrow specializations that typify science to this day. Yet in the English-speaking world, Humboldt is strangely little-known."
Seth Dixon's insight:
Alexander von Humboldt has been described as the last great ancient geographer concerned with understanding an eclectic cosmography as well as the first modern geographer. He is honored far and wide throughout Europe and especially Latin America for his explorations, but given that people are confused as how to categorize him and classify his contributions, today he is under-appreciated. Geographers need to reclaim his memory and call his extensive, globetrotting work on a wide range of subjects ‘geography.’ Here is another article and TED-ED video on the most influential scientist that you might not have heard of (at least until today).
Engaging Students in International Issues with Model UN and the Choices Program
Friday, January 22, 2016 9:00am - 3:00pm MCLE Building, 10 Winter Place Boston, MA
This is a participatory workshop, so come ready to be engaged and inspired! All materials, including the two curriculum units, lunch, and a 7-hour certificate of participation, are provided.
The cost is $145 ($75 for pre-service teachers) but I am working to get alliance members in for a nominal fee. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested with the subject line "Middle East in Transition."
During the workshop, you will:
Be introduced to the Choices Program's award-winning resources and approach to teaching about contested international issues;
Network with exemplar colleagues in social studies education from across the region.
Who Should Attend: History, geography, government, civics, AP, IB, humanities and other social studies teachers are the target audience. Materials are appropriate for grades 7-12. We welcome teamed ELA and social studies teachers to attend together.
"Aldhous, who teaches data visualization at University of California, Berkeley’s School of Journalism and science communication at University of California, Santa Cruz, joined BuzzFeed’s science desk after working for Nature, Science and New Scientist magazines.
At BuzzFeed he has been honing his digital storytelling with a focus on pairing maps and charts with his stories. He’s using frameworks for storytelling that BuzzFeed is well known for, but leveraging them to experiment with visual science journalism. Recently, for instance, he effectively used BuzzFeed’s signature listicle format to explain the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina."
Alice Hudson, Curator of the Women in Cartography exhibition and former Chief of the Map Division at the New York Public Library, talks about women in the world of mapping, bringing their stories, and most importantly, their maps to light. Susan Rich will read from The Cartographer's Tongue.
Celebrating Women in CartographyThursday, November 12, 2015, 5:30 – 7 p.m. 5:30 p.m. reception, 6 p.m. lecture
Join K-12 Esri Education Manager, Charlie Fitzpatrick, for this upcoming partnered webinar that is open and free to everyone! Online maps are easy, fun, and powerful. Anyone with an internet connection can get started in seconds, learn new content constantly, and build toward college, career, and civic life. Any connected device, anytime, anywhere! This NCGE webinar is designed for those just wondering how to start, with a special ConnectED offer from Esri for US K12 schools. Register now!
Description: Join the RIGIS Community and Esri for a discussion on best practices and use cases for applying ArcGIS Online to your work. This three-hour event, sponsored by the URI Coastal Institute, will provide a series of presentations by your peers in the GIS community, opportunities for networking, and direct time with Esri staff to learn the latest features and best practices for using ArcGIS Online.
This event will be ideally suited to any GIS practitioner or manager of technology interested in learning about the latest uses and trends in GIS in the region and beyond. Users will be sharing their work for local perspective, with breaks provided to connect with one another. Esri will also be available to discuss examples from other customers and answer questions, while providing insight to the latest evolution and best practices.
When: Friday, August 28, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Where: Coastal Institute, University of Rhode Island, Narragansett Bay Campus Auditorium – 218 South Ferry Road, Narragansett, Rhode Island
Presentations: We are looking for anyone from Rhode Island to give a presentation on their use of ArcGIS Online. Their use of AGOL need not use RIGIS data or include RI in its study area. We are mainly looking for RI GIS users to show how they are using AGOL in their daily work, or as a way to help others review/explore their work, or learn more about geospatial technology.
9:30 – 10:00 ArcGIS Platform Overview
10:00 – 11:00 Rhode Island User Presentations
11:00 – 11:30 Networking Break
11:30 – 12:30 Guided Session by Esri
To register for this event or submit a presentation, please e-mail or call Nora Sauter from Esri at: email@example.com or call 978-777-4543, x8458.
"Explore ten 'big ideas' that encapsulate the technological and social trends that have pushed geographic information systems (GIS) onto the Internet in a significant way. See how to apply these ideas to your own world. Open your eyes to what is now possible with Web GIS, and put the technology and deep data resources in your hands via the Quickstarts and Learn ArcGIS lessons that are included in each chapter."
Seth Dixon's insight:
I haven't fully previewed this online textbook yet but I am VERY optimistic about this one from the ESRI library. You can also download the textbook as a PDF here. There are several other online textbooks that would interest geography teachers
The 2015 Summer Institute on online mapping and geospatial technologies for educators was a great success. We want to invite everyone back to follow-up on some projects and activities since then (the great inspirational logo above is from GIS ETC.)
WHEN: April 2nd, 9am (lunch will be provided)
WHERE: RIC campus 101 Alger Hall (computer lab)
WHO: all 2015 summer institute participants and anyone wish to join mid-stream.
This past summer, Sandra Makielski, seventh grade social studies teacher from Davisville Middle School, North Kingstown, traveled to the Philippines for an eighteen day educators’ trip. She was selected by Teachers for Global Classrooms, a U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs program, to participate in their 2015 Educators’ Trip. Global education is integral to building 21st century skills, and this opportunity was designed to jump start a teacher’s classroom. The trip was punctuated with many, many selfies with students, delicious food, and the hospitality of schools, faculty, and strangers. Ms. Makielski learned about the educational system, Filipino history, and the important role the Philippines is currently playing in global politics. Ms. Makielski looks forward to incorporating her new knowledge of the Philippines into her social studies lessons.
The registration form for the May 17, 2016 CT HS Geography Challenge will be going out to all CT high school social studies department chairmen in November. We're excited to announce the theme for the 2016 statewide interscholastic academic team competition is AMERICA'S NATIONAL PARKS!
Seth Dixon's insight:
The Connecticut Geographic Alliance has expanded their annual High School Geography Challenge to include some other teams in southern New England. Any RIGEA member that would like to enter their high school to have a team participate in this competition can register here (2016 CT Registration form).
"For the first time, scientists at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology have documented migratory movements of bird populations spanning the entire year for 118 species throughout the Western Hemisphere. The study finds broad similarity in the routes used by specific groups of species—vividly demonstrated by animated maps showing patterns of movement across the annual cycle. The results of these analyses were published today in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B."
Seth Dixon's insight:
This still image above doesn't do justice to this animated map of bird migrations (species key here). While modern humans by and large are tied to particular plots of land, not all species have that same approach to gathering and using resources.
"The black and white pictures, below, are taken from 'Providence', published for the Shepard Company, Providence, R.I. 1908. The color pictures are from my early postcard collection. The Old State House between Benefit and North Main Street looks much the same now as it did 100 years ago."
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 the importance of geographic understanding.
12% of the homeless adult population are veterans 20% of the male homeless population are veterans 68% reside in principal cities 51% of individual homeless veterans have disabilities 50% have serious mental illness 70% have substance abuse problems
Seth Dixon's insight:
Things to remember on Veteran's Day...homelessness is a major problem for the urban geography of most American cities and veterans are disproportionately affected (including Providence, RI). Let's remember them on the 364 other days of the year too.
"Updated US Topos are available for Rhode Island." These 2015 US Topo maps contain an updated symbology, enhanced railroad information, new roads source data and selected public trails. During my perusing, I've determined that the best place to download these new Topo maps for RI is here.
GeoGuessr is a geography game which takes you on a journey around the world and challenges your ability to recognize your surroundings.
Seth Dixon's insight:
When I was a child I used to wonder if woke up somewhere far from home, would I be able to know where I was just by looking at the places around me (I was a geo-geek from way back when). GeoGuessr is the closest thing to finding yourself lost in the world and needing to figure out where you are without being wisked away. GeoGuessr will display 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 is a fantastic exploration exercise.
"The study of geography is not concerned with memorizing the names of states, capitals and continents, said RIC Adjunct Professor of Geography Jennifer Bonin. It is a field of science dedicated to the study of everything on the earth and in the earth – the lands, features, inhabitants and geological phenomena. 'Geography is the history of the planet,' she said.
For five summers, Bonin has taught a course on coastal geography, providing students with the history of Rhode Island’s coastal regions. Her first class is held at Napatree Point in Westerly, the western-most part of Rhode Island. Located at the end of a mile-and-a-half-long stretch of beach, not even the locals tend to venture out that far.
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