Resources here are "scooped" by Mr. David Burton, Social Studies & Business Education curriculum coordintor for Moore Public Schools in Moore, OK. Includes resources to enhance student learning, educational technologies, and global education in the classroom.
This is a clip from the TV show West Wing (Season 2-Episode 16) where cartography plays a key role in the plot. In this episode the fictitious (but still on Facebook) group named "the Organization of Cartographers for Social Justice" is campaigning to have the President officially endorse the Gall-Peters Projection in schools and denounce the Mercator projection. The argument being that children will grow up thinking some places are not as important because they are minimized by the map projection. While a bit comical, the cartographic debate is quite informative even if it was designed to appear as though the issue was trivial.
Questions to Ponder: Why do map projections matter? Is one global map projection inherently better than the rest?
Geo-literacy extends far beyond knowing where places are on a map. National Geographic Education has put an emphasis on geoliteracy, which entails spatial thinking skills and understanding systems in addition to content knowledge about locations and places.
"Real World Math: Using Google Earth in the Math Curriculum." Back to my interdisciplinary approach to strengthening geographic education, image hearing that there is a Math teacher at your school using this, wouldn't you want to be a part of it? Too often knowledge is taught within disciplinary silos; students need opportunities to make real world connections between the disciplines to breath life into how they are taught. This site reminds me of http://www.googlelittrips.org/ which allows real world geography to be a part of literature/English classes.
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