Free; Integrating Land Use into the Upper Elementary/Middle School Classroom

Participants will learn a wide range of developmentally-appropriate, inquiry-oriented teaching methods for the field, laboratory, and classroom, by using the assessment of the health of the forest as a learning context. Activities for 5-8th grade students will be presented on detecting, quantifying, monitoring and mapping a range of forest conditions. The activities are designed to allow students to learn the process of science through asking (and answering) self-generated questions. In addition, ways to motivate students to engage in inquiry-based learning will be discussed. Workshop leaders are: Eleanor Abrams, UNH Education Department Michael Middleton, UNH Education Department Martha Carlson, UNH Institute of the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space Dates: August 16 & 17, 2012 Time: 9:00 – 4:00 Location: NCES, Gorham, NH Cost: Free for teachers holding a valid NH Educator Certification for upper elementary and middle school levels. Stipend: $150 stipend awarded to teachers who successfully complete the course and the course assignments. Number of seats: 10 seats, subject to eligibility approval Registration:...

Human Landscapes of East Asia

This workshop, which is open to NH teachers only, will address Theme E: Cultural Development, Interaction and Change of the New Hampshire Curriculum Framework. In particular, topics in geography, world history, anthropology, sociology and psychology will be discussed. The workshop will include lectures by East Asia specialists and curriculum implementation discussions. Flyer/Application...

Giant Traveling Africa Map

National Geographic’s giant Africa traveling map will be coming to the State of New Hampshire during the month of November 2012. This map of Africa will fill a gymnasium and comes with a trunk full of activities and materials for children to use. For more information visit Giant Africa Map If you would like more information about hosting the map, or seeing the map when it is here please email nhga@keene.edu or David McCormick at...

March Webinar

The Geographic Advantage: Supporting Online Investigations in the Classroom Susan Gallagher Heffron Sr. Project Manager for Geography Education AAG Washington, DC (via Australia) Learn more about a free new resource, “The Geographic Advantage: An AAG Companion Website for Understanding the Changing Planet”. This new web-based resource provides guided geographic investigations for students to illustrate the 11 research questions identified in the recent NRC report, Understanding the Changing Planet: Strategic Directions for the Geographical Sciences, at the K-12 level. Dr. Susan Gallagher Heffron serves as the Senior Project Manager for Geography Education at the Association of American Geographers. In her current role, Heffron facilitates AAG projects for K-16 education with a special interest in K-12 teachers and learners. Her work includes facilitating the dissemination of research to inform classroom and online instructional strategies as well as effective teacher professional development experiences. Heffron completed a BA degree in Social Science Education, followed by a MA and PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Heffron taught at the middle and high school levels as well as higher education prior to her position at the AAG. She also served as a co-coordinator for Geographic Educators of Nebraska. Join the discussion as she shares how students can explore geographic questions related to the themes of Environmental Change, Sustainability, Rapid Spatial Reorganization, and Technological Change. Each investigation includes a student activity that can be easily integrated into your existing course curriculum as well as additional resources for exploring and learning more about the research questions in the report. Don’t miss the details on this rich resource! Register...

NCGE Webinar Program – Special Update

National Council For Geographic Education Webinar Program Special Update March 7, 2012 We’ve made a change to the webinar schedule and wanted you to know…it’s now FREE!   “Starting Your Own Geospatial Semester” Wednesday, April 4, 2012 8pm Eastern/ 7pm Central/6pm Mountain/5pm Pacific *PARTNERSHIP WEBINAR: FREE for EVERYONE! Sponsored by Esri, Redlands, CA Dr. Bob Kolvoord Professor of Integrated Science and Technology and Educational Technologies, Co-Director of the JMU Center for STEM Education and Outreach & Interim Director of the School of Engineering James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA Charlie Fitzpatrick Education Manager, Esri Arlington, VA Looking for ways to engage high school seniors with geospatial problems? Trying to find ways to bring geospatial technologies into the curriculum? Want to explore a state-wide site license for GIS? Searching for different ways to engage students with Geography? The Geospatial Semester is a collaborative effort between James Madison University (JMU) and Virginia school districts (part of the Virginia-Esri state-wide site license). Students take a semester- or year-long course in geospatial technologies and pursue an extended, locally-based project. Faculty from JMU support the high school teachers and provide technical and project support. Best of all, students can earn JMU credit for their efforts. Currently in its 7th year, the Geospatial Semester has provided opportunities for students to get engaged with geographic thinking and geospatial technologies. In this webinar, we’ll share details about the Geospatial Semester, examples of student work, and discuss how you can get the Geospatial Semester started in your locale. Dr. Bob Kolvoord is a professor of Integrated Science and Technology and Educational Technologies at James Madison University. He also serves...

Workshop on Turkish History & Culture

Local teachers are invited to attend a workshop on Turkish history & culture and could go on a tour of the country in July. The workshop, sponsored by the World Affairs Council of NH at Southern NH University in Manchester is free for teachers of grades 6-12. Three NH teachers who have attended the workshop will be chosen for the tour. Attendants are also eligible for professional development credit. To register call 314-7970 or go to...