Teacher feedback needed FOR PD’s

  Educators,   Recently I have been working with NH conservation commission association to look for grant funding opportunities that would allow for teacher professional development opportunities in the area of natural resources content, collaboration with commissioners, and implementation of community-based science projects around the state. However, before we pursue the funding line any further I am hoping to get teacher feedback about if they would potentially participate in such opportunities.   Here is a link to the survey which includes additional information about the potential opportunities. It should not take more than about 5 minutes to complete.   survey link: http://goo.gl/forms/bMhU7cR5R2 Potential PD Opportunity For...
Patchenik Map Competition – deadline approaching! Feb 7th

Patchenik Map Competition – deadline approaching! Feb 7th

A quick reminder that the deadline for the 2015 Barbara Bartz Petchenik Children’s World Mapping Competition is approaching – please let teachers in New Hampshire know that map illustrations need to be postmarked by Saturday, February 7, 2015 (just three weeks from today). The details for teachers are included in the Teacher’s Invitation document ( TeachersInvitation ); I’ve also attached the formal rules from the International Cartography Association, a flyer for teachers to help promote the event, and the parental permission form that needs to be printed and signed, and must accompany all entries. I sent an e-mail to you on October 20 with this information, and I am hoping that, with your help as a coordinator for the New Hampshire Geographic Alliance, the United States can have a strong representation once again. Winners in 2013 got press attention as well as recognition at the international conference – for example:...
GeoWeek 2014 Kickoff on Saturday, November 15th

GeoWeek 2014 Kickoff on Saturday, November 15th

National Geographic Society’s (NGS) Geography Awareness Week (now referred to as “GeoWeek” rather than “GAW”) was proclaimed in 1984 as an effort to raise the awareness of geo-spatial issues. Sadly, geo-literacy is dangerously deficient in American education. GeoWeek is celebrated the third week in November and traditionally highlighted a specific aspect of geography. For example, in 2001 the theme was Rivers, in 2000 a focus on Conservation, and in 2003, Habitats. Recently, NGS decided to abandon the annual specific theme model in favor of promoting a general slogan that encourages participants to focus on all the ways human culture interacts with the natural environment. Also, by promoting a slogan, NGS no longer spends money on creating specific campaign pieces, i.e. posters and bumper stickers. They now promote universal material already published, and highlight local, national and international geography efforts. The 2014 GeoWeek slogan is Food. What a glorious topic. Everyone loves food. It’s a wonderful means of bringingpeople together and such a fun topic to explore. To borrow an excerpt from the musical of Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist,: “We’re anxious to try it. Three banquets a day. Our favorite diet! Just picture a great big steak. Fried, roasted or stewed. Oh, food. Wonderful food. Marvelous food. Glorious food!” NHGA is celebrating GeoWeek with our annual Kick-Off Event on November 15, being held this year at Conval High School in Peterborough, NH. But it doesn’t end there. Throughout the year, we will post lesson plans and activities on our web site, www.nhga.net, and will hold monthly challenges for teachers to compete for a chance to win prizes and be entered...

2013 GeoBee

The GeoBee is open to schools and homeschool associations with students in grades four through eight. Registration is not open to individual students. Schools that register by October 15, 2012 with the $100 registration fee will receive a contest packet in mid-November. Schools may register from October 15 to December 14 for a fee of $120. School Bees may be held anytime between November 12, 2012 and January 15, 2013. The school Bee winners complete a written test that determines the top 100 students in each state. These students are invited to attend the state competition on Friday, April 5, 2013. The national competition is May 20-22, 2013 in Washington, DC. Registration forms are available from: National Geographic Bee C/o National Geographic Society PO Box 98196 Washington, DC 20090-8196 Or www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee Or (202)...

Free Online Lectures.

Academic Earth is an organization founded with the goal of giving everyone on earth access to a world class education. Thousands of video lectures from the world’s top scholars. No Geography selection yet but there are many lectures connected to the subject. TED:  Riveting talks by remarkable people, free to the world.  An excellent way to spend an afternoon on the web. Free university courses offered online. http://education-portal.com/articles/Universities_with_the_Best_Free_Online_Courses.html...