Call for Articles

It’s that time of year again! New Hampshire Geographic Alliance is currently working on our Spring 2013 newsletter. We are kindly extending the invitation to you to submit an article to be featured in the newsletter. Articles can be related to anything about geography, education, events in your area or a geographic activity that you have attended or coordinated! If you have a great idea or lesson that you would like share we would be happy to pass it on to our members. If you wish to be included in this season’s newsletter, please have your article emailed to nhga@keene.edu  no later than February 11, 2013. Lara Bryant Assistant Professor of Geography and Coordinator of the New Hampshire Geographic Alliance Keene State College 229 Main Street Keene, NH 03435-2001 603-358-2428...
Watershed Ecology Institute  (WEI) 2013!!

Watershed Ecology Institute (WEI) 2013!!

Save the Date in July 2013 for the newly refurbished Watershed Ecology Institute – see flyer!  We have totally revamped it for a more direct link to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and its use in aquatic studies. We will be focusing on rivers, wetlands and estuarine and rocky shore aquatic environments. We will be collecting, mapping and analyzing water quality and fisheries data sets from EPSCoR and NHF&G and will unveil a new rocky shore coastal transect as part of the marine day. Teachers will go home with access to free GIS software and aquatic study tutorials to use in their classrooms. Instruction will be given from various resource specialists and teachers themselves! For those of you who have taken the WEI, you can take it again and still learn new things. This is a totally new focus and new water quality, macroinvertebrate, fisheries, wetlands and coastal protocols! We are partnering this year with Keene State College who will offer 3 undergraduate/graduate credits for $660.00 and no additional fees!!! Small stipends for in-service teachers will also be available. Registration details will follow – contact me with any questions – hope to see you there! Judy Tumosa Watershed Education Specialist NH Fish and Game Department   # 603-271-0456 judy.l.tumosa@wildlife.nh.gov Did you know? Over 500 teachers a year attend professional development seminars put on by New Hampshire Fish and Game that range from two hours to two...

Student contests for geography classrooms

Student contest for geography classrooms Who: Open to all high school students What: 30-45 second video PSA that illustrates the connection between world population reaching 7 billion to one of three topics (food security, the global status of women/girls, wildlife habitat) When: Now! The deadline to submit videos is February 21, 2013. How: Students start by visiting www.Worldof7Billion.org/student_video_contest where they’ll find everything they need – from background information on population and filming tips to contest rules and judging criteria. Where: Videos are to be uploaded directly to www.Worldof7Billion.org Prizes: Twelve students will win prizes of up to $1,000. Participating teachers are eligible to receive a complimentary set of Population Education curricula. More Information     United States Geography Challenge The United States Geography Challenge (www.usgeochallenge.com), is a new geography competition for American students ages 12-18. Aside from being a nationwide competition, the US Geography Challenge has been endorsed by the National Council for Geography Education as the qualifying competition for US students to attend the 2013 International Geography Olympiad (iGEO, www.geoolympiad.org) in Kyoto, Japan. Although the International Geography Olympiad has existed since 1996, the USA has never participated until now. Please note that, based on age requirements established by iGEO, only Varsity students (those born before July 1, 1997) will be eligible to compete for a spot on the US Team at the International Competition. The US Geography Challenge was founded this past summer by David Madden and me (Enrico Contolini). Mr. Madden is a former 19-day champion on the quiz show ”Jeopardy” who is also the founder and Executive Director of The National History Bee and The National...

NHEdGIS

Can you believe the 2012-2013 school year is ¼ over? Those of us working on the team supporting the implementation of geospatial technologies in NH schools and the Esri K-12 Statewide Educational Site License for Esri Software felt it was time for an e-mail to participating districts to share progress, solicit information on what else you need for support, and share information on some upcoming opportunities. In addition to the license for the ArcGIS Desktop software, the Esri program now includes access to a limited number of ArcGIS Online for Organizations accounts. We are currently looking for schools or districts that have teams of teachers (3 or more) who are willing to participate in a 2.5 hour training to learn more about how to administer and use these accounts. ArcGIS Online is platform independent and requires no software installation. If interested, please send an e-mail to nhedgispartnership@gmail.com In order to facilitate communication among participants, NHEdGIS is joining the NHDRC Collaborative Rings program. For more information about this see https://sites.google.com/a/nheon.org/nhdrc-collaboration-ring/  and to join the NHEdGIS ring visit http://www.nhedgis.org/collaboration . We are hoping this will help serve as a vehicle for communication among interested teachers and districts. The application period for Esri’s T3G (Teachers Teaching Teachers GIS) is currently open (closes Nov 30th). This is a really outstanding program held at Esri’s home in Redlands, CA. Although you are responsible for the cost of your flight and some meals, there is no cost for the week-long training or hotel. We have had a NH representative attend this program each year since it first began four years ago, and I know we...

Student contest on population

World of 7 Billion Video Contest Bring technology and creativity into your high school geography classes by incorporating the World of 7 Billion video PSA contest into your syllabi. Challenge your students to create a 30- to 45-second video PSA illustrating the connection between world population at seven billion and one of the following: food security, wildlife habitat, or the global status of women/girls. Students can win up to $1,000, and their teachers will receive free curriculum resources. The contest deadline is February 21, 2013. Full contest guidelines, resources for research, past winners, and more can be found at...