Earth Day, Environmental Education Week, Titanic Anniversary

Featured Resource Environmental Education Week April 15–21 In recognition of the national priority placed on developing skills in science, mathematics, and related fields, the 2012 Environmental Education Week (EE Week) theme is Greening STEM: The Environment as Inspiration for 21st-Century Learning. To support this year’s EE Week campaign, we have created a Geography Connections tool kit to help students explore Earth’s physical systems and human population dynamics. Additionally, our Schoolyard Bioblitz tool kit provides resources for developing project-based field research into local biodiversity. We hope you find these materials useful for getting students excited about science and the environment—students are the innovators who will preserve our planet for future generations! More from Nat Geo...

Invitation to Population Connection Facilitator Institute in New England

Dear Dr. Jobin, I am pleased to announce that Population Connection will be sponsoring a  facilitator-training institute at the Wylie Inn and Conference Center at  Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts on July 28-29, 2012. As Coordinator  for the NH Geographic Alliance, I thought you may be interested in applying and  letting colleagues know about this event. This will be an excellent opportunity  for math educators from around New England to become acquainted with innovative,  interdisciplinary curricula that builds math skills using real world issues (the  environment and global demographics), and to prepare to become volunteer  facilitators for the program. The facilitator training is open to educators throughout New England who are  interested in leading Population Education workshops for their colleagues at  schools, universities, and conferences around the region. Participants will  include K-12 teachers, university education faculty and nonformal educators who  work with teachers. Thanks to foundation support, we are able to cover most of your expenses for the  weekend event (two nights lodging, meals during the workshop and up to $100  travel stipend to offset mileage expense.) Participants will also receive an  extensive handbook of training materials and a variety of curriculum resources,  including the latest edition of Population Connection’s award-winning “dot” video, World Population. Since 1990, Population Connection (formerly ZPG) has been hosting  train-the-trainer institutes to prepare educators to facilitate workshops using  our hands-on curricula. During our institutes, we demonstrate a range of  teaching activities for different grade levels, share presentation ideas and discuss the many social and ecological issues related to population growth and  resource use dynamics. Population Connection is a nonprofit 501(C)(3) organization based in Washington, ...

DEEPSEA CHALLENGE ANNOUNCEMENT

For those that haven’t heard yet, I’m very excited to announce the press release of James Cameron’s DEEPSEA CHALLENGE! In the coming weeks, James Cameron will be attempting to do what only 1 team (2 men aboard the 1960 Trieste) have done before— to travel to the bottom of the deepest known point (nearly 7 miles) in the ocean, Challenger Deep, of the Mariana Trench. He will be traveling in a one-manned sub of brand new design, and if successful, will stay at the bottom for 6 hours conducting scientific experiments and collecting media to shed light on this most mysterious, and most inaccessible, of places.   The Ocean Team has been working very hard to get ready for this launch and with the help of Nina, Sarah Jane, Sean, Christina, Caryl-Sue, Alison, Pam, Mickey, Margaret, Corey and the rest of the dev team, we’ve been able to pull together a very nice offering of materials! Highlights include: – a landing page with all our related resources -a new Ocean Exploration Timeline – a take-over of the Nat Geo Education Blog (the blog formerly known as the My Wonderful World blog) by 4 special-edition guest bloggers – a direct link from the dotcom site   We need your help in spreading the word! Please share this new, exciting project with all of your networks. Facebook, Twitter, email, snailmail, carrier pigeon— get the word out anyway you can.   Here’s some info to help you do it:   Social Media Information: NGEP Twitter Handle: @NatGeoEd Expedition Twitter Handle: @DeepChallenge Expedition Twitter hashtag: #deepseachallenge Some news pieces: Here’s the story from...

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...

NEW MAP OF SOUTHEAST ASIA

National Geographic’s new Southeast Asia map is a detailed, classic-style, large-format reference map containing detailed bathymetric data and current political boundaries, as well as thousands of place names. Also shown are the region’s updated infrastructures, including major oil fields and pipelines; high-speed passenger railway lines; and even China’s spaceport, Xichang Satellite Launch Center. Significant cultural and historic sites, such as Angkor, Cambodia, a renowned UNESCO World Heritage site, also appear on the map. National Geographic cartographers worked hard to ensure that the Spratly and Paracel Islands in the South China Sea were portrayed on the Southeast Asia map. Although almost uninhabited, these groups of disputed islets and reefs—often reported on by the media—occupy a position of strategic importance. Our portrayal of such disputed territories, two of just over 100 territorial disputes worldwide, continue to reflect National Geographic’s policy of mapping de facto situations existing at the time of a map’s publication; that is, portraying a current reality using our best...