Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)

The Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for ESD, sponsored by Fulbright Japan, will provide up to 24 U.S. K-12 teachers and administrators with the opportunity to travel to a conference in San Francisco and to Japan to learn about ESD efforts and strengthen ESD curricula in both countries. The program is fully-funded with the exception of some meals. ESD is “a vision of education that seeks to balance human and economic well-being with cultural traditions and respect for the earth’s natural resources,” according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Up to 24 educators from Japan will travel to the U.S. in late April, and up to 24 educators from the U.S. will travel to Japan in June. At the end of the program in each country, all 48 educators will gather for a few days of joint collaboration. Please visit our website at http://www.iie.org/esdteacher for more information or to start an application. The application deadline is January 31,...

2012 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BEE

LAST CHANCE FOR SCHOOLS TO REGISTER FOR THE 2012 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC BEE The National Geographic Bee is a school competition for students in any grades four through eight. Excite your students about the world around them and reward those who excel in their knowledge of geography by giving them a chance to compete in a school geographic bee. The final deadline for registration has been extended to December 9, 2011. After October 15, the registration fee increased to $110. School level Bees can be held up to January 13, 2012. Go to National Geographic Geobee to get complete information and other dates and deadlines. Principals must register their schools to receive the contest materials necessary to conduct a school level Bee. All we need is a letter on school letterhead, signed by the principal, with the $110 registration fee (check or purchase order made out to National Geographic). The registration is not refundable, so make sure the school registers only once. If paying by purchase order, note that when the school sends payment on the PO it must be clear that the check is payment on a PO that was sent earlier so that the school will not be entered twice in the system. You can go online and check to verify the school registration has been received and processed. Mail the registration letter and fee, in the same envelope, to National Geographic Bee, National Geographic Society, 1145 17th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036-4688. We look forward to many more schools giving their students the opportunity to excel and also be encouraged to know more about the world in...

New Lesson Plan

Check out our new lesson plan.The early elementary internet GIS lesson is in draft form and currently being piloted. Feel free to try it and give us your feedback. Where do American Toads...

AP Human Geography & GIS

Geography Class Goes Geospatial Wednesday, August 24th 8pm Eastern/ 7pm Central/6pm Mountain/5pm Pacific Margaret Chernosky World Geography & AP Human Geography Teacher Bangor High School, Bangor, Maine Would you like to add activities to your human geography class that help students understand and remember human geography concepts and models? Join Margaret Chernosky as she shares her student-tested favorites. All activities are hands-on using paper maps, graphs and diagrams or computer mapping with simple online GIS or full desktop GIS. Join us as we go spatial with hands-on activities and geospatial technology! Please send your name and email address if you are interested to Lara Bryant lbryant1@keene.edu....

Tsunami workshop

Tsunami Run-up Prediction for Seaside, Oregon Friday, May 6, 2011 4:00­‐6:00 pm Hopkinton Middle High School 297 Park Ave. Contoocook, NH 03229 Teachers who attend the workshop and then implement EET lessons are eligible for a $120 stipend! This hands-on workshop will utilize a free GIS tool (Arc Explorer Java Edition for Education-AEJEE) to explore tsunami data and identify potential consequences of a five, fifteen, and twenty-meter sea level rise due to a tsunami run-up on the Oregon coast. Participants will download DEM (digital elevation model) contours and overlay additional data such as roads and schools to see the potential impact of a tsunami event on transportation, infrastructure, housing, and natural habitat in this region. Users will then plan evacuation routes for two schools in the town of Seaside, Oregon. Geographic data from the current (Japanese) tsunami will also be explored, and ways to modify the lesson for different geographic areas will be discussed. The Earth Exploration Toolbook (http://serc.carleton.edu/eet/index.html) is a collection within the National Science Digital Library that is created and administered by TERC,Inc, through funding from the NSF. To preview this lesson visit Tsunami Lesson For more information or to register contact: Ina Ahern, Plymouth Regional High School (iahern@prhs.sau48.org or 603 536-­‐1444 ext 1221) Bob Woolner, Hopkinton Middle High School (rwoolner@hopkintonschools.org or 603 746-­‐4167) Download...