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...

MISSION: Explore the Adventure in Your Community

MISSION: Explore the Adventure in Your Community Wednesday, November 2, 2011 7pm EDT/ 6pm CDT/12am GMT Daniel Raven-Ellison The Geography Collective, London, UK Your mission if you’re willing to accept it… The heart of this year’s Geography Awareness Week (GAWeek) will revolve around a series of “missions” that encourage individuals or teams of students, families, or friends to explore their own communities through geographic eyes, and challenge them to look at things from a geographic perspective. Join us as we explore the theme for GAWeek 2011, “Geography: The Adventure in Your Community”. By completing a varied series of missions, individuals or teams can earn “badges” in the four sub-theme categories: photography, storytelling, mapping, and taking action. Daniel Raven-Ellison of The Geography Collective, a UK partnership of geography teachers and educators and National Geographic Education’s (NatGeoEd) content partner for GAWeek 2011, joins us from London! Daniel will describe the GAWeek activity and the Mission:Explore project along with explaining the theory behind mission-based learning and guerrilla geography. Preview the NatGeoEd Mission: Explore resources by going to www.GeographyAwarenessWeek.org. Learn how to make the very most of the GAWeek resources to support geo-literacy and learning in any classroom. Are you willing to accept the mission?...

Analyzing Data Using Online Mapping

Tuesday, September 27, 2011. 8pm Eastern/ 7pm Central/6pm Mountain/5pm Pacific ( Need more time zones? ) *PARTNERSHIP WEBINAR: FREE for EVERYONE! Sponsored by Esri, Redlands, CA   Charlie Fitzpatrick Education Manager at Esri The generous folks from the Esri Education team are back with more ideas on those cool mapping tools. Maps don’t give up all their secrets right away; you often need to tease out info through analysis. Web-based mapping tools, for both Windows and Macintosh, permit significant data analysis. See how to analyze various types of data using just a web browser. Great ideas and implementation strategies for many classes, including AP Human Geography! Join us for amazing tools at the perfect price…free! REGISTER...

“Trekking the Planet.”

On January 28th, 2012, two Trekking the Planet travelers will embark on a 426-day expedition to explore the cities, peoples, history, economics, topography, nature and customs of 50 countries on six continents, along with treks into 11 of the world’s most remote and unspoiled places of natural or cultural significance. Special focus will be on the environment and on sustainability practices, highlighting where the world is being threatened or improved. The mission of this nonprofit and fully funded venture will be to provide materials while en route to help schools all over the world to better educate students about human and physical geography in new and exciting ways. Teachers will be able to access each of the 60 planned weekly four-page modules online as potential enrichments to geography lessons already being taught. TTP’s travelers will also provide emails, photography, interviews, audio and video while traveling around the world. Maps and coordinates will highlight these locations. Students can formulate and post questions to be answered by the travelers in the subsequent week’s materials. Teachers may find the information provided as useful reference material for student use in assigned reports or student-created media incorporating pictures or video. To view the subscription form, go to http://www.trekkingtheplanet.net/educators . If you care to scroll down below the form, you can view a typical educational module that teachers will receive weekly.     Also available for download...