Alliance Maps on Loan

Hello Alliance Members. At virtually all RIGEA events, I try to hand out some map resources. Soon I will have enough of the World Explorer/World Satellite maps to give every RI teacher a CLASS SET of them (pictured below) as well as a large number of wall maps.  This is the perfect size for 4 students to put their desks together and work on any number of spatial projects.  Any teacher that recruits a new RIGEA member (or is a new RIGEA member) can have a class set at our next event (I believe this would be a great way to kick off Geography Awareness Week). 

OTHER MAPS

There are some maps that the alliance has that we can’t give out to on a large scale, but are certainly available to any RIGEA member that would like to borrow them. I have several that are available on a “first come first serve” basis, but I will always retain a few to circulate around the state.  I will put the dimensions and a picture some of these maps below. If you would like to borrow any of them for an extended period of time, send me email at rigea@ric.edu and  sdixon@ric.edu with the subject title “RIGEA maps on loan: [map title]” and we’ll try to make arrangements so you can use these in the classroom.

Read more and see a wider set of map resources available to RIGEA members at: rigea.org

Pumpkin Geography

“During the month of October, I take advantage of the pumpkin harvest to bring hands-on geography to my students.  After spending a month becoming familiar with the location of the seven continents and the major bodies of water, each student is given a pumpkin to turn into a globe. Students paint the entire surface of the pumpkin blue to represent water. Next, they use pushpins to position and trace the outline of each continent onto their pumpkins. They use actual globes as models and are careful to place the continents in the correct hemisphere. Then, they paint and label each continent a different color. They label the major bodies of water and use white paint to represent the North and South Poles.”

Source: www.nea.org

Happy October everyone!  The pictures above (from a friend’s website) show how teachers and parents alike can get children involved in a fun craft that will strengthen kids’ mental maps–all with a seasonal twist.  If you really love idea of pumpkin globes, you should also see this one.   

Tagsart, K12, fun, seasonal.

URI GIS Training Opportunities

Classes scheduled for January 2015 GIS training at URI.  All classes held at URI’s Kingston Campus.  All classes are hands-on computer training and require no prior knowledge of GIS. 

 

Using ArcGIS.com ®: Jan. 8, 2015:  This half-day training will introduce participants to ESRI’s online mapping applications available at ArcGIS.com. The training will explore “ready to use” maps and also explore the basic functionality of the applications.  Particular attention will be paid to the datasets available through RIGIS

 

Introduction to GIS:  Jan. 13 – 15, 2015: This three-day training program has been written in collaboration with the University of Connecticut.  In this course you will learn some GIS concepts and become very familiar with the extensive Rhode Island GIS database (RIGIS) while using ESRI’s ArcGIS Desktop 10.2 ® software.

Source: www.edc.uri.edu

Smellmap: Newport, RI

“Newport’s scents are largely ocean-based; the ocean itself, the lobster bait, suntan oil from the bathing tourists, beach roses that brighten the low lying sand dunes. In contrast country smells of hay and juniper speak to the rural aspect of this diverse city. To be seen and sniffed at the Discover Newport Visitor Center from August 20, 2012.

Smells share an attribute with soundings in that they are constantly shifting. Combined with Newport’s sailing legacy this was enough for me to base the visual lexicon on an NOAA chart.

Odor intensity is included for the first time one of my smell maps.

A detail of the downtown area as the smells congregate along Thames Street, Broadway and the Wharfs.

The Newport Smell Map exhibited at the Newport Visitor Centre, Rhode Island in August 2012 reaching up to 6000 visitors per day.”

Source: sensorymaps.com

Ocean Science Education

The 2014 Summit in Woods Hole, MA will focus on Ocean Literacy Principle 6. Don’t miss out on two fun days of science and education (Nov. 6-7). Keynote address by Deborah Cramer.

Use the quick link buttons below to directly register for the summit or a room at MBL. Don’t forget to read the session descriptions and make your selections before registering.  Use the link above to visit the summit website.”

Source: www.neosec.org

What the United States Would Look Like if State Borders Were Based on Dunkin’ Donuts Density

“On Monday, I divided the United States into 50 states of equal population. On Tuesday, I rearranged the nation’s boundaries based on where baseball players were born. Today, I’ll be looking at a topic that’s dear to my heart, if not my heart health: regional fast food.”  

Not surprisingly, Rhode Island in right in the heart of the territory  with the highest concentration of Dunkin’ Donuts.  Why are some franchise more successful in particular regions. 

Source: www.slate.com

Geography Soup

“A great resource full of great links to accompany the Geography Soup channel on Vimeo.”  

Source: www.slideshare.net

Geography Soup is a Vimeo channel designed to include interesting videos that are laden with geographic content in them.  This powerpoint slideshow has resources designed to help you get the most flavor and substance out of these (and any other) video resources.   This is especially great for K-12 students, physical and regional geography.


Tags: K12, video.

Get Connected with Global Collaborative Projects

Join us to learn how you can connect your students with students around the world through #global collaborative projects. Register at https://plus.google.com...

Source: www.youtube.com

The Geo-Educator Community is planning a Google + Hangout on Wednesday, October 1st (7-8pm EST) to help link educators and organizations so you can link your students with classes around the world and learning to think globally.    

NEARC

NEARC GIS Educators Day

“GIS Educators Day, sponsored by NEARC and Esri, is a full-day conference devoted exclusively to topics and issues pertaining to the use of GIS and other geospatial technologies in K-12, college, and informal education.

GIS Educators Day is a one-day pre-conference to NEARC’s annual professional user conference which will run from October 5 – October 8 at the Mystic Marriott in Groton, Connecticut. GIS Educators Day will feature hands-on computer labs, presentations, and participant-driven conversations on a range of resources, projects, and topics.”

Source: www.northeastarc.org

RIGEA would like to see that all RI teachers that want to attend will have the resources to do so.  We are offering scholarships to help cover the attendance fees for all that would like to attend the conference (actual amount of the ‘scholarship’ will depend on the quantity  of RIGEA members that will be attending).  If you are thinking about attending, please email rigea@ric.edu  explaining your intent with the subject line “NEARC.”

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Iconic Traits of Rhode Island

“28 Things People From Rhode Island Have Explain To Out-Of-Towners.”

 

This article shows some culturally iconic and place-based traditions of Rhode Island.  Some are a bit goofy, but the overall it provides an interesting sense of place to introduce distinctive traits of the Ocean State.  In the same vein, this Buzzfeed article outlines 30 reasons why Rhode Island is underrated.      

Source: www.movoto.com