‘Potentially historic’ snow storm takes aim at Northeast this week

New York City could see 20 inches of snow when all is said and done. Snow totals in Boston could rival the snowiest storm the city has ever seen: 27.6 inches on Feb. 17-18, 2003.

The Weather Service in New York City has dubbed it a “potentially historic nor’easter.” Forecasters in Boston are calling it a “text book case” for a New England blizzard. And residents from Philadelphia to New York are being advised to change their travel plans for the blockbuster winter storm that will impact the Northeast on Monday and Tuesday.

Source: www.washingtonpost.com

Geography Workshops at Salve Regina

The next three Saturdays (1/24, 1/31 and 2/7), our alliance coordinator will be hosting a series of workshops at Salve Regina from 9am to 1pm in the McKillop Library (Room 006). This partnership with their history department is designed to help prepare pre-service teachers to become certified and pass the geography portion of the Praxis Exam.  If you are interested in attending for credit you can register through Salve Regina; if you would like to simply attend one or all of the workshops, drop a line to see what can be arranged (rigea@ric.edu).  I envision this as a way to help some aspiring teachers and the intellecutally curious to strengthen their intellectual geographic foundation.

Source: geographyeducation.org

2015 Summer Leadership Institute: Middle East in Transition

The Choices Leadership Institute is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the Choices Program’s award-winning curriculum materials and approach, and to plan strategies for introducing the Choices Program to your colleagues.  Participants will examine strategies for engaging secondary students in the study of contested international issues, share best practices with other dedicated teachers, and explore methods for conducting effective professional development.  The Institute will be held July 13-17, 2015 in Providence RI and the deadline to apply will be March 16, 2015Click here to apply.

Source: www.choices.edu

Rhode Island Names

Rhode Islanders might be used to places with names like “Chepiwanoxet” and “Scituate” but these eight West Coasters are DEFINITELY not. Their first attempt to pronounce these words is one hilarious trainwreck that you just can’t take your eyes off of.

Source: www.youtube.com

The Best of 2014 GeoEd Style

“The best 30 resources and posts on Geography Education from 2014.” http://www.scoop.it/t/geography-education

Source: www.scoop.it

‘Tis the season to look back on the year that was.  There are some ‘Best of’ lists with great teaching applications produced this week such as the best satellite images of 2014, the worst natural disasters of 2014, and 50 states in 50 pictures.  Our Alliance Coordinator has analyzed all the Geography Education resources he shared this year and selected these 30 as the best, most important, or most useful resources from 2014.

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For the Love of Maps

Originally posted on Nat Geo Education Blog:

By Seth Dixon, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Geography, Rhode Island College

I have a confession to make; I’m a map geek. Even as a kid watching Raiders of the Lost Ark, I was fascinated by the map they used to segue between scenes to show Indiana Jones’ travels. Forget the one I mean? Watch the clip below.

The spatial information stored in that single image heightened the level of mystery and intrigue in the adventure for me. Ever since then I’ve loved the idea of combining videos with maps, so I produced this interactive map using ArcGIS online (the metadata for the map is available here). This mapping feature spatially indexes over 60 of my favorite place-based videos that I use in my classes. Since all of these videos specifically refer to particular places, they are spatially indexed on this map. The maps are marked with varying degrees of…

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Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor could soon become national park

If enacted, the John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, its official name, will be Rhode Island’s first national park.
The state currently has a national memorial, which marks the settlement of Providence founded by Roger Williams, at the foot of College Hill; a national historical site, Touro Synagogue, in Newport; and a national historic trail, the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route that travels through nine states, including Rhode Island, and the District of Columbia.
“The Blackstone Valley is a national treasure that deserves to be preserved,” Reed said in a news release. “It is the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution and includes thousands of acres of beautiful, undeveloped land, and waterways that are home to diverse wildlife, cultural sites, and numerous recreational opportunities for Rhode Islanders.”

Source: www.providencejournal.com

Historical Geography of Whaling

“Summer 2014 brought a sight that had not been seen since 1941: the Charles W. Morgan leaving the Mystic River for the Atlantic Ocean, stopping at several New England harbors before eventually arriving in New Bedford, Massachusetts where the ship was built in 1841. The Charles W. Morgan is the last remaining wooden whaling ship in the world, and a National Historic Landmark.”

Source: maps101blog.com

Only two countries today are stilling whaling (Japan and Norway), but the whaling industry was a critical component to the settling of New England.  Check out this Maps 101 podcast for short introduction to the historical geography of New England whaling.  

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