I was just informed that our proposal to receive a Giant Traveling Map from National Geographic was accepted! Last year we had the South America map come to Rhode Island, and several schools found it to be a great event. We’ll be receiving the map of Africa that comes with an excellent set of resources on how to interactively teach, explore, learn and play with this specific map as a part of your curriculum. This map will soon be coming to Rhode Island March 11th to the 26th and the Alliance wants to make this accessible to as many RIGEA members as possible. For schools with 4 RIGEA members, this map can be rented for a free of charge for the first day with any additional days at a rate of $150 per day. Remember that it’s free for teachers, administrators and parents to sign up to become RIGEA members—consider this your chance to recruit them for a good cause for your school AND the Alliance. For schools without 4 RIGEA members, they can still rent the map for $150 per day.
Logistically what should you expect? If you have more questions, read here.
AFRICAN GIANT MAP RESOURCES:
“Africa’s tremendous Sahara, deep forest, and endless savanna await your students on this visually stunning map, based on the September 2005 National Geographic Magazine map insert. The brightly colored map is 26’ x 35’, and clearly illustrates oceans, seas, rivers, mountains, countries and capitals. The map comes with a trunk of rich activities, games, props and educational resources. Explore the continent with your students using these educationally powerful and fun activities.”
The Geographical Association has produced numerous resources specifically for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games being held in London. The Olympics as an event work as an important teaching moment that operates on numerous scales. What local developmental projects reshaped the urban fabric of London in preparation for these Games? Do international events such as the Olympics foster a global community? Is this idea of a global community perfectly harmonious? This map of the medal count is great way to visualize the geography of the Olympics.
“As carbon pollution continues to drive global climate change and wreak havoc on our environment, the Obama Administration recently proposed limits on carbon pollution from new power plants. Here are 9 reasons why I care about climate change and why I support President Obama’s plan to address it.”
Seth Dixon‘s insight:
Rhode Island has a great advocate in environmental management and sustainability in U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. In his public outreach to convince people to believe climate change science, he produced this Buzzfeed list. The beauty of this list is that is both locally nuanced and globally aware (that’s practical usage of scale, a key geographic –local impacts from global patterns).
See on www.buzzfeed.com
Next week, a delegation representing RIGEA will go to Washington D.C. to advocate for geography education. On February 26th I will personally meet with Senators Whitehouse and Reed, Congressmen Cicilline and Langevin. I those meetings I will encourage them to become sponsors of the Teaching Geography is Fundamental bill. I would like to encourage you to consider voicing your support for geography education with you representatives. Did you know that Geography is the ONLY required subject that does not receive any dedicated federal funding under No Child Left Behind?
It will help our cause immensely if the Members of Congress that I meet with have already heard from constituents about the importance of geography education, and about the existence of the Teaching Geography is Fundamental Act. I urge you to join me in a chorus of support for action by Congress. You don’t have to go to DC to help.
You can go to SpeakUpForGeography.org and send pre-written letters directly to your Senators and Representative.
See on rigea.org
“This is a set of 13 map-based lessons developed by the Virginia Geographic Alliance. These lessons are designed to show how ancient world history (before 1500 A.D.) was influenced by geographic factors.”
See on php.radford.edu
As we reflect on 2013 and prepare for 2014, I’ve compiled 35 posts that were helpful to me in my classroom (see page 1 and page 2). These are resources that I enjoyed curating or producing. They might not be the best or the most important for your particular interests, but I look forward to continue curating this site and sharing valuable tidbits to geography educators in 2014.
See on www.scoop.it
The Japan-U.S. Teacher Exchange Program for Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) will provide 24 U.S. teachers and administrators with a fully-funded opportunity to travel to Japan to learn about ESD efforts and strengthen ESD curricula in both countries. You could be one of those educators! Application deadline in January 14th. 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).
See on www.iie.org
Tens of millions of people—and snow
See on www.theatlantic.com
I recently received this question and immediately thought that this is a great geographic question, but one that geographic tools can be used to find the answer. I downloaded all the Rhode Island names listed by the United States Board on Geographic Names and filtered out all the listed Islands (108 is the answer!!). A spreadsheet of data isn’t as helpful to visualize this data so I created this interactive map. Only 1 of the locations didn’t have coordinates, some are scarcely more than rocks, and this is only according to the the U.S. Board on Geographic Names, but this is the most complete map of islands in the state of Rhode Island that I could produce. Additionally, here is an article about some sailors who sought to explore every island of the Narragansett Bay.
See on www.arcgis.com