Online Mapping for Educators

This computer lab-based professional development workshop is designed to train someone with LITTLE TO NO EXPERIENCE how to use free online mapping tools in a classroom setting.  This is open to educators from all grade levels and subjects; one of the strands of the training will be on sustainable agriculture, locally grown (the theme of this year’s Envirothon). In this training participants will be able to:

  • Get resources on the best available online maps for the classroom.
  • Create online maps that can be used in the classroom. 
  • Prepare their students to create their own online maps.

The registration fee is $10 (pay at the door); with limited seating we ask that you reserve your spot by simply emailing an RSVP to

WHEN: October 26th, 2013 9am-12pm

WHERE: Rhode Island College, Alger Hall 101(see campus map).

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National Geographic Bee

Each year thousands of schools in the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to encourage teachers to include geography in their classrooms, spark student interest in the subject, and increase public awareness about geography. Schools with students in grades four through eight are eligible for this entertaining and challenging test of geographic knowledge.  Is your school signed up?

2014 National Geographic Bee Dates:

  • Registration Deadline – October 15, 2013
  • School Level Bees – November 11, 2013 – January 15, 2014
  • State Level – April 4, 2014
  • National Level – May 19-21, 2014



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Orchards in the Ocean State: Apple Growing in Rhode Island

Orchards in the Ocean State: Apple Growing in Rhode Island is an hour-long film that notes the continued success of Rhode Island farmers in a business that is inherently risky and fraught with economic uncertainty. Growers have had to balance the traditional approaches handed down to them from their parents and grandparents with the realities of today’s business climate. 


Upcoming showtimes on RI/PBS

9/29/13    6:00PM

10/5/13    11:00PM


Upcoming showtimes on Learn Channel Cox Cable

10/1/13    8:00PM

10/2/13    3:00AM

10/3/13   12:00AM

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The College, Career & Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards

The College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards: State guidance for enhancing the rigor of K-12 civics, economics, geography, and history

In the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards, the call for students to become more prepared for the challenges of college and career is united with a third critical element: preparation for civic life.
Now more than ever, students need the intellectual power to recognize societal problems; ask good questions and develop robust investigations into them; consider possible solutions and consequences; separate evidence-based claims from parochial opinions; and communicate and act upon what they learn. The C3 Framework is centered on an Inquiry Arc-a set of interlocking and mutually supportive ideas that frame the ways students learn social studies content. By focusing on inquiry, the framework emphasizes the disciplinary concepts and practices that support students as they develop the capacity to know, analyze, explain, and argue about interdisciplinary challenges in our social world. It includes descriptions of the structure and tools of the disciplines, as well as the habits of mind common in those disciplines.

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National Geographic Found

FOUND is a curated collection of photography from the National Geographic archives. In honor of our 125th anniversary, we are showcasing photographs that reveal cultures and moments of the past. Many of these photos have never been published and are rarely seen by the public.  We hope to bring new life to these images by sharing them with audiences far and wide. Their beauty has been lost to the outside world for years and many of the images are missing their original date or location.”

Seth Dixon‘s insight:

How have I not found National Geographic FOUND until now?  The curators post approximately 2 pictures a day that generally have never been published before; the result is an archive that is a wonderfully eclectic treasure trove.  There are simply too many great teaching images to share them individually.  Pictured above is the Sutherland Falls which thunders down a 1,904-foot drop from Lake Quill in New Zealand (January 1972, Photo by James L. Amos).  I consider National Geographic FOUND as a must see and will include it in my list of best scoops (filed under the tag zbestofzbest). 

Tags: perspective, National Geographic. images, zbestofzbest.

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After Trip To Korea, RI Teacher Brings Gangman Style To Class This Year

Sandra Makielski, seventh grade social studies teacher, spent two weeks in South Korea with other educators compliments of the Korea Society in NYC.

What a delight it is to read a newspaper article only to find that it features the adventures of a RIGEA member!  Her travels this summer to South Korea will be a great source of materials for her class but also provide a valuable lens for seeing the world from a different perspective.  Sandra has already offered to share her experiences with the alliance later in the year so stay tuned for the update!  Congratulations!

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