Geography Soup

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


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.


Integrating Geography and History


“”This 18-stanza poem by Kit Salter, beautifully captures the importance of geographic thinking in any history/social studies curriculum.  This was shared by Dr. Vernon Domingo.  Slides of his keynote address titled, Integrating Geography and History are available here.”


It was my privilege to hear my good friend and fellow geo-evangelist, Dr. Vernon Domingo share ideas on the importance of integrating geographic analysis in historical inquiry.  He shared a fabulous poem by Kit Salter, one of the pioneers in the Network of Geographic Alliances.  I’ll only share the first stanza here:

    How can there be a separate scene,
    For history without place
    How can there be events in time,
    For which there is no space?

Tags: geo-inspiration, geography educationspatial, historical.




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


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 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.”


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  explaining your intent with the subject line “NEARC.”


RI Community Profiles


“We are excited to announce the relaunch of our RI Community Profiles website. RI Community Profiles provides easy access to comprehensive, statewide, mappable information about your community.  For the last year, our Information Group has worked on a major overhaul of the site to improve functionality and ease of use. You can check out the new site at Follow us on Twitter where we will be tweeting about the relaunch and sharing interesting facts about RI communities over the next few weeks at the hashtag #RIprofiles. If you have any questions or comments, use the hashtag and our Twitter handle @Provplan.”


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.      


Comparing RI’s Past and Present

These interactive maps are designed to compare aerial photography in the Ocean State from different time periods. The 1939 and 1972 maps are both compared to a basemap with current imagery to serve as a point of reference. Aerial photography can be quite beautiful, as can satellite imagery. These are more than just pretty pictures; interpreting aerial photography and satellite imagery is not easy; here is a great article that gives an introduction on how to interpret satellite imagery. With a little training, satellite images become rich data sources. This image shows a ‘spyglass’ of 1939 images from 1939 downtown Providence and another of 1972 Beavertail State Park. The historic images tell a very different story of these places then the current imagery.  Also you can see the elevation differences in Rhode Island by exploring this ArcGIS WebApp.