This is a different kind of post. No strategy. No plea to change your thinking, No preview of an upcoming topic. With Thanksgiving just a few days away, I'm thankful for what this community provides. I'm thankful that I've been friends with Ed in real life and that he got me on Twitter. I'm thankful … Continue reading I’m thankful for #worldgeochat
This past Saturday I made the trek from the suburbs of Chicago to Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal to attend the 2017 Geography in the 21st Century Conference. I made this 2 hour journey across the cold, flat, farm fields of central Illinois, with my friend and fellow #worldgeochat moderator Chris Heffernan. (@cheffernan75 ) Neither of … Continue reading A Conference Win! (Strategies and Resources You Can Use In Your Class Today!)
We've just begun our population inquiry and our first supporting question deals with the vocabulary students need to know. We started off defining 10 terms in student friendly language. Then the class chose three countries and completed this chart using the CIA World Factbook to find the data. My class chose Iceland, Netherlands, and every … Continue reading A #worldgeochat Quick Hit – Teaching CER without grading
One of the topics that geography teachers struggle most with is addressing religions in their classroom. Some teachers avoid the topic all together, others approach it with the sterility of a forensic scientist. Because geography includes both physical AND human components, it is so important that we address one of the most important aspects of … Continue reading #worldgeochat Preview – Teaching World Religions – November 14
This week’s chat was one of my favorite chats in recent memory. The energy and enthusiasm that participants shared their thoughts and perspectives, in addition to some great resources, was so incredibly balanced during the hour that I found it myself beaming with renewed energy for geography at the end of #worldgeochat. Let’s begin. I … Continue reading #worldgeochat Recap: Nov 7, 2017
If your calendar is like the one on the wall at my home, in November it has Veterans Day and Thanksgiving. I don't have a bad thing to say about either of those days, they are both well worth us celebrating. But your calendar probably left Sunday, November 19 blank. I'll wait right here while … Continue reading How will you celebrate #WorldToiletDay?
Whenever I start talking history, for the first time, in my gloal studies course, inevitably a student will raise their hand to ask a question. No, its not can they go to the bathrrom. It ususally goes something like, "Mr. Casey why are we talking about history in a geography/global studies course?" I then explain … Continue reading Integrating History Into Your Geography/Global Studies Class
In our daily lives we are inundated with photos. Whether it be on your Twitter stream or posts on Facebook or Instagram. They are everywhere. We include them all the time in our lessons to help students understand the concepts we are teaching. That being said, do we ever slow down to closely analyze the … Continue reading Getting the Most Out of Photos (A picture is only worth a 1,000 words if students know how to analyze them.)
I was fortunate to write about a mapping platform that I love. Here is my NatGeoEdu blog post on Google Earth, Google MyMaps, and Google Earth Voyager (online edition)
I’ve been a huge advocate for the use of online digital mapping the classroom ever since Google Earth was released as a desktop version back in 2006. Since then, Google has made sincere efforts to improve the quality and ease of their mapping, so that now I can say with confidence that you do not need to be a Google Earth Guru to use it in the classroom with students.
There are three ways that you can build your confidence and expertise that progress…
The New Google Earth Online version
Launched earlier this year, the new online version of Google Earth is the perfect place to start exploring our world. Students will be immediately drawn in by the beauty and ease of interacting with the platform. Teachers will feel at ease because there has already been substantial work put into developing lessons and explorations that align with standards and…
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This week was saw a slightly more laid back and intimate chat. After drinking from the firehose of resources the week before it was nice to slow down a little bit and engage in longer discussion threads. The #worldgeochat crew decided to tackle questions involving holidays and how they are discussed and taught in the … Continue reading #worldgeochat Recap: October 24, 2017 Halloween edition