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
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
You know when something feels like a dream and you don’t want to wake up because you’re scared that it might never happened at all? Yeah… that was last night’s #worldgeochat for me and from the looks of it, it was like that for many of the participants who swung by from 9pm-10pm on this … Continue reading #worldgeochat recap Oct 17,2017 National Geographic Education Edition
The #worldgeochat LOVES when we have the opportunity for guest hosts to come by on a Tuesday night and run the show. It gives us a chance to step back and really dig into the Twitter feed and engage with all the awesomeness that transpires. The only problem I have is that I often fall … Continue reading Recap: @Newsela hosts #worldgeochat Oct 10, 2017
It’s been awhile since I’ve done one of these review posts for a #worldgeochat but after last night’s amazing conversation I just had to do it. There were forty different participants who joined in the conversation and tweeted out over five hundred times on a slew of different questions brought to us by our amazing … Continue reading #worldgeochat Review: Media Literacy
The start of the school year comes with such a rush of energy that is a floodgate opened after a heavy rain. Ideas that have been percolating for the entire summer are finally able to be put into practice. Student organization charts, seating plans, introductory lessons, engaging flipped or blended learning. The first few weeks … Continue reading The Grind
What is it about maps that draws you in? For so many of us when we look at a map we become captivated by the lines drawn on the page as if they were an alien language ripe with mystery to be deciphered. We peer into their colors, perspectives, regions, and legends and try to … Continue reading What is it about maps?
I guess you’ve heard by now that #worldgeochat is discussing the topic of maps this week. As a geography teacher maps are a cornerstone of instruction. They are the text in which geographers derive meaning and through which they help students understand the greater context of history, current global issues, economics…. well, to be honest … Continue reading #worldgeochat Preview: Maps Sept 12, 2017
I’ve seen so many first and second year teachers falling into the trap of thinking they have to be the best teacher in the world from day one. While an admirable proposition, one of which I was guilty of my first year teaching, it is important to sometimes take a small step back and look … Continue reading Don’t go it alone