#worldgeochat Recap: Nov 7, 2017

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

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Integrating History Into Your Geography/Global Studies Class

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

Getting the Most Out of Photos (A picture is only worth a 1,000 words if students know how to analyze them.)

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.)

Three Ways Google Mapping Can Help You in the Classroom

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)

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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

https://earth.google.com/web/

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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Some Times A Bad Example Can Be Good For Learning

I wrote this post this summer about how I would be changing up the first 5 minutes of class to focus more on the teaching of specific skills. This mind shift ties really well with this post from National Geographic Education's (@NatGeoEducation) blog post, "The Geography and Literacy Connection" One of those skills that I … Continue reading Some Times A Bad Example Can Be Good For Learning