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California Geographic Alliance GSDRA Conference
California Geographic Alliance GSDRA Conference
California Geographic Alliance GSDRA Conference
California Geographic Alliance GSDRA Conference
California Geographic Alliance GSDRA Conference
California Geographic Alliance GSDRA Conference
California Geographic Alliance GSDRA Conference
California Geographic Alliance GSDRA Conference
California Geographic Alliance GSDRA Conference
California Geographic Alliance GSDRA Conference
California Geographic Alliance GSDRA Conference
California Geographic Alliance GSDRA Conference
California Geographic Alliance GSDRA Conference
California Geographic Alliance GSDRA Conference
California Geographic Alliance GSDRA Conference
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California Geographic Alliance GSDRA Conference

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PowerPoint Slides from the February 27th GSDRA Winter Conference.

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  • Introduction: Professional CGA: 2 years as TC. Serving on Leadership Team
  • Teacher PD organization Work with NG Humboldt Variety of regions in CA
  • CGA site Comprehensive Resources Educational Materials
  • Geo Bee Links to other sites Lesson Plans Geo Book bags Printable Maps
  • Several definitions Constantly changing
  • PSA: NG has produced tv, print and radio ads for MWWorld to spread the word CP: Working with the public and businesses i.e., Budget-Rent-A Car sponsored two annual “Geo Brain Game”contestants PA: Teaching Geography is Fundamental Act
  • Create a combination of top-down policy and bottom-up consumer demand for geographic literacy. Obtain sufficient resources in the form of federal, state, and philanthropic funding to mount a large-scale reform effort. Create and implement plans for large-scale educational reform at the state and local levels.
  • 8 geography standards for K-12 How/where do you find the time?
  • The unifying characteristics may be physical, human, or cultural. In People interact with other people, places, and things almost every day of their lives. They travel from one place to another; they communicate with each other; and they rely upon products, information, and ideas that come from beyond their immediate environment. In studying human/environment interaction, geographers look at all the effects—positive and negative—that occur when people interact with their surroundings. All places have characteristics that give them meaning and character and distinguish them from other places on earth. Every point on Earth has a specific location that is determined by an imaginary grid of lines denoting latitude and longitude.
  • Graph the top 10 most polluted cities by 1) type of pollutant, 2) number of people affected.
  • A simple, inflatable globe can be used to teach, reinforce and assess many geography concepts. In the younger grades students will be asked to differentiate between water and land, the cardinal directions, and different landforms. As the grades increase students may be asked to locate a state capital, recall political or demographic knowledge, etc. This activity can easily be adjusted for any grade level. It is also a fun way to teach geography. Depending on the grade level and the purpose of the activity students will be learning new information, practicing concepts they have already learned, or are demonstrating their proficiency in a given area.
  • Compare the major ideas of philosophers and their effects on the democratic revolutions in England, the United States, France, and Latin America
  • Students post one question per day. Strategic 1 st to get to 5 in a row wins Technology integration for K-3? Developmentally innapropriate. Some sites (My Wonderful World) provide games for younger children.
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    • 1. California Geographic Alliance Geographic Literacy in the K-12 Classroom
    • 2. California Geographic Alliance <ul><li>The California Geographic Alliance (CGA) is a teacher professional development organization dedicated to improving geographic education and literacy in California. </li></ul><ul><li>Partnered with National Geographic </li></ul><ul><li>Headquartered @ Humboldt State University </li></ul><ul><ul><li>www.humboldt.edu/~cga/ </li></ul></ul>
    • 3. We promote the following… <ul><li>Professional growth seminars </li></ul><ul><li>University Student-K/12 Student Partnering </li></ul><ul><li>Developing and distributing educational materials </li></ul><ul><li>Promoting geographic awareness & literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Advocating structural changes at local & state levels </li></ul>
    • 4. Member Benefits… <ul><li>Links to online learning games </li></ul><ul><li>Geography Bee </li></ul><ul><li>Links to sites such as: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Newspaper In Education (NIE) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NASA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National Geographic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Annenberg Media </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lesson plans & Professional Growth Opportunities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>My Wonderful World </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Links to online & printable maps </li></ul><ul><li>National & State links </li></ul>
    • 5. What is Geographic Literacy? <ul><li>“ Geographic literacy is more than knowing state capitals. It's understanding how people and places interact, where things come from, and where we're going. Without geography, our young people are unprepared for an increasingly global future.” </li></ul><ul><li>-2006 National Geographic-Roper Survey of Geographic Literacy </li></ul>
    • 6. Survey Results <ul><li>Young adults ages 18-24 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Only 37% of young Americans can find Iraq on a map—though U.S. troops have been there since 2003 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>6 in 10 young Americans don't speak a foreign language fluently </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>20% of young Americans think Sudan is in Asia (It's the largest country in Africa) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>48% of young Americans believe the majority population in India is Muslim (It's Hindu—by a landslide) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Half of young Americans can't find New York on a map </li></ul></ul>
    • 7. The Solution <ul><li>Phase 1: My Wonderful World </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Public Service Advertising </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coalition Projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet Resources: www.mywonderfulworld.org </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Policy Advocacy </li></ul></ul>
    • 8. <ul><li>Phase 2: 80% geographic literacy among 18-24 yr olds by 2025 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Top-down policy/bottom-up consumer demand </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Federal, state, and philanthropic funding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Large-scale educational reform at state and local levels </li></ul></ul>
    • 9. A Teacher’s Role <ul><li>Incorporate geography into daily routines </li></ul><ul><li>Foster a love of geography in all students </li></ul><ul><li>Utilize ‘teachable moments’ </li></ul>
    • 10. 5 Themes of Geography <ul><li>Region </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Unifying Environment & Human Features </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Movement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Goods, People, Beliefs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Human-Environment Interaction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Altering the Environment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cultural Landscape </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Distinguishing Features </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Location </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Absolute/Relative </li></ul></ul>
    • 11. The World’s Most Polluted Cities <ul><li>http://www.mibazaar.com/pollutedcities.html </li></ul><ul><li>Using the site: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Grade level: 9-12 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Suggested Topics : </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Industrial Revolution, Economics, Current Affairs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Geo. Themes Covered: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Human-Environment Interaction, Movement </li></ul></ul></ul>
    • 12. Globe Toss <ul><li>Materials: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Inflatable globe </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Suggested topics/concepts by grade level: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>K-2: Land/Water, Cardinal Directions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3: Continents, Major Bodies of Water, Cardinal Directions, National Identities, Religious Beliefs and Customs, Economies, Systems of Government </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4: Immigration Routes to California </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5: Routes of Early Explorers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>6-8: Historical Migration of People, Expansion/Disintegration of Empires, Growth of Economic Systems </li></ul></ul>
    • 13. Globe Toss <ul><li>Suggested topics/concepts: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>9-12: World Religions, World Wars, Political Systems, Conflicts, Philosophers, Industrial Revolution, Global Change, New Imperialism, Current Affairs, Economics, World Religions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Geo. Themes Covered: Varies by grade level </li></ul>
    • 14. Extending the Globe Toss Activity <ul><li>Grade Level: 6-12 </li></ul><ul><li>Google Maps: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free , online </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a gmail account </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Maps- My Maps- Create New Map </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Other Resources: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>California Atlas </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Database of California Missions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Google Earth: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free, download </li></ul></ul>
    • 15. Geo Bingo & Social Networking <ul><li>Blogs and students </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free blogs for teachers (safe for students) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Edublogs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Blogger </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Grade level: 4-12 </li></ul><ul><li>Geo. Themes Covered: All </li></ul><ul><li>How it works: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1 questions/day </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>First student to collect 5 answers in a row </li></ul></ul>

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