Did you Know?
Geography Awareness Week November 16-22
'My Wonderful World' , a National Geographic-led campaign for geographic literacy, and Google are working together again to provide an interactive educational experience about our world. We are proud to celebrate Geography Awareness Week (November 16-22), an initiative by National Geographic that promotes the importance of geography. For 2008, explore a weeklong guide of activities to help you experience the many facets of geography including: cultural and physical geography, geospatial technologies, and Earth's hotspots. So whether you're a teacher, student, or armchair geographer, it's a great way to polish up your skills and learn all about the fascinating ways geography is used around the globe. (Google Sightseer)
My Wonderful World is a National Geographic-led campaign—backed by a coalition of national business and non-profit organizations—to expand geographic learning in school, at home, and in communities.
It's a global world. People, ideas, and products are constantly moving greater distances across our planet than ever before. How we live shapes, and is shaped by, where we live—and what happens in the natural environment. Have your students test their Global IQ and play online games.
Make maps and globes focal points in your classroom and use them often. Bookmark an online atlas or print out outline maps. Use posters, pictures, and other visuals to show global connections near and far.
From free 2-D satellite maps to 3-D Earths, there's possibility like never before to see our planet in new ways. And zooming into places can create a new perspective on how geography impacts current events. Learn about Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software and how it's changing the way we explore.
Help them connect with peers overseas in order to practice languages, develop collaborative projects—even get to know time zones or the International Date Line. Check out programs from the Peace Corps, iEARN, and the Asia Society. ( Nat. Geo.)