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Phil Gersmehl – Geography Teacher, 2024
The focus in this article is on the usefulness of spatial sequencing as a tactic for interpreting a map and organizing our memory of it. This skill is useful whenever some condition varies in a systematic way with distance. When students are asked whether they see a pattern on a map of a topic like wildfires or terrorist activity, some students…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Geography, Maps, Map Skills
Tokosh, Joseph – Geography Teacher, 2022
Using geographic information systems (GIS), spatial data, and web mapping tools to enrich teaching and learning in geography courses is an effective way to integrate critical thinking and spatial analysis into the classroom (or virtual classroom). This lesson describes mapping song lyrics through ArcGIS Online. It explores how students analyze and…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Geographic Information Systems, Singing, Maps
Moorman, Lynn; Cerney, Dawna; Gielstra, Dianna; Foster, Ellen; Villa Cerveny, Niccole – Geography Teacher, 2021
GeoCamp Iceland is a local program designed in Iceland to provide "field-based educational experiences dedicated to increasing knowledge through practical and active learning" in subjects related to earth science and renewable energy (Morrill and Waite 2019). Since 2015, NCGE has partnered with GeoCamp Iceland to offer an in-service,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Experiential Learning, Earth Science, Energy Conservation
Theobald, Rebecca – Geography Teacher, 2021
When a student remembers an educational geography activity involving a map twelve months later, the events count as a step toward spatial understanding. Giant playground and floor maps capture students' attention and inspire teachers to develop new ways to explain geographical features and phenomena. For almost a decade, National Geographic…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Maps, Case Studies, Educational Benefits
Chen, X. Mara – Geography Teacher, 2021
Both critical thinking and creative thinking have been essential in building and reshaping human civilization and intellectual landscapes. Teaching aims to educate and train students to become competent, creative, and critical thinkers. An overarching educational goal is that students should be able to collect and analyze data, build knowledge,…
Descriptors: Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking, Earth Science, Science Education
Kerski, Joseph J. – Geography Teacher, 2021
Connecting just four components that compose modern geographic information systems (GIS)--field surveys, dashboards, interactive maps, and story maps--can help foster spatial thinking, critical thinking, and rigorous use of GIS tools and data. The guidelines in this article walk an educator through the creation of a survey in Survey123, mapping…
Descriptors: Visual Aids, Spatial Ability, Geographic Information Systems, Critical Thinking
Kerski, Joseph J. – Geography Teacher, 2020
Teaching and learning about food and agriculture in an effective, engaging manner is enriched through the use of web mapping tools and spatial data. These tools, enabled by the advent of cloud-based Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology, bring problem solving, critical thinking, and spatial analysis to every classroom instructor and…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Food, Agriculture, Geographic Information Systems
Chihab, Laura; Herrmann, Klaus; Schlottmann, Antje; Nöthen, Eva – Geography Teacher, 2020
What is known about places we have not been to before we learn from maps, geographical magazines, or maybe travel reports. Ordinarily, this information is for granted without reflecting on its origin and underlying theoretical premises. Usually, this lack of reflection does not appear as problematic. However, what can can be learned from the fact…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Teaching Methods, Spatial Ability, Geographic Concepts
Kerski, Joseph J. – Geography Teacher, 2019
Teaching and learning about political boundaries in an effective, engaging manner can be enriched through the use of webGIS mapping tools and spatial data. WebGIS enabled tools bring problem solving, critical thinking, and spatial analysis to education. Teaching with GIS is conducive to a multi-disciplinary, problem-solving learning environment…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Geographic Information Systems, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills
Poleski, Matthew – Geography Teacher, 2017
The lesson described in this article meets several needs for Advanced Placement Human Geography (APHG®) teachers. In the interest of preserving time in the classroom, this lesson is intended to be a capstone assignment, allowing students to synthesize several concepts of the APHG® curriculum, such as demography, economic development, and cultural…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Human Geography, Advanced Placement, Lesson Plans
Britt, Judy; Ming, Kavin – Geography Teacher, 2017
In this article, a social studies teacher and a literacy teacher describe a vision for social studies that highlights reading practices that foster disciplinary literacy in elementary geography. Their purpose is to share a practical approach for enriching elementary social studies lessons and activities with a geographic lens. During the…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Geography Instruction, Teaching Methods, National Standards
Chu, Gregory; Choi, Jongnam; Hwang, Chul Sue; Andersen, Doug; Keller, Kenneth H.; Robinson, Michael; Swanson, Kelly – Geography Teacher, 2016
This article describes the release of the second edition of "The National Atlas of Korea" (Choe 2015), published in December 2014 by the National Geographic Information Institute (NGII) of South Korea (the Republic of Korea) in both Korean- and English-language versions. This second edition is a major update and improvement over its 2009…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Atlases, Spatial Ability, Human Geography
Jones, Mark C. – Geography Teacher, 2016
Educators need to teach the geographic perspective because spatial and environmental thinking are central to understanding how the earth changes. In the more narrow interest of helping students to excel in school, it is impossible to teach students every possible example that they might encounter on an exam. How to teach perspectives and skills is…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Teaching Methods, Thinking Skills, Spatial Ability
Flynn, K. Colton; Popp, Jennie – Geography Teacher, 2016
Many educators have suggested that spatial awareness is vital in the foundation of geography curricula, as well as the ability to utilize geospatial technologies (National Research Council 2006; Kerski 2008; Lee and Bednarz 2009; Favier and Van der Schee 2014). The purpose of this research was to identify a low-cost and effective method to improve…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Geographic Information Systems, Spatial Ability, Experiential Learning
DeMers, Michael N. – Geography Teacher, 2016
Depending on how you determine the starting point for the technology driving geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing, it is well over fifty years old now. During the first years of its existence in the early 1960s, the new technology benefited relatively few students who attended the handful of college programs that were actually…
Descriptors: Geography Instruction, Geographic Information Systems, Spatial Ability, Curriculum Development
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