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DeMers, Michael N.; Vincent, Jeffrey S. – Journal of Geography, 2007
The use of geographic information systems (GIS) in the classroom provides a robust and effective method of teaching the primary spatial skills of identification, description, and explanation of spatial pattern. A major handicap for the development of GIS-based learning experiences, especially for non-GIS specialist educators, is the availability…
Descriptors: Geographic Location, Information Systems, Teaching Methods, Identification
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Cross, John A. – Journal of Geography, 1997
Provides brief descriptions of Internet sites for teachers wishing to access various hazard warnings, satellite images, hazard vulnerability maps, reports, and other data concerning geophysical, hydrologic, and meteorological hazards. Includes suggested classroom strategies and references to past articles in the "Journal of Geography" containing…
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Floods, Geography
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Salter, Kit; Salter, Cathy – Journal of Geography, 1995
Asserts that the 1994 National Geography Standards provide a new and valuable resource for teachers who want to improve geography instruction. Presents a sampler of additional geography instructional materials developed during this same period of educational reform. (CFR)
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Educational Resources, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education
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Thomas, Deborah S. K.; Mitchell, Jerry T.; Scott, Michael S.; Cutter, Susan L. – Journal of Geography, 1999
Describes the development of "The South Carolina Atlas of Environmental Risks and Hazards," a digital atlas that provides people with information on environmental hazards in South Carolina. Discusses the content and navigation of the atlas and considers its utility for classroom instruction and public resource. (CMK)
Descriptors: Atlases, Computer Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education
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Luft, Edward R. – Journal of Geography, 1992
Suggests the study of automobile license plate designs as a tool for helping students learn and understand the concept and perception of place. Includes examples of representative plates and tables of physical and cultural features found on the plates. Outlines considerations and teaching procedures for a class exercise. (DK)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Cultural Context, Cultural Images, Elementary Secondary Education
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Pape, Bruce; Francek, Mark A. – Journal of Geography, 1992
Describes the creation of a glacial park on a university campus. Suggests that the park is a useful instructional resource that helps students relate classroom material to outdoor phenomena by visualizing and identifying glacial landforms, recognizing their spatial relationships, and understanding how glacial features originated. Offers advice for…
Descriptors: Built Environment, Climate, Earth Science, Elementary Secondary Education
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Allen, Rodney F.; Molina, Laurie E. S. – Journal of Geography, 1992
Suggests the use of picture postcards as a vehicle for teaching geographic concepts. Describes the development of postcards. Discusses the use of postcards for thinking skill development, as a social historical record, and as a study of the images of the places represented on the cards. (DK)
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Elementary Secondary Education, Geographic Concepts, Geography Instruction
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Hill, A. David – Journal of Geography, 1994
Asserts that to establish standards-based education in K-12 geography, educators must develop strong instructional materials; train teachers to use those materials; and ensure adoption of the materials by providing curricular guidance. Maintains that alternatives to traditional content and instruction must be used. (CFR)
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Discovery Learning, Educational Change, Educational Strategies
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Downs, Roger M. – Journal of Geography, 1994
Argues that geography education lacks empirical data that might inform and underpin decisions about standards setting, curriculum design, materials development, teaching strategies, and assessment procedures. Identifies four needs: (1) a new attitude toward research; (2) baseline studies; (3) a research agenda; and (4) a research clearinghouse.…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education
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Baker, Simon – Journal of Geography, 1991
Describes the National Aerial Photography Program database that includes photographs of the 48 conterminous states. Gives characteristics of two different photography programs, one completed and one still in progress. Provides addresses for obtaining the photographs. Suggests uses of the photographs in education as visual aids and in research as a…
Descriptors: Audiovisual Aids, Change, Databases, Elementary Secondary Education
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Fitzpatrick, Charlie – Journal of Geography, 1993
Asserts that the power and prices of computers have changed dramatically in recent years. Reviews 10 approaches to using computers in geographic instruction. Includes a 10-item questionnaire to determine whether teachers are using computers effectively. (CFR)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Simulation, Computer Software, Educational Media
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Lueckenhoff, Mark – Journal of Geography, 1993
Asserts that geography teachers should consider using HyperCard because of its ease of use and capabilities. Maintains that HyperCard can be used by teachers to develop nonlinear instructional materials and by students to present research projects. Concludes that the process of creating HyperCard stacks promotes student investigation and…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Databases, Educational Media, Educational Strategies