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2015 - 2016 WEBINAR SCHEDULE

Unless otherwise stated, all webinars are on Wednesdays at 8:00 PM Eastern Time. Webinars are free for NCGE members and cost $20 for non-members. Partnership and sponsored webinars are free for all participants. 

August 26 2015

Strong Beginnings for Great Endings in AP Human Geography

Presenter: Nancy Watson

Bio: Nancy has taught APHG for 11 years at Lawton Chiles High School in Tallahassee, FL, and has served as an APHG Reader for 9 years. She is a member of the APHG Development Committee, currently serving as the co-chair.

Description: This webinar will address setting up and pacing the APHG course. What works, what does not, what to emphasize, what not to emphasize, and how to prepare your students for the APHG exam in the spring. Whether you are a new teacher just getting started or a a veteran teacher, the beginning of the year sets the tone and the potential for success. Teaching APHG is a challenge because it changes from year to year and requires fine tuning each year. This will be an opportunity to get off to a strong start so you and your students will have a great ending.

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September 9 2015

Do the Map!  Engaging Students in Critical Map Analysis

Presenter: Jody Smothers-Marcello

Bio: Jody Smothers-Marcello is a geography educator from Sitka, Alaska, where she teaches AP Human Geography, global issues, world and American history, and English 9.  When possible, she adds in world geography and women's history.  Jody has been involved with geography education at the local, state, national, and international levels for over 25 years and has won multiple national awards for her innovative teaching.  Currently, she is on the AP Human Geography Test Development Committee, is a National Board Certified Teacher, and is completing two terms as editor of The Geography Teacher.  She has authored a book on map skills and one on teaching AP Human Geography as well as various curricula and journal articles.  Jody received B.S. and M.Ed. degrees from Texas A&M University.

Description: Map analysis is the key to this session which will present a framework students can use with any map, print or digital.  In addition, Jody will demonstrate how to use key mapping websites in the classroom, with each chosen for their correlation to the AP Human Geography units.  Connections will be made between map analysis and the particular maps at these sites.  Further, suggestions for creating multiple choice and free response questions using map analysis will be shared.  Lesson guides will be made available to all participants.

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September 16 2015

Apparently, I’m A DINK! : Discussing Interesting Population Terms, Topics, Lessons, and Resources

Presenter: Michael Robinson

Bio:  Michael Robinson has been a secondary social studies teacher for 21 years. Since 2003 he has taught at Houston High School in Germantown, Tennessee, where he teaches AP Human Geography, Contemporary Issues, and Holocaust Studies. In 2010 he was named the National Council for the Social Studies Secondary Teacher of the Year, and in November of 2011 he was an Outstanding Educator in Residence (OER) at the Academy of Singapore Teachers (AST). He is also the recipient of the 2009 and 2012 NCGE/ Herff-Jones Nystrom Lesson Plan Award.

Description: Every year I tell my students I am a DINK, and they laugh and then look at me as if to say you are a what? With a few hints eventually the students will come up with the meaning: “dual income no kids.” Discussing population is never dull. This webinar will focus on three main parts: 1) A discussion of key population terms and topics, including population pyramids. Several lessons and lesson ideas will be presented. 2) An interesting resource for this specific lesson will be the use of the just released, free 2015 Atlas of Korea.  3) A list of some key population resources, such as websites, videos, movies, etc., I use in class. 

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September 23 2015

Successful Strategies for Teaching Freshmen in AP Human Geography

Presenter: Sharon Shelerud

Bio: Sharon Shelerud has taught for over 30 years.  She is part of the Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education (MAGE) Steering Committee and Chair of High School Assessments and Curriculum.  In addition she is an adjunct professor for the Augsburg College Department of Education.  Sharon is the author of the “Top Ten” articles on how to teach AP Human Geography to ninth graders.

Description: "This webinar is designed to share tips and ideas on how to help ninth graders succeed in an AP Human Geography class.  Class structure, pedagogy and lesson ideas will be shared.  Suggestions for how to recruit students and methods used to help students and parents understand the academic realities of an AP class.  Resource links will also be presented.  If you are new to teaching AP Human Geography to ninth graders and/or if you are looking for some new ideas this webinar is for you.

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October 7 2015

ConnectED Geography: My students can use, make, and share online maps, free?

Presenter: Charlie Fitzpatrick

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Description: Online maps are easy, fun, and powerful. Anyone with an internet connection can get started in seconds, learn new content constantly, and build toward college, career, and civic life. Any connected device, anytime, anywhere. This webinar is designed for those just wondering how to start, with a special ConnectED offer from Esri for US K12 schools.


 

October 21 2015

Teaching and Learning with Geocaching: Outdoor High Tech Treasure Hunts

Presenter: Joseph Kerski

Bio: Joseph Kerski serves as Education Manager for Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri). He  served for 21 years as Geographer at the USGS and at the US Census Bureau. He teaches GIS at the University of Denver, other universities, in K-12 schools, and in online courses, including MOOCs. Joseph holds three degrees in Geography. Passionate about spatial learning, Joseph fosters educational partnerships, promotes GIS in education and society through service and scholarship, and conducts courses on geotechnology in education internationally. He creates GIS-based curricula and conducts research in the effectiveness and implementation of GIS in education.

Description: Join geographer and past NCGE President Joseph Kerski as we dig into the world of what is still the world’s most popular geo-related outdoor activity, geocaching. Beyond its recreational appeal, geocaching can be used to effectively teach spatial thinking, build skills in geotechnologies, and incorporate STEM into geography, all within an engaging field-based framework. Can you teach with geocaching, even on your own school or university campus, and even indoors? Find out why and how during this interactive and engaging webinar.

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November 4 2015

Seeing the World: Using Travel and Study Experiences in Your Classroom

Presenters: Julie Wakefield, Elizabeth Rasmussen, and Greg Hill

Bios: Julie, Elizabeth, and Greg are experienced AP Human Geography teachers and exam readers.  All three have also experienced a variety of international teacher travel programs.

Description: During this webinar the presenters will share some of the travel and study opportunities available to teachers and how to apply these experiences to your classroom. There are many opportunities out there, it just takes time and diligence to find them and work on the applications!  Find out how you can travel the world for free or close to free and simultaneously enhance your geography instruction.

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November 18 2015

Teaching and Learning with Google Earth

Presenter: Peter Spiegel

Bio: Peter Spiegel is a 12 veteran geography teacher of the Newton Public School district in Newton, Massachusetts who has implemented Google Earth in the classroom since 2006. Now living in Hallowell, Maine he consults professional development programs for teachers seeking to enhance student led learning by integrating Google Earth with their current curriculum.

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December 2 2015

Mapping Your Stories With Esri StoryMaps

Presenter: Joseph Kerski

Bio: Joseph Kerski serves as Education Manager for Environmental Systems Research Institute (Esri). He  served for 21 years as Geographer at the USGS and at the US Census Bureau. He teaches GIS at the University of Denver, other universities, in K-12 schools, and in online courses, including MOOCs. Joseph holds three degrees in Geography. Passionate about spatial learning, Joseph fosters educational partnerships, promotes GIS in education and society through service and scholarship, and conducts courses on geotechnology in education internationally. He creates GIS-based curricula and conducts research in the effectiveness and implementation of GIS in education.

Description: Esri’s story maps platform allows you to easily and powerfully embed combine dynamic web maps with audio, video, photographs, sketches, and text in a compelling framework. Explore issues and topics ranging from glacial retreat, population change, global ecoregions from local to global scale. Teach with existing storymaps in the online library or have students create their own for their own projects, including local fieldwork. Use them as communication tools, assessment tools, and lesson activities.


 

December 18 2015

Navigating Social Media to Develop our Professional Learning Network

Presenter: Jennifer Garner

Bio: Jennifer Garner has taught  AP Human Geography at Forsyth Central High School  in Cumming, GA since 2005, where she is currently the Social Studies Department Chair.  In addition to being the co-moderator of #worldgeochat Jennifer has also served as an APHG exam reader since 2006, as a table leader at the 2015 Exam Reading, and currently sit on the Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators Geography Standing Committee. 

Description: "Many geography teachers are "singletons" - the only teachers teaching a subject on their faculty.  This can limit collaboration and the exchange of ideas.  Enter social media to save the day!  Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest are all ways teachers can connect and collaborate with teachers across communities, states and countries.  Using social media to expand you Professional Learning Network might seem intimidating, but once you jump in the opportunities and benefits are numerous.  This webinar will introduce teachers to the ins and outs of Facebook teacher groups, participating Twitter educational chats, and setting up and following educational Pinterest boards.  

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