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2014-2015 WEBINAR SCHEDULE


 All webinars are on Wednesdays at 8pm Eastern, unless otherwise noted.

Have a question? Email the Webinar Team at webinars@ncge.org.

October 22, 2014


Incorporating Technology and Social Media into Human Geography

Presenter: Parisa Watson, APHG Teacher, Westosha Central High School, Wisconsin

Description: This webinar features tips and tricks on how to incorporate technology such as Google Drawing, Google Presentation and Google Docs into the classroom using example lessons from AP Human Geography.  Today's digital learners are also very "in tune" with social media outlets such as twitter.  Learn more about how to connect with students and speak their digital language.

Cost: Free for NCGE members; $20 non-members

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October 29, 2014


Observing Cultural and Urban Landscapes Everywhere You Go

Presenter: Greg Sherwin, APHG Teacher, Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Illinois

Description: Join us for a journey into cultural and urban landscapes. We’ll learn how to take familiar places as well as research to create quality geographic experiences for students anywhere. It’s simple to see that you can apply geography everywhere you go.

Cost: Free for NCGE members; $20 non-members

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November 5, 2014


Ask Me about the PASST

Presenters: Dave Johnson and Rebecca Bush

Dave Johnson is a Social Studies instructional consultant with 12 years of educational experience in the classroom, who serves 11 Intermediate School Districts in northern Michigan. He is the co-project manager of the PASST project. Rebecca Bush is the Social Studies Consultant at Ottawa Area Intermediate School District. Utilizing 23 years (14 as a consultant) of multiple and various roles in education. Rebecca works with teachers and administrators in multiple local districts on curriculum alignment, instructional strategy implementation, and assessment design and analysis through sustained professional development and instructional coaching.

Description: There are multiple methods for assessing content in social studies; however, when it comes to addressing skills unique to social studies such as the integration of temporal and spatial thinking across time and place, most "out of the box" assessments fall extremely short of measuring higher order thinking skills in social studies. The Performance Assessments of Social Studies Thinking (PASST) Project was created in Michigan to assess, at a higher level, the deep and rigorous thinking demanded by the State's content expectations and the C3 Framework. By utilizing technology enhanced items, The PASST Project provides creative prompts to produce thoughtful and complex student responses that not only address the "what" but also the "why" and the "how."

Cost: Free for NCGE members; $20 non-members

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November 19, 2014


Investigating Food Deserts with Inner-City Service Learning Projects

Presenters: David Padgett, Tennessee State University

Description: Join us to learn how a service learning My Community, Our Earth (MyCOE)  “Food Inventory” activity became a service learning opportunity for other students. TSU students in a Geospatial Issues in Environmental Security course directed Pearl-Cohn High School students in the use of ArcGIS Online to learn about the concepts of global food security.  Geography can open many doors!

Cost: Free for NCGE members; $20 non-members

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December 3, 2014


Spatial Analysis in Your Browser

Presenters: Joseph Kerski, Esri

Description:  TBD

Cost: Free Partnership Webinar

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December 10, 2014


Contemporary Political Geography in Human Geography

Presenters: Allison Hunt, APHG Teacher, Kentucky

Description:  Join us for a close look at how “the forces of globalization challenge contemporary political-territorial arrangements" (IV. C. of the AP Human Geography outline). Case studies, visuals, and class activities that tie in with the APHG Course Description will be shared during the webinar.

Cost: Free for NCGE Members; $20 Non-Members

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January 7, 2015


Prezi Presentations for the Classroom: Effective Design and Best Practice

Presenter: Michael Tornetto

Description: Looking for a great tool to make dynamic and logically organized presentations that effectively engages students? As a Social Science teacher of 10 years, I have found that students of all abilities have trouble relating to traditional presentations. Prezi engages students by breaking the linear mold of traditional presentations while also providing the functionality to incorporate images, audio, and video to drive home key concepts. Prezi can be easily shared and accessed online by students when convenient. Furthermore, Prezi provides educational professionals and students free access and significant cloud storage. This webinar will not only introduce you to Prezi, but will also walk you through the steps of creating an account, creating a Prezi, adding content, and organizing that content to best get across to students. If not yet intrigued, explore the following link from Prezi themselves to better grasp what Prezi has to offer in making your next presentation more engaging and instructionally effective.

Cost: Free for NCGE Members; $20 Non-Members

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January 14, 2015


Spatial Thinking & Map Skills for Elementary Students

Presenters: Sean O’Connor, Anne Haywood, & Lydia Lewis

Presentation: Join National Geographic for a look at a new collection of instructional content they have launched for elementary teachers that use maps to help students develop spatial thinking. National Geographic staff will be joined by our teacher experts and instructional design experts to introduce participants to the full collection and the rich map and media resources it includes, and talk about the research behind it. 

This new collection of activities covers an assortment of map skills through activities that address the spatial thinking abilities of young children and developmental appropriateness. A number of the lessons teach map skills with history content. The collection is not intended to be a complete map skill program, and the activities can be adapted for higher or lower grades.

Cost: Free Partnership Webinar

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January 21, 2015


Geography Digitized – Teaching with Library of Congress Primary Sources

Presenter: Taylor Kendal

Description: At over 5.5 million maps, the Library of Congress has the largest and most comprehensive cartographic collection in the world, and many of these items are online and available to educators.  Learn the tips and tricks for making sense of this overwhelming primary source database and discover why our nation’s library has the power to change lives.

Cost: Free for NCGE Members; $20 Non-Members 

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February 11, 2015


Exploring GeoHistograms

Presenter: Phil Gersmehl

Description: K-12  geography teachers live with three trends.  Satellites and computers provide access to terabytes of geographic information with attractive display options.  Meanwhile, prevailing educational policy emphasizes the “core” skills of reading and mathematics. Partly as a result of this emphasis, fewer new teachers have any exposure to geography’s analytical perspective in their pre-service training. The Michigan Geographic Alliance has responded to these trends by developing “big-idea” presentations, curricular summaries, graphic organizers, and “pre-GIS” electronic atlases that help students relate other inquiry topics to a handful of core analytical concepts. This session will examine the neuroscientific underpinnings and classroom uses of pedagogical tools like GeoHistoGrams and scaffold diagrams. Join us for this informative session to see a review of relevant research and classroom activities. 

Cost: Free for NCGE Members; $20 Non-Members

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February 25, 2015


Using Esri’s Story Maps in Geography

Presenter: Tom Baker, Esri

Description: By popular demand, join the Esri education for an up close look at the free story maps tools available with ArcGIS online.  We’ll look at examples from professionals and novices and see how easy it is to incorporate the story maps into your classroom.  No matter what subject you teach, there’s a story map waiting for you!  Also learn how to make your own informative and educational story maps.  Join the fun!

Cost: Free Partnership Webinar

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March 4, 2015


Exploring Geography with the Next Generation Science Standards

Presenter: Mike Jabot, State University of New York at Fredonia

Description: The Next Generation Science standards give us a great opportunity to place science in the context of geography and to introduce spatial reasoning. This webinar will highlight some ways that the presenter has taken advantage of these opportunities in classroom implementations.

Cost: Free for NCGE Members; $20 Non-Members

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April 1, 2015


South Korea’s Dokdo and East Sea Territorial and Name Disputes

Presenters: Michael Robinson with Joe Stoltman and Jongnam Choi

Description: Join us for a panel discussion on the current situation with Dokdo territorial dispute and the East Sea naming issue. Then stick around for an introduction of lesson plans that have been created to introduce these issues into high school social studies classes in the United States.

Cost: Free for NCGE Members; $20 Non-Members

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April 8, 2015


National Geographic MapMaker Interactive Goes Mobile

Presenter: Sean O’Connor, National Geographic Society

Description: National Geographic will introduce participants to their newly re-designed, tablet friendly MapMaker Interactive tool. Using this tool, students and teachers can easily explore thematic maps of our world, covering topics in all realms of geography (physical, economic, historical, etc.). They can also easily construct, save, and share their own geo-tours on topics ranging from local to global. Users have the ability to annotate and bookmark the interactive maps they create with drawings, labels, measurements, and annotations to construct information-rich geo-tours about whatever geography they choose. Join us to learn how you and your colleagues and students can get started with this exciting National Geographic tool today.

Cost: Free Partnership Webinar

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April 29, 2015


The Educator’s Introduction to Open Street Map

Presenters: Steven Johnson and Niem Huynh

Description: OpenStreetMap is a freely editable map of the world, often described as 'Wikipedia for maps'. This presentation aims to equip participants with:

  • An overview of the OpenStreetMap project
  • The rationale for using OpenStreetMap for education
  • How to get started with OpenStreetMap
  • Issues in using OpenStreetMap in the classroom

Cost: Free for NCGE Members; $20 Non-Members

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