Colorado Geographic Alliance

Using a BioBlitz to Teach Urban Ecology - Educator Workshop

Location: Catamount Institute, 740 West Caramillo Street, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Monday, May 2 or Tuesday, May 3 - 3:30 to 6:30 pm - $75 stipend and dinner included

What is a BioBlitz?  National Geographic and the National Park Service are sponsoring BioBlitz events across the country this spring.  A BioBlitz is a 24-hour event in which teams of volunteer scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members work together to find and identify as many species of plants, animals, microbes, fungi, and other organims as possible.

In this workshop, elementary and secondary school educators will be led through a series of outdoor activities focused around ecosystems and how to conduct a BioBlitz at their schools. For more information and to register, check out the flyer and visit the Catamount Institute's website.


Special Topics Workshop: Learning GIS with Primary Sources and the Colorado Geographic Alliance

Location: Greeley UNC Campus, Saturday, April 16th, 2016: 8:30-4:00 

Notice: Due to the poor weather outlook for Saturday, April 16, this workshop has been rescheduled for a later tentative date, August 2, 2016: 8:30-4:00.

Access and investigate multiple genres of primary sources to develop expertise in the use and application of Geographical Information Systems (GIS).  Walking with a GPS device in Greeley with Geographers, learn methods to incorporate alternate analyses of GIS results into classroom materials.  Practice schemes to promote critical thinking and hypothesis testing while examining items from the Library of Congress website.  Learn from primary source-based activities aligned to standards, incorporating the millions of digitized primary sources available on the Library of Congress website, applicable to all grade levels and teaching disciplines.  Pre-requisite: Essentials Exploration Workshop.  Optional fee-based graduate credit available through UNC.  Click here to register.


Online Summer Course: Teaching Geography in the 21st Century

This course is designed to build geographic concepts, perspectives, and skills for those teaching Geography, as well as to those teaching other disciplines who seek to use geographic principles.  It will also help educators and their students to understand why and how geography is relevant to 21st Century life.  The course will include population, land use, urban, economic, health, natural hazards, and other themes.  Running throughout the course will be a focus on scale, systems thinking (such as climate, watersheds, and energy systems), critical thinking, time and space, and place, through an inquiry-driven, hands-on, problem-based format.  The course includes pedagogical strategies and technological tools to teach conceptual foundations, skills, and geographic perspectives.  The course will begin May 25th, and last 5 weeks. For additional information and course registration, click here

Upon completion,  you will receive a certificate for 30 continuing education units. Two graduate hours from Adams State University can be purchased for an additional $110 paid directly to ASU.  For additional questions, please contact Joesph Kerski at  jkerski@esri.com  or Carolyn Gardner at carolyngardner@enetlearning.org.


Special Topics Workshop: Geography in the Social Studies

Location: Greeley UNC Campus, Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The department of Geography and GIS at UNC will host a one day workshop on Geography in the Social Studies.  This event gives priority to secondary social studies teachers in the rural districts of Colorado's eastern plains, though all districts are welcome to apply.  Workshop topics will feature: space and scale, natural resources and environment, population and migration, urbanization and economics, cultural and political geography, and maps and GIS.  For more information and to register, click here.  




 
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