National Geographic has a new resource for educators: FREE tabletop-sized state maps.
COGA Teachers Provide Lessons for Students Considering Life on Mars When joining the Colorado Geographic Alliance workshop focused on geospatial technology this past June, inservice and preservice teachers may not have realized that they were going to be expected to think about using GIS on Mars. In addition to developing lessons they will use in their classrooms in the fall, participants created projects to analyze efficient routes on Mars, calculate effects of soil temperature, and assess optimal places for settlement. Students conducted some of their lessons at Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs. For additional information about summer science camps sponsored through the Center for STEM Education, visit the UCCS website.
Planning to attend the National Council for Geographic Education annual conference? Remember that if you are a member of COGA, then you get a discount on NCGE membership and conference attendance. Visit the NCGE website for details. Join NCGE as an Alliance member, and then register for the conference.
Teaching Geography with Primary Sources
Educators from Geographic Alliances in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, and Oregon gathered in Portland at the beginning of July with facilitators from the Library of Congress' Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) Western Region program. This design workshop provided direction on developing workshops and state-based model lessons using primary sources to teach geography at any grade level. The Library of Congress website has a treasure trove of primary sources, including maps, images, and text documents, that can enrich teaching in all areas of social studies, including geography. The TPS program offers instruction on teaching with primary resources, and together with Geographic Alliances across the country this project will plan, implement, and evaluate workshops that will structure ways to guide teachers in making the best use of geographic analysis for primary resources in classrooms. If you or your district is interested in being part of the next round of workshops in Colorado, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Colorado Geographic Alliance endeavors to:
Instill and nurture spatial awareness and geographic literacy, by changing our understanding and experience of the world.
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