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Geographics: The Geographer's Toolkit
Considerations for student learning differences in a geotechnologies course
- Map reading
- Recreational application of geography
This video was an elaborate and
admittedly awesome April Fool's joke released on March 31st, 2013 by Google.
it should be noted that this course may still lead you to treasure..
Hunting for treasure geography style
- Prior knowledge
- Visual impairments
- Kinesthetic, visual, and auditory
- Allows for choice/creativity
- Opportunities for teamwork
Some natural DI connections:
Be mindful of:
Learning about Mapping basics using... Maptivities
- Map projections
Not to be confused with naptivities
Introduce the basics of mapping using maps with engaging themes. This activity can be fun in a computer lab or a classroom. Create stations for students to visit, and have a concept for them discover at each. Create groups to circulate through the stations together, and conclude the lesson with a class discussion on what was learned.
A Friendly Competition -
Prior Knowledge Warmup
Google Earth Sample Assignment
Overview : Using Google Earth, design an evacuation plan for populations surrounding a volcano.
Learning Objectives : Develop skills using google maps and layers; responding to chronological sequence of events; understanding to the process of crisis decision making; prepare a hazard map;
Assessments lends to differentiated instruction for this assignment. Students can submit their findings in the form of a poster, Google doc, Prezi, Powerpoint or WebQuest
Students will locate the volcano on
They will then use layers to determine different elements that fall in hazard zones.
Residential layers will help to determine evacuation numbers while road layers will help create evacuation routes ect.
This course focuses on giving students practical experiences with geotechnologies and related skills. Students will engage in image interpretation, desktop mapping, analysis using geographic
Information systems (GIS), use of the global positioning system (GPS), and data collection and management. Students will conduct ﬁe l d work and explore applications and career opportunities in environmental, economic, and political contexts. Students will use a variety of communication tools and methods to present the results of their investigations.
Prerequisite: Geography of Canada, Grade 9, Academic or Applied
Big Idea: My students will learn basic concepts about mapping in order to begin working with Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
- Map projections
- Introductory GIS
- Map reading
- Different types of maps
- Basic computer skills
- Applications of GIS
Maps can help explain information more easily
Students will create a short presentation of a current event and support it using a self-produced map. Students may use Google Maps, Google Earth, or ArcMap for this assignment. PowerPoint, Prezi or other electronic outputs should be used. Students will use a map to display the location of the current event, and any other data the student finds relevant. Proper mapping techniques should be applied during this assignment (i.e. title, scale, legend, north arrow, source, projection). Students may work in pairs or independently. This assignment shows practical applications of mapping in a workplace scenario.
Each group will be racing each other to answer the questions about various websites used in this course.
Teams will note on google docs when they have finished each question, but write the answers on their white board.
Google Earth is great tool that students can access in the classroom. It can be used to help individuals learn about topics such as:
Intro to GIS
This course will teach students about the basic concepts of GIS and how it is used today.
GIS is a geographic information system (GIS) that lets you visualize, question, analyze, interpret, and understand data to reveal relationships, patterns, and trends
Learning Objectives using GIS
Cost Savings and Increased Efficiency
Better Decision Making
Real World Applications
Spatial Tools gives us a new way to look at the world around us. With these techniques you can:
Map Where Things Are
Find What's Inside
Find What's Nearby
Introductory GIS Activity
This activity can be as simple or complicated as you like. It is perfect for beginners who are learning about GIS.
Teachers must have some prior knowledge of GIS systems to complete this activity effectively. You will need to create a map on the GISday.com website.
You can then give access to your students to add components to the map.
An introductory activity might include making a map of North America. Students with access can then log in and locate their favorite place to visit in NA. They can simply mark the region with a tag or create a building or site they liked and place it in the correct spot for everyone to see. Here are some examples of topics you might choose:
Locate your Heritage
Proximity to Certain Points
Map your Neighborhood
Plan a Road Trip
Follow a Band
Design a House
A Friendly Competition - Prior Knowledge Warmup
Step One - Create a team name
Step Two - Find the Answers to the following questions
Step Three - Each time you find an answer, write your team name in the right column
Team with the most answers when the timer runs out or first to find all ten wins.
1. Under what tab do you find ‘word count’ in Google Docs?
2. In what ways can you explore Google Earth?
Mobile Web Desktop
3. How many languages can Google Earth be viewed in?
4. Where is Takalani Sesame?
5. Using Google Maps, find how many KMs it is from London, ON to Belleville, ON?
6.What is the name of the nearest GeoCache using the UWO address?
POTA - NOVA
7. How many characters can your GeoCache user name be?
People use spatial tools every day and often do not realize it. Seeking information using GPS, Tindr, weather networks and video game maps are just a few examples of ways in which they are used daily.
Many free apps are available for multiple platforms which relate to geography. Teachers may use apps as an extension activity, focus a lesson around them, or just introduce them briefly as something for students to do in their free time.
Make your classroom cellphone friendly
Don't forget about class pager...
This tool is easy to use and allows for student/teacher communication during class. Data collected from texts can be viewed in chart form online, which can be studied in the context of a geotechnologies course.
In groups, come up with a fun activity you could with your students in any geography course. Make sure to incorporate a concept related to geo-technologies in the classroom.