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Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Get out in the geography!


As many educators know, experiencing the landscape in person brings to life the maps, data and curriculum that we are giving students. A great way to experience the globe is to visit a confluence. Yes, that's confluence not conference. What is a confluence? It's the intersections of latitude and longitude all over the globe. There's a group of globe trekkers that make it their mission to visit as many of these intersections/confluences as possible. My good friend and collegue, Dr. Joseph Kerski, is one such adventurer. I joined him this fall while we were in Lake Tahoe. You can read about our journey at http://www.confluence.org/confluence.php?visitid=12953. You can get more about the Confluence Project at http://www.confluence.org .

Happy GIS Day 2006!

GIS Day is upon us tomorrow November 15th. This day coincides with National Geography Awareness Week. For all the educators our there, the resources are bountiful.
Some great ones are listed here:
ESRI
http://www.esri.com/industries/k-12/education/gaw.html

Google
http://www.google.com/educators/gaw.html

National Geographic's Mapmachine
http://plasma.nationalgeographic.com/mapmachine/index.html

My Wonderful World (.org)
http://www9.nationalgeographic.com/mywonderfulworld/docs/