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Thursday, February 17, 2011

ArcGIS Explorer Online How-To Guide

If you're searching for a nice how-to document on using the Esri ArcGIS Explorer Online tool, then point your browser over to the University of Redlands.  They have done a nice job with most of the basic functions that you would want to use with students.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

The Left-Handed Chocolate Caper for ArcGIS Desktop and Explorer

My students loved doing GIS "puzzles"!  I have created an update to the a classic puzzle designed by the Esri Ed Team in 2000, "The Left-Handed Chocolate Caper."  Students use demographics, average temperature, food, elevation and more clues to find the best search area.

"Hishe Penn traveled the world in search of exotic foods. Two weeks ago, he called his office with exciting news. He found a variety of cocoa bean whose molecules formed opposite the usual way. This "left-handed bean" was actually much more nutritious and had all the flavor of a regular cocoa bean.  He was excited about creating a new brand of chocolate products.  Much to his surprise, Penn had been followed by a rival scientist, whose henchmen grabbed Penn and held him captive, hoping to steal his discovery." 

Find Penn and give the world better chocolate in time for Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

NCGE Webinars: Feb. & March

We're excited about the new year of live webinars!  We are endeavoring to include all facets of NCGE into the program. The Webinar Task Force encourages you to discuss with your committees great additions for our program.  

Participation is so simple.  Just use your internet browser to go to the webinar address, type in your name, watch, aks questions and share!  Don't miss the exciting sessions coming this spring!
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Landscapes to Learning 
Monday, February 21, 2011 at 7pm EST/6pm CST 
Bob Lang, FRGS C.Geog of  King Edward VI Five Ways School, Birmingham, UK
Bob Lang
Art, Geography and Travel in the Classroom
Don't miss this exciting session on using geospatial technologies, photography and data! There is something for everyone in this very interactive session. This webinar will look at an innovative cross-curricular project based around Geography and Art and a school's established International link with a school in
Guangzhou. The project uses modern art, GIS and photography via Birmingham's Museum and art gallery and student's photographs and experiences to look at the growth, urbanisation and redevelopment of the cities of Guangzhou and Beijing in China.  Join us for the adventure!

APHG: Gearing Up for the Test
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 6pm EST/ 5pm CST
Ken Keller, AP Human Geography & U.S. History Teacher at Danbury High School, Danbury, CT
Preparing for the AP Human Geography Test
Calling all APHG teachers and geography teachers! In this session teachers will learn some tried and true methods on how best to prep their students to earn a score of "5" on the AP Human Geography exam. Emphasis will be placed on deconstructing both multiple choice and free response questions. Likewise, participants will learn how to employ best practices related to teaching test taking strategies in the classroom as well as teaching their students some techniques to reduce stress and be more focused when they go to sit for the exam. Ken Keller has been teaching the course since its inception and has been an exam reader for the past nine years.
Other topics planned include: Spatial Cognition, Political Geography and more APHG.  Check the 
NCGE Webinar Program page often for updates.  Also we'll be notifying the membership once a month of all the great developments!