January 21, 2018
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The National Geographic Society was founded in January of 1888. This week, we celebrate the study of Earth's physical features and atmosphere with exciting tools for all ages. Find geography-focused TeachersFirst content, virtual travel options, and much more!
If you haven't taken time to explore Bing Maps, start today! This phenomenal tool can recognize your location and find map directions anywhere. View and examine traffic, nearby restaurants, create placemarkers, and more. Read our review for more ideas.
The Time Now
View accurate synchronized time information from anywhere in the world. You can compare multiple locations to find current local time. Peruse the many tools including currency converters. Find out the time and information about places discussed in class.
Use a Compass Rose
Share this simple activity with students to practice cardinal directions and using a compass rose. Even young students can use this interactive, as directions can be read or played with audio for each of the activities. Introduce the site on a projector.
Take Your Students Out of the Classroom
No money for field trips? No worries! Virtually transport your students to Pompeii, the Arctic Circle, and other interesting destinations. Share the interactives on your projector and discover videos, teaching tips, and activity suggestions. And don't miss our reviews with additional classroom ideas for each site!
Pompeii Virtual Tour
Travel to the ancient Roman City of Pompeii. View photos and 360-degree views. Click on slides at the bottom of the page to view the Temple of Isis, street views of the entire archeological area, and more. Share on your interactive whiteboard/projector.
The Sled Dogs of the Arctic Circle
Next stop is the Arctic Circle. Learn about the Inuits of the Arctic Circle and their hardy, sled dogs. Read about how the dogs adapt to the cold. Find videos, teaching tips, and correlations to National and Common Core Standards included on the site.
Where In The World?
Try your hand at this guessing game. Explore landmarks from all over the world and try to guess the country where it is located. Choose your interests (travel, history, national parks, etc.) and click done. Get ready to think fast and travel the world.
Our Geography Trio
These three geography-focused edtech tools were created by TeachersFirst! The eclectic mix includes a "choose your own adventure" geography unit, an archive of a recent online workshop about Google Earth Web, and Reading Treks (which align travel, geography, and literature).
OK2Ask®: Google Earth Web: Oh the Places You Can Go
Get your digital passport ready to take off on an adventure with this archived OK2Ask online workshop. Learn about the features of the new Google Earth Web. View the resource page to find tips, tools, and more tech integration ideas for your classroom.
TeachersFirst Reading Treks - Make Learning a Journey
Take students on a virtual field trip through a piece of literature. Each Reading Trek includes a KMZ map file and PDF with Common Core State Standards, ISTE Standards, Grade Level, and ideas and activities for using the Reading Trek in class.
Join the mission to find Louie, a missing mapmaker. This geography mission began last October, but it isn't too late to join! Just use the arrows to scroll back and read the previous blog entries. Each week the students choose what happens next.
This Week at TeachersFirst
We need your help in the ISTE People's Choice Awards. Also, don't miss our regular TeachersFirst weekly poll. This week it is all about geography... of course! And finally if you are looking for even more geography resources, check out our curated list of resources chosen as the best by our editors.
Can We Have Your Vote?
ISTE People's Choice 2018
Help us send our session, Guiding Reluctant Teachers Through the Shallow End of Technology Using SAMR, to Chicago and #ISTE18! Our session offers hesitant educators new tips and tools to easily infuse technology into their classrooms!
Travel Around the World
Geography Awareness & Exploration Resources
See our curated list of resources related to geography. Find resources for all grade levels. Each review includes a detailed description and tech integration ideas for the classroom.
How Is Geography Taught In Your Class?
Is geography an actual subject in your class or do you integrate it within your literature and social studies lessons? Perhaps it's not taught at all in your grade level? Read other responses after you participate in this week's poll.
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