Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Dimitra has added an assignment to the Environmental Folder, in the Teacher Sharing folder, on the right, for the contest gr.12 Environment and Resource Management class.

Thanks Dimitra

Environmental Defence has a program for youth called YRE Canada (YRE stands for Young Reporters for the Environment). For the program, students use writing, video or photography to find solutions to environmental problems in their community. The students can also submit their work into a national competition. You can see some of last year’s winners here: http://environmentaldefence.ca/2014-canadas-next-green-journalist-winners
YRE Canada is part of an international program by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) (http://www.fee-international.org/en). This year, FEE is launching a pilot project with five countries: Canada, France, Israel, New Zealand and Romania. We’re looking for Canadian high school teachers who might want to be involved with this pilot project.
For the pilot, Environmental Defence would provide you with free training to run the Young Reporters for the Environment program in your classroom. Your students would also have the opportunity to collaborate with students from one of the other countries involved in the pilot project.
Look forward to hearing from you and I hope you are having a great school year so far!
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Amazing Maps

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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Carbon map – which countries are responsible for climate change?
As heads of state from David Cameron to Barack Obama meet in New York for a UN climate summit hosted by Ban Ki-moon, expectations are high for bold commitments on cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Use this interactive, in-depth map to find out who the big polluters are internationally, how China’s emissions have grown stratospherically and see who is most vulnerable to global warming’s impacts. Turn your sound up to hear the introduction to the map
·         theguardian.com, Tuesday 23 September 2014 05.00 BST

Click on the Link below for the interactive map.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

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Monday, 15 September 2014

The link below is an interesting video of some possible problems of new pipeline development in Canada.

National Forest week, September 21st-27th. 

A way to bring the forest to the class.

Forestry in the Classroom takes place during National Forest Week each year (the last week of September). 

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Geospatial Revolution

This is a great video, published by Penn State, to help create some excitement about Geospatial Technologies, GIS in action.  The trailer is ideal for an introduction.

Mapping Skills

Map skills and higher-order thinking

The sheer quantity of maps the internet makes available is great for educators, because we can easily find visual resources to accompany lessons in science and social studies. But it also presents us with a new challenge, because it’s now more important than ever that students develop map-reading skills. And those skills are more complicated than most educators realize.
This series of articles looks at map skills as a kind of visual literacy, considering what maps are, how they’re made, and the higher-order thinking skills students need to move from simply decoding maps to fully comprehending them.
(Photo credit: laurenmarek/Flickr.)

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NatGeo Mapmaker Interactive

National Geographic, Mapmaker Interactive.
The tool has pre-made layers that can be added to a base map to be edited, printed, and saved.  The platform is very similar to ArcGIS On Line so it works as a nice transitional tool.  Mapmaker Interactive is very useful for starting the discussion What is Where? Why There? Why Care?  This tool is ideal for all levels of Geography.

Just one-third of the world's longest rivers remain free-flowing  Geographic Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationship , Spatial ...