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GAME: TravelPod Travel IQ

August 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

To this day, it remains one of my all-time favorite video games. Not iPad friendly yet as your finger is “too fat” to hone in on one location, best played on a desktop. Click the picture to have a great time [...]

RESOURCE: Sample Pacing Chart

August 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

As the upcoming school year begins, I wanted to draft a visual representation of my pacing chart that I used for the 2013-2014 school year. A couple of things to note here is that my district used 3 snow days last year during the winter months. You will also notice that there are two blank days before Spring Break to grudgingly accommodate the students whose parents let them go on cruises two days before break actually starts. There are also two days where I begin my language unit before winter break for similar reasons, and so that I can assure that everyone has completed exams before break begins. The Introduction unit tends to be the longest, however this is the time of year that I am establishing my classroom, getting my students to understand their new role as 1:1 iPad students, as well as teaching them about many fundamentals that we use throughout the rest of the school year. I have tried to cut this unit down in the past, but it continues to be an important unit for us and [...]

Observations from the 2014 AP Human Geography Reading

June 11, 2014 // 4 Comments

Once again the AP Human Geography reading was a success. I still firmly believe that this group pf 500+ teachers and professors have GOT to be the most extraordinary and interesting people than any other group of readers. The stories that we all overhear while riding up the escalator for lunch are unbelievable and  inspires me to keep pushing to be a better teacher than I was yesterday. Never mind the 1125 free response questions that I graded- this is by far the best professional development that I can ever get. I am very thankful for a productive professional development night, and all of the other “professional development” nights outside of the convention center. After pondering the rubric that we used for grading and discussing it with my table, I decided to do some further research into the previous years and see what types of verbs that the FRQ test requests the students to answer. Some of my findings were interesting and provoked more thought while others were [...]

RESOURCE: Geography Related iPad Apps for the Student and Teacher

August 18, 2013 // 0 Comments

As I continue to expand my iPad classroom, I am discovering a bunch of content specific apps for geography that will be great to use both in and out of the classroom. Here is a list of the ones I have accumulated on my iPad thus far: CNN: A must for news. TED: A must for inspiration Discovery Education: A must for short clips and full length videos that provide a wide range of topics Google Earth: A must for…Duh… ArcGIS: A must for showing image overlays and from the GIS pros. This is great for helping to show the power of GIS. QuakeFeed: An app that shows recent seismic activity all over the world using maps and a Richter Scale. Living Earth: An app that shows the World Time and Weather patterns on a moving 3D Earth. Wolfram Geography: Wolfram has always been great with providing statistics and fast, but this one is tailored just for geography. Topics range from Physical geography, geology and climate, political geography, demographics, economics, and social statistics. [...]

LESSON PLAN: My Life as a Refugee

June 12, 2013 // 0 Comments

A choose-your-own-adventure for the topic of refugees. Topics: Population and Migration, Refugees, Push Factors, Supranational Organizations, NGOs TIme: 50 minutes Materials: My Life as a Refugee app for iPad/iPhone/Android Purpose: To have the students see what difficult decisions that refugees must make. Procedure: 1) Lecture/Discussion: What is a refugee? Discuss push factors. Where are the World’s largest refugee populations in each region of the World and why. 2) Have the students download the My Life as a Refugee app. 3) Have the students write down the decisions that their character made along their refugee path. 4) Debrief as a class: What were the different decisions that your refugee made? Which do you think were the most life-threatening. [...]

LESSON PLAN: Geomedicine

June 10, 2013 // 0 Comments

Topics: Geomedicine, Health, Activity Space, Environmental Geography, GIS, Pattern Source: AP Reading Technology Integration Night; Presenter Materials: iPad, iTouch, or iPhone Apps Required: TED, Place History Procedure: 1) Have students watch TED Talk titled, Bill Devenhall: Your Health Depends on Where you Live (9:25) 2) Q&A/Discussion/Lecture about how geography can help determine health risks. Discuss how the EPA and GIS can team up to assist in these discoveries. 3) Have students open Place History and find their current location and what toxic release locations are nearby.  Using the legend they can also determine the risk of heart attack Above and Beyond: Students can hit the “Explore” button and enter the various locations of places in which the frequent on a daily basis or have previously lived.  Students have the option of allowing the location tracking on their devices, which is why this should be an optional [...]
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