Many teachers are using GIS or GPS technologies in their classrooms with great success. Rather than try to recreate activities or data layers that have already been created, instructors should find available resources and adapt these as needed. To help our teachers with this task, a new page has been added to the AGA website: […]
A series of GIS for Education workshops will be held across Arkansas in May and June 2015 as part of a grant from leading GIS software developer, Esri. These workshops will focus on developing fundamental skills in a web-based GIS platform and translating learned skills into structured activities aligned with new content standards for Geography at […]
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Because this is an election year, things political are constantly in the headlines. We hear about, and even discuss, issues related to political candidates. But most citizens don’t understand that politics and campaigning are very geographic. We hear about “swing” states, “blue” and “red” states, “flyover” states, and we see maps of states showing areas […]
I argue that what appear to be local issues are not just local issues, but are global and to remove that element from the discussion is harmful to students. Chemical contamination connected to a refinery explosion in Delaware City which sent toxic gasses into the night sky is not JUST a local issue, but a […]
There is a national movement underway in the United States to reform geography education in order to increase geographic literacy. In the near future high school seniors will be assessed annually to determine improvement in geographic literacy. It is understood that significant changes in curriculum and instruction will be necessary for improvement to be made. […]
Writing about climate change and global warming is politically dangerous, but here goes. There is confusion regarding the difference between global warming and climate change. I saw an hour-long presentation on “climate change” the other day that was really about global warming. That Earth’s average temperature is currently higher than in the past relates to […]
An important point needs to be made regarding climate change. The phrase, “global climate change” is misleading and should be replaced by something that more accurately reflects what is taking place. First, there is no such thing as a “global climate,” and second, entire climate regions are not changing from one type to another. Rather, […]
Several members of the Arkansas Geographic Alliance participated in the Arkansas Curriculum Conference. Dr. Nancy Gallavan and Marilyn Friga facilitated a session; Lori Delk and Paul Gray facilitated a session; Dr. Brooks Pearson of the UCA Geography Department facilitated a session, and Mounir Farah facilitated a session. Brooks Green staffed a booth for the Alliance […]
The Student Government Association (SGA) at the University of Central Arkansas awarded the Geography Club $1,500 to help sponsor the Alliance Window on the World workshop in April. We extend our thanks to Ed Briggler, Club president, and Curt Hall, graduate assistant for the Alliance, for their work in securing SGA funds.