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Summer Place-Based Learning Teaching Workshop Hosted by Dr. Christy Visaggi of The Georgia Geographic Alliance
Attention K-12 Teachers! Dr. Christy Visaggi, Director of Education and Outreach for the Georgia Geographic Alliance and paleontologist at Georgia State University, is offering a four day workshop focused on exploring fossils across Georgia. Lab and field activities are designed using Georgia Performance Standards as a guide with place-based education approaches. Opportunities to earn Continuing Education credits exist if approved by your school district. See the attachment here: Teacher Workshop in Paleontology
Title: Mapping Georgia Through Deep Time: Exploring Fossils and the History of Life Using Place-Based Learning in K-12
Dates: July 24-25, 28-29, 2014
Location: 2 Days at Georgia State University, 2 Days in the Field!
To Register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1WMHvFIncqYIqS2If41OBXiEpniZruHMcdLh1mJh1pv0/viewform?c=0&w=1&usp=mail_form_link
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Geospatial Technology Summer Teacher Workshop #1 is a Big Success!
June 30, 2014
On Thursday June 26 and Friday June 27, The Georgia Geographic Alliance hosted 11 of Georgia’s finest teachers in a geospatial technology workshop held in CURVE at Georgia State University. Workshop participants engaged in a series of hands-on, active learning experiences with staff from the Georgia Geographic Alliance.
A selfie with GA teachers, REU students, Dr. Hawthorne, and students from Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy. Taken during the mobile mapping data collection at Cascade Springs Nature Preserve.
Thursday began with a place-based learning session led by Dr. Christy Visaggi. In this session, participants worked on a place-based exercise focused on natural resources across Georgia. Participants were also introduced to resources available on the National Geographic website to aid in place-based approaches.
Dr. Visaggi leading a small group discussion about place-based learning
Participants viewing Dr. Visaggi’s presentation on place-based learning on CURVE’s interact-touch screen wall!
Participants then engaged in a working lunch discussion where they shared innovative geography lesson plans ranging from historical walking tours around a city to mental mapping exercises around a student’s home neighborhood. After lunch, despite the rain dampening outdoor data collection plans, participants worked through a mobile mapping session led by Dr. Timothy Hawthorne. Here participants were introduced to the GGA’s soon to be launched “Sustain Our Schools” mobile mapping application and online platform through ArcGIS Online. Participants used the online mapping platform to map sustainable elements of the GSU campus as well as their home schools. Features such as recycling bins, gardens, alternative energy sources, and the like were mapped by participants.
Participants then worked with Dr. Jessie Hong of the University of West Georgia to learn more about ArcGIS Story Maps. In this session, participants worked in the GSU GIS lab to create basic story maps of features of interest to them and their students. The day ended with a stimulating brainstorming session co-led by Dr. Hawthorne and Dr. Visaggi about the power of mobile mapping technologies, and how GGA could assist teachers and students in using such technologies. A great list of potential mapping applications was developed by participants, which GGA staff will use to create new applications to roll out later this fall.
Friday was the grand finale of the workshop. Workshop participants travelled to Cascade Springs Nature Preserve in SW Atlanta to work with the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance, Dr. Hawthorne’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) students, and 10 youth from Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy to engage in collaborative community geography fieldwork and mobile mapping of the greenspace. Teams (equipped with iPads) walked the trails and identified problem locations (such as mud slides, lack of signage, needed infrastructure) and also mapped future possibilities for the space. The day ended with another free lunch in the nature preserve and a lively discussion about the day’s activities and the possibilities for continued collaboration.
Participants listening to the history of Cascade Springs from Darryl Haddock, Science Educator at the Outdoor Activity Center hosted by the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance.
Check out a quick video of teachers talking about the mobile mapping event:
We are grateful to all participants for their lively participation in this workshop. We are also incredibly grateful to the GSU Library for allowing us to use the innovative CURVE workspace at no cost to the Alliance!
We are looking forward to hosting additional workshops in the coming months. Please join us as we reach new heights with Georgia Geography!
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With my best,
Tim Hawthorne, GGA State Coordinator and Director of Research
Dr. Christy Visaggi Awarded Financial Support for “Mapping Georgia Through Deep Time: Exploring Fossils and the History of Life using Place-Based Learning in K-12.”
Dr. Christy Visaggi, Co-Coordinator and Director of Education and Outreach for the Georgia Geographic Alliance, received $2500 from the Paleontological Society in support of a teacher training workshop entitled “Mapping Georgia Through Deep Time: Exploring Fossils and the History of Life using Place-Based Learning in K-12.” The week-long summer program will emphasize hands-on learning in the lab and field of biological and geological concepts through the lens of geography. Topics will be covered based on Georgia Performance Standards and the impact of place-based learning assessed using pre- and post- surveys. Teachers will create a “GAPaleoTour” using National Geographic’s Map Maker Interactive upon conclusion of the workshop allowing for all K-12 schools to explore how changes in the fossil record are represented across Georgia. More details coming soon for this August workshop. Congratulations to Dr. Visaggi! Georgia Geography: we are reaching new heights!
Teachers, youth, parents, and friends of Georgia Geography. In a few weeks, GGA, in collaboration with the Atlanta Community Mapping and Research Center, is pleased to participate in the Atlanta Science Festival. More details soon, but let’s tease with this: we’ll have a large “aerial presence” at the events in Centennial Park as we demonstrate the power of drone mapping as an emerging (and contentious) geospatial technology. Plan to join us there as we demonstrate the power of Geography as a STEM field! –Tim
The Georgia Geographic Alliance at Georgia State University Receives $27,000 Grant from the National Geographic Education Foundation to Re-Launch The Georgia Geographic Alliance
Grants Promote K-12 Geographic Education and Research Nationwide
CONTACT: Timothy L. Hawthorne, PhD
ATLANTA, GEORGIA [November 8, 2013] — The Georgia Geographic Alliance (GGA) hosted in the Georgia State University Department of Geosciences announced today that it has received a grant of $27,000 from the National Geographic Education Foundation (NGEF), one of 51 grants awarded this year to the Network of Alliances for Geographic Education by NGEF. These grants, totaling $2,414,466, help support 46 state-based Alliances as well as those in the District of Columbia, Chicago and Canada. The GGA is led by Timothy L. Hawthorne, PhD (Assistant Professor of Geography) and Christy C. Visaggi, PhD (Lecturer in Geosciences) of Georgia State University.
The Network of Alliances is a grassroots organization dedicated to supporting geographic education. Each Alliance is a partnership between university faculty and K-12 educators that connects educators, provides world-class professional development for teachers, creates and disseminates educational resources, boosts public awareness of the importance of geography and advocates for public policies that will lead to improvements in geography education. For more than 20 years, NGEF and the Alliances have worked collaboratively to catalyze geography education reform across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
“NGEF is advancing geo-literacy across the country by supporting programs, activities and materials that current research, educators and experience tell us are the most effective ways to teach geography in the classroom,” said Bob Dulli, NGEF deputy director. “In the 21st century, we are more connected than ever. Geography education helps students better understand this interconnected world and how it impacts their lives, which is essential to both their future and the future of this country.”
“We at Georgia State University are excited and honored to host the Alliance and to begin enhancing geographic education and research across the state. Geography is such a vibrant and in-demand discipline connecting classroom learning and research with the real-world. With the growth of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and location-enabled technologies in particular, geographers are highly employable and can work across a variety of fields including Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. Students and teachers trained in geography are well poised to be tomorrow’s leaders,” said Timothy Hawthorne, State Coordinator and Director of Research for The Georgia Geographic Alliance.
Since 1988, NGEF has awarded more than $85 million in grants to promote and advance geographic education. In addition to funding from NGEF, the majority of Alliances receive financial support from other sources, including state and private support. More than 30 Alliances have permanent endowments for geography education within the Foundation. The Georgia Geographic Alliance is in the process of creating an endowment fund to support geography around the state. The Alliance has already received generous support from the GSU College of Arts and Sciences, the GSU Honors College, and the GSU Department of Geosciences to support graduate and undergraduate research opportunities focused on geographic education.
Alliances strengthen geography education through a variety of programs and initiatives. The Georgia Geographic Alliance will focus on building a network of collaborators around the state through a series of regional meetings, social media activities, and online forums; hosting funding competitions for creative geographic education and research activities around the state; and partnering with other Alliances around the country to develop federal funding proposals for geographic education and research activities.
“The utility of geography in education is becomingly increasingly important across a variety of disciplines as students are more likely to embrace new concepts by understanding the connections to their own surroundings. We look forward to promoting geography through inquiry-based learning, allowing students to explore the ever changing world around them in unique ways,” said Christy Visaggi, Co-Coordinator and Director of Education and Outreach for The Georgia Geographic Alliance.
“Our goal is to showcase the inspirational and creative geographic education and research activities across Georgia, while stimulating new directions for geography at the state and national levels. We want to put geography and geographers back on the map,” said Hawthorne.
For more information about The Georgia Geographic Alliance, visit their website at http://georgiageography.org or contact Timothy Hawthorne at 404.413.5771.
Founded in 1888, the National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. With a mission to inspire people to care about the planet, the member-supported Society offers a community for members to get closer to explorers, connect with other members and help make a difference. The Society reaches more than 450 million people worldwide each month through National Geographic and other magazines, National Geographic Channel, television documentaries, music, radio, films, books, DVDs, maps, exhibitions, live events, school publishing programs, interactive media and merchandise. National Geographic has funded more than 10,000 scientific research, conservation and exploration projects and supports an education program promoting geographic literacy. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com.
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Welcome to the new home of the Georgia Geographic Alliance: We are excited to share all the creative, inspiring work in geographic education and research across the state of Georgia. We are also pleased to announce the generous financial support of the Alliance as it returns to Georgia State University.
The Georgia Geographic Alliance hosted in the Department of Geosciences at Georgia State University led by Timothy L. Hawthorne (Assistant Professor of Geography) and Christy C. Visaggi (Geosciences Lecturer) has received a grant of $27,000 from the National Geographic Education Foundation (NGEF), one of 51 grants awarded this year to the Network of Alliances for Geographic Education by NGEF. These grants, totaling $2,414,466, help support 46 state-based Alliances as well as those in the District of Columbia, Chicago and Canada.
Please check back soon for new initiatives, resources, and funding opportunities for Georgia Geography!
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