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NDGA Summer Institute: National Geography Standards 2.0

EDUC 600

The 1994 National Geography Standards have been updated and revised in 2012 such that more attention is being given to the 2009 Skills Map for Geography Initiative in geospatial technologies and the national work on Common Core in social studies and STEM. The purpose of this workshop is to provide participants attending the NDGA Summer Institute with both theoretical understandings of the second edition of the National Geography Standards plus practical experience in using aspect of geospatial technologies for immediate inclusion into the K-12 social studies, geography, and earth science curricula. Particular emphasis will be placed upon this topic relative to Grades 4, 8, 10, and 12.

This is one of four separate credit offerings for participants of the NDGA Summer Institute.

Objectives:

  1. Comprehend how the 2012 National Geography Standards are an improvement over the 1994 National Geography Standards in general but with respect to geospatial technologies in particular.
  2. Evaluate how the 2012 National Geography Standards is coupled to not only the 2009 Skills Map for Geography Initiative but is part of handling Common Core in social studies and STEM.
  3. Understand the basic theoretical underpinnings of geospatial technologies as reflected in fundamentals of cartography and visualization, remote sensing, GIS, and GPS.
  4. Apply geospatial technologies relative to utilization of Google Earth and waypointing/geocaching as techniques for improving hands-on learning activities for respective curricula in K-12 social studies, geography, and earth science curricula.
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