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NDGA Summer Institute: Water, Climate Change & ND Economic Landscapes

EDUC 600

Introduction of the 2012 National Geography Standards  includes promoting curriculum with more attention to issues of human-environment interaction.  Also, today’s geographic education specialists are calling for even more classroom integration of 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 of the NDGA Summer Institute with both theoretical understandings of new interpretations of human-environment interaction vis-à-vis the new edition of the National Geography Standards plus practical experience in using aspects of geospatial technologies and field work 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 which are crucial benchmark grades for NAEP as well as college entrance.

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

Objectives:

  1. Comprehend how the 2012 National Geography Standards promote a curriculum rich in blending social studies with STEM through the concepts of human-environment interaction with also coupling to it elements of geospatial technologies.
  2. Evaluate how best to use the 2012 National Geography Standards in tandem with both the 2009 Skills Map for Geography Initiative and handling Common Core in social studies and STEM.
  3. Understand the basic theoretical underpinnings of human-environment interaction while also incorporating dimensions 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 associated digital platforms to be techniques for improving hands-on learning activities for respective curricula in K-12 social studies, geography, and earth science curricula which are focused upon human-environment interaction.