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NDGA Summer Institute: ND’s Kaleidoscope of Regions

EDUC 600

North Dakota is a place which is part of a kaleidoscope of regions, ever changing in spatial patterns and connections locally, regionally, statewide, nationally, continentally, and globally. Because of these changes, this five-day, three-credit workshop has three themes. The first facet of the workshop for one-third of the three credits is how the regional exploration of North Dakota as a place must be in the context of the updated and revised National Geography Standards (2012), the  2009 Skills Map for Geography Initiative in geospatial technologies, and the national work on Common Core in social studies and STEM. The second facet of the workshop for the next third of the three credits is promoting curriculum development with more attention to issues of human-environment interaction through using geospatial technologies. There will be hands-on practice of 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 third facet of the workshop for the final one-third of the credit will emphasize field work and applications of historical geography. Central to this facet of the five-day workshop will be usage of the State Historical Society of North Dakota traveling exhibit, “Discovering North Dakota: 250 Years of Mapping”. This and related materials will help participants will learn how cartography and related map-making has changed to record the kaleidoscope of regions of the Peace Garden State. Thus, by combining a mixture of hands-on activities with different types of mapping to a set of inter-connected learning modules about the state’s historical geography and participating in this type of face-to-face setting there will be the best use of the instructional strategies that gives the most flexibility to teachers in preparing end-products for incorporation into their own classrooms. Woven together through the five-day workshop, these three facets will be the vehicle in which North Dakota Studies will be transformed in a kaleidoscope fashion to be a an integrative way of using geography to study North Dakota as a place this is part of an ever-changing set of spatial connections within the state and outside the state in time and space.


A learning objective is an outcome statement that captures specifically what knowledge, skills, attitudes learners should be able to exhibit following instruction. It’s helpful to finish the sentence, “After this session, participants will be able to…”                   

First & Second Facet for Credit:

…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.

…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.

…Understand the basic theoretical underpinnings of geospatial technologies as reflected in fundamentals of cartography and visualization, remote sensing, GIS, and GPS.

…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.

Third Facet for Credit:

…Identify the major periods and related technologies for the mapping of what now is North Dakota such as that existing in the aboriginal/fur trade era, pioneer to industrial era, industrial era, and post-industrial era.

…Understand the basic principles of cartography as a form of communicating information which involves presenting a message in a filtered fashion to give a particular spatial viewpoint.

…Appreciate how cartography is both a science and an art.

…Comprehend that geo-spatial technologies are not so much new forms of cartography but modern variations of aerial photography, satellite imagery, and computer-assisted cartography through contemporary adaptations of GPS and GIS.

…Understand how career opportunities about for students whose post-secondary education includes study in geography and in applications of geo-spatial technologies.