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NDGA Summer Institute 2018 {Geographic Inquiry in Historic Medora}

EDUC 2000




Instructor: Jeff Beck

Grading: Letter

Tuesday, June 05, 2018 - Thursday, June 07, 2018

June 5 (10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.); June 6 (8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.) & June 7 (8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.); course completion June 15, 2018

Location: Medora City Hall, Medora, ND

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $100 + $100 payable to NDGA

Course Description:

Our annual summer geography education workshop. The 2018 class will focus on Geo-Inquiry. This 3-day 2 credit class will take place in Medora and will focus on the unique heritage of the North Dakota Badlands and the people who live there, with an emphasis on field trips and outdoor activities. It will also include hands-on instruction in data collection methods, including a session on how to get started collecting and integrating Geo-Inquiry into classroom lessons. Another area covered will be the new and easy-to-use GIS tools available to enhance learning in social science courses. Priority for this class will be given to teams of 2 or 3 middle school teachers from the same schools. However, the class is open to all curriculum areas and grade levels. (Lodging and some meals will be covered by NDGA.) Tuition fee for 2 credits is $100, no class fee.

For more information contact Toni Schwartz-Johnson at 701-858-4490 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Teachers will learn about the Geo-Inquiry process that is being promoted by National Geographic Education through a variety of presentations, field trips, discussion, and hands-on activities, as well as ways they could apply knowledge and skills gained to their own curricula.

  • Based on geographic content and field experiences, teachers will reflect in a journal on what they experienced and how they can incorporate it into what they teach (geo-inquiry);
  • Teachers will learn about the unique history of the Badlands of North Dakota (photo journal);
  • Teachers will learn about the history and status of the oil industry in southwest North Dakota;
  • Teachers will tour the Theodore Roosevelt National Park to learn about the importance of National Parks in America.

"I enjoyed this course very much!"

"The passion of the instructor(s) was evident and made each learning experience enjoyable."

"I enjoyed learning about and being reminded of many historical places and people."

"Materials/resources I can use with my students was valuable."

Required Materials:

Pencils, paper, good water resistant walking shoes

Suggested Materials:

Water bottle, sunscreen, insect repellant

About The Instructor

Jeff Beck

Jeff received his M.A. in Technology from Valley City State University and earned his B.A. in History major/Journalism minor from North Dakota State University. Jeff received many awards including the National Geographic Teacher Award - Distinguished Teacher in Geography Education; North Dakota Lignite Council Outstanding Educator Award; KXMC Golden Apple Award and the NDSU North Central Alumni of the Year Award.  He currently is the Coordinator at the North Dakota Geographic Alliance in Minot, ND.

**Registration Instructions:

Registrations will be taken “online” by the ND Geographic Alliance starting March 1 at http://www.ndgeographic.org plus a class fee of $100 payable to NDGA.

To register for NDSU credit, URL will be posted on the NDGA website.