Thursday, February 21, 2013

Welcome!

Welcome to Geography Anytime Anywhere!

Geographic Literacy Crisis in the U.S. 

In 2006 the following facts were true: - half the 18–24-year-old Americans surveyed could not locate New York on a map of the United States - nearly 6 in 10 could not locate Ohio - one-third of the young adults in the survey gave the wrong answer when asked to name the continent where the Amazon Rainforest is located. - after being at war with Iraq for three years, 63 percent of young Americans could not identify Iraq on a map of the Middle East. There is no reason to think that things are getting any better. But this website isn't just for Americans, but for anyone looking to increase Geographic Literacy. Whether it's for yourself, teaching your own children, or a classroom, please feel free to use these resources to help improve geographic literacy in whatever ways are possible.

How to use this website

This website is designed to make it easier for anyone to teach, learn, refresh, or spread the joy of geography.  If you just want to focus on one specific region, then you can just click on that region of each challenge.  If you find a challenge that you don't like, skip it.  If you find a section that really helps you learn, then complete that challenge for each region if you would like.  Use the parts that are helpful to you, and ignore the rest.  If you are using this website to teach a student geography, I would suggest that Challenges 1-5 are the foundation and should probably all be completed, and sections 6-10 can be done/skipped/tailored based on individual learning styles and preferences.

Blended Learning


This course will utilize the philosophy of blended learning as a way to maximize the potential of online resources while optimizing student-student and student-adult experiences in the classroom.  To understand better what blended learning is, please reference this definition from the Clayton Christensen Institute and please watch this video from The Learning Accelerator.

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