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Professor of Geography at New Mexico State University

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As a practicing geographer I absolutely love this! There are organizations who's sole mission is the support of geography. Consider the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE.org), the Association of American Geographers (AAG.org), and for the technical squad Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) who's ArcGIS.com site has some wonderful mapping and map exploration tools. Also, the National Geographic Society provides funding for a national network of Statewide Geographic Alliances dedicated to supporting and enhancing K-12 geographic education. If you recognize the importance of geography, as our president does (http://www.politico.com/politico44/2012/05/obama-asks-geography-bee-ques...), check out the network to see how you can help: http://education.nationalgeographic.com/education/program/geography-alli...

Thanks, Bonnie

Christy Bagasao (not verified)

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We too have the Maptitude game, but ours did not come with instructions (second hand). Does anybody know how to play?

Mike (not verified)

Geography education will evolve thanks to Google Earth

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I agreed, geography is more important than many think. Geography equals borders which equal wars, this is history and history is a good educator!

I have to admit that geography in school was, well not the most interesting subject. I do how ever think thanks to Google earth and technologies such as GNSS, GIS (which is easy accessible nowadays) younger generations will have easier access to information in a interesting way which will make studying(maybe even outside the 'school-bench') more fun and easy.

Bonnie Bracey Sutton (not verified)

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------------------------- Google Earth maps history ------------------------- From the Middle East Times: "Google added historic map overlays to its free interactive online globe of the world Monday to provide views of how places have changed with time. Google Earth engineers digitised one of the largest US map collections and integrated the information into its program, which lets users virtually navigate the planet and swoop in for closer looks. The collection of David Rumsey Historical Maps dated from 1680 to 1892 and included Cassini's Globe of 1790; Africa in 1787, and a map of Asia from 1710. There have been over 100m downloads of the Google Earth program to computers since it was launched in June of 2005."
Bonnie Bracey Sutton (not verified)

GeoDave.. I will take a look

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GeoDave.. I will take a look at the campaign website and help support your cause. Thank you for the invitation. Bonnie
GeoDave (not verified)

Here in the United Kingdom

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Here in the United Kingdom we are fighting the same battle. We see Geography as a vital part of all students education if they are to become active citizens with a good understanding of the increasingly complex world that we live in. And yet the UK media either ignore Geography or in the case of certain major newspapers spend more time ridiculing it than supporting it. A group of UK teachers have therefore started a national campaign to raise the profile of geography in the media and to get greater recognition of the important role that it plays. You can see our efforts on the campaign website. We would be proud to have you support our campaign alongside the teachers in the UK who are busily signing up to voice their concern.
Gene Modin (not verified)

I am so glad for all the

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I am so glad for all the efforts to learn and teach geography. I bought the game Maptitude and have been taking time to read through all the cards included to learn the countries of the world. It is a big world, until i have started to learn the names of the countries. To learn all the countries and where they are located gives you a hook for learning other things about the world. It provides a very basic understanding of the planet we live on. It creates interest in other people. Geography is the context of education.
Bonnie Bracey Sutton (not verified)

There was a paper set of

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There was a paper set of lessons that I received from NGS as a teacher in geography training. We set out to see what the mind maps were that people had in their heads. So imagine these maps. My fifth graders drew the United States. Most got Florida, California, and the shape of Texas in this configuration of the USA. It was fun to label and put those away, and then come back to compare them later in the year. The physical map of the US was helped by using World Wind ( NASA) and Google Map, but also by making a physical map of the US.. a dvd of the US helped us think about the high planes and rivers and valley sections. A mother helped in the old fashioned way by making cookies in the shape of some states.. but the best thing was that map game on the National Geographic web site.. the state falls down and you have to place it in the right place and then, name the capital. http://www.ngsednet.org/ There are five kinds of grants available .
françoise (not verified)

it is a wonderful blog et

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it is a wonderful blog et yes geography is very important in education to understand peoples, politics, borders, cultures, languages and land formations and climates. these factors help understands how peoples live. in france we emphasise more en our educational systems.
Bonnie Bracey Sutton (not verified)

Recently I was doing a

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Recently I was doing a workshop at NASA Ames, and we teachers came up with tools of technology integration, geography, earth science, and GIS are a way to do this ( geography) in some school systems, or if you are using project based learning , perhaps geography is a way to make the learning live. I don't know what state you are from, but there is a geographic alliance in every state. Perhaps you could link with the geography advocates to see what can be done, and how they can assist you. There are grants, and state initiatives. I am not from California, but I have studied it extensively as a result of being a part of the geographic alliances. We studied water, and the water barons in the west. For more information look at National Geographic. And, in some states, NCSS, NCGE and NSTA work all together. Bonnie
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