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Virginia Geographic Alliance FREE Course for Teachers Grades 4-12

The Virginia Geographic Alliance is pleased to offer a free course, “Putting Social Studies in its Place: Using GIS to Enhance the Classroom” Register today!

REGISTRATION IS ON A FIRST COME BASIS TO EDUCATORS IN GRADES 4-12 & IS LIMITED TO 50 PARTICIPANTS!

“Maps in my textbook are not as interactive as these nor do they allow me to add or take away layers. The ability to add layers is fantastic! It opens up so many more ideas for discussion and for students to ask questions. Adding layers can also help promote unintended cause and effect questions.”

– Field Tester for GeoInquiries for US History

Interactive digital maps are becoming common tools that we interact with on a daily basis through our smart phones, tablets, computers, and our classrooms. K-12 access to free instructional resources and software is at an all time high! All you need to know is where to go, how to get started, and what are some of the best tips and tricks to seamlessly integrate this technology into your classroom instruction.

Putting Social Studies in its Place is a 5-week online Professional Development Program that will teach you to:

  • Access and utilize over 30 classroom ready 15-Minute GeoInquiries for US History, Human Geography, and Earth Science
  • Use web maps as a bell-ringer, a lesson plan, and/or a classroom discussion tool
  • Create customized Web Maps that embed text, primary source Images, YouTube videos, and much more. To access a sample map on the Louisiana Purchase go to: http://arcg.is/1xvC7Pg
  • Create a Story Map on a topic of your choice that you can use in your classroom this year and beyond. Classroom practicality and replication is a primary goal.
  • Register your school for a free site-license for Esri’s ArcGIS Online software (Up to 500 accounts).

Other benefits include:

  • 25 Continuing Education/Recertification Points
  • Free supplemental workbook
  • Access to an online Professional Learning Community

 

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