Texas Alliance for Geographic Education
About Texas Alliance for Geographic Education:
The Texas Alliance for Geographic Education (TAGE) was established in 1986, and its membership rolls now include over 7,500 K-12 educators, university faculty, parents, and community leaders across the state.
The Texas Alliance serves as a clearinghouse for educational materials, industry information, and training opportunities throughout the state. The Texas Alliance has hosted more than 100 institutes and workshops, and has trained more than 4,600 teachers since its inception. These training events vary from 3-week in-residence programs to 1-day professional development workshops. Training faculty include some of the most highly qualified and experienced professors and Teacher Consultants that Texas has to offer.
Become an Alliance Member - The Texas Alliance gives you the opportunity to network with fellow educators, attend professional development events, and receive educational materials that you can use in your classroom. Join us!! There is NO CHARGE for membership.
A module on Teaching with Google Earth has been released, with detailed instructions and ideas for bringing imagery and interactive information into the classroom. This website includes a user guide, a tip sheet for students, references, and instructions for working with KML, Google Earth API, and Google Maps.
There are over 25 different examples of activities using Google Earth. This module is authored by Glenn Richard of Stony Brook University.
My Wonderful World is a National Geographic-led campaign - backed by a coalition of national business and non-profit organizations - to expand geographic learning in school, at home, and in communities. We want to give kids the power of global knowledge. In the campaign's first year, more than 55,000 people like you signed up to show their support. Be sure to check out the Educator's Action Kit.
Test your geography smarts right here online. Each day you'll find here ten questions posted from the National Geographic Bee. Some of them are real stumpers, for all of us except our supervisor Joe - and he's always ready to be challenged...any takers? Is your school registered to take part in the National Geographic Bee? Visit the site to find out how to register your school.
Teaching And Learning World Geography (TALWG) is a cooperative effort of the Texas Alliance for Geographic Education and Texas A&M University, supported by several school districts and Educational Service Centers, to develop and deliver model professional development workshops for high school World Geography Studies teachers. The model workshops and supporting materials (agendas, participant activities, lesson plans, and additional products and resources) are being developed by a steering committee of master teacher-consultants and university faculty.
R. S. Williams serves as Lead Teacher for the Social Studies Department at Denbigh High School in Newport News, VA. Her site, Geography Classroom is designed to be a research tool for high school students, an instructional tool for teachers, and a support tool for parents. This site mainly provides links of interest to those who study and teach Geography at the secondary level.
DLESE is the Digital Library for Earth System Education, a free resource that supports teaching and learning about the Earth system. DLESE's development was funded by the National Science Foundation and continues to be built by a distributed community of educators, students, and scientists to support Earth system education at all levels.
Thank you to former Bowie World Geography teacher Andrea Ramirez for many of these suggestions:
- Gapminder provides visually stunning reminders of the gap - the unequal distribution of wealth and resources on our planet - using intriguing graphics and video clips.
- Houghton-Mifflin's Education Place provides a good selection of outline maps as does the Enchanted Learning site.
- CountryReports.org provides over 27,000 pages of cultural, historical, and statistical information.
- NEO - NASA Earth Observations - search for and retrieve satellite images of Earth.
- ArcWeb Explorer.
- Nationalatlas.gov contains a remarkable range of products and services to meet the diverse needs of people who are looking for maps and geographic information about America. Dynamic maps are innovative illustrations of geographic phenomena. We combine the science of mapping with today's multimedia to offer maps that are useful, understandable, and that stimulate interactivity.
- NationMaster is a massive central data source and a handy way to graphically compare nations. Professional Journal Recommended Article:
"Geography: The Essential Skill for the 21st Century"
This excellent article comes from the Fall 2008 issue of the National Council for the Social Studies journal Social Education.NationMaster is a vast compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, UN, and OECD. Using a form provided, you can generate maps and graphs on all kinds of statistics.
- StateMaster is a unique statistical database which allows you to research and compare a multitude of different data on US states. It is information compiled from various primary sources such as the US Census Bureau, the FBI, and the National Center for Educational Statistics. More than just a mere collection of various data, StateMaster goes beyond the numbers to provide you with visualization technology like pie charts, maps, graphs and scatterplots. They also have thousands of map and flag images, state profiles, and correlations.
- Taking It Global - The TIGed Activities Database is a resource by teachers, for teachers. Using the database, you can find new methods to infuse TakingITGlobal into your teaching in ways that meet your local curriculum standards. TIG staff, partners, and educators from around the world have developed activities and lesson plans and you can contribute too!
Please forward your favorite Web Resource links for World Geography to our WebManager.
(including GIS Day on the Wednesday of that week).
-AISD AssessmentsLinks to resources commonly used by teachers and administrators are listed below. If you cannot find the information you need, try the Student Assessment A-Z Directory or contact the Student Assessment Division at (512) 463-9536.
AP Human Geography
- AP Human Geography Course Home Page
- Course Description
- Exam Information
- Recommended Teacher Resources
- Using Primary Sources in the AP U. S. History Classroom
- Syllabus Development Guide / Sample Syllabi