Geography Awareness Week - #DCSgeo
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Celebrate Geography in your #DCSschoollibrary...
What is Geography Awareness Week?
Too many young Americans are unable to make effective decisions, understand geo-spatial issues, or even recognize their impacts as global citizens. National Geographic created Geography Awareness Week to raise awareness to this dangerous deficiency in American education and excite people about geography as both a discipline and as a part of everyday life.
Each year more than 100,000 Americans actively participate in Geography Awareness Week (GeoWeek). Established by presidential proclamation more than 25 years ago, this annual public awareness program organized by National Geographic Education Programs (NGEP) encourages citizens young and old to think and learn about the significance of place and how we affect and are affected by it. Each third week of November, students, families and community members focus on the importance of geography by hosting events; using lessons, games, and challenges in the classroom; and often meeting with policymakers and business leaders as part of that year’s activities. Geography Awareness Week is supported by year-long access to materials and resources for teachers, parents, community activists and all geographically minded global citizens.
What is GAW?
#DCSgeo - Geography Awareness Week
Monday, Nov. 16th, 8am to Friday, Nov. 20th, 3pm
Davidson County, NC, United States
Some suggestions by the #DCSgeo committee:
- Geography book displays
- Display maps and globes
- printable table top map of North Carolina
- Geography Question of the Day contest
- WWI in Postcards - A GIS map and primary source mashup
- Start a geography club
- Sign up for the National Geographic Geography Bee
- Google Hangout with a classroom in another state (or country!)
- Explore Geography from Space
- Virtual Field Trip
- Interactive Globe
- Map maker interactive on tablets
- QR codes on maps
- Google Earth
- Join the North Carolina Geographic Alliance...it's FREE!
The Giant Traveling Map
Thanks to Brene Duggins, Becky Condon, Stacy Morgan, Kate Lewis and Robin Snider for helping to coordinate this event. Take a look at the video Robin has created to promote the event in her school: