Who We Are
The Idaho Geographic Alliance is an organization within the National Geographic Alliance Network and was initiated in 2010. The Idaho Geographic Alliance is comprised of a diverse group of stakeholders, including educators, GIS experts, college faculty, and community members. Our home base is at the University of Idaho Department of Geography
The Idaho Geographic Alliance fosters geographic education by empowering teachers, students and communities with the knowledge, skills and resources necessary to be geographically literate in the 21st century.
Idaho Alliance News
2018 Update: Madison Middle School Geo-Inquiry Project!
“My students and I are beyond excited to share with you our capstone video for this year’s Geo-Inquiry project. Last summer, my colleague, Ryan Durfee, and I were invited to attend a National Geographic Summer Seminar where Geo-Inquiry was introduced. While in Washington D.C. I could feel the energy and value of the design but had no idea the far-reaching effects this journey would extend to my students. Geo-Inquiry has not only enhanced our geographic lenses, but we’ve learned amazing academic and personal skills as well.” – Sharee Barton
Sharee Barton and her Madison Middle School Geo-Inquiry Project
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Never too young to love Geography! Naples Elementary School Kindergarten class learn about mapping with the Giant Traveling Map
Molly Cochell, Teacher – “We taught an introduction to maps in kindergarten during the”Giant Map” visit. Walking on the map, finding where we live and other special places in Idaho made the learning fun and seem very important. The students are still talking about maps and playing with maps in the blocks building center, pretending to work with a globe and keyboard in dramatic play, and noticing things and writing on a map of our school. One student brought in a map of Schweitzer Ski Resort trails to share with the class the following week.”
First and Third Grade had fun too!
1st Grade – Michael Wold, Teacher – “The giant map inspired the 1st graders to learn more about where we live. It also helped them understand how expansive the state of Idaho really is.”
3rd Grade – Kylee Guthrie, Teacher – “Since a 3rd grade social studies standard is map skills, we were able to engage in real life with the grid system. Students were able to locate place on the map based on the grid system. They enjoyed being able to interact with such a large scale map.”
From Our Alliance Network
Join the Photo Ark Challenge
Conservation is a team effort, and we need your help! With our Photo Ark classroom activities, empowering your students to spread the word about species extinction just got easier. Students of all grade levels can participate in the Photo Ark Challenge, and standout conservation solutions will be featured on our website.
How to Think Like a Geographer
The National Humanities Center recently published a podcast entitled “How to Think Like a Geographer.” In it, Edward Kinman (Virginia AC and professor of geography at Longwood University) and Megan Webster (Social Studies Department Chair at J.J. Pearce High School in Richardson, Texas) discuss how geography helps students understand the world more fully.
The podcast was produced as part of an NHC project that aims to articulate the process of thinking and learning in 10 distinct humanities disciplines, including geography.
New Ways to Explore with Google Earth
Did you hear the news? National Geographic has teamed up with Google Earth so you can show your students the world without leaving the classroom. Check out our free educational resources and join Nat Geo Explorers such as Paul Salopek in the field with map-based stories. See why other educators use these resources to empower our next generation of explorers. (Photo Credit: Enric Sala)
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