Google Earth 5 adds more educational features

March 12, 2009

Many, many changes have taken place in the world since we last visited Google Earth. I don’t mean changes in the outside world. No, that’s a terrible place! I mean the world you can explore inside of the latest update … Continued

Volcano at the South Pole

March 10, 2009

As if Antarctica wasn’t inhospitable enough, it’s also got a freaking volcano.  Mount Erebus, the world’s southernmost active volcano, showed signs of life in February, and NASA’s Earth Observatory got a nice overhead shot of it, along with some thermal … Continued

NASA photos of Australian bushfires

February 12, 2009

NASA’s Earth Observatory has picked up some some great images of the bushfires in Australia. Seeing these from outer space gives an idea of the scale of these fires. While you’re there, be sure to look at some of their … Continued

Test your geography with Maps of World

January 30, 2009

At one point in time, I knew all 50 U.S. states and their capitals. I am confident I could still name a majority of them, too. What’s more is that at one point I also knew all the countries and … Continued

Think you know geography? Take this quiz

January 26, 2009

Two things I don’t particularly enjoy: geography and quizzes. I have a horrible sense of direction, and who really enjoys quizzes, anyway? Yet somehow I love the San Francisco Chronicle’s Annual Geography Quiz. It’s eerily similar to last year’s quiz … Continued

SHOW/WORLD teaches old maps new tricks

November 4, 2008

I don’t envy you geography teachers. Ever since Pangaea split apart over 100 million years ago you’ve been stuck dealing with the same seven shapes. Sure, every once in a while a landmass changes names because of a change in … Continued

Going digital with Flat Stanley

October 15, 2008

As a classroom teacher my favorite unit to teach is on geography with the use of the book Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown. Each year after reading this story I would have my students become the character Flat Stanley.  Each … Continued