Our purpose is the promotion and enhancement of geographic knowledge in the schools and among the general populace of Illinois. To achieve this purpose, the Alliance maintains a strong grassroots organization of geographic educators from schools and universities, participates in educational reform at the district, state, and national levels. We engage in an active program of preservice and inservice teacher education, develop curriculum materials based on the National Geography Standards, and foster public awareness of the importance of geography in our society.
The 2015 Engineering Exploration (NGX) Challenge is live! From now through August 1, National Geographic is asking kids ages 6-18 around the world to solve up to three real-world challenges faced by our explorers in the field.
The three challenges are:
Animal Migrations - How do you study an animal that can't sit still?
Telling the Story - How do you prove that a place is special?
Extreme Environments - How do you explore a place that you cannot or should not go?
This year's NGX Challenge is brought to you by the new NG film, ROBOTS 3D, so it asks kids to solve these problems the way a robot might, by sensing something about the immediate environment and using that information to decide an action to take. Kids who submit their solutions to National Geographic by midnight EDT on August 1, 2015 will each receive a free movie ticket (while supplies last), a certificate of accomplishment, and the chance to be published in the upcoming National Geographic Kids book, Everything Robotics.
Announcing the launch of the NatGeoEd Preservice page. Thanks to the hard work led by Emily Schell, the website now has a collection of resources for preservice educators and their professors.
This 2-day face-to face June 2015 "Introduction to ArcGIS Online and GIS Resources for Illinois Teachers Workshop" will provide interactive instruction, hands-on explorations, classroom-ready activities, and discussions on Geographic Information Systems (GIS), GIS in the classroom, ArcGIS Online, and Esri Story Maps for 24 in-service Illinois junior high and high school (6th-12th grade) social studies and science teachers in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois.