Map of Asia courtesy of National
It’s been over two weeks since “Geography Awareness Week,” National Geographic Education’s capstone annual event honoring our favorite topic. Now that we’ve all had some time to allow the adrenaline to wear off, let’s reflect on the events that made November 11-17 a success.
Passport to Asia
The 2007 theme was
Speaking of going Wild, did you dig the awesome Wild Chronicles footage in the
“Asian Safari” tour? I’ll admit, I had never seen the National Geographic-supported
program prior to its incorporation in the tour, and I’m a newly devoted fan--I’ve
been watching clips on You Tube ever since (My favorite is "Hornet Hunters": Like honey? Try hornet terriyaki). If you missed “Asian
Safari” or any or the other tours, don’t fret: Your Passport is far from expired. So dust off your virtual compass and
come explore Asia!
Many thanks to our coalition members that helped to develop the content for these programs: Asia Society, ESRI, Google Earth, and the Smithsonian Freer and Sackler Galleries. I profiled the former two during Geography Awareness Week, and I’d like to now direct you toward the resources provided by our other partners. The Smithsonian is currently featuring an exhibit called “Patterned Feathers, Piercing Eyes: Edo Masters from the Price Collection” in their museum on the National Mall, and has additional Asia information available online at asia.si.edu. And did you know that Google has a special page with activities for educators, including creative applications of Google Earth? Add these sites to your list of geo-stops as you continue the journey across Asia’s physical and cultural landscapes this year.
Massive Map Give-away
What better reminder is there to “think globally” than to look at a big ‘ole map of the world—each and every day? That was the rationale behind our “massive map give-away.” Thanks to National Geographic Explorer, we provided over 8,000 world maps to D.C. area students and teachers. And we even threw in our “We are not alone” PSA posters as an additional reminder that there’s a big, wonderful world out there beyond our national borders. With the help of National Geographic Xpeditions, we were able to include an expansive set of standards-based, map activities for various grade levels on the blog. The map give-away was an especially rewarding project for us as part of our continuing efforts to provide educators with geography resources (check out our ongoing Donors Choose Challenge). We’re hopeful about the prospects to expand these programs to other regions of the country in future years.
World Ball Night
You won’t find too many regular-season games that rival “World Ball Night” in excitement--and I say this as a college cheerleader who’s participated in literally hundreds. The November 17th event at
Thanks once again to NG Live!, NG Explorer, George Mason University, GeoEye, and the Virginia and D.C. geographic alliances for their help in making this a memorable evening. Be sure to visit George Mason’s brand new “World Ball” site for footage from the game and more on the World Ball Project. And don’t forget to take the “Coach L Quiz”—the deadline has been extended to December 18th!
365 days a year
Just because Geography Awareness Week has come and gone, doesn’t mean the fun and learning has to stop. The My Wonderful World Campaign was created to encourage people to expand their horizons all year long. So join the Campaign to receive tools and tips on how to incorporate geographic thinking into your daily activities. We think you’ll find it’s easier than you’d expect—and invaluable! After all, global knowledge is the gift that keeps on giving.
Sarah for My Wonderful World