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Mapping The World
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Mapping The World
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An Extended Review from Social Studies School Service in L.A.

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Samples of Outdoor Playground & Decorative Maps

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Mapping the World by Heart:
In-Service Programs, Seminars, and Institutes

Long Programs, Seminars, Institutes

These programs may range from 1 day to 6 days in length. With the longer programs, graduate credit may be arranged, at extra cost, through the University of Maryland?s University College and PDP-International. Sixteen hours of contact time (two days) can earn one credit.

Institute 1: World-Mindedness For Teachers

This workshop is for teachers who wish to incorporate more world-minded materials and methods into their existing programs; the content covers many dimensions of Geography Education today, providing exposure to and experience with a large range of ideas and practices. If there is interest, we cover the "Mapping The World By Heart" year, but in any case we talk about many activities and lessons from that curriculum.

Topics include: the national standards and the "Five Themes"; the variety of materials available for geography and "world-mindedness"; resources in cyber-space and on CD; using Internet and Web Resources to fit more geography into your already-full program; geography across the curriculum: finding ways to incorporate geography around the school; finding & making use of local resources; and a variety activities to enhance thematic studies and small-group work.

Large-scale group projects will be discussed, and demonstrated, such as the global-trade game created for North Shore Country Day (and featured at NCSS in 1999). We will also spend time making and using outdoor maps, and on world-minded activities of all kinds, and there will be lots of discussion and problem-solving -- people sharing their teaching assignments, and the particular questions they have and problems they want help with.

The program will include sharing time in both small groups and in the whole group, with questions to be discussed and dealt with. People will be asked to share lessons they created and used, and to bring in materials from their students (such as samples of lessons, tests, or maps).

Institute 2: A Teacher's Guide to Mining the Internet

Workshop Focus: The workshop will cover a wide range of safe, innovative, and practical ways to integrate the Internet throughout the school, and in particular for administrative purposes. We will be looking at building, maintaining, and using a classroom web site, smart searching, and a number of ways to use Web resources safely in the classroom, including WebQuests, samplers, treasure hunts, scrapbooks, and Hotlists. Depending on individual wishes, the schedule may include:

  • Making the best use of search engines, indices, and portals.
  • Locating Web sites of value and interest for classes.
  • Organizing on-line resources for effective class use.
  • Designing safe and effective web-related lessons
  • Using the Web for exercises in critical thinking and cooperative learning.
  • Using the Web for Faculty meetings and teacher development.
  • Using E-Mail in the classroom and the school.
  • Using school and classroom web sites for enrichment.

Short Programs: Workshops and Breakout Sessions

Many programs are available on a variety of topics. Here is a sample of those programs.

  • Geography & Culture
    Getting beyond places and names, and integrating cultural geography more effectively into your social studies, world studies, or geography program. This workshop presents ideas and strategies for merging history, geography, and broad multi-cultural concerns into a balanced, three-dimensional package, presented mostly through cooperative learning activities in which students, working in small groups, teach and learn from each other. Includes videos, classroom exercises, and handouts. Wear comfortable clothes.
  • Mapping The World By Heart
    This acclaimed geography curriculum helps you de-mystify the subject. Not only will your students learn physical and political geography, but as a final activity they will create a complete world map from memory. This workshop describes, and provides a selection of material from, the curriculum, there is a sampling of exercises, and a thorough description of methodology. Program is presently in use K through 12, around the world.
  • Mining The Internet, Short Version
    This workshop covers safe, innovative, and practical ways to integrate the Internet throughout the school. We look at building, maintaining, and using a classroom web site, smart searching, and a number of ways to use Web resources safely in the classroom, including WebQuests, samplers, treasure hunts, scrapbooks, and Hotlists
  • Building a Useful School Web Site: Points Picked Up
    We begin this workshop with key points from the website presentation above, "Building A Really Bad Web Site"; from there, we talk about setting goals, planning and mapping a site, interfaces, the advantages and disadvantages of JAVA and other tools, and then we take a tour of participants' sites, for evaluation and comment.
  • Global Geography & World-Mindedness in the Primary Grades
    A survey of materials and methods; we'll look at read-aloud and read-yourself books, listening and writing assignments, a variety of activities, and several web-sites. Appropriate for teachers K through 4 or 5; a packet of useful handouts will be available.

Special Long Program – The Country Game

A 3-day faculty/student international trade and treaty game that models global solutions, this simulation includes the creation of ten unique cultures, dilemmas involving rights, resources, and national responsibilities; trade, treaty, and conflict as possible paths to global survival.

In this simulation, students become aware of the issues facing nation/states as they struggle with limited resources, with trade, and with preserving their own individual cultures in a widely interconnected and homogeneous world; they participate in and come to understand community activities and internal and external relationships; they learn mercantile terms and activities; and they practice collaboration and teamwork within one?s own team and with other teams.

Skills include geography; map-making; trade and negotiation; calculating financial options; reading and understanding complex global situations; using time effectively as an individual and as a team; cooperation with team members and with other teams; problem solving.

Structure of the program includes:

  • presentation of the basic structure of the game
  • dividing students and faculty into teams
  • Day 1 -- getting started
  • Day 2 -- Making progress towards goals
  • Day 3 -- disaster and regeneration
  • Discussion, with questions and answers, and handouts.

Platform Presentations

These talks and presentations are up to one hour in length, and have been used by schools and school associations as keynotes, and as fund-raisers.

  • Can 1+1=3?
    Globalization and Independence in the next Millennium. There are two prevalent, interlinked, and countervailing tendencies evident in today's world -- globalization that transcends nation-states, and the assertion of local identities. This keynote examines how these tendencies have affected global cooperation and understanding, and it offers ways, within that context, to teach children content that will be meaningful a decade or a century from now.
  • The Geographically Literate Person
    When doctors evaluate a patient?s mental status and level of awareness, two questions are often used: "What day is it?" and "Where Are You". To answer these questions indicates consciousness. To answer these questions on a philosophical level indicates global consciousness. How do we understand where we are in time and place? What methods can teachers use to help students read maps, graphs, and charts, to acquire and process the information they contain, and to understand not only where they are, but where others are, who their neighbors are, where people live, why, and how? This presentation provides a framework for understanding what we need to know about the spatial organization of the people, places, and environments of the world around us and the places we live.
  • Maps Lies And Dreams
    How our world views are created, and constrained, by the maps and metaphors we use; an examination of maps, and world views, from ancient to modern, with discussion and evaluation. An informative and revealing presentation for teachers, for schools having or considering a global studies program, or for anyone interested in maps and the world. o What's In A Name Words are treacherous. They mean what they seem to mean, they mean what we want them to mean, or they take meanings of their own, understood differently by every person who hears or uses the word. And if our individual perceptions can change the meanings we give everyday words, then imagine how much more powerful are the layers of meanings in the words we use to give names to the places we call home. This talk will present the power and meaning of place names, and the many ways those names are abused, and it will also bring the listener up to date on the latest changes in global city and country names.
  • How To Build A Bad School Web Site
    The process of designing a web site is quite simple, given the intuitive and easy tools now available. It is much harder to design a site that actually helps a company or organization achieve its goals, especially since most organizations? web-site goals are at once distinct, interlinked, and complementary. The presenter, who has designed sites for several schools and associations, will present the major lessons he has learned by leading a tour through a number of sites, some that work and some that do not.

School Assemblies and Classroom Visits

Another service of Mapping The World By Heart is classroom visits and school assemblies. David Smith has acted as "teacher in residence" in schools all over the country, for periods of 3 days to 6 weeks. He has a wide range of programs for students of all ages. You can see some of these programs at

Technology Consulting Services

David Smith also has wide experience working with schools around their technology vision. Typically, a school finds that despite its major investment in infrastructure, technology is not being well or widely used. Solutions vary, but are usually structured around a wide range of meetings and conversations about technology and the dreams people have for using it. Ultimately, a new technology vision emerges, one that the members of the school community crafted and care deeply about.

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