Resources

RESOURCES

Geographic Education

  • The Canadian Council for Geographic Education – “The programs of the CCGE aim to strengthen geographic education in the classroom”
  • Ontario Association of Geographic and Environmental Education – Teaching resources and other links to conferences and curriculum packages
  • NASA Wavelength Digital Library – An incredible site that provides valuable resources to educators. Under “Browse our collections” you can search by age group or by topic.
  • Association for Canadian Educational Resources – “Our members are leaders in education, media and business who initiate and facilitate development, production and promotion of Canadian materials to meet the needs of today’s learners.”
  • National Geographic – Geography Rich Classroom – Plenty of ideas to bring geography into your classroom. This is focused on elementary school aged children.
  • Mission Map Quest – Create your own Geography Games. Follow the Mission Map Quest link in the Applications for Education section
  • Geo-referenced Historical Maps –  Geo-referenced historical map images in Google and Google Earth. Slider bar lets you compare the historical map to the present day. *NOTE You could spend hours on this site.
  • Promise of Place – “Enriching lives through place-based education.”
  • Ontario Stream Assessment Protocol (OSAP) – Link to the 368 page OSAP Manual
  • Library of Paleogeography – “The paleogeographic maps are arranged into several series that show how Earth or regions of the Earth may have appeared at various increments of time (“time slices”).” Excellent for discussions about plate tectonics.
  • National Geographic – Community Geography Initiative – “National Geographic has adopted the term “community geography” to describe activities that engage members of the public in documenting, understanding, and looking after the places they care about”
  • Spatial Thinking Across the Curriculum – Incorporating spatial thinking across various curriculums – history, economics, psychology
  • Geospatial Historian – “The Geospatial Historian  is a tutorial-based open access textbook, modeled on the Programming Historian, for historical scholars and digital humanists. It is designed to teach practical digital mapping and GIS skills that are immediately useful to real research needs.” – Check out the links page on this site for some incredible projects.
  • National Geographic – Geographic Activity Index – An index of activities to share with students to illustrate geographic principles. Filter by grade and age or by intended audience.
  • GeoEdChat – A place for Geographic educators to chat and network. “Join us on Twitterfor a new and lively #GeoEdChat every Wednesday. We’ll be discussing everything #geography #education including #teaching, #learning, #fieldwork and GIS. Our aim is to become the meeting place for geography educators working with people of all ages in all settings.”
  • ESRI Presentations – Slide Share – A site which houses a large amount of ESRI presentations. Great resource
  • Earthcube – “…community-led cyberinfrastructure that will allow for unprecedented data sharing across the geosciences. Its aim is to develop a framework over the next decade to assist researchers in understanding and predicting the Earth system from the sun to the center of the Earth. EarthCube has the potential to: Create effective, community-driven cyberinfrastructure, allow global data discovery and knowledge management, achieve interoperability and data integration within and across disciplines.”
  • The GLOBE Program – “To improve student understanding of environmental and Earth system science across the curriculum; contribute to scientific understanding of Earth as a system; build and sustain a global community of students, teachers, scientists, and citizens; and engage the next generation of scientists and global citizens in activities to benefit the environment.”
  • GISetc. – The GIS Whisperers – The mission of GISetc is to provide cutting-edge GIS professional development, curriculum and software support to K-12 and post-secondary educators and students. Our goal is to advance education, improve quality of curricula, provide authentic research and learning projects, and to provide teacher training and skill development in an atmosphere of discovery.
  • Resources for Rethinking – A vast number of resources reviewed by teachers for teachers in a wide number of subjects.
  • Smarty Pins – A new geography game from Google.
  • Geographic Literacy and Standards Posters – A series of posters provided by the Portland State Center for Geography Education in Oregon. Available in 8.5 x 11 inch and 2 x 3 ft sizes. While US centric, the idea is valuable.
  • Geography Education – “A place for geography students and teachers to find interesting, current supplemental materials. Produced by geography professor Seth Dixon.
  • Ontario’s First Nations Map – Site to download or order copies of Ontario’s First Nations map.
  • SPACIT – Spatial Citizenship – “Spatial Citizenship is about ‘learning how to navigate this world in respect to a) the physical world, b) the meanings attached to physical objects and environment c) the power relations involved in the production of meaning’.”
  • National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) – “The National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) is a non-profit organization, chartered in 1915 to enhance the status and quality of geography teaching and learning. NCGE supports geography teaching at all levels—from Kindergarten through University.”
  • Kid World Citizen – “On Kid World Citizen you will find an ever-expanding database of age-appropriate, fun activities gathered from around the world that are organized by topic and by country.”
  • What is Geography? – A link to a great Prezi presentation about “What is Geography?” created by students at Syracuse University. Visit the GeoCuse site for more great information about geography as a career/discipline.
  • EducatorLabs – “Our mission is to assist educators, for whom time is a precious commodity, in discovering valuable resources of substance for classroom use. We also seek to strengthen connections among the educational web by acting as courier: because of our high standards, our approach is grassroots and hands-on in nature.”
  • Geospatial Participation – “Research on GIS, Open Data and Mobile Technology.”
  • International Year of Soils – 2015 – “The 68th UN General Assembly declared 2015 the International Year of Soils (IYS) (A/RES/68/232). The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has been nominated to implement the IYS 2015, within the framework of the Global Soil Partnership and in collaboration with Governments and the secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification.”
  • EarthQuiz – A crowd sourced resource for teaching and learning geoscience.
  • The History of Cartography Volumes 1, 2 and 3 – The University of Chicago Press has provided the first three volumes of the “History of Cartography” in PDF format.

Careers

  • Day of Geography – What do geo-professionals do? This is an ongoing project to collect stories from geo-professionals around the world and to categorize them. The goal is to raise awareness about the importance and relevance of geography to the broader public and perhaps more importantly, to students. It will provide a repository, whereby those interested in pursuing a geographic education or career can gain insight into what we do. It will be a resource that teachers and guidance counselors can point to, to illustrate what careers can be had with a geographic education.
  • GoGeomatics Canada – The pre-eminent site for Canadian Geomatics job information. Also has a great magazine component
  • Canadian GIS and Geomatics – Geographic information and resources including data, careers, conferences and industry news.
  • Geo-Pivot – “Real people. Real Geo-stories” – Have a look.
  • GeoCube – “…re-inventing the way to explore Geography. The world of Geography at your fingertips and just a mouse click away!”
  • Destination Spatial – An incredible site based in Australia. Links for students, parents, teachers and those seeking a career change into geospatial technologies/information.
  • Geography Jobs.ca – “GeographyJobs.ca offers job postings & recruitment consulting services meant to connect geographers with the employers that require their talent. We focus on recruitment & jobs in GIS, urban planning, environmental science, transportation planning, remote sensing, economic development, housing & other geography-related fields.”
  • Canadian Geomatics Employment Center – All types of Geomatics related jobs from coast to coast, job seeker accounts and adding resumes are free.
  • Set Your Boundaries – Explore careers in surveying. “Opportunities are expanding, the field is growing, the profession needs you.”

Cool Sites

  • Building Inspector – “This app is the latest in a series of public-facing tools designed by The New York Public Library Labs to extract, correct and analyze data from historical maps. We’re training computers to do the heavy lifting, and then distributing the remaining quality control tasks to smart, conscientious citizens like you. The goal? To produce a comprehensive directory of old New York…”
  • Geotrail.ca – “Geotrail is an online trail map that provides information on over 1000 trails from all over Ontario and across Canada.”
  • Map Lab – Cartographic stories of all kinds.
  • Timemaps – “The TimeMap of World History is a comprehensive look at world history. It contains over 650 maps and 1,000 pages of supporting text. It is designed to be easy to navigate, through both time and space.”
  • GeoGuessr.com – A fun and addictive game. view the provided Google Street View picture and guess where it is in the world. The closer your guess to the actual location, the more points you score. Great fun!
  • GeoFort – This is an incredible location and an incredible undertaking in The Netherlands. Long term vision for Geospatial Niagara includes a venue of this nature here in Niagara.
  • Lochlin Esker – The property of Don and Mary Wright of Lochlin Ontario. You would be hard pressed to find someone more knowledgeable or passionate about their own property from a geomorphological standpoint than Don. Some features include “moraine, esker, fen, open marsh, treed bog and boreal forest. Recreational and/or educational tours may be arranged at appropriate times throughout several seasons of the year according to appropriate conditions”.
  • Maps on the Web – “Maps on the web, maps from the web, charts and infographics. “A map does not just chart, it unlocks and formulates meaning; it forms bridges between here and there, between disparate ideas that we did not know were previously connected.” ― Reif Larsen, The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet”
  • Billion Graves – “Our goal is to preserve precious records found in cemeteries throughout the world. We use modern technology to capture images of headstones with their GPS locations so users worldwide can access those records anywhere. BillionGraves strives to do just that: preserve at least one billion graves. And we won’t stop there!”
  • Windyty – using open data and software, these wind and current maps utilize data that is collected and updated in near real time.
  • Bomb Sight – “The Bomb Sight project is mapping the London WW2 bomb census between 7/10/1940 and 06/06/1941. Previously available only by viewing in the Reading Room at The National Archives, Bomb Sight is making the maps available to citizen researchers, academics and students.”
  • Mapping for Rights – “an initiative of the Rainforest Foundation UK, is an online platform which brings together expertise in the fields of participatory mapping, geo-spatial technologies and policy development concerned with community and indigenous land rights and improved forest governance in the Congo Basin.”
  • Earthquakes Canada – From Natural Resources Canada – Everything you ever needed or wanted to know about earthquakes across Canada. Check out the Seismogram in Niagara at Effingham
  • Meeting of the Minds – Over the course of 8 years, Meeting of the Minds has become the premier international leadership conference for sustainable cities. The Blog offers some great stories about urban sustainability.
  • Scale of the Universe
  • Cat in the Hat Can Map This and That
  • Geogames Team – Location-based games introduce an element that is missing in interactive console games, namely locomotion in outdoor environments such as an urban neighborhood or a natural park. These games are particularly interesting for educational projects because they not only connect the players socially but also connect them with the geographic environment.
  • University of Guelph Applied GIS Projects – Links to GIS projects in the Applied GIS Studies Class – This link is for the 2007 projects. Replacing the year in the URL with anything post 2007 yields a different selection of projects.
  • Ontario Parks – Park Locator – Explore Ontario’s Provincial Parks
  • Isoscope – Typical travel planning tools like Google Maps give you directions and travel times from point A to point B. The routes are selected based on algorithms using real-time or historic traffic information. It’s cool and very practical. But what if you’d like to use such a tool for urban planning or simply to learn something about your neighbourhood? In that case the information you’re looking for is how far can you get in particular time… to any point.
  • ANTz Visualizations – Visualization Software for the mind – OPEN SOURCE!!! FREE!!
  • EarthCache – “The EarthCache program is part of The Geological Society of America’s (GSA) Education and Outreach effort in partnership with Geocaching.com and other partners around the world.”
  • Your Life on Earth – “How you and the world have changed since you were born. Best viewed on Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer 10 and above.”

GeoPodcasts
  • (NEW) Municipal Equation Podcast – “Municipal Equation is a podcast that gets to the core of our cities and towns – and creates an exchange of ideas meant to help you make your hometown a better place. We cover all of the variables that make life in a municipality – whether a city, town, village, what-have-you – unique to any other locale.”
  • (NEW) Remarkable Objects – “A podcast about the intersection of nature and urban design.”
  • (NEW) Trees Are Key – “Listen to the weekly podcast by Paul Johnson of the Texas A&M Forest Service. Trees are Key  will help listeners better care for their trees. This short weekly podcast will feature a short lesson and a weekly tree highlight”
  • A Very Spatial Podcast – Brand new podcasts served up every week. News, timely topics, interesting links – this is a great source for the newest information. You’ll find yourself going back through the catalogue just to hear them all
  • Geografree – A podcast originally started in Germany, recorded in German but beginning at episode 106 it switches to English
  • CRM Archaeology Podcast – An archaeology podcast
  • Directions Magazine – “What geospatial knowledge and skills should college graduates have?”

Local Information

  • Niagara Knowledge Exchange – “..a place for people to access and exchange news and ideas on Niagara-focused planning, collaboration, learning, innovation and community action.”
  • Exploring Niagara – “Explore great destinations in the Niagara region”
  • Naturally in Niagara – “For those who are living here now and  all those that we hope will one day come to share what our region offers.”
  • cNiagara – “Niagara’s online resource for arts, heritage, festivals and events. cNiagara helps you search for events your way – via calendars, event types, interactive map, or search keywords.”
  • Wellandarium – A place for Wellanders to discuss Welland and Niagara issues and solutions.
  • Balls Falls – Where geography, history and ecology come together.

Organizations

  • Canadian Railway Historical Association (Niagara Chapter) – “CHRA Niagara is one of 11 Divisions of the Canadian Railway Historical Association.  Our focus is on the railway history of the Niagara Region in the Province of Ontario, Canada.”
  • Software Niagara – “Software Niagara is a grassroots initiative to build a stronger software community and start-up culture in the Niagara Region. Software Niagara is led by local designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and students. All of whom believe that Niagara is a great place to create new technology and grow businesses.”
  • Canadian Association of Geographers – “The Canadian Association of Geographers (CAG) is committed to the dissemination of geographic research and the promotion of geography as a key discipline in education, research, and in the public and private sectors nationally and internationally.”
  • Niagara Land Trust – “The Niagara Land Trust (NLT) believes it is important toconserve the natural heritage of the Niagara Peninsula today for future generations. Our focus is to acquire and manage land for public interest and benefit, while providing leadership in sustainable land stewardship.”
  • Bert Miller Nature Club – “To preserve, protect, restore and improve the natural resources and environment of the Niagara Peninsula…”
  • Canadian Society of Soil Science – “The Canadian Society of Soil Science (CSSS) is a non-governmental, non-profit organization for scientists, engineers, technologists, administrators and students involved in professional soil science. Its goal is to nurture the discipline of soil science in Canada and ensure its relevance in the future.”
  • Carolinian Canada – “CCC brings together diverse sectors, people and governments to collaboratively steward southwestern Ontario’s unique habitat network, green infrastructure to support thriving wild and human communities in harmony for generations.”
  • Canadian Remote Sensing Society – “To provide a focal point for leadership and excellence to advance the art, science, technologies and applications of remote sensing and related fields.” This is one of many mission/vision statements.
  • NYS GIS Association – “The mission of the New York State GIS Association is to assist, educate, coordinate and guide the implementation, development and maintenance of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) technology in the State of New York.”
  • Climate Action Niagara – “…(a) non-profit environmental organization that provides eco-education and actions on issues relating to climate change to improve resilience in Niagara.”
  • Coalition on the Niagara Escarpment – “CONE is a non-profit alliance of environmental groups, conservation organizations, and concerned citizens and businesses founded in 1978 and dedicated to the protection of Ontario’s Niagara Escarpment.”
  • Friends of Malcolmson Park – “Malcolmson Eco-Park is a unique natural park located in north St. Catharines, Ontario…The Friends of Malcolmson Eco-Park would like you invite you to visit the park and enjoy the natural environment it offers.”
  • Niagara Peninsula Geological Society – Join the NPGS to participate in a number of field trips and other functions including gem, mineral and fossil shows.
  • Niagara Beeway – “Advocating for species native to Niagara. Our objective is to protect existing native flora and fauna communities by restoring and creating native habitat.”
  • Geomatics Association of Nova Scotia – Promoting the development of the Geomatics Industry
  • Canadian Cartographic Society – “Promoting interest in maps and related cartographic materials. Furthering the understanding and knowledge of maps by encouraging research in the field of cartography, both historical and current. Providing for the exchange of ideas and information and for the discussion of mutual concerns, through meetings and by publications. Advancing education in cartography and in the use of maps.
  • Land Care Niagara – “…committed to creating a healthy and sustainable rural and urban environment, consisting of citizens who are knowledgeable and active in land resource management.”
  • Great Lakes Information Network – “The Great Lakes Information Network (GLIN) is a partnership that provides one place online for people to find information relating to the bi-national Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region of North America.”
  • Brock Eco – Brock Eco is a club dedicated to raising environmental awareness among Brock University students, faculty and the local community.
  • Association of Ontario Land Surveyors (AOLS) –  “The Association of Ontario Land Surveyors (AOLS) was established in 1892. It is a self-governing association, responsible for the licensing and governance of professional land surveyors, in accordance with the Surveyors Act. As with all self-governing professions, the AOLS has a responsibility to ensure that the public interest is paramount.” There is also a careers section for students and teachers to access titled Set Your Boundaries.
  • GeoThink.ca – Geothink examines the implications of increasing two-way exchanges of locational information between citizens and governments and the way in which technology shapes, and is shaped by, this exchange. We couple government initiatives for open government and open access to data with citizens’ volunteered geographic contributions, and to spur innovation in operations and government-to-citizen (G2C) interactions.
  • Citizen Science Association – Establish a global community of practice for citizen science. Advance the field of citizen science through innovation and collaboration. Promote the value and impact of citizen science. Provide access to tools and resources that further best practice. Support communication and professional development services. Foster diversity and inclusion within the field.
  • Alliance for Biking and Walking – The Alliance for Biking & Walking creates, strengthens, and unites state and local bicycling and walking advocacy organizations. We give advocates tools to win campaigns that transform communities into great places to bike and walk.
  • Open Geospatial Consortium – “To advance the development and use of international standards and supporting services that promote geospatial interoperability. To accomplish this mission, OGC serves as the global forum for the collaboration of geospatial data / solution providers and users.”
  • Niagara Farm Project – “The Niagara Farm Project is a movement of Niagara Residents determined to increase the availability and accessibility of local, healthy food. If you are someone who wants to be part of something that not only feels good, but also helps change lives, join our team.
  • Niagara Restoration Council – The Niagara Restoration Council (NRC) was originally created in January of 1989 as the Public Advisory Committee (PAC) for the Remedial Action Plan (RAP). The RAP (1989) was initially developed to specifically address the issues of concern within the Niagara River AOC.

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