#GeoEdChat 2: How do you use social media and Web 2.0 resources to teach about geography? A think piece by Kevin Suess.

The second #GeoEdChat will be this Wednesday at 8 p.m. Eastern and the topic will be on how geography teachers are using Web 2.0 technology and the Internet to better their teaching. As the classroom becomes more digital and schools begin to offer 1:1 technology and Bring Your Own Device(BYOD) for students, the options for interacting and collaborating becomes limitless. Not only do students have a multitude of options regarding this technology but geography teachers do as well. As we approach the upcoming #geoedchat, here are some things to consider:

1. How are you using Facebook, Google Drive/Hangouts, Skype, Twitter, and other social media to interact with other professionals and content area experts around the world? How have you used these tools to bring the outside world into your classroom?

2. What websites/resources (Scoop.it, Diigo, Google Drive, Evernote etc.) have you found useful to curate and document the plethora of geography related resources for your professional development and for the enrichment of your students?

3. How have you used these tools within the classroom to help with geography related learning specifically with students?

3. Are there other tools online that you have discovered that help bring the outside world into your classroom?

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#GeoEdChat Poll 2 with Kevin Suess

#GeoEdChat 2 takes place at 8pm Eastern on February 13th. That’s 1am in London, 7pm in San Jose, 11pm in Brasilia and 5pm in LA. It’s being moderated by Kevin Suess (@NormalGeo), a Geography Teacher and Department Chair, National Geographic Grosvenor Fellow, National Board Certified Teacher, and V.P. of Illinois Geographical Society. Kevin lives in Normal, Illinois. Here he suggests four different topics for as to discuss in this, the first #GeoEdChat that’s focussed on the Americas!

Social Media:

How are you using Web 2.0 technology and social media like Skype, Twitter, Facebook, Scoop.it to teach Geography? Are you connecting with experts or other classrooms to help illustrate concepts and issues related to geography?

Migration:
What resources do you use to teach about the movement of people around the globe? How do you teach about current refugee issues in places like Syria, Mali, South Sudan, etc.?

Population:

What online resources do you use to teach about density, distribution, and scale related to population? Are there particular websites that you prefer to use in teaching about patterns of composition such as age, sex, race, and ethnicity?

Urbanization:

How do you use GIS technology to examine a variety of issues related to cities and urban land use? What resources do you use to teach about different models of internal city structure?