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UPDATE: New AP Course in GIS&T

With support from the Geography Education National Implementation Project (GENIP), the American Association of Geographers (AAG) has developed a proposal for a new Advanced Placement course in Geographic Information Science and Technology (AP GIS&T).

All U.S. high schools, colleges, and universities are invited to review the proposal by visiting www.apgist.org.

AP GIS&T is designed to introduce high school students to the fundamentals of geographic information science and applications of powerful geospatial technologies for spatial analysis and problem solving. Together with AP Human Geography, AP GIS&T offers an opportunity to engage students in outstanding geographic learning experiences and promote awareness of the many college and career opportunities available in the discipline.

The AP GIS&T course proposal has attracted broad support from prominent scientific and educational organizations, as well as major technology employers such as Google.

For AP GIS&T to become a reality, the AAG needs to collect attestations from 250 U.S. high schools confirming that they have the interest and capacity to offer the course. Similar assurances are needed from 100 colleges and universities that they would be willing to offer some form of credit to students who demonstrate proficiency on the AP GIS&T exam.

The AAG invites high school principals and academic department chairpersons to consider adding their institution to the list of AP GIS&T supporters by completing the brief attestation form at www.apgist.org. The AAG’s goal is to complete the attestation process by October 1, 2016.

Have questions about AP GIS&T? Contact the AAG at ap_gist@aag.org.


10 ESSA Issues to Consider

This report provides insight into key areas of the Every Student Succeeds Act that have prompted questions and concerns from education leaders and policymakers as they prepare to implement this new law: http://www.ecs.org/essa-quick-guides-on-top-issues/



Journal of Geography – AP Human Geography issue

The Journal of the National Council for Geographic Education’s Issue 3 2016 is  special edition dedicated to AP Human Geography. Click this link to see the list of articles in this issue. Journal of Geography. If you are interested in a particular article, contact Idaho Geographic Alliance and request a copy.

App for AP Human Geography

Developed by three experienced AP® Human Geography* teachers who decided to create an iPhone app to help students prepare for the AP Human Geography exam.  To accomplish this feat, we enlisted the help of 28 other APHG teachers from around the country (with 300 years combined APHG experience) to write questions for students to study.
The app is an app study platform that looks and acts like a game.  Students can practice hundreds of vocabulary words in the app and then start answering questions.  Or, the student can jump right into the questions.  There are 5 levels of difficulty of traditional APHG questions from each unit of APHG, as well as bonus and double bonus rounds.  The bonus round questions focus on general geographic information to help students contextualize questions, as well as provide information which might prove useful on APHG exam free response questions.
The iScore5™ APHG app is now ready for students to use. The iPhone app is a study platform students will relate to and perhaps increase their study time and effectiveness. Click on this link for more information: http://www.iscore5.com/apreg-human-geo.html

NAT GEO Education subscription discount

Click for information on an educator discount for National Geographic subscriptions in digital or print format.

BioBlitz Education

Engage students in citizen science. A BioBlitz can happen in most any geography—urban, rural, or suburban—in as large an area as a national park or small as a schoolyard. Biologists often measure the population of particular species or study an environment’s biodiversity, but a BioBlitz brings together the expertise of multiple scientists and naturalists with the power of citizens, including students, willing to take a snapshot of an area’s biodiversity in about 24 hours.

If you have lesson plans, websites, project ideas, funding opportunities or something else that you would like to share with the large IGEO community, please go to the Contact Us page and fill out the form with the relevant information.  If it includes a file attachment, please email Operations Manager Patrick Olsen at polsen@uidaho.edu  We look forward to hearing your ideas!

Nat Geo Explorer Magazine

Classroom subscriptions to National Geographic’s Explorer Magazine are now available for the 2016-17 school year. Explorer’s nonfiction content is authentic and engaging, and supports both reading and science standards. Subscriptions are available in print or digital, starting at only $4.50 per student. Learn more at NatGeoEd.org/ExplorerMag.


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