NCGE Webinar Program

The Conference that Lasts All Year Long

The NCGE Webinar Program is a live professional development series that features a robust program of geography educators from around the world. The program offers an opportunity to learn new skills, interact with your colleagues and experience new tools and resources.

Webinar Access

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Whether you are seeking  occasional support through our free and open format or looking for robust year-long support, Our Professional Development Webinar Program is designed to meet your specific needs with three levels of access. 

Access Levels

Open access provides an opportunity for individuals to experience the Professional Development Webinar Program before making a full commitment to the year-long program. 

As part of your NCGE membership benefits package, you gain access to: 

  • Teacher Resources: Includes access to online lesson plans and weekly APHG Bell Ringers.
  • Professional Development: Workshops and GIS training, national events, webinars, and international learning experiences free or at a discounted price.

Not yet a member?  BECOME ONE TODAY!

Sign up for a full access level and receive:

  • A one year individual NCGE membership.
  • On-demand access to NCGE’s conference sessions and presentations through May.
  • Access to on-demand and live interactive professional development webinars  throughout the school year. 

These virtual presentations will follow several strands: PreK/Elementary School, Middle School, APHG, High School, Higher Ed and Special session.  

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Upcoming Webinars

Upcoming Webinar Information

Invitations to Inquiry with FieldScope: Engaging Students with Community & Citizen Science Data

Do you want to support kids in working with maps, graphs, and community and citizen science data sets? BSCS Science Learning has developed Invitations to Inquiry with FieldScope, free instructional activities designed to connect students with environmental data and build their confidence in working with the data to answer questions about the world. This session will focus on using an inquiry model to support students as they map and graph real-world data. Bring your computer and be ready to explore data in FieldScope.
  • December 6, 2021
  • 6:30 - 7:15 PM (EST)
  • Audrey Mohan & Sean O'Connor
  • Strand: Grades 6th -12th
Full Access

The Multimedia Art Approach to Geography in the Classroom

When students are able to use a hands-on approach to the learning different types of geographical perspectives they become better learners. This session will show you how to incorporate art in to any social studies classroom. You will be shown examples of student work across the different disciplines in a social studies department, as well as, the classroom. We will also be delving into how to approach and include the art discipline to achieve a cross curriculum experience. Attendees will be given a lesson plan and shown how to incorporate 3-D or painted geography into their lesson plan to take back to their classroom.
  • December 20, 2021
  • 7:00 - 7:45 PM (EST)
  • Angela Driscoll
  • Strand: Grades 6th -12th
Full Access

Human Geography Activities to Support the SDGs

With the adoption of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015, countries laid out a vision for supporting the well-being for all the world’s people, as well as the environment. In this hands-on/minds-on session, the presenter will engage participants in a classroom activity that introduces students to the SDGs – the aims, importance and status – as well as the interconnections among the different goals. She will also facilitate activities for the classroom that take a deeper look into global inequities as they relate to energy use and climate resilience, and more localized inequities related to waste disposal. Participants will also engage in an activity that examines “needs vs. wants” and how this differs among communities here and around the globe.
  • January 10, 2022
  • 7:00 - 7:45 PM (EST)
  • Lindsey Bailey
  • Strand: Grades 6th -12th
Full Access

Bug Appétit: How Insects are Creating Globally Sustainable Foods

This presentation is designed to introduce participants to the world of insects and how they are changing the global food scene. It is designed to incorporate science and social studies. Participants will learn background information about the environmental impact of trying to feed the world’s population. Through a variety of resources, they will learn about human-environment interaction. Content will focus on global communities, insects as a food source, and climate change. Teaching methods will be both teacher and student-centered. Kinesthetic learning will be used through a National Geographic mapping activity to teach students about different places around the world and insects that they eat. Direct instruction will be given for background information about insects, farming, and environmental impact. Materials will be provided for background reading.
  • January 25, 2022
  • 7:00 - 7:45 PM (EST)
  • Sarah Bailey
  • Strand: Grades 6th -12th
Full Access

Using Personal Travel to Enrich Geography Lessons

How do you use information from personal travel experiences to help connect students to geographic concepts, beyond a typical travel picture slideshow? This session will model methods for incorporating materials collected from personal travel experiences, and also provide information on organizations and fellowships that are available to teachers to help them travel. Through the incorporation of geospatial technologies, photos, and other technologies, teachers can use professional and personal travel to bring meaningful learning experiences back to their own students.
  • December 9, 2021
  • 7:00 - 7:45 PM (EST)
  • Kyle Tredinnick & Kelly Swanson
  • Strand: Grades - Full Spectrum
Full Access

The Anthropocene: How Social Studies Teachers Should Respond

Many scholars refer to the current period in human-environment history as the Anthropocene (the Age of Humans). No place on Earth is unaffected by human influences, and the pace and magnitude of environmental change are accelerating. This reality has both practical and ethical consequences for social studies educators. This session brings together ideas related to the importance of human-environment thinking in geography education and the ethics of what teachers should be doing to better prepare students for college, careers, and civic life in the Anthropocene.
  • January 4, 2022
  • 7:00 - 7:45 PM (EST)
  • Thomas Larsen
  • Strand: Grades - Full Spectrum
Full Access

GIS and Students' Spatial Thinking Skills: Cognitive and Behavioral Impact

For many years, we've discussed the impact of GIS on student learning largely through anecdotes and examples. During this time, the promise of the technology has been real, but elusive, especially in the absence of quantitative studies of its impact. For the past few years, a team of researchers from James Madison, Northwestern, Georgetown and American Universities have been conducting an in-depth study to explore the behavioral and cognitive impact of the use of GIS by high school students. In this session, we will describe the setting for this study (the Geospatial Semester in Virginia), the study's format and the results, including both behavioral and cognitive measures (explored using fMRI). We'll share the growing base of evidence for the impact of GIS in learning and make the case for its impact in classrooms.
  • January 12, 2022
  • 7:00 - 7:45 PM (EST)
  • Bob Kolvoord
  • Strand: High School
Full Access

USING SOCIAL AND MULTIMEDIA TO TEACH AND FACILITATE GEOGRAPHY

Learn how to bring your geography presentations to the next level by using social and multimedia. All grade levels (K-PhD) and types of instruction (online, hybrid, and F2F) will be addressed. Participants will be given specific examples/resources (songs, movies, sitcoms/shows, memes/pictures/images, and videos) they can use to better teach and facilitate geography. Come learn how to make geography fun again!
  • January 31, 2022
  • 7:00 - 7:45 PM (EST)
  • Brian Steinberg & Tyrell Heaton
  • Strand: Grades - Full Spectrum
Full Access

Cartooning in a Geography Classroom

Cartooning in a Geography Classroom uses a PowerPoint presentation to explore the use of newspaper cartoons in grade 7-12 classrooms. After examining the types of newspaper cartooning, participants receive strategies to read and analyze political cartoons. All material relates to the concepts of geographic thinking with suggestions to create computer generated cartoons. Links to cartoon resources are provided.
  • December 14, 2021
  • 7:00 - 7:45 PM (EST)
  • Randy Wilkie
  • Strand: High School
Full Access

Contested Landscapes - Mapping Inequality from Redlining to COVID-19

The legacies of social, economic, and environmental injustices related to redlining are mapped through the work of the Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond. New American History explores how our digital scholarship, including Mapping Inequality, Renewing Inequality, and the Social Vulnerability Index help K16 educators and students visualize complex data using GIS and historical documents to understand how systemic inequities persist in our communities today.
  • January 6, 2022
  • 7:00 - 7:45 PM (EST)
  • Annie Evans
  • Strand: Grades - Full Spectrum
Full Access

Mapping and Making - Geo Maker Institute

In order to increase geography awareness, there has to be training of geographic perspective, content knowledge as well as exposure to ever-advancing geo-technology skills. With a blending of National Geographic Education resources and ESRI geotechnologies, Heidi Ragsdale and STEM is My Future, established the Geo Maker Institute (GMI), which provides training for K-12 teachers and students, focusing on Mapping and Making. The Problem-Based Learning course focuses on this Driving Question: “How can rural educators increase our regional citizens’ Geo-Awareness through GIS and maker training?” This NCGE presentation will include structure of the GMI training, resources for implementation, ideas to share within formal and in-formal learning settings, and ideas for establishing personalized learning networks (PLN) for continued collaboration.
  • January 20, 2022
  • 7:00 - 7:45 PM (EST)
  • Heidi Ragsdale
  • Strand: Grades 6th -12th
Full Access