OnGEO gave a talk, “Reaching into Geography’s Toolbox: Using Web-based Tools to Teach the Geographic Perspective,” in Lansing, Michigan (Oct 18-19) at the 2013 Michigan/Great Lakes Social Studies Conference.

Adrienne, Gary, Beth, and Juliegh shared their experiences using geography’s “toolbox” in the classroom to develop students’ geographic perspective and explore geography and the world in an engaging way. To assist teachers in this journey, the onGEO group has prepared a series of handouts intended for use in the classroom. Copies of these handouts can be downloaded and shared freely using the links below.

– Presentation Introduction, Packet Overview, and Activity Summaries (pdf)
– Presentation Abstract (pdf)
Activity: Historical Storytelling with Maps (docx) (pdf)
Activity: Road Trip (docx) (pdf)
Activity: Growth of World Cities (docx) (pdf)
Activity: Earth from Above (docx) (pdf)
Activity: Scavenger Hunt (docx) (pdf)
Resource: Teacher’s Guide for Using Google Earth and Flickr (docx) (pdf)
Resource: Resources and Online ‘Freeware’ (docx) (pdf)

Feel free to contact us ( if you have any questions or would like to talk about ideas or give us feedback. We would love to hear from you.

All materials provided on this page were created by the onGEO (Online Geography) group and our amazing Instructors* at Michigan State University and are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

*Many, many thanks to our Instructors who helped to write these activities for the presentation handout: Minting Ye, Peter Koh, Cristina Benton, Michelle Li, Ellis Adams, Laura Johnson, Jeremy McWhorter, Jeanette Eckert, and Dan Kowalski. You guys/gals are the best!


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