The Crossroads of America and Geo-Literacy
In 1983, a group of K-12 educators and post-secondary Geographers met to discuss the lack of Geographic literacy among Indiana's students. At that time, the members established the Geography Educators' Network of Indiana in order to address their concerns, and through several small grants and donations, GENI became a not-for-profit that hosted a newsletter, professional development opportunities, and conference engagement.
In 1989, GENI joined forces with the National Geographic Society's Geography Alliance Network, which furthered the capacity of the Alliance regarding resources, funds, and shared national programs and goals. Since its establishment, GENI has directly and indirectly worked with over 8,000 educators, which roughly equates to over one million students. Indiana has one of the country's best sets of Geography Academic Standards, vertically and horizontally, because GENI enables Geography education advocates from all walks of life to mobilize on behalf of a desire for more globally literate and competitive citizens and employees.
Geography Book Blog
The Indiana Geographic Alliance provides a Geography book blog, which can be found at http://www.iupui.edu/~geni or http://geni.iupui.edu. Blog picks come from a lengthy list of suggestions from K-12 educators, post-secondary geographers and education methodologists, and geospatial technology specialists -- they are engaging, educational, and provide lots of material for classroom learning!
- Feb. 11-13, Hoosier Association of Science Teachers Inc. Annual Conference
- March 27, Indiana Geographic Bee @ IUPUI
- April 17, Digital Public Library Assn. Workshop @ IN State Library
- May 7, Government Information Day @ IN State Library
- May 12-13, Indiana Geographic Information Council Annual Conference
Two-Hundred Years: Mapping Indiana's Bicentennial July 12-16, 2015 South-Central IN
A professional development opportunity for Indiana educators will focus on our great state's bicentennial, which will occur in 2016. The Institute will coordinate field experiences with resource creation: for example, The Leora Brown School, Historic Corydon, Falls of the Ohio State Park, Beck's Mill, Schimpff's Confectionary... and MUCH more. Participants will contribute to the creation of 10'x10' county maps - on vinyl - in collaboration with the statewide network of GIS professionals; along with the Giant County Maps, a County Timeline incorporating county/state/nation/world events will be created ... all accompanied by suggested activities. The County Maps and Timelines will become "legacy" geographic literacy resources to be used by schools, libraries, museums, surveyors, mayors, GIS specialists...citizens. Recognized by the Indiana Bicentennial Commission. Watch the GENI website for additional details: http://www.iupui.edu/~geni.
Opportunities for families and citizens to become engaged in the event are being created to enable everyone to experience the past two-hundred years of Indiana's foundation that will lead into another two-hundred years of amazing things.
GeoSpatial Inter-Actives for IN High School & Middle School Students: Land Use Change, Water & Drought, and Natural Hazards (educator lesson plans, resource suggestions, PDF tutorials, and on-line inter-actives) linked to Advanced Placement Human Geography & Geography and History of the World for high school students AND natural hazards for middle school students.
- IUPUI Department of Geography
- IU School of Liberal Arts @ IUPUI
- Indiana Council for Economic Education
- Indiana Council for the Social Studies
- Indiana Department of Education
- Indiana Geographic Information Council
- Indiana Geographic Information Officer
- Indiana Geological Survey
- INView @ Purdue University
Indiana Geographic Education Endowment Contributors
- Cummins, Inc., Columbus IN