COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
P.O. BOX 2120
RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120
SUPTS. MEMO NO. 83
May 25, 2001
INFORMATIONAL
 
TO: Division Superintendents
FROM: Jo Lynne DeMary
Superintendent of Public Instruction
SUBJECT: Geography Connects An Interactive On-line Geography Course Beginning June 25, 2001

Geography Connects, an interactive on-line course for Virginia teachers to support the Standards of Learning for teaching World History to 1500 AD, will be offered this summer. The class is free for Virginia teachers, who may earn 30 recommended recertification points, or it may be taken for one graduate credit through Old Dominion University.

The class will be offered on the Internet at http://geoconnects.pwnet.org and is supported with a CD-ROM. Registration may be completed on-line at that website. Teachers must register by June 18 and the class starts June 25. The course ends on August 3.

The goals of the course are as follows:

The course consists of five components, each of which is expected to take approximately three hours. Each component includes learning and practice activities, letters from the instructor, resource links, a discussion board, and quizzes. The CD-ROM contains videos that explain the subject matter being discussed. Teachers will find many ideas, resources, and links that will assist them in the classroom. The course includes the following five topics: the geography behind history, world political map, geography of religion, trade and commerce as shaped by geography and technology, and ancient Egypt and the Fertile Crescent.

Don Zeigler, a professor of geography at Old Dominion University since 1980, will teach the course. He regularly works with Virginia teachers to improve their ability to teach the Standards of Learning.

For more information, please contact, Beverly Thurston (mailto:bthursto@pen.k12.va.us), specialist, history and social science, office of middle instructional services, at (804) 225-2893.

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