COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 1

January 5, 2006

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Patricia I. Wright

Acting Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

World Geography Connects: 1500 A.D. to the Present An Interactive Online Geography Course Beginning February 27, 2006

 

World Geography Connects: 1500 A.D. to the Present, an interactive online course for Virginia teachers, will be offered for the first time this spring. This class supports the Standards of Learning for teaching World History from 1500 A.D. to the present. The class is free for Virginia teachers who wish to earn up to 45 license renewal points, or it may be taken for three graduate credits 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 online at that website. Teachers may register from January 9, 2006 to February 3, 2006, and the class starts February 27, 2006. The course ends April 7, 2006.

 

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. Teachers will find many ideas, resources, and links that will assist them in the classroom. The course includes the following five topics:

 

Dr. Don Zeigler, a professor of geography at Old Dominion University since 1980, will teach the course. He works regularly with Virginia teachers to improve their instruction to meet the Standards of Learning. Please contact him at dzeigler@odu.edu or at (757) 683-3841 for information about earning graduate credit. Although the course content is the same for everyone, teachers enrolled in World Geography Connects: 1500 A.D. to the Present for credit will be required to complete a lesson or unit plan.

 

For more information, please contact Beverly Thurston, Beverly.Thurston@doe.virginia.gov, coordinator, history and social science, Office of Middle and High School Instruction, at (804) 225-2893.

 

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