WorldGeoChat is my new best bud. I couldn’t be happier.
I get the chance to meet lots of people around the country. And I consider almost all of those people to be friends of mine, even the Denver Bronco tee shirt wearer folks.
But I just found a new best friend. And I couldn’t be happier.
WorldGeoChat has a relatively new website with a bit longer Twitter hashtag presence. And while I’m just getting to know them, am pretty sure that we’ll end up together for the long term.
Seriously. This is good stuff.
Worldgeochat began in 2014 when Chris Hefferman and Ed Casey began hosting a monthly geography conversation. Later, Peter Spiegel, Jennifer Garner, and Sam Mandeville joined the moderation team of WorldGeoChat. And just so you know – they are world geo gurus.
So the WorldGeoChat site and their weekly Twitter chats is an awesome one/two punch of geography goodness. If you’re a geography teacher – and even if you’re not – you’re going to find stuff here that you can use.
Handy tools. Strategy suggestions. Lesson plan ideas. All things you’re going to find on their blog.
Need some examples? How about a post on why we shouldn’t have kids memorize maps? How about one that helps with the “vocab avalanche?” Or one that shares three powerful ways to integrate geo themes into a variety of content areas?
Maybe it’s my own love of old maps and new geo tech and Google tools and nerdy geography trivia that’s got me hooked but I truly believe there’s stuff here that can help all of us and our kids get smarter.
So start with the blog. Then check out their chat schedule and make plans to follow and participate on their weekly #worldgeochat every Tuesday at 9 Eastern/8 Central. (Not big into Twitter yet? Not sure how Twitter chats work and what they exactly look like? Start with this quick tutorial and overview.)
Because once you do, you find out – just as I did – that #worldgeochat needs to be your new best bud.
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Glenn is a curriculum and tech integration specialist, speaker, and blogger with a passion for technology and social studies. He delivers engaging professional learning across the country with a focus on consulting, presentations, and keynotes. Find out more about Glenn and how you might learn together by going to his Speaking and Consulting page.