Visit the EarthView web site to meet the team and learn about the project.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Mitchell Elementary School - Bridgewater

N 41° 58' 36.3504"
W 70° 58' 52.5"
Source: Steve Morse

Our last visit of the school year will be to one of our closest neighbors. We are looking forward to bringing EarthView to the George Mitchell Elementary School.

Some geographically interesting events on this day in history include:

1661 Isaac Newton began studying Trinity College, Cambridge; he later described the law of gravity
1846 Telegraph line opened between Philadelphia and Baltimore
1907 Automatic washer and dryer were introduced
1945 U.S., U.K., U.S.S.R., France declared authority over Germany
1947 Secretary of State George C. Marshall outlined Marshall Plan for rebuilding Europe after World War II
1972 U.N. Conference on Human Environment opened in Stockholm, Sweden
1979 Seychelles adopted its constitution -- Seychelles National Day
1991 Space Shuttle Columbia 12 launched
also in 1991 Mikhail Gorbachev received the Nobel Peace Prize

Learn more events and birthdays at Brainy History.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Dennett Elementary, Plympton

N 41° 58' 22.269"
W 70° 48' 4.8485"

Source: Steve Morse

On May 29, we are pleased to be making our first visit to Plympton with EarthView (though team member Dr. James goes to Plympton often to visit his favorite farm. A number of geographically interesting events took place on this day in history:

1990 Boris Yeltsin is elected president of the Russian republic
1989 Student protesters in China construct a replica of Statue of Liberty
1953 Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norkay are 1st to reach summit of Everest
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During most of our EarthView visits, we describe how Mount Everest was formed. We'll make a special point of it in this visit.

As always, we invite Dennett students and teachers to post questions and comments following our visit!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

EarthView in the Tantasqua Town Common

During the first year of the EarthView program, the EarthView team has been pleasantly surprised to find how many small, independent newspapers are operating in our region. We have been very impressed with the commitment many of these papers have to their local schools. This article about EarthView by Town Common reporter Jennifer Grybowski is a shining example.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Quabbin Regional Middle School

N 42° 23' 59.7646"
W 72° 6' 45.5674"
Source: Steven Morse

At the invitation of our colleague Erin Stevens, the EarthView Team is doing a special evening presentation. This will be the first time that we have taken EarthView to two schools in a single day. The evening program at Quabbin will also be the first time that students using EarthView in one room will be using our large-scale flat map (a giant jigsaw puzzle, really) of the United States in another.

Students can post follow-up questions on the blog or take our lat-long challenge. Using latitude and longitude, find the shortest distance between the two schools EarthView is visiting on May 21.

Tantasqua Regional Junior High School

N 42° 9' 8.9575"
W 72° 7' 46.4977"

Source: Steven Morse

We are delighted to be taking EarthView to the school where one of our team members spent most of her teaching career. Tantasqua is where Ms. Rosalie Sokol became a geography teacher, so it is a very exciting place to visit as the first year of the EarthView program nears its conclusion. About 250 Tantasqua students will have been added to the more than 8,000 students reached by Project EarthView in its inaugural year.

GEO Quiz -- from Public Radio International

The GEO Quiz from PRI's The World is not like most geography quizzes. Each question is a geography lesson unto itself, with follow-up information from the radio program.
Play GEO quiz online or on the radio (WGBH-Boston and many other stations) to test your geographic knowledge and build new knowledge at the same time.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Creating Global Schools

N 42 ° 21' 11.5"
W 71 ° 3' 17.3"


On May 12, EarthView coordinators and Professors of Geography, Dr. Domingo and Dr. Hayes-Bohanan will be participating in an exciting program about international education. Over 130 leaders from the education, business, policy, and international communities of Boston will come together for an important conversation about globalizing education. The featured panelists will be the Consuls General for Boston of Cape Verde, Spain and Japan.

Bridgewater State College has a strong tradition of involvement in Cape Verde, where we work closely with the Ministry of Education on various initiatives and in Japan, where the very first teacher's college was established by a Bridgewater Normal School graduate over a century ago.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Edgar B. Davis School, Brockton (May 8 & 15)

N 42 ° 3' 14.5"
W 70 ° 59' 58.4"

The EarthView team will be visiting the Davis School in Brockton on both May 8 and May 15. We are making two visits because this is a combined elementary and middle school that hosts many of our education students, particularly our international students pursuing education careers.

The team is especially looking forward to this visit to a school with which Bridgewater State College has many strong connections.

We anticipate a lot of good questions during our visit. Davis students can use the "comments" link below to send us questions about geography before or after our visits!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Trinity Catholic Academy, Brockton

N 42 ° 4' 51.2" W 71 ° 0' 23.0"

The EarthView team enjoyed the welcoming atmosphere of Trinity Academy on May 1. Students were curious and appreciative, and the attentive teachers and staff ensured a very pleasant experience.

It was great to meet yet another BSC Geography alumna. Ms. Yvette Joyce's class had a lot of great geography questions to ask!

Team member Dr. James promised the fifth graders a link to his web pages about his 2003 study tour in Cuba. It will be interesting to see what happens now that the U.S. government is starting -- in very small ways -- to change its approach to this very interesting country.

Thanks, Trinity students for your attention and your great questions during the EarthView visit. Post more questions here, and we will try to find some answers!