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Professional Development

State Geographic Alliances
Find and join your local geography alliance, part of a national network of K-12 teachers, university geographers, and others dedicated to improving geography education.

Earthwatch Institute
Head into the field on an Earthwatch expedition, or learn how to get your students involved.

National Council for Geographic Education
Learn about NCGE's institutes for K-12 educators, including training for AP Human Geography teachers.

U.S. Department of State
The U.S. State Department has links to educational exchange and other programs.


GIS Careers
A 2003 Department of Labor report cited geospatial technology as a top-three emerging industry. Help your students learn more about it with this GIS career guide.

Global Schools
Preview this Asia Society guidebook to assist secondary schools in developing students' international knowledge and skills.

National Geographic Children's Books Library World
Find hundreds of books and atlases for your library or classroom. Search using multiple criteria, such as grade levels, subject areas, and correlations to your own state's standards of learning.

National Parks Service: Field Trip Center
Let your class step out of the textbook and experience the past, the natural world, and their heritage, in three dimensions.

Sea World/Busch Gardens
Plan a trip, take a virtual visit, meet animals online, and more.


Goldman Sachs Prizes in International Education
Learn more about this program which seeks to identify and recognize the most promising and successful examples of international education in the United States.

National Geographic Bee
Schools with students in grades four through eight are eligible to participate in the National Geographic Bee. Find out how to get your school involved.

NG Kids Hands-On Explorer Challenge
Encourage kids to explore their world everywhere, everyday, then enter to win a trip of a lifetime.

Lesson Plans and Curricula

National Geographic Education Programs
Explore a world of geography-related resources and programs: Geography Action!, NG's Giant Travelling Maps, lesson plans and activities, and more.

Asia Society Lesson Plans
Get lesson plans for all grade levels.

EarthCaching for Schools
Use a GPS and the EarthCaching website to locate and visit places that represent unique geoscience features or aspects of our Earth.

Geographic Resources From the Smithsonian
Select a continent and find rich online resources that span the globe.

Juicy Geography
This site, run by a U.K. geography teacher, includes teaching ideas and resources.

Peace Corps: Building Bridges
Short, adaptable lesson plans and activities designed to build cross-cultural awareness, respect, and communication.

United Nations Global Classrooms Curriculum
This UN curriculum includes comprehensive lesson plans and in-depth resources.

Maps and GIS

ESRI ArcExplorer GIS for Education
Learn about using GIS in schools, and download a free, lightweight GIS tool for exploring geographic data.

Google Earth
Explore the world with this 3-D globe. Type in an address and zoom right down to street-level.

Maps: Tools for Adventure
Use maps to solve problems and save animals with the See GIS in Action game from Maps: Tool for Adventure

My World GIS
Download a trial version of this GIS for use in middle school through college geography and geosciences courses involving investigations of geographic data.

National Geographic MapMachine
Explore National Geographic's award-winning atlas maps online.

National Geographic Xpeditions Outline Maps
These black-and-white outline maps are perfect for reports, homework, and classroom handouts. Choose the level of detail you want each map to have.


Channel One
Get U.S. and world news, watch videos, play quizzes, and more.

CNN Student News
Get CNN news programming created specifically for educators.

National Geographic News
Get daily news-on animals and nature, science, archaeology, and much more-with a global perspective.

New York Times Learning Network
Keep current with world news, get the word of the day, take a daily news quiz, and more.


Asia Society Images
Search the AskAsia site for photos and other images.

National Geographic Photo of the Day
Search or browse National Geographic's archive of hundreds of photos.

National Geographic Photo Galleries
See collections of photos on topics such as animals, history and culture, and weather.

World Wildlife Fund Photo Galleries
Flip through photo galleries on animals from pandas to polar bears.

Cross-Cultural Learning

Find classrooms for pen pal exchanges and cross-cultural learning projects.

Global Nomads Group
Use interactive technologies to connect classrooms with young people from around the world to learn about and discuss global issues that affect their lives.

Learn more about this K-12 network that enables young people worldwide to use the Internet and digital media to collaborate on educational projects.

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