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World of 7 Billion Video Contest
Bring technology and creativity into your high school geography classroom by incorporating the World of 7 Billion video contest into your syllabi. Challenge your students to create a short (60 seconds or less) video illustrating the connection between world population at seven billion and one of the following: climate change, global poverty, or water sustainability. Students can win up to $1,000 and their teachers will receive free curriculum resources. ... Full story »

New executive committee members selected!
New executive committee members selected, click here for details. Full story »

Schools vie for cool trip
The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is again partnering with Parks Canada for Canada’s Coolest School Trip, a contest in which students can win a trip to a Parks Canada site. Last year’s winning class visited the Fortress of Louisbourg and Cape Breton Highlands National Park. For more information, visit Full story »

The Coppermine 2012 Expedition Lesson Plans
The primary purpose of The Coppermine 2012 Expedition was to develop educational materials that bring the journey into Canadian classrooms, contributing in a positive manner to the understanding and appreciation of Northern Canada through various forms of media, such as film and photography. The educational lesson plans (downloadable PDFs) are meant to expand our appreciation of the geography and knowledge of this remote region of Canadian wilderness, ... Full story »

Team Canada takes home silver
Team Canada takes home silver at the National Geographic World Championship in St. Petersburg, Russia, July 29 31, 2013. Read more at the Geography Challenge web site. Full story »

Team Canada takes on the world
Geography Challenge winners head to St. Petersburg, Russia for World Championships Full story »

Giant floor map news
They’re as big as half a school gymnasium and weigh more than 45 kilograms, and this fall, they’ll be helping Canadian students learn about their country in engaging new ways. Here’s a quick rundown of Canadian Geographic Education’s three latest giant floor maps. Parks Canada: Places and Spaces for Everyone The map highlights Canada’s national parks, historic sites and marine conservation areas. It made its public debut on Canada Day, in Ottawa’s ... Full story »

Boreal Forest Giant Floor Map
Forest maps don’t get any bigger than this. The latest giant floor map (GFM) produced by Canadian Geographic Education — the Boreal Forest — was unveiled in May in Toronto. The boreal GFM was created in partnership with the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement (CBFA) secretariat to help educate Canadian students about the important issues related to the management of the enormous wooded region that cuts across most of the country. Teachers can now reserve ... Full story »

RCGS Giant floor maps
Canadian Geographic Education’s giant floor map program is a free resource offered to Canadian teachers from Kindergarten to grade 12. Each floor map comes complete with a trunk of additional supplies to further enhance students’ experience including map legends, activity cards, props and more. In addition, a teacher guide with ten curriculum-linked activities will help bring the map to life. Full story »

Innovation in Geography Teaching award
Teachers who go above and beyond to make the subject of geography relevant and interesting will have their efforts recognized with a new award from Canadian Geographic Education. The Innovation in Geography Teaching award, which will be presented in November, honours a Canadian teacher (grades K to 12) who has made significant contributions to increasing students’ level of geographic literacy. The winning teacher will receive $1,250, and another ... Full story »

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