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Geo-literacy Explained for Teachers

February 21, 2014
Geo literacy is an important concept that is not squarely addressed in our teaching curricula. We are mostly concerned with preparing our kids for future job markets and in so doing we deprive them of the understanding pivotal for their future decision making. Whether  making decisions about where to live or what precautions to take for natural hazards, our kids need to learn how to be able to use geographic reasoning and geographic understanding to better connect with their environment.

I am sharing with you these two wonderful videos from National Geographic Education to help you better  instruct your kids about the concept of geo-literacy. Below are some of the notes I highlighted from it:

What is Geo-literacy ?
It is preparation for decision making in the 21st century. It is all about helping people make decisions that they need to make to involve understanding and reading about their world.

Components of Geo-literacy :

        1-Interactions :
 Understanding the world in terms of systems ( social systems, environmental systems ) and  how humans and environment interact with each other.

It involves geographic reasoning. It is about how one place in the world is connected to another place. It is also about   the qualities that can make good or bad places for doing things

 This one is about decision making, to be able to systematically reason and understand how things are connected to make good decisions in the 21st century.

Read this article for more details on these components and for more resources on the meanings of geo-literacy.

1- What is Geo literacy ?

2- Why Geo Literacy is Important ?