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A global perspective

NEH students connect with other Iowa, international schools

August 29, 2012
Teresa Wood ( , The Daily Freeman Journal

BLAIRSBURG - The Geography Global Project is giving Northeast Hamilton seventh graders the opportunity to share information with schools across the state, nation and globe.

The project was developed by NEH social studies teacher Leslie Keehn and is designed to allow students to make a global connection via Twitter and the Internet.

Currently, six schools have signed on to the project, said Keehn. Two schools in Iowa are incorporating the project into its curriculum in addition to schools in Hawaii, Canada and Scotland.

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Jacob Van Houten, Connor Pruismann, Luke Rapp and Wes Wynkoop are working on a global geography project in their seventh grade social studies class. The project was created by their teacher, Leslie Keehn. The project will connect students through the Internet and Twitter and allow them to exchange information as it pertains to their location. Four other schools in Iowa are participating as well as schools in Canada, Hawaii and Scotland.

"As a staff, we are encouraged to make a connection," said Keehn of implementing the Internet as a tool for classroom studies.

To prepare for the first assignment, the students reviewed the five categories of geography. Those categories include location, place, human environment, movement and regions.

Using those guidelines, students will use a recording device with internet capabilities such as flip phones or Ipods to record the characteristics of Blairsburg, Williams, Kamrar and other Hamilton County locations.

Those characteristics will include buildings, land formations, products, animals, soil, vegetation, modes of transportation, regional apparel and roads.

Keehn's 16 NEH students have been working this week on identifying these characteristics and will soon venture out of the classroom to start recording what they have identified as representative of Blairsburg and Hamilton County.

The next step will be to exchange that information with their counterparts around the world. Then looking forward, the students will take what they will have learned this quarter and next quarter they will work with Passport as an extension activity, she said.



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