The high school social science department has implemented a new class in their curriculum. There is a need nationwide to have more geography at the high school level. Studies have shown many students and adults don’t know enough about the locations of places that are in our current news. Here are a few of the reasons why geography is important.
Studying geography helps us to have an awareness of a place. All places and spaces have a history behind them, shaped by humans, earth, and climate. Studying geography gives a meaning and awareness to places and spaces. It also helps students with spatial awareness on the globe. Understanding direction and where things are in the world is still a vital skill, despite having easy access to this information online.
One of the tools we use at Lexington High School for mapping and awareness where places are located is seterra.com. They use the blank maps to find, label, and color each map. They can study for the map test by playing an online game where it asks the location of a country, the students click on the map and it notifies them if it is correct or incorrect. The students like preparing for the map test using this tool. The teachers have seen an increase in scores by using this technique and it is a fun way to study geography.