Isn't it strange to see how rapidly the studies of geography, cultures and governments are changing?
Our students hear stories about countries far and wide daily on TV and radio - Darfur, Iran, Iraq, Syria, North Korea, and of course kazhakstan (the home of Borat)
How can you help these names to have meaning for them? Up-to-date information through the Discover Education Interactive Atlas is a great starting point:
login to your United Streaming account and check out: http://www.unitedstreaming.com/hotbox/atlas/index.cfm
Groups of students can work on individual countries and expand what they find with the following sites.
WORLDTIME® is a service featuring an interactive world atlas and information on local time as well as sunrise and sunset times in several hundred cities worldwide.
GoogleEarth - this is installed on all the new computers.
Podcast tutorials on using GoogleEarth: http://kokae.libsyn.com/
Helpful Hints: http://earth.google.com/tour/
Use Quickmaps (http://quickmaps.com)
Use Google Maps - http://maps.google.com
find distances and check out the topography.
Or go to space for NASA earth images: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/earth/
Geography today is fun and dynamic - if you have further links, add them under comments