2017 LDSHE Presentations
Updated: Apr 22, 2020
It was wonderful to be able to present at the 2017 Latter-Day Saint Home Educators conference in Williamsburg, VA! I wanted to make available the slides and handouts from my presentations. LDSHE charges a small fee to access the audio recordings their listening library (specific links below)
How Maps Lie
This presentation was geared toward the teenagers and had some fun activities to teach about how to think critically about maps that we interact with on a daily basis.
Abstract: All maps lie, but some stretch the truth more than others. Come find out the power maps have for good (or for bad) to be visual storytellers. From a real-life mapmaker, get the behind-the-scenes scoop on why all maps lie and what you can (or cannot) do about it. You’ll come away knowing how to think critically about the maps splashed in front of you on the internet, TV, or in newspapers, magazines, and textbooks.
Without Geography, You're Nowhere!
This presentation was geared toward the parents and included some of the content from "How Maps Lie" and added details about how we teach geography in our home. Lots of resources in the handout!
Abstract: All bad puns aside, geography is perhaps the greatest of all educational disciplines. It is so much a part of who we are and what we do. Where do you live? Why are cities built where they are? How does the environment affect how you live, work, and play? What is behind the migration of birds, shipping of goods, or resettlement of tens of thousands of pioneer Saints? What’s the weather like today? Which way should you take to the park? The answers to all these questions deal with geography. Combining so many other disciplines from the physical and social sciences, geography is everywhere (pun definitely intended). Come find out how geography intersects all that you do and teach, plus how-to tips and fun ways to teach Geography at all age levels.