National Geographic : 1991 Mar
THE PRESIDENT'S REPORT ON THE Education Foundation Lesson of the Week: Global Interdependence Celebrities and elected officials took to the classroom in November during National Geography Awareness Week. Alex Trebek (right, at left), host of the TV quiz show Jeopardy!and moderator of the National Geogra phy Bee finals, joined me in a Bur bank, California, elementary school to teach a lesson on global inter dependence, showing how even sim ple products require raw materials from many nations. In Virginia, Senator Charles Robb taught a high school class on the global impact of that state's goods. The Society sent lesson-plan kits, underwritten by Citibank, to some 150,000 teachers across the country. New Maps to Tell Story of Canada With this issue the Society embarks on a new map se ries: "The Making of Canada." From Newfoundland to British Columbia and from southern Ontario to the Arctic Ocean, Can ada encompasses more territory than any other nation except the Soviet Union. Yet much of Canada is too austere for anything but spo radic settlement, and much of it is too frigid for profitable farming. Guided by eminent Canadian ge ographers R. Cole Harris and John Warkentin, "The Making of Can ada" tells the story of this nation in six double-sided maps, each depict ing a distinctive region (below), bound to the others by common threads of geography and history. MARIASTENZEL The first map, Quebec (outlined in red), comes at a crucial time in history as La Belle Province de Qu6 bec contemplates secession from the confederation. To make it possible for teachers and students to share these new per spectives on Canada, the Society plans to distribute 120,000 maps over the multiyear life of the project to educators at our summer institutes. Geography Games for Computer Age ith the push of a button you find yourself on R.M.S . BTitanic, exploring cabins, looking at menus in dining rooms, THE and meeting passengers as you steam NORTH toward an iceberg. This suspenseful adventure takes place when you try one of the Soci UE ety's 21 interactive features on Prod igy, an on-line computer service initiated by IBM and Sears. About 600,000 Americans sub A scribe to Prodigy, which can be accessed at home by personal com puters. The on-line features add a new chapter to the Society's history . of harnessing modern technology to SAT ANTI diffuse geographic knowledge. S 7-CAN ADA ONTARIO NH CAIO GAHIC DIVISION THE NATIONALGEOGRAPHICSOCIETYEDUCATIONFOUNDATIONWAS ESTABLISHEDIN 1988 TO HELP RAISEANDDISTRIBUTEFUNDSFOR EDUCATIONALANDSCIENTIFICPROGRAMS.