LaunchPad contains resources for you and your students. In this tutorial, we'll take a detailed look at both types separately. Let's begin with student resources. Click here to go to the landing page of LaunchPad for Fundamentals of the Human Mosaic.
What resources are available for my students?
From your LaunchPad home page, click Resources, then Content by Type. You'll see a list of all the resources available to your students. We'll now take a closer look at each.
Chapter quizzes are short exams at the end of each chapter that address key concepts with twenty multiple-choice questions.
The e-Book is a completely electronic version of the textbook available online, which comes with note-taking and annotating functions, so students can make notes as they read their textbook in its digital format.
Flashcards are study tools for students to use to quiz themselves on key terms from each chapter.
Focus on Geography Articles
In each chapter of the textbook an article from the American Geographical Society’s magazine, Focus on Geography, is provided in full for reinforcement of chapter concepts.
Focus on Geography Quizzes
In addition to a complete article from the Focus on Geography magazine, a short multiple-choice quiz about the article is included but optional.
Geographic Weblinks and Resources
A useful collection of links to external sites and journals, sorted by chapter.
Google Earth Exercises
Each chapter contains exercises with multiple-choice quizzing and step-by-step instructions for working within the Google Earth software for students to study each world region.
Google Earth Guide
This guide is a step-by-step introduction to using Google Earth. Written by Bradley Shellito of Youngstown State University, this guide provides an excellent introduction to the technology and acts as a great reference for students as they learn to use the software.
How to Use Map Builder
This document is a how-to reference guide for students to use as they use the Map Builder program that is exclusive to W.H. Freeman & Co. A brief overview of features and step-by-step instructions are provided so students can easily start using the Map Builder program.
LearningCurve is a formative and adaptive quizzing program that helps students to identify their strengths and weaknesses with course material. This program is ideal for students in a flipped classroom environment.
Map Activities and Resources
A catalog of maps that instructors can use in correlation with the text to teach students about specific land regions - in color and grayscale.
Map Builder Exercises
Map Builder Exercises are region-specific exercises within the Map Builder program, the powerful thematic map-building program exclusive to W.H. Freeman & Co.
Online Mapping Quizzes
Online Mapping Quizzes are web-based mapping exercises that are intended to test a student’s knowledge of country names, city names, and physical features within world regions. These quizzes can be assigned as homework and grades will report directly to the instructor’s gradebook.
Video Activities include Voices of America Videos and Quizzes, which are a series of relevant online videos pertaining to topics within the textbook. Video icons throughout the textbook refer students to the series. Each video also offers a short quiz. More than 300 videos are available to students.
Vocabulary includes a Place Name Pronunciation Guide which lists all places from the textbook and includes audio files so students can hear the proper pronunciation of each place’s name.
What resources are available for instructors?
From the same screen where you've been viewing student resources, you can scroll down to see those available to instructors. Let's now take a closer look at each.
Answers to Google Earth Exercises
Instructors are provided with the answers to the Google Earth Exercises available to students.
Chapter Figure, Photos, and Tables
Instructors have access to a downloadable zip file with all the images from each chapter in the order they appear.
Human Geography DVD
The Human Geography Video Anthology features 25 clips ranging from 1 to 5 minutes that focus on the themes common to human and cultural geography classes.
Human Geography DVD Video Guide
The Human Geography Video guide includes brief descriptions of each clip, vocabulary, and discussion questions for class.
For instructors who like to use Clickers in class, one set of ten multiple-choice questions (per chapter) are provided in PowerPoint format.
Illustration Slides are PowerPoint presentations with the images from each chapter displayed on slides in the order they appear.
Lecture Slides are pre-assembled PowerPoint presentations for each chapter that instructors can use for lectures, or as an outline for custom lecture presentations.