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 World Regional Geography Concepts.
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.
Downloadable Student Resources
A collection of supplemental student material including Map Outlines, Guides, and an Atlas.
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.
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.
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 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.
Place Name Pronunciation Guide
A guide that provides audio clips of the proper pronunciation of geographic areas discussed in the book.
Population Map Analysis Exercises
Population Map Analysis Exercises are quizzes that can be assigned as homework or classwork, for each chapter of the text. Each has a different animated map and accompanying set of short answer questions.
Practice quizzes are short exams at the end of each chapter that address content. Twenty multiple-choice questions address key concepts from the chapter.
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.
A collection of supplemental videos, instructors can use in class or assign to further explain concepts covered in the text.
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 Figures, Photos, and Tables (.zip)
Instructors have access to a downloadable zip file with all the images from each chapter in the order they appear.
For instructors who like to use Clickers in class, ten multiple-choice questions (per chapter) are provided on Word documents.
Illustration Slides are PowerPoint presentations with the images from each chapter displayed on slides in the order they appear.
Instructor's Resource Manual
The Instructor’s Resource Manual is provided to instructors as Word files and includes teaching tips, critical thinking questions, as well as resources for each chapter in the textbook.
Lecture Slides are pre-assembled PowerPoint presentations for each chapter that instructors can use for lectures, or as an outline for custom lecture presentations.