As a representative of the Kansas Geographic Alliance (KGA), I visited a social studies methods class in April 2017 to talk about how pre-service educators can incorporate maps and geographic perspectives into their lesson plans. The power to the building went out for the first half of the three-hour workshop. Forced back to the "Dark Ages," we postponed the technological portion of the workshop for later in the training session. Instead, we addressed the concept of place by drawing and discussing mental maps of our local communities. We then critically analyzed a National Geographic map depicting the "Cradle of Western Civilization," which included Egypt, Syria, Israel, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, among other relevant places. We addressed topics such as population density, mobility, climate, resources (i.e., oil in the Gulf of Suez), and contested places (i.e., Cyprus). After the electricity returned to the building, we considered how to use web mapping within the classroom. The students obtained introductory skills in making web maps while using the ArcGIS platform by Esri. I would like to thank Dr. Michelle Adler for allowing me the opportunity to conduct this workshop in her class.