Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
As many educators know, experiencing the landscape in person brings to life the maps, data and curriculum that we are giving students. A great way to experience the globe is to visit a confluence. Yes, that's confluence not conference. What is a confluence? It's the intersections of latitude and longitude all over the globe. There's a group of globe trekkers that make it their mission to visit as many of these intersections/confluences as possible. My good friend and collegue, Dr. Joseph Kerski, is one such adventurer. I joined him this fall while we were in Lake Tahoe. You can read about our journey at http://www.confluence.org/confluence.php?visitid=12953. You can get more about the Confluence Project at http://www.confluence.org .
Some great ones are listed here:
National Geographic's Mapmachine
My Wonderful World (.org)
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Sunday, October 08, 2006
Then, I went to Dr. Joseph Kerski's session on utilizing Topographic maps and GPS. We even took a tiny field trip to use those GPS units! Joseph offers great ideas and expertise. After many years with USGS, he is now working with ESRI. He is a great asset in the geographic education field and offers generous support for educators. http://www.josephkerski.com Just ask!
Following Joseph's session, he and I got a boat and ventured to the nearby confluence, 39N 120W. Joseph has many confluences under his belt, over 100. This journey was my first confluence. You can read about Joseph's adventures along with other globe trotters at http://www.confluence.org .
Saturday, October 07, 2006
While we're in this beautiful location, I took the lunch hour time to go to the top of Heavenly...the nearby ski slopes. The Gondola ride takes you to the top of the mountain for an amazing view. It's worth taking the time to see this beautiful landscape from that vantage point.
Lots of great sessions to see! More later!
WOWZA! If you are an educator, then this conference is for YOU! The sharing of ideas is the number one focus of this group of dedicated folks...sure they love geography, but there's geography in everything, RIGHT!
After last night's reception, where I met some fantastic folks, today brought sessions and exhibits a plenty. My conference journey started with Marilyn Weiser of Minot, ND. She shared her success with David Smith's book If the World Were A Village. Her students explored the concepts of the book and then applied those to their village, North Dakota. The students produced books of their findings...very cool stuff for kids. There were thinking and they never knew it hit them! The implications here for global understanding, math concepts and so much more are easy to see. Check out David's web site at http://www.mapping.com for more information on his books and materials.
Following Marilyn's presentation, Sister Madeleine Gregg from the University of Alabama shared her experiences with the primary classroom and poetry. Sister Madeliene is a dynamic speaker and just plain fun! Her intriguing account of "sneaking" geography into poetry and reading is so fantastic. With the focus on literacy, she utilized poetry to teach phonetic awareness, vocabulary, fluency and comprehension to her 3rd graders. She says, "By choosing poetry with strong geography content, teachers can create more time for geography in their curriculum." Being a former English Language Arts teacher myself, I identify with her "sneaky" use of geography in of all places, ENGLISH CLASS!
After some lunch and perusing the exhibits, I heard Barbara Soto from Arizona. She presented her methods on getting students aware of human impact on ecosystems. Her geostories were beautifully done and highly effective with the K-5 students in her school.
Shannon and I spent the remainder of the afternoon doing some "field work". You can't come to beautiful landscape like this place and not get out into the nature...and take a photo or two. We had a great time taking in the splendor of nature.
It was a great FRIDAY at the NCGE conference !
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
Sunday, August 27, 2006
- Colleges, universities and community colleges
- Many educational institutions offer courses in GIS. There are few courses designed for educators and integration of GIS in the K-16 setting. Check with your local college, university and community colleges for GIS related courses.
- ESRI Virtual Campus
ESRI has a Virtual Campus (www.campus.esri.com) with discounted online courses for educators. These courses are based upon a variety of ESRI products. They have been developed so that those enrolled can work at their own pace. These are a good place to start for novices and as a review for the more advanced users.
- Other Training
There are numerous training opportunities offered by organizations and agencies. The KanGIS website is one location to locate GIS training, workshops, institutes that are upcoming across the nation and world. (http://kangis.org/learning/calendar/) There are also companies such as GISEtc (http://www.GISetc.org) that offer GIS training for schools and communities. ESRI also has a "Friends of GIS Education" list of companies and agencies (http://www.esri.com/industries/k-12/resources/foge.html ). They support GIS education with products, training, and resources.
This is not a complete list but a few of our favorites focused on GIS in Education!GIS Books For and About Educators
- GIS in the Classroom: Using Geographic Information Systems in Social Studies and Environmental Science by Dr. Marsha Alibrandi (2003) Heinemann Press
- GIS in Schools by Richard Audet and Gail Ludwig (2000) ESRI Press
- Mapping Our World: GIS Lessons for Educators by Lyn Malone, Anita Palmer, Christine Voigt (2002) ESRI Press
- Community Geography: GIS in Action by Kim English and Laura Feaster (2003) ESRI Press
- Community Geography: Teachers Guide by Lyn Malone, Anita Palmer, Christine Voigt (2003) ESRI Press
- The Essentials of the Environment by Joseph Kerski and Simon Ross (2005) Hodder Arnold
- A to Z GIS: An Illustrated Dictionary of Geographic Information Systems by Shelly Sommer and Tasha Wade, Editors (2006) ESRI Press
GIS Software Reference books
- Getting to Know ArcView GIS (1997) ESRI Press
- Getting to Know ArcGIS Desktop (2001) ESRI Press
- GIS for Everyone 3rd Edition (2003) ESRI Press
- GPS Reference books
- Fun with GPS by Donald Cooke (2005) ESRI Press
- GPS for Dummies by Joel McNamara (2004) For Dummies Press
- How to Do Everything with your GPS by Rick Broida (2003)
- GPS Mapping by Rich Owings (2005)
Agencies and Organizations
There are numerous local, state, regional, and national agencies and organizations that are helpful to educators. They may come to your school to give a presentation; to help you find data; to donate hardware such as a used plotter, to help answer your GIS questions. GIS partners in your community can help your bring GIS to your students. They bring real life problems, experiences and GIS work to your classroom.Suggestions of GIS partners may include:
In your city, town or county:
- local GIS office
- local police, fire and rescue services
- local utility companies and departments (electric, natural gas, water, sewer, etc)
- tax assessors office or deed office
- city planner
- historic commission
- voter registration
- community colleges, colleges, universities (look for Geography departments or search GIS on their website)
In your State:
- Highway Department or Transit Authorities
- Department of Natural and Environmental Resources
- Regional Planning Commissions
- Historic Commission or Registry
- Spatial Data Clearinghouses
- Geographic Alliances (http://www.ngsednet.org/community/about.cfm?community_id=94 )
National Agencies and Organizations
- US Geologic Survey - http://www.usgs.gov
- Site specifically for educators: http://rockyweb.cr.usgs.gov/outreach/giseduc.html
- US Census Bureau - http://www.census.gov/
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - http://www.epa.gov/
- Federal Emergency and Management Agency (FEMA) - http://www.fema.gov/
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) - http://education.nasa.gov/edoffices/centeroffices/index.html )
- National States Geographic Information Centers (http://www.nsgic.org/states/index.cfm )
- Geospatial Information and Technology Associations (GITA) Regional Chapters: http://www.gita.org/chapters/chapters2.html
- Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) Chapters: http://urisa.org/chapters/chapters.htm
- National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (http://www.ncgia.ucsb.edu/ )
- Geospatial Information and Technology Associations (GITA) Global Affiliates: http://www.gita.org/global_affiliates/global2.html
- Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) International Chapters: http://urisa.org/chapters/chapters.htm
- GISIG-Geographical Information Systems International Group: http://www.gisig.it/
- UNIGIS (International Universities and Colleges offering courses in GIS) - http://www.unigis.net/
- International Map Trade Association - http://www.maptrade.org/
- In addition, there are libraries that are repositories of GIS data. The NC State University is one such library (http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/stacks/gis/).
Sunday, August 13, 2006
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
We've had a great conference and are headed back to the east coast to continue making a difference in education, GIS and otherwise.
Everyone can zap us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com !
Sunday, August 06, 2006
Today was an exciting journey in the computer lab for me! I had the chance to customize buttons, and an opportunity to practice and learn more about ArcMap and ArcIMS! We learned how to take *.jpegs of historical maps and georeference them with current maps. It was just TOO MUCH fun for a map geek!!! If you're interested on the how-to, I'll be happy to share. More on the geek train...I was working on html and java code in the ArcIMS customizing session.
Other than that I was encouraged by the great turnout for the Curriculum Developers SIG. Charlie Fitzpatrick and George Dailey (http://www.esri.com/industries/k-12/news-community/contact.html) led us in an outstanding discussion of:
- What's in place?
- What are you doing?
- What's needed?
Thursday, August 03, 2006
Here are my high points:
If you have a site license then you might want to check out...
ESRI Software Promotion for GIS Students at Institutions
with a Campus-Wide Site License
2006 ArcLessons Challenge (it's a contest!)
On the research front:
Spatial Thinking report
Learning to Think Spatially
Check out the new Training website
AND THERE'S MORE...
From American Association of Geographers
AAG publishes GIS& T Body of Knowledge in Collaboration with UCGIS
Allen Carroll from National Geographic recommends:
My Wonderful World
Monday, July 31, 2006
"Calling All Explorers: Mapping Your Curriculum with GIS"
August 2006 ~ ESRI Education Users Conference, San Diego, CA
"Exploring Resources" Tuesday, August 8th at 1:30pm
October 2006 ~ NCGE Conference, Lake Tahoe, NV
"Mapping Cross-Curricular Integration" Saturday, October 7th at 10AM
Anytime you're interested in learning more about curricular integration of technology and GIS, please contact me for a specialized workshop to meet your groups' needs at firstname.lastname@example.org .