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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Friday, August 21, 2009

The Watsons Go to AGX 900

I've designed an ArcGIS Explorer 900 version of my "1963-A Journey North to South" lesson that explores topics inspired by the novel The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis. You can download from my website at http://www.barbareeduke.com/downloads/downloads.htm and will follow soon on ArcLessons. Additionally, I shared the data on ArcGIS online (http://www.arcgisonline.com). Search "watsons". Happy exploring!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Got GIS?

A recent blog post at Computer World magazine interviews Jack Dangermond of ESRI. If you're wondering how GIS applies to you, this gives a good overview. Check it out! http://blogs.computerworld.com/14561/gis_as_game_changer

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Quote for the Week

"Words are tools which automatically carve convepts out of experience." - Julian Sorrell Huxley

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Mapping Hurricanes

It's that time of year again! One easy way to map and analyze tropical storms and hurricanes is with the National Hurricane Center Data. All maps from the website are available for GIS applications. http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/gis/

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Assessment and Grading Resources

This topic is challenging for every educator. There are some free resources at the Assessment Training Institute Resource Center http://www.assessmentinst.com/resources/resource-center/ along with other places like the STAIRS project http://205.213.162.11/stairs_site/assessment_resources.html and Rubric collections http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/rubrics.shtml.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Geospatial Revolution

I had the priviledge of hearing Fred Hoffman from the Roanoke Governor's School this summer at the National Summit for GIS in K-12 Education at JMU discuss remote sensing. He shared a resource with us from Penn State called the Geospatial Revolution Project. I heard it again at the the ESRI Users Conference this July. The brief video offers compelling reasons to be geospatially aware and made me think about new ways we can be involving our students in geospatial activities intertwined with their curriculum. The slogan alone "The location of anything is becoming everything" makes you think about the impact geospatial skills will have on our future. Have a look at http://geospatialrevolution.psu.edu/. Click on the trailer to view the video.