If you can't meet me at GeoTech in Dallas next week, then mosey on down to San Antonio, TX for the ASCD Conference March 6-8! I'll be there with my colleagues, Dr. Shannon White from the University of Missouri and Randy Kilian-Smith of Region 20 and Northeast ISD. We'll be presenting on Monday morning on "Transforming Curriculum Using Geospatial Technologies." Come see us for a spatially good time!
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Don't miss a great opportunity to connect with other educators interested in technology integration! Join me at GeoTech hosted by Bishop Dunne Catholic High School in Dallas. I'll be presenting workshops and presentations on using geospatial technology across the curricular boundaries. Check it out at http://www.bdhs.org/geotech!
See you in Dallas!
Thursday, February 11, 2010
A great way to incorporate a little math is a journey book or story. A great example is Journey to Jo'burg by Beverly Naidoo. A 13-year old boy and his sister must make a journey 300 kilometers from their small village to Johannesburg, South Africa to get medical help. How far is that...really? For you sharp GIS folks, it's a quick little buffer activity in ArcGIS or AEJEE. You could use ArcGIS Explorer and measure that distance; however, if you only have the internet available to your classroom, our trusty tool Sketch-A-Map can give us some assistance here. As the teacher you will have to do some homework here to discover real distance. In the case of our story, Pietersburg, South Africa is approximately 300 kilometers from Johannesburg.
Now that we can see that journey on the map, let's appreciate what Tiro and Naledi in the story did to get help. Time to do a little math!
If you're just a little creative, you can continue to cover your required content and give students important connections to their curriculum! As an added bonus, the math teacher will be happy too!
Thursday, February 04, 2010
Once we examine these items in Sketch-A-Map, we have opened our students’ curious minds to “why”! Now we can make an easy transition to GIS analysis to examine world population and trends in cities to offer proof for our hypotheses. Not only do my students know where India, the Ganges River and major cities are located, but they also have some grounded knowledge of their significance…information that they are less-likely to forget when assessed. Give students the connections they need to imprint content and increase their analytical skills!