"You’re invited to exchange ideas and best practices with fellow GIS educators and administrators at the 2015 Esri Education GIS Conference in San Diego, California. Participating in the conference will connect you with others who share your professional interests, making it the premier thought-leadership event for those involved in GIS education. Technical sessions and hands-on workshops help you keep your edge."
Tech-Enabled Field Studies 2014 Released
The first update of ”Tech-Enabled Field Studies" has been released by Carte Diem Press just ahead of Esri’s annual T3G event. The update includes improvements int he geotagging, story maps, Google Drive GeoForms, and some of the core concept chapters at the front. If you’re using BYOD with learners and want to insert more technology into their field work (or STEM field trips), check this title out.
Tech-Enabled Field Studies 2014 Released
The first update of ”Tech-Enabled Field Studies" has been released by Carte Diem Press just ahead of Esri’s annual T3G event. The update includes improvements int he geotagging, story maps, and some of the core concept chapters at the front. If you’re using BYOD with learners and want to insert more technology into their field work (or STEM field trips), check this title out.
The award-winning instructional materials collection Mapping Our World is now available for ArcGIS Online! This latest edition requires no software or data installation and is available at no cost. In addition, Mapping Our World for ArcGIS Online is standards-aligned and promotes 21st century skills for students.
First released in 2002, Mapping Our World provides a complete resource for any teacher seeking a way to bring GIS technology into the middle- or high-school classroom. This educational package is a comprehensive collection of world geography lessons, lesson plans, exercises, and assessment tools. Exploring seven geographic themes, students are able to investigate each theme using real data to create and analyze maps. The activities provide teachers with everything they need to begin incorporating GIS into a standard geography course or teaching a GIS course.
To evaluate or begin using the student and teacher materials, visit http://edcommunity.esri.com/MOW
- See more at: http://blogs.esri.com/esri/gisedcom/#sthash.JDRAcm2x.dpuf
Educational Researchers and Spatial Analysis: New Faculty Positions Announced at Claremont Graduate University
Claremont Graduate University (CGU) has announced three new tenure track faculty positions in the School of Education Studies that seek to expand the university’s commitment to spatial understanding across educational studies. The positions include: Higher Education (open rank), Teaching, Learning, & Culture (Assistant or Associate), and Urban Leadership (Clinical Professor). The positions include an emphasis on the understanding and use of spatial thinking and tools to better understand educational data and trends.
Catch My Upcoming Webinar: Mapping Your Data with ArcGIS Online
Learn how to map your student-collected data with ArcGIS Online! Tom will demostrate two different ways to map field data with GIS - giving you options to best suit your classroom needs!
Join the Esri Education Team as they share the latest developments in ArcGIS Online and how it can empower your classroom! Tom shows us how to use your data and the latest developments in the ArcGIS Online platform! There’s always something new to learn about this environment!
Let GIS Be Your Guide, October 2000
From the archives…..
“Students must be helped along a developmental pathway to using GIS in the classroom. A course model for the introduction and use of GIS systems in classrooms is presentation, analysis, and visualization. Students progress along this continuum as the levels of GIS interactivity and intellectual behaviors increase”
Copyright © 2000 National Science Teachers Association. All rights reserved.
Using digital mapping software in schools will be the topic of the 2014 Ridgley Geography Lecture at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, in Stevenson Hall, room 401.
Thomas Baker will talk about using digital mapping software in kindergarten through high school classrooms. The event is free and open to the public. - See more at: http://mediarelations.illinoisstate.edu/report/1314/feb18/ridgley.asp#sthash.5h4xIN60.dpuf
Teaching Science and Investigating Environmental Issues with Geospatial Technology: Designing Effective Professional Development for Educators
Edited by James MaKinster, Nancy Trautmann, & Michael Barnett
“The emerging field of using geospatial technology to teach science and environmental education presents an excellent opportunity to discover the ways in which educators use research-grounded pedagogical commitments in combination with their practical experiences to design and implement effective teacher professional development projects. Often missing from the literature are in-depth, explicit discussions of why and how educators choose to provide certain experiences and resources for the teachers with whom they work, and the resulting outcomes.
The first half of this book will enable science and environmental educators to share the nature and structure of large scale professional development projects while discussing the theoretical commitments that undergird their work. Many chapters will include temporal aspects that present the ways in which projects change over time in response to evaluative research and practical experience.
In the second half of the book, faculty and others whose focus is on national and international scales will share the ways in which they are working to meet the growing needs of teachers across the globe to incorporate geospatial technology into their science teaching. These efforts reflect the ongoing conversations in science education, geography, and the geospatial industry in ways that embody the opportunities and challenges inherent to this field.” - Amazon.com
Find samples at Springer’s website below, including the Forward and Preface.
- See more at: http://blogs.esri.com/esri/gisedcom/#sthash.HHeDvrZa.dpuf
The latest from book from Tom and Roger on field studies includes the technology and how to information to implement into many settings. This one comes to you in FULL COLOR!
We created this resource for educators who want to do research with learners –typically classroom teachers working with their students in Earth Systems or Environmental Science, Geography, or History. The book would also be useful to those running outdoor education or field research programs for students of all ages; however, as the title suggests, we do focus on tech-enabled methods, tools, and analysis. Most of the content assumes that the research will be conducted outside or “in the field”. We believe it will provide powerful justification to include these projects in your classes. we believe this volume would make a great addition to any reference library on field research techniques.
A team of authors from the GIS Education Research Workgroup (http://edgis.org/research) have published a “Call for an Agenda and Center for GIS Education”. This open, peer-reviewed academic manuscript outlines the importance of GIS education and a rationale for concerted efforts to guide educational research in a systematic manner. The paper outlines recent, supporting research in learning, teacher training, and educational GIS technical development. With a particular eye toward pre-collegiate GIS in education teaching and learning, the paper proposes the creation of a robust and dynamic agenda while also proposing the establishment of a virtual organization to promote and shepherd work in the area.
Educational research supports every aspect of GIS in instruction. While there are many gaps in the research body, the use of GIS in pre-collegiate instruction is a reasonably well documented phenomenon, compared to many popular educational technologies. This document will substantially contribute to the catalyzing efforts to move research on GIS in education forward. The authors and the GIS Education Research Workgroup invite your comments and feedback.
Access the open article online at RIGEO, the Review of International Geographical Education Online athttp://rigeo.org/component/content/article/82-vol2-no3-winter-2012.html