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Analyzing Change Over Time Using Topographic Maps and Imagery with GIS

Jun 29 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at GIS Education Community under tags  education export

A principal aim of geospatial analysis is examining and understanding change over space and time. One of the simplest yet most powerful things you can do in ArcGIS desktop (www.esri.com/arcgis) or in ArcGIS Online (www.arcgis.com) is to visualize change over … Continue reading


Scale Matters, 2 of 2

Jun 29 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at GIS Education Community under tags  education export

Several types of scale exist in geography. Cartographic scale refers to the size of a feature on a map relative to its actual size in the real world. Cartographic scale can be expressed as a verbal statement such as “one … Continue reading


Scale Matters, 1 of 2

Jun 29 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at GIS Education Community under tags  education export

Understanding geography and using GIS as an analytical tool in education and research requires a sensitivity to and an awareness of scale. This provides a framework for understanding how events and processes influence each other. Any phenomena we are studying … Continue reading


Analyzing the Spatial and Temporal Aspects of Tornadoes Using GIS

Jun 29 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at GIS Education Community under tags  education export

Spring in North America brings not only new flowers, but a new crop of tornadoes. The 2011 tornado season has already been horrific, and our hearts go out to all those affected. Like most natural phenomena, tornadoes exhibit a spatial … Continue reading


Describing the Value of Spatial Analysis in Education

Jun 29 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at GIS Education Community under tags  education export

I recently taught a GIS short course for educators with our colleague Dr. Marsha Alibrandi, where she spoke of four adjectives that seemed to encapsulate some key reasons why we believe that spatial analysis has value in education: • Actual: … Continue reading


Describing a Community or Region with Photographs and ArcGIS Online

Jun 29 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at GIS Education Community under tags  education export

Linking photographs to maps and saving and sharing those maps can be quickly and easily done using ArcGIS Online. These maps can be used to create a sense of place by telling a story about a community or a region. For … Continue reading


A STEM Center Where Geospatial Is Literally at Your Feet… and Over Your Head

Jun 29 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at GIS Education Community under tags  education export

I recently had the good fortune of conducting a professional development GIS institute for educators recently at the new Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) center at Overland High School and Prairie Middle School in Colorado. We found out about the center … Continue reading


Creating and Giving a Presentation Using ArcGIS Online

Jun 29 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at GIS Education Community under tags  education export

Recently I was invited to give a keynote address at the 2011 GI-Forum at the University of Salzburg, and created a map in ArcGIS Online that I used as my guide to the local physical and cultural geography. I shared it so that the … Continue reading


Reflections on the Annual Teachers Teaching Teachers GIS (T3G) Institutes

Jun 29 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at GIS Education Community under tags  education export

Many of us in the field of GIS believe that the geographic way of viewing the world and geospatial tools are too valuable and useful to be confined to one discipline. Rather, GIS needs to be embedded into business, planning, … Continue reading


New Series of GPS-to-GIS Videos

Jun 29 2017 [Archived Version] □ Published at GIS Education Community under tags  education export

I have created a new series of videos on the Esri Education Team’s YouTube Channel and on my geography channel that describes the process of gathering field data with GPS and mapping and analyzing it with GIS in educational contexts. The videos feature explanations … Continue reading