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Open-Ended Tools, Open-Ended Curricula

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

I recently wrote about the connections between ePortfolios, innovative technologies, and the use of GIS in education, beginning with an interview with English professor and Executive Director of the Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL), Dr. Trent Batson. … Continue reading


Secretary’s Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS) Report: Ties to GIS Education

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

Several documents over the past 20 years have played key roles in shaping GIS in education and remain excellent resources for making the case why the work of the GIS education community is necessary. One of the first and one … Continue reading


Earth Quiz: 20 Questions about Our Planet Using ArcGIS Online

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

Take a look at this image. Which waterfall is shown in this image? What clues exist on the landscape to help you choose among the three options listed? Where is this glaciated terrain located? Examining maps and imagery seems to … Continue reading


Comparing the Spatial Distribution of Two Different Types of Businesses in a Metropolitan Area

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

Analyzing the location of businesses is a powerful way to foster spatial thinking and skills in GIS.  A new activity invites you to compare the distribution of two very different types of businesses—bail bonds and car washes, in the Oklahoma … Continue reading


Integrating Technology with Meaningful Learning

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

David Jonassen (1995) described seven qualities of meaningful learning with technology. They are: active, constructive, collaborative, intentional, conversational, contextualized, and reflective. These are valuable not only to keep in mind when teaching with GIS, but to be purposeful, asking before … Continue reading


Planning an Introduction to Spatial Thinking Course

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

A question that gets increasingly asked on listservs and forums these days is advice by those who are planning a course at their university that focuses on spatial thinking. These courses may be entitled “Introduction to Spatial Thinking” but there … Continue reading


Explore Locally with Your Senses, Curiosity, and the Spatial Perspective

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

Soccer fields and playgrounds provide some means of allowing youth to get outside. But, as Richard Louv so well stated in his book Last Child in the Woods, these adult-constructed environments are no substitutes for “wild places” – those places that … Continue reading


New Book: The GIS Guide to Public Domain Data

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

Central to the interest of the GIS community is spatial data: Where to find it, how to use it, how to gauge its quality, its scale, format, and resolution, privacy issues, copyright and licensing, the policies that govern the use … Continue reading


Advancing STEM Education with GIS ebook Released

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

Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education is a multidisciplinary approach to improving education, the work force, and national competitiveness. President Barack Obama noted that “Strengthening STEM education is vital to preparing our students to compete in the twenty-first century economy, … Continue reading


Fostering Spatial Thinking Through Paper Maps and Aerials

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

Those of us on the Esri Education Team have dedicated our careers to promoting and supporting the use of GIS and spatial thinking in education to enhance teaching and learning and to have a positive impact on society. We believe … Continue reading