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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


The Top 5 Skills Needed to be Successful in a GIS Career

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

In a few weeks, I am giving a webinar entitled “The Top 5 Skills you need to be successful in a GIS career.” Because this is a topic that has been covered by dozens of articles in GIS journals and … Continue reading


GIS and the Ill-Structured Problem

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

Educational research shows that students can learn both about content and about thinking strategies by working through what are known as “ill-structured” problems. The ill-structured problem is fundamental to problem-based learning (PBL), where students probe deeply into issues, searching for … Continue reading


Enabling Those in the Business World to Value Geospatial Analysis

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

Financial analyst David Tiger wrote an article in the LBx Journal this year entitled Visual Financial Analysis documenting his discovery of a new approach to forecasting, business intelligence, and financial analysis. He said, “It’s not a data warehouse and not an elaborate … Continue reading


Creating and Conducting Guest Presentations for Students

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

A question that is raised frequently on blogs, forums, and listservs is from professionals who are asked to conduct a presentation for a group of students, in a colloquium, after-school program, or in a primary, secondary, or university level classroom. … Continue reading


Play Ball! Examining the World Series, Baseball, and Other Sports Using ArcGIS Online

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

I have created a new presentation using ArcGIS Online to invite exploration of the spatial aspects of baseball teams, players, stadiums, and the sport itself. The goal of the presentation is to use the familiar and interesting topic of baseball as a starting point … Continue reading


Why is GIS Valuable?

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

The advent of another GIS Day provides a good opportunity to reflect upon the value of GIS. GIS is used, according to some estimates, by 1.5 million people each day, and by over 400,000 organizations. Even these estimates are a … Continue reading


Strategic Directions for the Geographical Sciences: Connections to GIS Education

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

The National Research Council (NRC) has created a landmark report entitled Understanding the Changing Planet: Strategic Directions for the Geographical Sciences, which I believe has key implications for GIS education. Under the auspices of the NRC, the project was co-sponsored by … Continue reading


Eight Big Ideas of the Constructionist Learning Lab: Connections to GIS Education, Part 1 of 2

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

Seymour Papert, considered by many to be one of the leading figures in the field of educational technology, outlined what he named “The Eight Big Ideas Behind the Constructionist Learning Laboratory.” This technology-rich center was housed at The Maine Youth … Continue reading


Eight Big Ideas of the Constructionist Learning Lab: Connections to GIS Education, Part 1 of 2

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

Seymour Papert, considered by many to be one of the leading figures in the field of educational technology, outlined what he named “The Eight Big Ideas Behind the Constructionist Learning Laboratory.” This technology-rich center was housed at The Maine Youth … Continue reading


GIS, Presentations, and the “Education Bubble”

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

Over the past year, several articles were written and presentations were given about the “education bubble.” Definitions of the bubble vary, but the articles made the case that unlike in the past, many of today’s students are not seeing a … Continue reading



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