ArcGIS Desktop 10.2 is now available!

ArcGIS Desktop 10.2 is now available!

For those of you in K-12 schools using the desktop version of the Esri software, the latest version is now available through NHEdGIS. Although ArcGIS Desktop 10.1 will continue to work fine, 10.2 has a number of enhancements so you may wish to upgrade. This latest version does not require a complete uninstall of previous versions, and in fact, your current provisioning file will still work so all you need to do is download and install the software to upgrade. How do you get it? Simply download it either from the NH Geographic Alliance website or the UNH Cooperative Extension Dropbox links that we will provide. How do you get the links? Here’s where we’re going to try a little bribery…….   The NHEdGIS Fall Survey is now available! Okay, so perhaps you are not as excited about the survey as you might have been about the software, but these surveys are incredibly important to the functioning of our group. NHEdGIS as an “organization” has absolutely no funding. Last year, working with the NH Geographic Alliance, three small grants were obtained to fund some of our professional development offerings. These funding organizations want to know the impact that their support has had. Also, NHEdGIS wants to know if what we are doing is really helping to bring geospatial technologies to K-12 schools and students in NH, what else you would like to see us offer, and what we can do to improve. We can only find out that information if YOU let us know….and we felt the easiest way for you to provide it was a survey….. The connection?...

South Carolina Geography Institutes Summer 2011

The South Carolina Geographic Alliance accepts participants from other states for its two summer institutes. Please consider sending your teachers to us. Two opportunities: June 12-24: Alliance Summer Geography Institute. This is a traditional TC development institute. Lots of content, lots of field trips, 3 graduate credits. Application materials here: http://www.cas.sc.edu/cege/events/asgi_events.html June 12-17: Geotechnology Institute. One week of GIS, GPS, virtual globes – all tailored toward K-12 instruction. Application materials here: http://www.cas.sc.edu/cege/events/gis.html The application deadline for each is April 15, but I can extend that for your teachers. But work quickly so I can save spots for...

GIS Educators – Don’t hide your light under a bushel!

Share your experience and your expertise with others ……… NEARC and the New England Geography Alliance Network will hold their 3rd Annual GIS Educators Day on November 7, 2010 at the Marriott Hotel in Newport, RI. The event, which focuses on the use of GIS in both K-12 and higher education, is a one day preconference to NEARC’s annual user conference which runs from November 7-10. The event is for experienced GIS users as well as for those who want to learn about the educational possibilities of this powerful tool. Informal educators (4H, afterschool programs, scouts, etc.) are encouraged to participate as well. If you are interested in submitting a presentation proposal for GIS Educators Day, criteria are listed below. PRESENTATION FORMAT Oral Presentations are 20-30 minutes in length. Panel Presentations can include up to 3 presenters, but you must submit the complete presentation concept as part of your abstract. Workshops are 1 hour hands-on sessions in a computer lab. Poster Presentations will be given space of no more than 4’ x 4’. Awards will be given to the top poster presentations. PRESENTATION TOPIC AREAS • Community Projects & Partnerships • Teaching with GIS in Higher Education • Teaching with GIS in K-12 Schools • GIS in Informal Education • Educational Research • Teacher Education • Teaching GIS: Strategies and Methods • Integrating GIS with GPS/Remote Sensing ABSTRACT SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS • The presentation cannot market specific products and services • Abstracts should be 150-200 words. • Presenters must register and pay to attend the preconference at the regular preconference fee. • Abstracts must be submitted by June 14, 2010...

GIS Across the Curriculum (Deadline January 31st)

The goal of the 2008-2009 Christa McAuliffe Sabbatical project, Enhancing Student Learning with GIS Across the Curriculum, is to expose New Hampshire teachers and students to GIS (geographic information systems) and other geospatial technologies and provide teachers with the knowledge and support needed to implement GIS-based lessons and projects with their students.  Applications are currently being accepted for the spring portion of the program where I will be working with five teams of teachers from across the state to begin or expand their use of geospatial technologies in schools.   Geospatial technologies include web mapping, visualization programs (such as Google Earth), GPS, and GIS software.  These technologies can be utilized in any curricular area that deals with spatial information (information that can be tied to a location) and across a variety of grade levels.  This fall I’ve worked with teachers and observed it successfully integrated with students from 3rd grade through high school and in a variety of curricular areas such as art, civics, earth and environmental science, English, geography, history, and outdoor education. There is no cost for participation in this program.  Selected teams will receive books, software, professional development training, and one-on-one support at their school site.  For further information and links to the application, please visit   http://www.nhedgis.org/spring/springprogram.html  For those of you who work in schools, I hope you will consider recruiting a team and applying.  For those of you outside school settings, please consider passing this on to teachers that you work with who might be interested in participating. Thank you, Ina Ahern i_ahern@nhedgis.org 2008-2009 Christa McAuliffe Sabbatical Fellow Science Teacher Plymouth Regional High School...

University of New Hampshire, Durham: GIS Day Event.

 This is our tenth year, and we are very excited about it!  It will be this Wednesday, November 12, 2008.   GIS Day is an outreach event that brings hundreds of high school juniors and seniors together with hundreds of geo-spatial science professionals, university level educators, and the general public to learn more about the important contributions that geography and geo-spatial science make in all of our lives. The event (http://gisday.sr.unh.edu/) will include a display of a sampling of our map collections from the previous ten years, a celebration of NASA’s 50th anniversary, the Ice Worlds Plantarium Show, a vendor hall, and a college fair.  Total attendance for this year’s event is expected to exceed 600 professional and student participants. We would love to extend an invitation to you and your colleagues both at Keene State and in the Geography Alliance.  The event is free to attend and participate.  Please pass this email along if there are any others that you feel would welcome an invitation to this years event.  We generally send out save-the-dates and invitations in late summer.  If there are any folks who should be on that list for next year, I would greatly appreciate it if you would send their contact information along to me....

A Two-for-One Professional Development Workshop.

Fun with Geography Who: : K-12 teachers (elementary, social studies, science, modern language,anyone).   What: Two workshops sponsored by the New Hampshire Geographic Alliance (NHGA) in one day of fun and activity. In the first workshop you will learn how to have your school celebrate Geography Awareness Week-November 16-22 with ideas and materials for lessons, activities, and school-wide participation. The theme this year is The Americas. In the second workshop, you will learn how to incorporate the important geospatial technology of Global Positioning System into your classroom. You will also learn all about the newest outdoor leisure activity-GeoCaching, as well as a great new learning experience-EarthCaching. When: Saturday, November 1, 2008 from 9:00 to 3:30 p.m. Where: Cawley Middle School, Hooksett, NH Why: Geography instruction is diminished for many reasons and the need for geographic knowledge is crucial for our young people to grow into full citizenship. We believe this can be done in many subject areas and with active learning. Other points: If you wish to purchase a GPS, NHGA will offer them at ½ price ($50) A $25 refundable deposit is required for registration. (If you register, we will refund your deposit if you attend and participate in the workshop. If buying a GPS please pay with a seperate check made out to NHGA.  Registration_Form (save as…to your computer) You can register by mail, send the downloaded form via e-mail or use the form below to register . Please e-mail your registration form so we can plan and then put your check(s) in the mail. Call Kristi Alvarez at 603-355-9921 or 358-2511 or e-mail kalvarez@keene.edu with any questions. This Workshop is...