New Hampshire DOE Signs Statewide GIS License Agreement with Esri

New Hampshire DOE Signs Statewide GIS License Agreement with Esri

Concord, New Hampshire—July 16, 2012— Over 200,000 students in New Hampshire schools now have the ability to learn and apply 21st century geospatial concepts using the ArcGIS software developed by Environmental System Research Institute (ESRI). Thanks to a statewide partnership between ESRI, the world’s leading geographic information system (GIS) software developer, and the New Hampshire Department of Education, this new partnership will allow every public and private school throughout the state unprecedented access to ESRI’s state-of-the-art GIS tools for use in education and research. The agreement also includes school administrative use for tasks like creating district maps and efficient bus routes. According to Judy Tumosa of New Hampshire Fish & Game, “This partnership will provide a wonderful opportunity for teachers to use GIS to gather, display, analyze and share their data as they study their watersheds”. Kevin Heany, social studies teacher at Monadnock Regional High School says, “Our environmental studies students have been actively involved in collecting data from the nearby Asheulot River. Giving them the opportunity with ArcGIS to map and visualize their own data, as well as the capability to actively participate in monitoring the water quality is exciting,” Recognized non-formal education groups such as 4-H Clubs, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Boys Clubs and Girls Clubs will also have access to the software. Shane Bradt, director of the UNH Cooperative Extension Geospatial Technologies Training Center, is excited that “Not only will this ESRI license provide a wonderful opportunity to engage kids in geospatial inquiry in the classroom, but the availability of GIS to afterschool groups will further integrate spatial thinking into the next generation of NH students”....

Human Landscapes of East Asia Workshop

The Five College Center for East Asian Studies is pleased to offer Human Landscapes of East Asia (Focus: China, Japan, Korea) for New Hampshire teachers July 23-25, 2012 (8:30 am-3:30 pm) at Newfound Regional High School, Bristol, NH. Co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Council for the Social Studies, with additional funding from the Freeman Foundation, this workshop will address Theme E: Cultural Development, Interaction and Change of the New Hampshire Curriculum Framework. In particular, topics in geography, world history, anthropology, sociology and psychology will be discussed. The workshop will include lectures by East Asia specialists and curriculum implementation discussions. This workshop is most appropriate for middle school and high school teachers, and they will be given first priority in registering for the 20 spots in this workshop. Participants will receive $130 worth of curriculum materials, including a subscription to Education about Asia. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will receive a $100 stipend and certificate of completion. For additional information and the application form, see the attached document. For more information, contact Arlene Kowal, seminar leader at arlene.kowal@gmail.com or fcceas@fivecolleges.edu. Flyer and Application. Anne Prescott, Director Five College Center for East Asian Studies Smith College 69 Paradise Road, Florence Gilman Pavilion Northampton, MA 01063 tel 413-585-3754; fax 413-585-3748 aprescott@fivecolleges.edu...

The 24th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest is here!

The contest runs from April 5 to June 28, with an entry fee of $15. For those procrastinators out there, we’ve extended the deadline until July 11 with an increase of $10 per entry. We are accepting digital entries online in any of these four categories: Travel Portraits; Outdoor Scenes; Sense of Place; and Spontaneous Moments. Submit your favorite photo for a chance at one of these amazing prizes: a National Geographic Galápagos Photography Expedition; a Santa Fe Workshop; a National Geographic Traveler Seminar; and $200 gift certificates to B&H Photo. Last year nearly 13,000 images were submitted from all over the world. The pictures captured an assortment of the places, wildlife, and people that make traveling memorable, evoking a sense of delight, discovery—or both. See the winning photos from 2011. CONTEST HOME...

National Teacher Appreciation Week

Happy National Teacher Day and National Teacher Appreciation Week. The National  Council for Geographic Education is proud to support so many wonderful  geographic educators across the county and around the world. Your hard work,  enthusiasm and dedication inspire us everyday. Thank you for being an NCGE  member and thank you for being a teacher. Below is the latest news from NCGE. If you have any questions or need assistance please contact us at ncge@ncge.org or at (202) 862-8683. -NCGE Staff Don’t Miss the 2012 NCGE Awards Deadline globeaward This Friday, May 11, 2012 is the last day you can submit nominations for the following awards. * Women in Geographic Education Scholarship * Outstanding Support for Geography Education * Natoli Dissertation Award * Distinguished Mentor Award * Herff Jones Nystrom Geography Award * Geographic Excellence in Media Award Please click on any of the award names above to link to it’s information page or visit the NCGE awards page for more information. Awards Page… New, Free Teaching Resources on Population Trends PRB Logo The Population Reference Bureau has a variety of new resources for educators, designed to introduce demographic concepts to student. On their website (www.prb.org ) are ready-made PowerPoint graphics, customized maps and charts, short videos, lesson plans, and reports and articles about current events. Download a flyer. Learn more… 2012 National Conference on Geographic Education   Great opportunities are available during the 2012 National Conference on Geographic Education. October 4-7, 2012 in San Marcos, Texas. Visit one of the links below to find out more… * Go on a 2012 Field Trip * Make Hotel Reservations * Hertz...

Human Landscapes of East Asia

This workshop, which is open to NH teachers only, will address Theme E: Cultural Development, Interaction and Change of the New Hampshire Curriculum Framework. In particular, topics in geography, world history, anthropology, sociology and psychology will be discussed. The workshop will include lectures by East Asia specialists and curriculum implementation discussions. Flyer/Application...