GIS Educators Day (November 11)
at the 27th Annual NEARC Conference
Sunday, November 11 – Wednesday, November 14
Samoset Resort, Rockland, Maine
GIS Educators Day, sponsored by NEARC, Esri, and the New England Geography Education Network, is a full-day conference devoted exclusively to topics and issues pertaining to the use of GIS and other geospatial technologies in K-12, college, and informal education. GIS Educators Day will be held Sunday, November 11 in connection with the annual NEARC Conference.
This year we are pleased to combine our event with the annual Conference of GIS Educators from Maine. We look forward to the expanded professional opportunities that this collaboration makes possible.
GIS Educators Day is a one day pre-conference to NEARC’s annual professional user conference which will run from November 11 – 14 at the nearby Samoset Resort. GIS Educators Day will feature a lunchtime keynote by Dr. Matthew Bampton (University of Southern Maine), hands-on computer labs, oral presentations, panel discussions, and posters, exploring a range of resources, projects, and topics. The day will also include a student map competition.
GIS Educators Day addresses the number one goal of GIS conference goers…the opportunity to network with other educational professionals who share your interest in geospatial technologies. Whether you’re a K-12 or college educator, an experienced GIS user or a newcomer who wants to learn about the educational possibilities of this powerful tool, you’ll want to put this outstanding regional event on your “Must Do” list for 2012.
GIS EDUCATORS DAY CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS
You are invited to submit a presentation proposal for the 5th Annual GIS Educators Day conference. Proposals must be received by July 1, 2012 in order to be considered!
•Oral Presentations 25 minutes in length (20 min presentation plus 5 min Q & A).
•Panel Presentations 50 minutes. Can include up to 3 presenters, but you must submit the complete presentation concept as part of your abstract.
•Workshop: 25 or 50 minutes. Hands-on workshop on a specific topic.
•Poster Presentations will be given space of no more than 4′ x 4′. Awards will be given to posters submitted to the student map competition.
ONLINE SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS:
Presentations cannot market specific products and services. Abstracts should be 100-150 words. Presenters must register and pay to attend the conference at regular conference fees. Click here for more information.
TOPIC AREAS MAY INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING:
•GIS in the Cloud
•Community projects and field study
•Teaching with GIS in Higher Education
•Teaching with GIS in K-12 Schools
•Teaching GIS: Strategies and Methods
•Strategies for GIS Professional Development
•GIS in Informal Education
•Integrating GIS with other technologies
•Emerging Topics: Mobile Devices and Crowdsourcing
READY TO SUBMIT?
•Click here to submit your presentation abstract online.
TOP 10 REASONS YOU SHOULD ATTEND GIS EDUCATORS DAY:
1.You’ll spend an entire day with like minded folks and never once have to explain what GIS is
2.You can choose workshops and presentations from either a K-12 or a Higher Ed track
3.If you are a Maine K-12 teacher, you can register for a special reduced rate – there is also is a special 2-day rate for attendees who stay over for the first day of NEARC
4.You’ll gather a host of exciting ideas for projects in your own classroom and institution
5.You’ll get to see how other educators are integrating GIS and other geospatial technologies into their curricula
6.You will pick up GIS tips and tricks from experienced GIS users
7.There will be great giveaways for all attendees and prizes for a lucky few
8.Rockland, Maine is a very “spatial” place
9.It’s on a Sunday so you won’t need to get your employer’s permission to attend
10.GIS Educators are always friendly and eager to share
The host hotel for the NEARC conference is the Samoset Resort in Rockland, Maine. A discounted group rate is available at the Samoset Resort for $120/night for standard rooms and $135/night for ocean views plus 7% tax. Please call the Samoset Resort directly for reservations at 800-341-1650 by October 19, 2012 and ask for the special NEARC rate
More information on NEARC 2012 is being posted on the conference website as it becomes available at www.northeastarc.org/2012.