New Hampshire Receives Special Achievement Award for Esri State Partnership in Geospatial Technology

Jul 31, 2014 by

Redlands, California—July 16, 2014 NHGA, NHEdGIS & NHDOE received a Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award at the Esri International User Conference (Esri UC) in San Diego, California held July 16, 2014. This award acknowledges vision, leadership, hard work, and innovative use of Esri’s geographic information system (GIS) technology.

NHGA, NHEdGIS &NHDOE uses Esri ArcGIS technology to support geographic education in New Hampshire. New Hampshire is a small state with limited capacity for meeting GIS professional development needs, both in terms of population and in the financial support of education. With the invaluable logistical support of the NHDOE, NHEdGIS has gathered experts in classroom instruction, GIS technology, and content from NH public schools, Keene State College, UNHGTTC, St. Anselm College, NHF&G and the USFS. Together, they are able to provide high-quality, meaningful professional development that supports the statewide K-12 license, allowing the many teachers who enthusiastically embraced the opportunity to bring GIS technology to their classrooms. This also creates a network of GIS users in the state that support each other. The statewide GIS license for K-12 education would not have been possible without the collaboration and participation from NHEdGIS, NHGA, NHDOE and many other organizations that have allowed us to present at various state workshops. Organizations from around the world honored at the Esri UC span industries including agriculture, cartography, climate change, defense and intelligence, economic development, education, government, health and human services, telecommunications, and utilities.

“The SAG Awards identify the organizations and people that are using the power of geography to improve our world and drive change,” says Esri president Jack Dangermond. “At Esri, we are always deeply inspired by the passion and innovation of our users. They deserve recognition for both solving their communities’ greatest challenges and for their invaluable contributions to the continued evolution of geographic science.”

For more information about the 2014 Special Achievement in GIS Award winners, including project information and photos, please visit esri.com/sag.

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Press Information

Contact: Lara Bryant
Tel.: 603-358-2428
E-mail: lbryant1@keene.edu

New Hampshire Geographic Alliance at www.nhga.net
NH Educational Geographic Information Systems at www.nhedgis.org
NH Department of Education Esri Partnership at www.nheon.org/nh_projects/esri.html

Project Goal
New Hampshire Geographic Alliance(NHGA) envisions a state in which the citizens have achieved a high level of geographic literacy as a result of cooperative, collaborative, and coordinated educational and policy efforts. New Hampshire Educational GIS Partnership(NHEdGIS) is a cooperative group of educators and organizations that originated in NHGA’s strategic planning process. Through the efforts of NHGA, NHEdGIS and the New Hampshire Department of Education(NHDOE), an agreement was reached with Esri to establish a statewide K-12 educational license for ArcGIS products to enhance geographic education through the integration of geospatial technologies.   NHEdGIS manages the license system, offers quality professional development for implementing GIS in the classroom, and is building a strong GIS education community. Other key partners in NHEdGIS are NH Fish & Game(NHF&G), UNH Cooperative Extension Geospatial Technology Training Center(UNHGTTC), and the US Forest Service(USFS).

Business Problem Solved
New Hampshire is a small state with limited capacity for meeting GIS professional development needs, both in terms of population, and in the financial support of education. With the invaluable logistical support of the NHDOE, NHEdGIS has gathered experts in classroom instruction, GIS technology, and content from NH public schools, Keene State College, UNHGTTC, St. Anselm College, NHF&G and the USFS. Together we are able to provide high quality meaningful professional development that supports the statewide-12 license, allowing the many teachers who enthusiastically embraced the opportunity to bring GIS technology to their classrooms. This also creates a network of GIS users in the state that support each other. The statewide GIS license for K-12 education would not have been possible without the collaboration and participation from NHEdGIS , NHGA, NHDOE and many other organizations that have allowed us to present at various state workshops .

Technology Implemented
NH educators are using a wide variety of geospatial technologies including ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS mobile apps, and ArcGIS Desktop, as well as other web mapping and support software. We provide a variety of options for educators; they can select the tools that best fit their goals, students and curriculum. ArcGIS Online for Organizations facilitates easy collaboration among teachers and students and allows students to work from home. Web Map Apps provide a variety of tools for storytelling and communication. Mobile apps allow for collecting data in the field that can then be used for analysis either in ArcGIS Online or Desktop. Desktop software allows for more advanced applications and the preparation of formal map layouts as well as the preparation of data for online and mobile applications. Facilities at Hopkinton Middle High School, UNHGTTC’s laptop lab, and NHGA’s loaner set of GPS units have been critical hardware components used in many workshops.

Development Team

Statewide Partnership Liaison:
Stan Freeda, Office of Educational Technology, NH Department of Education

Account Managers:
Ina Ahern, Science Teacher, Plymouth Regional High School, Plymouth, NH
Lara Bryant, NHGA Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Geography, Keene State College
Judy Tumosa, Aquatic Resource Educator, NH Fish and Game Department, Concord, NH
Robert Woolner, Geography! Teacher, Hopkinton Middle High School, Contoocook, NH

GIS Specialists:
Shane Bradt, Geospatial Technology Specialist, UNH Cooperative Extension, Durham, NH
Marcel Duhaime, Math Teacher, Bow High School, Bow, NH
Rebecca Lilja, United States Forest Service, Durham, NH
Scott Semmens, Science Teacher, Hopkinton Middle High School, Contoocook, NH

 

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