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...

Making Maps the Google Way & GIS on pennies a day Test Drive

The VT Center for Geographic Information is partnering with UNH Extension to bring two hands-on workshops to VT Technical College in Randolph on March 30. $50/workshop. 1) 9AM – NOON: Learn how to make interactive and 3D maps using free Google mapping tools! This course explores the basics of Google Earth and Google Maps with a special focus on creating your own maps to share with others. Make Google Earth and Google Maps work for you on PC’s and Macs! Description: http://extension.unh.edu/GISGPS/GISGPSTO.htm#TO_GW Register: https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=6712 2) 1PM -4PM: Take a variety of full-functioned, free GIS programs for a test drive! After a brief intro to the software, hands-on exercises will provide a framework to learn the basics of the programs, including how to create maps, edit GIS data and do basic geoprocessing. Participants are encouraged to bring their own data to use after they understand the basics of the software. Description: http://extension.unh.edu/GISGPS/GISGPSTO.htm#TO_10CTD Register: https://www.events.unh.edu/RegistrationForm.pm?event_id=6713 Questions: VCGI – 802-882-3002;...

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...