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”....

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...

Giant Traveling Africa Map

National Geographic’s giant Africa traveling map will be coming to the State of New Hampshire during the month of November 2012. This map of Africa will fill a gymnasium and comes with a trunk full of activities and materials for children to use. For more information visit Giant Africa Map If you would like more information about hosting the map, or seeing the map when it is here please email nhga@keene.edu or David McCormick at...

New U.S. Census Bureau Population Data Released Today

Durham, NH– Kenneth Johnson, professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire and senior demographer at the Carsey Institute, has written two new analyses based on U.S. Census Bureau data released today.    The first analysis shows that New Hampshire’s population has surpassed Maine’s for the first time since 1800, when Maine had 152,000 residents and New Hampshire had 184,000. Johnson reports that New Hampshire has been growing faster than Maine throughout this decade. Since 2000, New Hampshire gained 89,000 new residents compared to Maine’s 43,000.   The second analysis shows that with less migration, natural increase is now more important to state growth. According to Johnson, the nation continues to experience reduced levels of domestic migration (movement from one state) as a result of the economic recession.   “For states that gained the most from domestic migration during the boom years of the mid-decade, the impact of the migration slowdown has been substantial. Florida, long a major recipient of migrants from other states, saw it domestic migration drop from a gain of 263,000 in 2005, to a loss of 31,000 last year,” he said. “In contrast, Massachusetts, which lost migrants to other states for most of the decade, enjoyed an inflow of domestic migrants and population growth last year.”   Read the New Hampshire population fact sheet. Read the national population fact sheet. Read about author Ken Johnson. Visit the Carsey...