NHEdGIS

Can you believe the 2012-2013 school year is ¼ over? Those of us working on the team supporting the implementation of geospatial technologies in NH schools and the Esri K-12 Statewide Educational Site License for Esri Software felt it was time for an e-mail to participating districts to share progress, solicit information on what else you need for support, and share information on some upcoming opportunities. In addition to the license for the ArcGIS Desktop software, the Esri program now includes access to a limited number of ArcGIS Online for Organizations accounts. We are currently looking for schools or districts that have teams of teachers (3 or more) who are willing to participate in a 2.5 hour training to learn more about how to administer and use these accounts. ArcGIS Online is platform independent and requires no software installation. If interested, please send an e-mail to nhedgispartnership@gmail.com In order to facilitate communication among participants, NHEdGIS is joining the NHDRC Collaborative Rings program. For more information about this see https://sites.google.com/a/nheon.org/nhdrc-collaboration-ring/  and to join the NHEdGIS ring visit http://www.nhedgis.org/collaboration . We are hoping this will help serve as a vehicle for communication among interested teachers and districts. The application period for Esri’s T3G (Teachers Teaching Teachers GIS) is currently open (closes Nov 30th). This is a really outstanding program held at Esri’s home in Redlands, CA. Although you are responsible for the cost of your flight and some meals, there is no cost for the week-long training or hotel. We have had a NH representative attend this program each year since it first began four years ago, and I know we...

NHEdGIS Optional Training Event: August 14, 2012

We’ve received a tremendous response to our request for “early adopters” of the statewide educational site license for Esri’s ArcGIS software. Because you have expressed interest in or your organization has received the license, we’d like to invite you (and any other interested NH educators) to a training event before school starts at Hopkinton Middle High School. (There will be other events offered later.) Tentative Schedule is as follows: 8:00 am: Optional Pre-meeting: Installation troubleshooting—answer questions on installation issues, if desired, conduct an actual installation 9:00 am: Official Start Introductions Introduction to GIS in Education 9:15 am: ArcGIS Online: Create a personal account and try out an activity. (Options will include activities appropriate for various grade levels and subjects.) Share. 10:15 am: ArcWhat? The Language of Esri 10:30 am: Organizational Accounts: the NHEdGIS ArcGIS Online Account: 11:30 am: Resources: I want to start using GIS, but don’t feel ready to create my own lessons….how do I find things to do with my class? 12:00 am: Lunch (Bring your own or can order locally) 12:45 pm: ArcGIS Desktop: Mapping Our World Lesson (start) 1:45 pm: Wrap up/conclusion. Where do we go from here? 2:00 pm: Optional “after school “ session: we will hang around for people who would like to stay and continue to play with the software and/or ask questions. 3:00 pm: Final “Bell” To RSVP to this invitation, please fill out the GoogleDocs form at: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFFtWVFJd3U1Ymp4bXRSVS1aY0JRU3c6MQ#gid=0 Please also forward this e-mail to other teachers (at your school or throughout NH) who you think might be interested in attending. Any questions? Contact me at i_ahern@LR.NET or the partnership at...
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”....