GIS Educators Day 2012

This is a pivotal year for GIS educators. The functionality of ArcGIS Online continues to expand at a rapid pace offering ever-increasing opportunities for  educational use. With ArcGIS Online you can now publish and share data,maps and applications; map field data collaboratively; create a map gallery; and much much more. GIS Educators Day will offer these hands-on workshops on ArcGIS Online: * Introduction to Web Mapping * ArcGIS Online: Personal vs. Organization Accounts * Adding GPS Data to ArcGIS Online * Publishing Content to ArcGIS Online Oral presentations and panels will offer a range of additional topics of  interest to educators from all disciplines, at levels from public elementary school through state departments of education to elite colleges, plus after-school programs, parks, museums, and libraries. You can see a preliminary conference schedule on our web page at http://www.northeastarc.org/2012/html/giseducators.shtml GIS Educators Day 2012 represents a tremendously valuable opportunity for you to sharpen your professional skills and to network with other educators. Our lunch speaker, Dr. Matthew Bampton from the University of Southern Maine is widely known in Maine’s GIS community and has many insights to offer other educators based on his work with GIS over the years. The main NEARC Conference will run from November 12-14 just down the road at the Samoset Resort in Rockland, Maine. If you are interested in a special two-day registration for Sunday and Monday, you can learn the details by contacting victoria@delaneymeetingevent.com · GIS Educators Day 2012 is going to be an outstanding conference. I hope to see you there. Don’t forget to register today at...

Free Geography Standards Webinar

Don’t miss the first webinar of the season on August 29th! Join us for an informative look at the newly updated Geography Standards! GFL2 or Geography for Life: National Geography Standards, Second Edition has finally arrived! This presentation will highlight the changes that are featured in the second edition of the national standards and provide an overview of the new edition. A new colorful 3-column layout allows teachers to see content in all three grade bands at one time. The organization of this second edition focuses on Doing Geography. There are three new classroom vignettes that describe examples of doing geography at each of the three grade bands in the standards to help teachers as they envision doing geography in their own classrooms. By organizing the geographic perspectives, content knowledge, and skills sections together in Part II of the document, the document provides examples of how to engage students in doing geography and developing useful geographic practices. An expanded glossary is a valuable resource in building geography vocabulary for K-12 students. The presentation will also include an opportunity for questions and answers as well as helpful discussions about the many ways to use this updated resource in support of existing state and district level standards. It’s the perfect way to start your school year with the newest tools in your tool belt! Title: Meet the New Geography Standards Date: Wednesday, August 29, 2012 Time: 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT Cost: Free to EVERYONE! After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar. System Requirements PC-based attendees Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003...

Climate Literacy Education Resource

If you teach about climate change or know someone who does, check out CLEAN (Climate Literacy & Energy Awarness Network). CLEAN has collected (and reviewed) hundreds of activities. The activities are searchable by grade levels, and linkages to the Climate Literacy Principles as well as Excellence in Environmental Education: Guidelines for Learning (K-12): http://cleanet.org/clean/educational_resources/index.html CLEAN is a great resource. But, I’m particularly happy that they have crossreferenced the activities to the K-12 Guidelines for Learning. Educators have a great tool for teaching about climate and...
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”....

GIS EDUCATORS DAY

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...