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Topography and elevation matters. We can dry to make water dry ground (and vice versa), but not without future consequences.
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Famous TV Moms and where they lived. Happy Mother's Day.
Today (May 10th) is Mother's Day in Mexico and some other Latin American countries so what better time to share this map of TV Moms? Additionally, here are maps that display the various dates that different societies use to honor Mothers and Fathers.
Question to Ponder: Many societies celebrate Mother's Day around the vernal equinox and Father's Day near the summer solstice. Is this a coincidence or are their some gendered messages in these cultural celebrations?
"Can you use physical and cultural geography clues to match the ground photograph with its location? Identify the 10 cities and 10 countries. In so doing, you are thinking spatially and considering language, culture, climate, landforms, land use, transportation methods, etc. to determine the correct answers."
This quiz and others like it are great ways to get students utilize all the information available in a photograph and really plumb the depths of their knowledge about places.
Tags: games, spatial, landscape.
Should be great for FCE speaking speculation. . . .
Although these were designed specifically for GIS day during Geography Awareness Week, these 2 excellent map-based treasure hunts from ESRI are great any time of year. The answer to the question will only pop up in you are zoomed in the the right region (SHIFT + Make a box = Zoom to area). These links will take you to the World Cities quiz and also to the Mountains quiz.
I'm pleased to announce that for GIS Day, I created a map that has hyperlinks to regionally specific posts that I put on 'Geography Education.' This map was created using ArcGIS Online (here's a free tutorial on how to to use ArcGIS Online tailored for K-12 educators). This is just another way to search for materials on this site. Feel free to embed this map on your webpage or share the link. I'll add more tags in the future as well (just click on the icon to get a pop-up, then click on the image to see the posts). Happy GIS Day!
This interactive map documents where 443 million people around the world get there water (although the United States data is by far the most extensive). Most people can't answer this question. A recent poll by The Nature Conservancy discoverd that 77% of Americans (not on private well water) don't know where their water comes from, they just drink it. This link has videos, infographics and suggestions to promote cleaner water. This is also a fabulous example of an embedded map using ArcGIS Online to share geospatial data with a wider audience.
Tags: GIS, water, fluvial, environment, ESRI, pollution, development, consumption, resources, mapping, environment depend, cartography, geospatial.
ESRI has recently released a free PDF book entitled "Advancing STEM Education with GIS." GIS and STEM represent an important opportunity for geography.
Esri Press book provides insight for GIS implementation from indigenous sovereign nations.
"The book offers insight into how tribal governments and supporting organizations are employing GIS, from day-to-day operations to special projects for tribal leadership. Tribal GIS also highlights how GIS is being used to embrace a new movement in tribal governance toward improving citizen services, decision support for community leadership, sustained economic development, and the protection of tribal assets."
This is a fantastic list of GIS education resources.
This is part 2 of my interview with David DiBiase, Director of Education at Esri, about the opportunities and challenges ahead with GIS in education. Have we yet reached a sort of “critical mass” where more educators know..."
The geospatial technologies available are improving rapidly--I hope that our curriculum and pedagogy for geography education is matching these changes. This interview essentially answers this main question: 20 years from now, as Esri’s Education Team is celebrating 40 years, what will the next generation of GIS education look like?
Today's students embrace technology outside the classroom, and, when used effectively, technology is an excellent tool to engage students inside the classroom as well.
Were you hoping for a free web course on teaching GIS for your K-12 classroom? This is it.
A map produced with arcgis.com that shows where in the world members of the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) live. How many of you are one of these data points? Can you identify some of your friends?
Teachers Teaching Teachers GIS (T3G) is a professional development event for educators who help other educators learn why and how to use GIS. Through modeling, practice, and discussion, participants who are already versed in GIS, in teaching with computers, and in conducting professional development boost their combination of skills. It will be June 17-22, 2012 in Redlands CA and applications are due Nov 30, 2011--in essence it is free if you can get there.
This is from Esri's education team, especially Joseph Kerski. Have you wanted to use GPS data on GIS but thought it's too hard? This will coach you through the process. "I have created a new series of videos on the Esri Education Team’s YouTube Channel and on my geography channel that describes the process of gathering field data with GPS and mapping and analyzing it with GIS in educational contexts."
Investigate for yourself the mechanisms of global trade
This more clearly shows the regional restructuring of the global economy than just about anything I've ever seen, especially manufacturing. The 8 largest and busiest ports in the world are all in East or Southeast Asia (and 11 of the top 13). A quick glance at the historical charts will show that most of these were relatively minor ports that have exploded in the last 20 years.
Tags: transportation, globalization, diffusion, East Asia, industry, economic.
Good way to teach geography.
I think this is perfect for my geographystudents this week. Worth to use in a study of global tradestructures.
Synchronized and permutable orthoimagery and interactive map visualisation
This set of 19 short essays (around 3-4 pages each) is a great supplemental text. I am eager to read them and other resources in the ESRI library.
Tags: GIS, ESRI, mapping, cartography, geospatial, edtech, geography education, unit 1 GeoPrinciples.
By 2025, the developing world will be home to 29 megacities.
Through this interactive mapping feature with rich call-out boxes, the reader can explore the latest UN estimates and forecasts on the growth of megacities (urban areas with over 10 million residents). These 'cities on steroids' have been growing tremendously since the 1950s and present a unique set of geographic challenges and opportunities for their residents.
Tags: urban, megacities.
Download the data yourself as a CSV file and your can import this into ArcExplorer or ArcMap and symbolize your map with any of the columns in the dataset.
This is a great video for GIS day (TODAY!) to remember why and how spatial thinking and spatial technologies can improve education and communities. GIS will be a mainstay in the emerging workplace.
By moving the slider, the user can compare 1990 false-color Landsat views (left) with recent true-color imagery (right). Humans are increasingly transforming Earth’s surface—through direct activities such as farming, mining, and building, and indirectly by altering its climate.
This interactive feature includes 12 places that have experienced significant change since 1990. This is an user-friendly way to compare remote sensing images over time. Pictured above is the Aral Sea, which is and under-the-radar environmental catastrophe in Central Asia that has its roots in the Soviet era's (mis)management policies.
Tags: remote sensing, land use, environment, geospatial, environment modify, esri, unit 1 Geoprinciples, zbestofzbest.
As I sat in class, and Professor Dixon began to tell us about humans changing the world around them I was not surprised, after all I have heard about how we caused global warming by destroying the ozone layer and we cut down trees ect. However what I was not prepared for was the speed with which we reshape the world. In a span of about 20 years we have destroyed entire ecosystems, and it is to late to do anything about it. The Aral Sea is dead, and it would be very difficult to nearly impossible to fix it now.
On top of all that damage, we also learned in class that the area where sea water used to be, but is now land because of the receding water is so salty and baron that it is wasteland and not fit for any type of use. When that water dries up, there will be none left for the nearby countries to utilize.
"Now that it is easy to gather tracks and waypoints on a smartphone and map them in a GIS, it provides a good opportunity to remind students about the importance of being critical of and paying attention to data. I recently went on a walk around a local reservoir and used the Motion X GPS app on my iPhone to collect my track and a few waypoints. I emailed the data to myself and added the GPX file to ArcGIS Online so I could map and examine the track. I made my results public and made it visible below to feature some teachable moments......"
What a perfect combination! Students more and more have these fantastic computing devices that we often underutilize (or ban outright) in their education. This article shows how to bring GIS and a student's smartphone together.
ESRI is the world leader in GIS (geographic information system) technology. This site features free GIS software, online mapping, online training, demos, data, software and service information, user scripts, and more.
This learning module includes activities that analyze water (oceans, rivers, watersheds, wetlands, etc.) within an explicitly spatial context. As the author of the module, Joseph Kerski states: "Water is a spatial subject: It easily moves among its solid, liquid, or gas phases on our planet. It flows through oceans, rivers, wetlands, glaciers, and through the hydrologic cycle at different rates. Thus, the geographic perspective and GIS are useful to understanding water from local to global scales. These activity use ArcGIS Online, a Web-based Geographic Information System (GIS). No previous experience with GIS is necessary."
We are pleased to announce that the new 2010 U.S. Census datasets with their new geometry and attributes are now available as layer packages on ArcGIS.com.
Time for ESRI to update the datasets, means time for use more current relevant data in the classroom.
Create, find, use, and share maps, applications, and tools with everyone.
This is a quick introduction on how to use http://www.arcgis.com/
This links you to the video "Drawing with GPS, Mapping with GIS." How and why to draw shapes and letters with your GPS track function and map them in educational contexts. It can be a fun outdoor activity that can get students to spatially reconsider their campus, neighborhood and local environment. Also, it will link you to the YouTube channel with many other ideas and tips.
On Tues., Sept. 27, Dr. Joseph Kerski, education manager for Esri, and Dr.
This is an excellent webinar to share with students considering a possible career in Geography and GIS.
"There are 10 variables on this United States map that you can examine from the state to the block group level, ranging from median age to tapestry segmentation to median income, population change 2000 to 2010 and more."
GIS projects are now all the more accessible to a wider range of students, classrooms and schools. All that is needed is an internet connection, an idea and a question. Thanks to our NCGE president for suggestion this idea for the site!