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2010 U.S. Census datasets are now available

2010 U.S. Census datasets are now available | Geography Education | Scoop.it
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.


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QGIS

QGIS | Geography Education | Scoop.it

Do you want to use GIS but don't have the budgetary support to install expensive software?  Don't know where to start?  QGIS is a free, open-source GIS that is a nice option for schools operating on a limited budget that still want a full GIS platform.

 

Here is an excellent set of video screencasts that are an introduction to what GIS is, using the QGIS software: http://linfiniti.com/dla/ .  This site also has sample data, tutorials and worksheets.

 

Another excellent tutorial for novices to GIS is found here: http://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/tutorials/qgis-basics-journalists/ .  This tutorial was especially designed for journalists creating maps, and walks you through the installation process as well as some of the basics of the user interface.

 

Many small city governments without the budget to run proprietary GIS software use QGIS and here is a repository of QGIS resources including blogs, forums, tutorials and user manuals: http://www.townshipgis.org/resources/qgis ; An excellent blog with QGIS tutorials is: http://qgis.spatialthoughts.com/

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Articolo molto utile per entrare nel mondo di QGIS
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GIS and The City 2.0

GIS and The City 2.0 | Geography Education | Scoop.it

The City, for the first time in human history, houses more of our species than the countryside.  This fundamental fact means that geographers must study the city more.  GIS offers many of the tools needed for that type of sustained inquiry. Geospatial technologies are no longer only for the 'tech geeks,' researchers or even the tech saavy; GIS and other technologies are a learning platform for 21st century geo-literacy.  

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The Prime Meridian: Natural or Cultural?

The Prime Meridian: Natural or Cultural? | Geography Education | Scoop.it
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mderder's comment, February 19, 2012 5:04 PM
The system works fine as is. Maybe down the line, when it would be far easier to quickly change the global coordinate system, this thing would be feasible. Now, though, it would needlessly entail a huge amount of labor. Just think of all the PRINTED materials which could cause confusion. You would have to change out EVERY chart on EVERY seagoing vessel in the WORLD. That, all by itself, is an enormous task, and in some areas would be economically prohibitive. Charts are NOT cheap. In the future, when everything is linked up and digital, it would be much easier. Now it would be a disaster. Some people don't think things through.
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The Next 20 Years of GIS Education

The Next 20 Years of GIS Education | Geography Education | Scoop.it

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? 


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Sketch-A-Map

Sketch-A-Map | Geography Education | Scoop.it

Shown above is my 10 minute "Cap'n Crunch Map" of my neighborhood, showing my favorite running paths, libraries, schools, etc.  My particular cartographic rendering is not a mapping marvel, but this ESRI tool is. For a base map you can select a topographic map, street map of satellite image and it is "scale-able" at a neighborhood, national or global extent.  You can draw shapes or annotate right on top of any given map and then print or save as a PNG file. This would be a great resource to get students to literally map out their neighborhood, or have them map out regions of the United States or the World.  Also, for teaching in front of the class, if you've ever wanted to make your own annotations on a map and draw right on it, this would perfectly fit those needs. 

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Geographic Education and the GIS Professional

Geographic Education and the GIS Professional | Geography Education | Scoop.it

The shortcomings in the geographic knowledge of American K-12 students was again reiterated this past summer when the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) “report card” was released. Less than one-third of elementary, middle and high school students showed a proficiency in geography. While students in fourth grade had a slight improvement since the last 2001 testing, eighth and twelfth graders stayed stagnant or regressed in that time.

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QGIS Workshop

QGIS Workshop | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Harvard CGA Quantum GIS Workshop...

 

This is a good way to familiarize yourself with the open source (read: free!) GIS system QGIS. 

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Going Places with GIS and Geography in Education

Going Places with GIS and Geography in Education | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Long-time educator Barbaree Duke has been integrating GIS into her classroom since 2000. As a staffer for the National Council for Geographic Education, she actively advocates the use of GIS for geography education in the K-12 environment.

 

GIS is not just for the specialists producing the data.  Exploratory projects can get students to wanting to ask questions and focus their spatial thinking skills 

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Always a pleasure to hear from Barbaree Duke...

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World Large Urban Areas 1905-2050

World Large Urban Areas 1905-2050 | Geography Education | Scoop.it
In 1950, the world population was 2.5 billion and according to United Nations estimates, the world population reached seven billion sometime around October 31st this year.

Want some global population data sets to map for a GIS project?  Historical GIS? Here it is.

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GIS - National Geographic Education

GIS  - National Geographic Education | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Encyclopedic entry. A geographic information system (GIS) is a computer system for capturing, storing, checking, and displaying data related to positions on Earth’s surface. GIS can show many different kinds of data on one map.

 

This informative webpage (and accompanying features) simply answer the question, "What is GIS and how is it a useful way to work with spatial data?" 

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Pau T.'s curator insight, November 2, 2014 5:39 PM

Què és un sistema d'infromació geogràfica (SIG/GIS)?

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Historypin

This is a video introduction to www.historypin.com which might just prove to be a very useful and important project.  It's historical geography powered by collaborative mapping that is infused with social media dynamics.  Backed by Google, they are geo-tagging old photos to recreate the historical geographies of all places and comparing them with current street view images.  You can search by topic, place or date...this has the potential to be very big.   

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4995songs's comment, November 16, 2011 4:13 PM
Absolutely brilliant! The possibilities that this offers are staggering. If museums, galleries, and archives all got on board with this, they could create an incredible database that would allow teachers to add so much more depth to their lessons. I feel like having a visual timeline paired with geographic references in this capacity would give students (and everyone else!) a stronger understanding of how deeply history and geography are connected.
Seth Dixon's comment, November 16, 2011 6:40 PM
Agreed, this is conceptually amazing...but what a vast undertaking. I'm half-tempted to upload some pictures but I know that I've got too many pet projects at the moment and think that this one has the potential to overwhelm me time-wise.
GIS student's comment, November 17, 2011 3:37 PM
Awesome site! As an aspiring teacher, this website can be great for then and now projects. When explaining different eras or time periods this not only shows where certain things took place, but what they looked like as well. Definitely something that will become more popular in the social media aspect of society. Definitely a site I can spend hours on.
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New Scientist TV: Why GPS is just a clock in space

New Scientist TV: Why GPS is just a clock in space | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"Thanks to GPS, planes, cars and cellphones can quickly be guided to any destination. The system uses a network of satellites, but how do they relay the correct coordinates from space?  GPS is just a big clock in space. By communicating with four time-keeping satellites, a GPS device can determine it's exact position."

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NGA's Shifting Analysis

NGA's Shifting Analysis | Geography Education | Scoop.it

TheNational Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's (NGA)  new director, Letitia Long, unveiled her new vision. 

 

1)--Provide online, on-demand access to GEOINT knowledge by giving users access to all GEOINT content, services, expertise and support, while providing tools that allow them to serve themselves.

 

2)--Create new value by broadening and deepening NGA’s analytic expertise, through a deeper contextual analysis of places informed not only by the earth’s physical features and imagery intelligence, but also by “human geography.”

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Geospatial mapping enhances Arlington National Cemetery management

Geospatial mapping enhances Arlington National Cemetery management | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Officials at Arlington National Cemetery will use an Army-designed geospatial mapping system to manage cemetery operations, the executive director of the Army National Cemeteries Program said March 8, 2012.

 

This is another fantastic example of how GIS, GPS and online mapping can be used within many diverse projects.  Mapping cemeteries can be an excellent service learning project for a GIS class and the exploring local cemeteries is a very hands on method for exploring local history in a way that makes place matter. Geographic skills and spatial analysis is increasingly critical in the 21st century as we've seen an explosion of online applications for geospatial technologies.   

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World Bank eAtlas of Global Development

"The World Bank eAtlas of Global Development maps and graphs more than 175 thematically organized indicators for over 200 countries, letting you visualize and compare progress on the most important development challenges facing our world. Most indicators cover several decades, so you can see, for example, how 'life expectancy at birth' has improved from 1960 up through the latest year."  This tool should greatly enhance student projects as they will add more data, and see bigger patterns.  To go to the link visit: http://www.app.collinsindicate.com/worldbankatlas-global/en

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The 10 Most Expensive Streets in the USA

This video models how to conduct a lesson in urban geography using ArcGIS online (produced by the ESRI education team).  Specifically, this exercise examines the spatial context of the 10 most expensive streets in the USA.  

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ArcGIS Online Overview

Create, find, use, and share maps, applications, and tools with everyone.

 

This is a quick introduction on how to use http://www.arcgis.com/

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Google Earth Map Quiz w/ArcGIS

Google Earth Map Quiz w/ArcGIS | Geography Education | Scoop.it

This is an incredible combination of geospatial technologies to create a masterful Geography Education resource.  This quiz has the advantages of being able to pan and zoom, while at the same maintains the benefits of a static presentation (the instructions, and question prompts stay in the same size and in the same location on the screen).  For a static version of the same quiz (if you don't have internet available where you are presenting) see: http://www.arcgis.com/home/webmap/presentation.html?webmap=f95d562571d740a6840254ee53ae3024 

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UN warns land degraded, farm production must rise

UN warns land degraded, farm production must rise | Geography Education | Scoop.it
ROME — The United Nations has completed the first-ever global assessment of the state of the planet’s land resources, finding in a report Monday that a quarter of all land is highly degraded and warning the trend must be reversed if the world’s...

 

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Population growth and food production are obviously linked.  Thanks to folks at ESRI, this theoretical issue can be made much more concrete for our students using geospatial technologies.  You can examine 4 crops of the world using GIS with this ArcLesson on the ESRI Ed Community site.

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Esri Training: Introduction to Using GIS in the Classroom

Esri Training: Introduction to Using GIS in the Classroom | Geography Education | Scoop.it
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.   

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3D maps using geospatial technologies

With Nokia Maps 3D (http://nokia.ly/snhwAs) it's almost like being there. You might be wondering how we manged to get such a high level of detail. It certain...

 

This commercial for Nokia's 3D maps doubles as a great elementary overview of how geospatial technologies are used to collect data for major mapping services (such as Google Maps, Bing Birdseye, etc.), and how that information is synthesized into a user-friendly tool/application.   

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Professional volunteers teach students GIS technology

Professional volunteers teach students GIS technology | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Four hundred students in grades four through 12 from throughout Utah County and beyond spent a day last week learning (Professional volunteers teach students GIS technology: Kory Iman, a Geographic Informat...)...


Good work on making GIS day a success!!

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QGIS: Open-source GIS resources

QGIS: Open-source GIS resources | Geography Education | Scoop.it

For GIS day, I not only celebrate ESRI, but also want to acknowledge the open-source GIS community.  This site provides many resources for those seeking to try out QGIS or other GIS platforms, but haven't known where to start.   

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Seth Dixon's comment, November 16, 2011 6:43 PM
I haven't delved into QGIS as of yet, but am toying around with it for the future (especially for my 'pre-GIS' class that doesn't exist yet called 'Mapping our Changing World.')
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Try QGIS: you never know...you might like it!

DanielePiccolo's curator insight, April 20, 9:23 AM
Risorse bibliografiche utili per l'uso di QGIS
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GIS Ed Community Blog: Why is GIS Valuable?

GIS Ed Community Blog: Why is GIS Valuable? | Geography Education | Scoop.it
The advent of another GIS Day provides a good opportunity to reflect upon the value of GIS. GIS is used, according to some estimates, by 1.5 million people each day, and by over 400,000 organizations.


Favorite quote in the article: "GIS is also valuable because it is not one tool but a system containing hundreds of tools in a single environment."


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Reaction on Post's comment, August 30, 2012 1:48 PM
It's amazing to see how helpful GIS can be. Without it, I believe the world would be much less advanced than it is.
Sam Henry's comment, September 4, 2012 10:19 AM
It's amazing to think how people used to have to make maps. Growing up with technology, one doesn't realize what people had to do to convey the same data without GIS
Lisa Fonseca's comment, September 4, 2012 6:57 PM
Until reading this article I would have never known how valuable GIS really is to so many people. 1.5 million people each day,by over 400,000 organizations use GIS, thats amazing. It is also so valuable because it has made the job of those creating maps a lot easier. They now have more time to analyze spatial data, examine patterns, relationships, and trends, and not just spend hours and hours to create one map. Overall GIS is a valuable and useful tool for a variety of reasons not just in map making but also in communicating complex ideas.