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Esri Story Map Treasure Hunt

Esri Story Map Treasure Hunt | Geography Education | Scoop.it

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.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 18, 6:54 PM

I love this geography, map-based quiz that let's people explore the world as they learn about some interesting places.  

Douglas Vance's curator insight, January 18, 7:00 PM

This is a brand new and to me, a unique way of exploring global geography by using trivia questions as a means to explore the world.

Kami Romeike's curator insight, April 8, 5:29 PM

I love this geography, map-based quiz that let's people explore the world as they learn about some interesting places.  

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The Rise of Megacities

The Rise of Megacities | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"By 2025, the developing world will be home to 29 megacities."


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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. 


Download the data yourself as a CSV file and your can import this into ArcGIS online and symbolize your map with any of the columns in the dataset.  


Tags: urban, megacities.


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Matt Mallinson's comment, November 19, 2012 10:27 AM
If that's what is predicted for 2025, how populated will our world be by 2050? Scary to think about.
Peter Steffan's curator insight, October 9, 2013 5:00 PM

Very cool!

Tori Denney's curator insight, May 27, 2015 3:36 PM

World cities and megacities - Presently , the mega cities of the world have to have a population of at least 10,000. Many cities are very near the minimum to be considered a mega city, but are not quite there. By 2025, the developing world, as we understand it now, is estimated to be home to 29 megacities.

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Where Does Your Water Come From?

Where Does Your Water Come From? | Geography Education | Scoop.it

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

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Nic Hardisty's comment, October 15, 2012 9:01 AM
I was definitely unaware of where my drinking water came from. This is nice, user-friendly map... Hopefully it gets updated regularly, as it will be interesting to see how these sources change over time.
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Problem-Based Learning with GIS

Problem-Based Learning with GIS | Geography Education | Scoop.it

In the Mid-Morning Plenary Session of the ESRI User Conference, it was apparent that students can learn in meaningful ways by applying GIS to real-world situations. 


Tags: GIS, edtech, GeographyEducation.

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Ten Geographic Ideas that Changed the World

Ten Geographic Ideas that Changed the World | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Adapted from the book by Professor Susan Hanson...

 

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This is an excellent review/summary of an edited volume that shows the value of geographic thought and its importance in the modern world.  This review conveniently gives a one paragraph synopsis of each chapter.  It does not need to be read chronologically, so you can pick and choose what you find relevant to your course.  The top 10 are (in order of inclusion in the book): the Idea of the Map, the Weather Map, GIS, Human Adjustment, Water Budget Climatology, Human Transformation of the Earth, Spatial Organization and Interdependence, Central Place Theory, Megalopolis and Sense of Place.

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Seth Forman's curator insight, March 23, 2015 5:24 PM

Summary: This article demonstrated how geographic concepts have been able to change daily life for humans everywhere. It talked about the log term effect of many life changing geographic concepts, such as how maps have influenced weather forecasts which have become an important part of daily life.

 

Insight:  This article showed me how important geographic processes can be on daily life.  It also demonstrates that nearly everyone in a developed country today relies on their ability to read geographic information even in something as simple as a weather map.

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GIS for home buyers

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Whoa, check out Trulia Local - A visual way to explore crime, schools, home prices, and local data.

 

The map above was generated to display the areas within a 30 minute commute of Rhode Island College in Providence.  This site generates commuting maps and other layers that are especially pertinent for home buyers---schools, crime stats, property values and local amenities.  This is GIS data brought to the real estate shopping community, but consider this a project in the making.  One of the best exercises to get to know a place holistically is to shop for housing and make some locational analysis decisions.

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Ignite Education: On Demand Learning

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"I want to contrast this 'on demand' learning from typical classroom learning...below are three examples of how an educator might include 'on demand' learning within a geography or GIS course." 

 

In this article (from a excellent geography/GIS education blog), the three main ways to use on-demand learning are: 1) Project-based work, 2) Flipped Classroom and 3) Creating a Learning Resource.  All three are designed to use technology within the classroom (with geographic content especially). 

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Lisa Fonseca's comment, August 27, 2012 11:05 AM
I found this article interesting because, I think with technology changing so drastically that it is important students are taught in multiple ways. The use of textbooks recently has seemed to become less and less of an option. Today we are seeing students use online resources and more hands on experiences. Which, overall I think is the best way for students to learn.
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QGIS for Educators: Basics of QGIS

This is the second in our series of videos showing educators the main features and applications of QGIS (Quantum GIS) in the classroom. In this video we will...

 

If you need help downloading and installing there is a video tutorial. Once installed, this simple tutorial gets you started with the free, open-source GIS platform.  For more about resources on how to use QGIS, see: http://geographyeducation.org/whats-new/qgis/


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Using a Smartphone and ArcGIS Online

Using a Smartphone and ArcGIS Online | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"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.

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Jesse Gauthier's comment, September 2, 2012 1:20 PM
Mapping and examining your tracks of direction on the move, you can't get any more "real time" than that! And I have been witness to a change in school settings, in regards to cell phone use in school. I can remember before students had advanced cell phones, and cell phones were not allowed to be seen out of one’s pocket in a classroom. But now I am seeing cell phones being an advantage to classroom studies.
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Public Cemeteries and GIS

Public Cemeteries and GIS | Geography Education | Scoop.it
How to search for graves in the town of sylvan lakes lakeview cemetery.

 

This is a tangible example of public GIS data being used to help the community know more about it's history.  What type of project could you do make with this kind of data?  How could a cemetery be the nexus for a interdisciplinary project?       

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Vector-Based Maps in iOS 6

Vector-Based Maps in iOS 6 | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Apple announced today that it's revamping the Maps application on iOS devices—iPhone, iPad, iPod touch—introducing a lot of showy new features like...

 

Earlier this week I posted an article that was skeptical about Apple's foray into online mapping that essentially said that Apple could not replace Google.  This article focuses on the differences in Apples mapping strategy--primarily shifting digital mapping for raster based data to vector data.  This is a perfect example to show GIS students the relevance of how data is stored. 

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Learning about Water with ArcGIS Online

Learning about Water with ArcGIS Online | Geography Education | Scoop.it
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."

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A Map Of Your City’s Invisible Neighborhoods, According To Foursquare

A Map Of Your City’s Invisible Neighborhoods, According To Foursquare | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Every city is filled with different neighborhoods, but often, you won’t find these places on any map. They’re word-of-mouth zoning distinctions known only to locals.

 

How do you define the borders of a neighborhood?  This intiguing look at the social media platform FourSquare to mathematically find like-minded individuals that share spatial patterns.  Interestingly, the digital map with algorithms lined up with residents mental maps.  What types of regions are these?  How come? 

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Generate Simple World Maps

Generate Simple World Maps | Geography Education | Scoop.it

Free travel tip and photos from all over the world...

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This map is not a professionally produced map and that is the beauty of this website.  Virtually anyone can make a 1-feature world map by simply clicking on a checklist all the countries you want highlighted on your map.  Second, opened the file and added some text and a few lines to label it.  This took 20 minutes to make with no need for any cartographic or GIS experience  (this PNG didn't compress well, the full image of this map can be seen here).

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GIS Day video

GIS Day video | Geography Education | Scoop.it

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.

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Spatial Thinking Key to Solving Crime

Spatial Thinking Key to Solving Crime | Geography Education | Scoop.it

What are all these news reporters and school administrators doing in my classroom?  Monday, September 24, 2012 was most certainly an interesting day in my Mapping Our Changing World (GEOG 201) class...


One of my students applied some mapping skills and spatial analysis to a string of unsolved bank robberies in Rhode Island.  After 7 months of eluding capture with at least 8 robberies under his belt, the "bearded bandit" was apprehended less than 48 hours after my student handed over his analysis to a contact in the police department.  Coincidence?  I think not!  Great work Nic, showing that spatial thinking and geographic skills can be applied to a wide range of disciplines and activities. 


Tags: RhodeIsland, GIS, mapping, GeographyEducation, edtech.   

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Elizabeth Allen's comment, September 25, 2012 8:07 PM
Wow! Awesome story. Professor Dixon thanks for sharing this. Nic must be thrilled and you must be proud!
Matt Mallinson's comment, September 26, 2012 10:11 AM
Awesome presentation of it all, it was very interesting.
Victoria Morgia Jamolod-Umbo's comment, September 27, 2012 8:58 AM
This is a great development! Today, there are so many unsolved crimes because of lack of investigative skills of our investigating authorities. So, if this new way of solving crimes can really help victims to attain justice, then we have to support it, by all means....
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What is GIS?

This is a brief introduction to what geographic information systems are.  This is not a tutorial on how to use it, but a conceptual overview on the potential uses and applications for GIS.  


Tags: GIS, video, Unit 1 GeoPrinciples, geospatial, mapping and location.

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CT Blake's curator insight, September 28, 2014 10:55 AM

Useful for understanding the use of GIS and differences with GPS.

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Spatial Olympics

Spatial Olympics | Geography Education | Scoop.it

The "Spatial" Olympics is an interactive map that displays the running medal count for the 2012 London Games.  The above map shows a map of the Gold Medal count (as of today and with a limited spatial extent).  Enjoy the Games! 

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Advancing STEM Education with GIS

ESRI has recently released a free PDF book entitled "Advancing STEM Education with GIS."  GIS and STEM represent an important opportunity for geography.  

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Envisioning the Spatial University

Envisioning the Spatial University | Geography Education | Scoop.it
If geospatial technology helped us understand the costs, would we make different decisions about the value of electric reliability?

 

This is an excellent article that shows this as an important moment for geography.  Geospatial technologies have been official listed as a growth sector in the economy: where will the workforce gain these skills?  This is the perfect time to put geographic analysis together more firmly into the curriculum with the STEM disciplines so that spatial thinking throughout the curriculum.  Geospatial technologies such as GIS are a are a common space where geography and STEM discipline can meet.

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365 Reflections on Why Geography and GIS Matter

365 Reflections on Why Geography and GIS Matter | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"In 2011, beginning on New Year’s Day, as president of the National Council for Geographic Education, I wrote one tweet everyday beginning with “What is Geography? 1 of 365” and posted them to my Twitter page. OK, I confess that I actually posted multiple posts every day, sometimes up to 10. There is just so much on this topic to write about! And I continue these efforts in 2012.

 

My goals in the series were several. First, I sought to point out as organization president how the NCGE serves the geography education community, and has been doing so since 1915. Through its webinars, book and journal publications, annual conference, curriculum, research, partnerships, and networking opportunities, the NCGE supports excellence in teaching and learning geography. Second, I wanted to provide evidence of the diversity of geography. Those outside the geographic community might have an incomplete or even erroneous view of geography as a discipline. I wanted to nudge people beyond thinking of geography only as the location of things, to provide an idea what geographers study and what they care about. I explored themes of scale, patterns, and relationships, topics such as watersheds, energy, ecoregions, climate, and population density, and discussed different regions while on work travel to Salzburg Austria, San Francisco, New York City, San Diego, Minneapolis, and elsewhere. Geography is diversity in people, landscapes, issues, skills, and themes....."

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National Atlas: Interactive Mapmaker

National Atlas: Interactive Mapmaker | Geography Education | Scoop.it

The National Atlas that is available online has an extensive database for simple online mapping.  This is "GIS-light," an easy way to explore the spatial patterns within U.S. census data and other data sets.  The lists all contain a wide variety of variables, making this a good way to get students to explore potential research topics.  Thanks to the Connecticut Geographic Alliance coordinator for suggesting this link.   

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Lisa Fonseca's comment, August 27, 2012 11:10 AM
I think this website is great! I can see myself using this in a classroom. It provides a clear visual for students and anyone in general to view statistics on a variety of content.
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Tribal GIS Details Native American Use of Geospatial Technology

Tribal GIS Details Native American Use of Geospatial Technology | Geography Education | Scoop.it
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."

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Kim Vignale's comment, July 10, 2012 9:53 PM
GIS is a great program that integrates physical and social geography. Native Americans are becoming technologically advanced by using this modern program. This program is very helpful in mapping out land that is owned by the tribe and the sustainability of resources. For example, land that is strictly used for agriculture can be mapped out and boundaries can be created with land that is being used commercially. GIS is a great program that can help many officials create plans locally, regionally, and internationally.
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Earth As Art : Pick Your Favorites!

Earth As Art : Pick Your Favorites! | Geography Education | Scoop.it

The USGS is celebrating 40 years of the LANDSAT

Program by having a competition to select the top 5 "Earth as Art" images from the more than 120 scenes from their curated collection.  All readers can select 5 images on the USGS website and the poll closes on July 6, 2012 (The image above is from Coahuila, Mexico).

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Roland Trudeau Jr.'s comment, July 6, 2012 8:11 PM
Really shows the natural beauty of the world through our technology.
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London's 'Rudest' Boroughs

London's 'Rudest' Boroughs | Geography Education | Scoop.it
A couple of weeks ago, I put up a post detailing how swearing on Twitter increases during the course of the average day.  It seemed people get more angry and sweary outside of work time, rather than during.

 

This is a curious combination of geospatial social media technologies (so of course I found out about it on Twitter).  To read an article about this on The Guardian's site (with Google Fusion Tables to the data) see: http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog/2012/may/04/twitter-swearing-london ;

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