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Leading the Location Intelligence Revolution

"As GPS devises, sensors, and drones proliferate, the power of location intelligence increases exponentially. This means LI can bring clarity to the most pressing business challenges – even those that at first glance don’t seem location related. Esri has location down to a science – The Science of Where. Examples from the Bavarian Police Department, Switzerland’s largest retailer, Migros, the Port of Rotterdam, and the European Environment Agency, provide just a taste of the broad scope of challenges that can be tackled through the lens of where."

Seth Dixon's insight:

This video is a good demonstration of the value of GIS, geospatial technologies, and locational intelligence. 

GeoEd Tags: GIS, esri, video, mapping, cartography, geospatial, technology.

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Catherine Pearce's curator insight, November 26, 2018 10:02 PM
Clearly illustrates the degree to which Geographic concepts of space are critical to modern systems.
Geography's curator insight, December 15, 2018 1:31 AM
The Location Revolution
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Creating RI's Off-Shore Wind Farm

Creating RI's Off-Shore Wind Farm | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Today, to the southeast of Block Island, there are five new structures rising from the ocean. These are the towers of the Block Island Wind Farm (BIWF), the first offshore wind energy installation in the United States. The turbines will generate 30 megawatts of energy; providing electricity to 17,000 households on Block Island and coastal Rhode Island (McCann, 2016), and replacing the diesel generators that previously powered New Shoreham. The turbines are on schedule to begin turning in November 2016 once commissioning is complete.
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One of the overriding, major take-home points of this ESRI StoryMap, is that a project of this scale, scope, and magnitude requires geographic data across many disciplines (to see the largest off-shore wind farm in the world, click here).

 

Tags: mapping, Rhode IslandESRIStoryMap, GISresources, water, coastalenergy, environment depend.

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Speaking the “Language” of Spatial Analysis

Speaking the “Language” of Spatial Analysis | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"Spatial analysis has always been a hallmark of GIS, the 'numerical recipes' which set GIS apart from other forms of computerized visualization and information management. With GIS we pose questions and derive results using a wide array of analytical tools to help us understand and compare places, determine how places are related, find the best locations and paths, detect and quantify patterns, and even to make spatial predictions."

Seth Dixon's insight:

GIS is a key tool in spatial analysis, but it can also be a driving force in using math, science, technology and (yes) geography as interdisciplinary ways of teaching the curriculum.  StoryMaps can be rich with images and videos, but also filled with data at a variety of scales.  ESRI has share a "Maps we love" page with excellent examples of Story Maps and carefully explains WHY these maps work and HOW they were made.  Are you new to using the Analysis tool in ArcGIS Online?  Try this exercise on analyzing flood risk to guide you through some of the steps to learn what is possible for a project of your own.  What stories can you tell in this rich, visual format?  What visual template shown might lend itself best for that sort of project? 

 

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Interactive Climate Map

Interactive Climate Map | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"Obsessed as we are with cartography we in Staridas Geography perceive any aspect of the actual 3D World as a constant opportunity for another pretty map creation!"

Seth Dixon's insight:

This is a great interactive map of the world's climate zones. 

 

Tags: ESRIStoryMapedtech, GIS, mapping, cartographyphysical.

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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, August 20, 2016 12:47 AM

Great map to discuss global distribution of biomes and links to climate 

Sally Egan's curator insight, August 21, 2016 11:24 PM
Fun way for students to learn about the diverse climates around the world, by selecting a location on the map students are shown the climatic data of the selected place.
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VIDEO: Saving the art of mapmaking

VIDEO: Saving the art of mapmaking | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"If you're heading out on the road for your vacation this year, you'll probably get directions from a GPS or navigational system. Does that mean that the traditional map is a relic of the past? Mark Albert hits the road to find out."

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This video is designed for a general news audience and it nicely shows the public how cartography is not rendered unimportant in the era of digital maps, but has become all the more useful.  I could see this video as useful resource to share with parents who are worried that studying geography won't lead to careers.  

 

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Urban Observatory

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"The Urban Observatory city comparison app enables you to explore the living fabric of great cities by browsing a variety of cities and themes."

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At the 2013 ESRI User Conference, the Urban Observatory was unveiled (I shared this earlier, but the URL has since changed, I'm sharing it again).  The physical display contained images from cities around the world to compare and contrast diverse urban environments.  The online version of this was announced during in a 10 minute talk by Jack Dangermond and Hugh Keegan.  This interactive mapping platform let's users access 'big data' and have it rendered in thematic maps.  These maps cover population patterns, transportation networks, and weather systems.  This is a must see.  Read Forbes' article on the release of Urban Observatory here.

 

Tags: transportation, urban, GIS, geospatial, ESRI.

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Brian Weekley's comment, April 14, 2016 1:20 PM
This is fabulous, Seth! Thanks for sharing.
Brian Weekley's curator insight, April 14, 2016 1:21 PM
This is just spectacular.
Tony Hall's curator insight, April 15, 2016 5:20 AM
This is really very cool. The ability to compare urban areas allover the world is brilliant. I can see lots of discussions generated by this.
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Interactives about Syrian Refugee Crisis

Interactives about Syrian Refugee Crisis | Geography Education | Scoop.it
War, sectarian violence, and famine have forced more than 50 million people from their homes—the largest number of displaced people since World War II.
Seth Dixon's insight:

Here are two excellent ESRI StoryMaps about the Syrian refugee crisis; these are two very good examples of a great web maps. 

 

Tags: GIS, ESRI, mapping, cartography, geospatial, edtech, Syria, political, refugees.

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Jukka Melaranta's curator insight, March 3, 2016 3:40 PM

Here are two excellent ESRI StoryMaps about the Syrian refugee crisis; these are two very good examples of a great web maps. 

 

Tags: GIS, ESRI, mapping, cartography, geospatial, edtech, Syria, political, refugees.

malbert's curator insight, March 4, 2016 6:30 AM

Here are two excellent ESRI StoryMaps about the Syrian refugee crisis; these are two very good examples of a great web maps. 

'The Uprooted' (focused more on Syria).
Epicenter of a Deepening Refugee Crisis (puts Syria into larger global patterns).

 

Tags: GIS, ESRI, mapping, cartography, geospatial, edtech, Syria, political, refugees.

Rachel Stutzman's curator insight, March 11, 2016 3:28 PM

Here are two excellent ESRI StoryMaps about the Syrian refugee crisis; these are two very good examples of a great web maps. 

'The Uprooted' (focused more on Syria).
Epicenter of a Deepening Refugee Crisis (puts Syria into larger global patterns).

 

Tags: GIS, ESRI, mapping, cartography, geospatial, edtech, Syria, political, refugees.

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Raster vs. Vector

Raster vs. Vector | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"For all you fellow GIS geeks, this is for you!  I drew this comic sketch a few years ago after a student told me that they were confused for an entire lecture because they swore the professor was talking about 'raptors' and they weren’t sure what dinosaurs had to do with GIS."

Seth Dixon's insight:

What you think you are teaching isn't always what they are learning. 

 

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Why GIS in Education Matters

Why GIS in Education Matters | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"I have recently updated a document entitled “Why GIS in Education Matters” and have placed it online.  It represents my attempt to provide the most compelling and important reasons to teach and learn with Geographic Information Systems in a concise document that takes up no more than both sides of a single page.  While we have discussed other documents, messages, lessons, and videos in this blog over the years that are tailored to specific educational levels, needs, and content areas, this document contains the “essentials” that I have found resonate with the widest group of educators.  These essentials include critical thinking, career pathways, spatial thinking, the whys of where, asking good questions, sustainability and green technology, and mapping changes over space and time."


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Mapping US History with GIS

Mapping US History with GIS | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Seth Dixon's insight:

Get students thinking about patterns and the 'why's' of history with a focus on the geography and movement behind the historical story.  This is the link to some of the digital maps that can help you put history in it's place.  For more lesson plans, click here


Tags: historical, USA, mappingspatial, GIS,  ESRI, edtech.

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Yunus Khan's comment, May 7, 2015 7:09 AM
Is this new technology
Eden Eaves's curator insight, May 24, 2015 10:20 PM

These maps help show different patterns in the United States throughout different periods of American history such as during the Civil War, the locations of the first railroads, difference in the North and South, and also mapping the constitutional convention. it really help put it all in a geographical perspective. 

This helps create a focus on the movement of people, the "whys" of history, and the different political states and counties we have made over the years.  

Gareth Jukes's curator insight, May 27, 2015 5:39 PM

Use of geospatial technologies, such as GIS, remote sensing, global positioning systems (GPS), and online maps-

This article explains how GIS can be used multiple ways, whether it be in location, past, present, or predictions on the future. These GIS examples show how  the American Civil War and many other things would have been seen as.

This article demonstrates the use of geospatial technologies by showing how American history would be like if represented by GIS.

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A Sheriff And A Doctor Team Up To Map Childhood Trauma

A Sheriff And A Doctor Team Up To Map Childhood Trauma | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"The research shows that kids who have tough childhoods — because of poverty, abuse, neglect, or witnessing domestic violence, for instance — are actually more likely to be sick when they grow up. They're more likely to get diseases like asthma, diabetes and heart disease. And they tend to have shorter lives than people who haven't experienced those difficult events as kids."

Seth Dixon's insight:

The hotspot maps of crime and poverty are correlated (not a big surprise), but this is another example of using spatial data to drive public policy.  After making these initially correlations, they noticed a total lack of services, including medical care in the area that needed it most.  This podcast is the story on how geographic analysis gave birth to a "clinic on wheels."


Tagsmedical, mapping, GISspatial, neighborhoodpodcast, urban, place, poverty.

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Linda Denty's curator insight, March 15, 2015 11:45 PM

This is surely the case globally, not just in USA.

Lauren Quincy's curator insight, March 19, 2015 5:23 PM

Unit 1 Geography: Its Nature and Perspectives 


This article is about Dr. Nancy Hardt and her work in the Gainesville area to decrease poverty, abuse and neglect. The research shows that kids who have tough childhoods due to poverty, abuse, neglect or witnessing domestic violence are more likely to be sick when they grow up and they tend to have shorter lives than people who haven't experienced difficult events as kids. By looking at Medicaid records, she made a map that showed exactly where Gainesville children were born into poverty. She worked with others to  determine that the area also had high crime rate including domestic violence and child abuse. Hardt visited this area and noted hunger, substandard housing and a lack of services, including medical care. She converted an old schoolbus into the "clinic on wheels" where patients could walk in without an appointment and get treatment free of charge. Hardt also opened the SWAG Center where kids can come play all day long. There's a food pantry, free meals, a computer room, AA meetings and a permanent health clinic is about to open up across the street. 

 

This relates to unit 1 because it deals with the analyzation of maps to determine the connection to a phenomena. Dr. Hardt took many maps of crime, poverty and hunger to show one area that was high in all areas. She then interpreted the maps to conclude that people in this area later obtained many illnesses and shorter lifespans. She worked with this information to create the solution of child safe places and medical centers to help reduce the outcome. This shows how important maps can be by looking at patters spatially. 

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A Field Of Medicine That Wants To Know Where You Live

A Field Of Medicine That Wants To Know Where You Live | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Where do you live? Health specialists think that simple question could make a difference in how doctors prevent and treat diseases for individuals. That's expanding its storied role in public health.
Seth Dixon's insight:

This article highlights how spatial thinking and geospatial technologies can solve real world problems--in this case, tracking the spread of diseases is a spatial situation and not all places close to each other are equally connected to the same networks. 


Tagsmedical, diffusion, mapping, GISspatial, geospatial.

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Gregory Stewart's curator insight, August 29, 2015 2:35 PM

Geography gives us a perspective that has meaning.

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Learn What Spatial Analysis Can Do for You

Learn What Spatial Analysis Can Do for You | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"This Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is for people who know something about data analysis and want to learn about the special capabilities of spatial data analysis. Spatial analysis focuses on location to gain a deeper understanding of data. Spatial analysis skills are in high demand by organizations around the world. You'll get free access to the full analytical capabilities of ArcGIS Online, Esri's cloud-based GIS platform. Previous experience with GIS software is helpful, but not necessary for tech-savvy problem solvers. Could you and your career go places with spatial analysis?"

Seth Dixon's insight:

This course starts tomorrow...if you've wanted to learn about GIS with a no-risk on-ramp, this looks to be a safe bet from the worldwide leader in geospatial software.  While a grad student at Penn State, I was a TA for a course designed by David DiBiase (the instructor of the MOOC), and I still refer back to that class as one of the best courses to teach geographic skills for the non-geography major.  


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This computer programmer solved gerrymandering in his spare time

This computer programmer solved gerrymandering in his spare time | Geography Education | Scoop.it
We could take human error out of the redistricting process entirely. Why don't we?
Seth Dixon's insight:

This computer programmer (code word in the newspapers for geographers using GIS) has created a way to take the human element out of the redistricting process.  Dividing places into separate, formal regions is an important task, one that often times requires an intimate knowledge of the place, it's cultural, economic and physical characteristics.  That's how I would want things to been done in a perfect world, but partisan chicanery has led to so many gerrymandered districts that the human touch is what many of us fear more than a cold, impersonal division that does not take place, history, and community into account.    

 

Questions to Ponder: Do you trust the politicians that are in charge of your state to create better districts than computer-generated districts that are optimized for compactness?  What are some of the potential limitations of compact districts?  Would an independent committee/bipartisan group do a better job? How does the Voting Rights Act complicate the redistricting process?    

 

Tags: gerrymandering, politicalmapping, cartography, GIS, unit 4 political.

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Madison Murphy's curator insight, May 16, 2017 7:34 PM
The Computer Programmer looks at gerrymandering in a different way by drawing boundary lines on his map and then comparing to show you the difference. This relates to the classroom by showing how gerrymandering draws lines of states but is illegal. This still exists and is bigger in political parties.
Mr Mac's curator insight, June 13, 2017 3:23 PM
Unit 1 - regions, GIS, Unit 4 - districts, gerrymandering (please note, saying "solved" might be a stretch as any districting will have to work on some form of bias) 
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How to Create an Interactive Map with Visme

How to Create an Interactive Map with Visme | Geography Education | Scoop.it
A step-by-step tutorial on how to create an interactive map with Visme, a free online infographic and presentation tool.
Seth Dixon's insight:

If you have students use Piktochart to create infographics, then this is a new tool that you should consider.  In addition to creating infographics, this allows users to create and embed interactive maps in those infographics.  This is a both a baby-step into the world of GIS as well as a way to create student projects that are richly informative.

  

TagsAPHG, infographic, visualization, mapping, GIS, edtech.

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Tom Cockburn's curator insight, December 13, 2016 8:55 AM
Create your own maps
António Leça Domingues's curator insight, December 19, 2016 11:44 AM
Criar um mapa interativo com Visme.
Bart van Maanen's curator insight, December 19, 2016 3:02 PM
Mooie tool om een kaart van data te voorzien.
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Historic Aerial Mapper

Historic Aerial Mapper | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"This application was developed by The Providence Plan utilizing photos from the Rhode Island Geographic Information System."

Seth Dixon's insight:

This map is a great archive of historic satellite imagery of the Ocean State, with a special nod to Providence.  This is a great tool that can be used to show how and particular place in Rhode Island has changed over the years at the neighborhood scale.  At the metropolitan scale, it is easy to see the population grown, development expansion, and urban sprawl.  The years of data coverage are 1939, 1952, 1962, 1972, 1981, 1985, 2003, 2008, 2011, and 2014.    

 

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A Proposed New AP Course--AP GIS & T

A Proposed New AP Course--AP GIS & T | Geography Education | Scoop.it

There is a proposal for a new Advanced Placement course in Geographic Information Science and Technology (AP GIS&T). All U.S. high schools, colleges, and universities are invited to review the proposal by visiting www.apgist.org

AP GIS&T is designed to introduce high school students to the fundamentals of geographic information science and applications of powerful geospatial technologies for spatial analysis and problem solving. 

The AP GIS&T course proposal has attracted broad support from prominent scientific and educational organizations.  For AP GIS&T to become a reality, the AAG needs to collect attestations from 250 U.S. high schools that confirm they have the interest and capacity to offer the course. Similar assurances are needed from 100 colleges and universities that they would be willing to offer some form of credit to students who demonstrate proficiency on the AP GIS&T exam.

High school principals and academic department chairpersons are invited to consider adding their institution to the list of AP GIS&T supporters by completing the brief attestation form at www.apgist.org. Please consider submitting an attestation by October 1, 2016.

Have questions about AP GIS&T? Contact the AAG at ap_gist@aag.org.

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What's New in ArcGIS Online

Bern Szukalski shares his highlights from the latest release of ArcGIS Online.
Seth Dixon's insight:

This video is a great way to find out what is new in ArcGIS online this month.  Some of the capabilities highlighted in this 10 minute video are:

  • New oceans layers
  • Drag and drop route change ability
  • Living Atlas – multidirectional hillshade, USA geologic units, drag layers to basemap (make custom basemap)
  • Vector tile basemaps
  • Compare 2 3D scenes
  • 3D in Web App Builder
  • Multiple attributes for symbolization
  • Predominance Mapping
  • Auto-play for storymaps

 

Tags: GIS, ESRIvideo, mapping, cartography, geospatial, technology.

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Rob Duke's curator insight, April 19, 2016 4:37 PM
This is one of the main programs you need to learn to be ready to work as a crime analyst....
Ruth Reynolds's curator insight, April 20, 2016 12:11 AM
I am just interested on what all these things tell us. ArcGIS is amazing new software which improves all the time. So much more we can do with Geography !!
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"The Father of GIS"

"Esri Canada pays tribute to Dr. Roger Tomlinson, known as the 'Father of GIS'. Dr. Tomlinson passed away on Feb. 7, 2014, leaving a remarkable legacy that laid the foundation for modern digital mapping and transformed the field of geography."

Seth Dixon's insight:

Two resources on pioneers in GIS. 

  • Here is a video about Roger Tomlinson, 'father of GIS.'
  • This is a nice article on the beginnings of ESRI and Jack Dangermond's impact on digital mapping.  

 

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The Godfather of Digital Maps

The Godfather of Digital Maps | Geography Education | Scoop.it
Nearly 50 years ago, Jack Dangermond started digital mapping pioneer Esri, and its work made Google Maps and Google Earth possible.
Seth Dixon's insight:

Two resources on pioneers in GIS. 

  • This is a nice article on the beginnings of ESRI and Jack Dangermond's impact on digital mapping.  
  • Here is a video about Roger Tomlinson, 'father of GIS.'

 

Tags: GIS, ESRI, mapping, cartography, geospatial.

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Awakening the World to the Power of Geography

Awakening the World to the Power of Geography | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"GIS is waking up the world to the power of geography, this science of integration, and…creating a better future," proclaimed Esri founder Jack Dangermond at the 2015 Esri User Conference.

Seth Dixon's insight:

If you haven't discovered the power of geography or the power of GIS, this article from ArcNews is for you.  If you need to convince others of the power of geography, this is for you to strengthen your case.  


Tags: GIS, ESRI, mapping, cartography, geospatial, edtech, geography education, unit 1 GeoPrinciples.

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The ArcGIS Book

The ArcGIS Book | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"Explore ten 'big ideas' that encapsulate the technological and social trends that have pushed geographic information systems (GIS) onto the Internet in a significant way. See how to apply these ideas to your own world. Open your eyes to what is now possible with Web GIS, and put the technology and deep data resources in your hands via the Quickstarts and Learn ArcGIS lessons that are included in each chapter."

Seth Dixon's insight:

I haven't fully previewed this online textbook yet but I am VERY optimistic about this one from the ESRI library.  You can also download the textbook as a PDF here.  There are several other online textbooks that would interest geography teachers     


Tags: GIS, ESRI, mapping, cartography, geospatial, edtech, geography education, unit 1 GeoPrinciples, textbook.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, July 22, 2015 7:13 PM

I haven't fully previewed this online textbook yet but I am VERY optimistic about this one from the ESRI library.  You can also download the textbook as a PDF here.  There are several other online textbooks that would interest geography teachers     


Tags: GIS, ESRI, mapping, cartography, geospatial, edtech, geography education, unit 1 GeoPrinciples, textbook.

Annenkov's curator insight, August 5, 2015 9:30 PM

I haven't fully previewed this online textbook yet but I am VERY optimistic about this one from the ESRI library.  You can also download the textbook as a PDF here.  There are several other online textbooks that would interest geography teachers     


Tags: GIS, ESRI, mapping, cartography, geospatial, edtech, geography education, unit 1 GeoPrinciples, textbook.

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MOOC: The Location Advantage

"Business graduates, students, and professionals can sign up today for a free online course to get the Location Advantage."

Seth Dixon's insight:

The Location Advantage is a free MOOC that will be offered by Esri in May 2015. It will last six weeks (2-3 hours of study per week).  Registered students will learn how to collect, analyze, and visualize business datasets.  You can register online for The Location Advantage.


Tagsmappingspatial, training, GIS,  ESRI, edtech, geospatial, location.

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Using BatchGeo

"Quick 1 minute tutorial on using BatchGeo to create a map. This example shows copying data straight from Wikipedia and mapping, but you can also use spreadsheets, databases, or any other tab delimited dataset."

Seth Dixon's insight:

BatchGeo is incredibly easy to use mapping platform...think of it as GIS-lite.  If you have a spreadsheet full of point data, you can make a map with your own data.  


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Speaking the “Language” of Spatial Analysis via Story Maps

Speaking the “Language” of Spatial Analysis via Story Maps | Geography Education | Scoop.it

"Spatial analysis has always been a hallmark of GIS, the 'numerical recipes' which set GIS apart from other forms of computerized visualization and information management. With GIS we pose questions and derive results using a wide array of analytical tools to help us understand and compare places, determine how places are related, find the best locations and paths, detect and quantify patterns, and even to make spatial predictions."

Seth Dixon's insight:

GIS is a key tool in spatial analysis, but it can also be a driving force in using math, science, technology and (yes) geography as interdisciplinary ways of teaching the curriculum.  StoryMaps can be rich with images and videos, but also filled with data at a variety of scales.  ESRI has share a "Maps we love" page with excellent examples of Story Maps and carefully explains WHY these maps work and HOW they were made.  Are you new to using the Analysis tool in ArcGIS Online?  Try this exercise on analyzing flood risk to guide you through some of the steps to learn what is possible for a project of your own.  What stories can you tell in this rich, visual format?  What visual template shown might lend itself best for that sort of project? 


Tagsmapping, GISESRIgeography education, geospatial, edtech.

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Caterin Victor's curator insight, October 29, 2014 4:16 PM

 Not only Spatial, even plain geography is very interesting and important,  but.....not everybody understands, and want to...