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GIS Workshops at the National Conference on Geography Education

Investigate the Caribbean, GeoTag Your Photographs, Analyze Hurricanes, and More in the GIS Workshops at the National Conference on Geography Education

Come explore your community, region, and world using GIS in a series of hands-on workshops at the upcoming annual National Conference on Geography Education (www.ncge.org). The setting of this year’s conference—San Juan Puerto Rico—is the perfect place to analyze the climate, economics, natural hazards, and demographics of the Caribbean region. The workshops will also illustrate how GIS can be incorporated into geography instruction across all levels of formal education, in informal educational settings, and in all regions. My colleagues and I are teaching a series of workshops that are each one hour long that you can mix and match to meet your needs. These include: Mapping History Using GIS, Exploring the Caribbean With GIS, Gathering GPS Coordinates and Field Data and Modeling It Within A GIS Environment, A Birds Eye View, GeoTagging Ground Photographs, Mapping Patterns in ArcGIS Explorer, Remote Sensing Applications, Seeking and Finding Spatial Data, Analyzing Ocean Surface Temperatures, and Making GIS Accessible to All Using PDF Maps.

These workshops are part of a larger geospatial strand organized by Lyn Malone and Anita Palmer, which includes papers and posters on geospatial technologies of all kinds. Nearly 500 people will be gathering at this year’s NCGE conference and I hope you will take advantage of the field trips, exhibits, and networking opportunities there. The NCGE has been enhancing and supporting geography education since 1915, and its members include an international group of professors, teachers, students, businesses, and others who support and believe in geography education. This year, NCGE members have been involved in creating the geography map for the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, updating the national geography standards, publishing journals including the Journal of Geography and the Geography Teacher, creating curricular materials, and a variety of other exciting projects.

For more information, visit http://www.ncge.org and navigate to the 2009 annual meeting. Hope to see you there. Buen viaje!

-Joseph Kerski, Education Manager, ESRI

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