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This Spring, Esri’s Education Team invited nominations of outstanding students and alumni to present their stories in a special plenary session at the 2013 Esri Education GIS Conference. Nominations were to include a video in which the student or alum demonstrates how GIS education made a difference in his or her life.
Of the many nominations received, we’ve selected the following five nominees to appear in the Celebrating Student Success plenary session Saturday morning July 6 in San Diego:
Steve Chignell, Colorado State University
Julien Clifford, Texas A&M Corpus Christi
Mohan Rao, Austin Community College
René Smit, University of Pretoria
Nekya Young, Texas Southern University
We regret that we can’t bring every worthy nominee to San Diego. However, we will proudly screen excerpts of the following nomination videos during the Celebrating Student Success plenary:
Mariana Belgiu, University of Salzburg
Luke Burns, Leeds University
Dara Carney-Nedelman, Unicoi County 4-H Team
Kelsey Ciarrocca, George Mason University
Christopher Grundling, University of Pretoria
David Hapgood, Center of Geographical Studies, NSCC
Iván Elías Ruiz Hernández, Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez
Emmaline Long, Cornell University
Nancy Milholland, University of Southern California
Elisabeth Moughan, Unicoi County 4-H Team
Cameron Robertson, Center of Geographical Studies, NSCC
Amanda Stanko, Arizona State University
Chris Stayte, Miami Valley Career Technology Center
Congratulations to all these successful students, and thanks for their efforts in preparing nominations. We’re looking forward to seeing their videos featured during the plenary session!
We’ve received quite a few nominations for outstanding students to tell their story during the “Celebrating Student Success” plenary session at the 2013 Esri Education GIS Conference in San Diego. To give as many students and alumni as possible a chance to participate, we’re happy to extend the due date for submissions to Tuesday, April 30. Nomination guidelines are published at our “Share Your Story” web site.
Student success is the overarching goal of all educational activity. The goal of this plenary session is to inform and inspire by showcasing best practices in GIS education from learners’ perspectives. Following opening remarks by a distinguished speaker, exemplary students and educators from a variety of educational settings will share key factors that contributed to their success.
We’re delighted to announce that the opening speaker for our Student Success plenary will be Dr. Kim Kastens. Kim is Distinguished Scholar and Principal Scientist in the Learning and Teaching Division of Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC). She brings over 20 years of experience as a natural scientist and extensive expertise in deepening understanding of the Earth and environment through teaching, curriculum development, professional development, and research on learning.
Kim is a 2009 recipient of the American Geophysical Union’s national Award for Excellence in Geophysical Education. Her projects include the National Science Foundation initiative Making Meaning of Geoscience Data: A Challenge at the Intersection of Geosciences and Cognitive Sciences. Her books and journal articles address tectonic and sedimentary Earth processes and thinking and learning in science education.
Before joining EDC, Kim served as a Lamont Research Professor at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. She received her BA in Geology & Geophysics from Yale University and her PhD in Oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
EDC’s Learning and Teaching Division works in partnership with government agencies, foundations, districts, and community programs to expand opportunities for children, adolescents, and adults—at home, at school, and at work—and to improve the institutions that serve them.
Nominate an Outstanding Learner to Be a Presenter at the 2013 Esri Education GIS Conference
The Esri education team is looking for outstanding students and graduates to participate in the 2013 Esri Education GIS Conference Plenary Session. The session will celebrate student success by showcasing best practices in GIS education from learners’ perspectives.
Please visit the Student Success page for details on nominating a learner to be a featured presenter in this special session. Nominations should include the following:
- Letter of recommendation attesting to the learner’s success
- Five-minute video created by the student or alumnus explaining how GIS education made a difference in his or her life or career
Selected learners and the educators who recommend them will receive a stipend and complimentary registration to both the Esri Education GIS Conference (July 6-9) and opening Plenary Session of the Esri International User Conference (July 8).
Nominations must be received by April 15, 2013.
Selected applicants and educators will be notified by May 15, 2013.
Esri’s Education Industry Solutions Team (Education Team) convened the first meeting of a new GIS Education Community Advisory Board on July 23rd. The meeting took place in San Diego during the 2012 Education GIS Conference and Esri International User Conference. The Board’s charge is to help ensure that the Team’s strategic priorities respond to Community needs. This year, the Team asked the Board to focus on strategic priorities for educational resources.
Prior the meeting, organizers asked Advisers to review and comment upon the Team’s ArcLessons platform and collection (http://edcommunity.esri.com/arclessons) as well as its current strategic plan for educational resources. From those comments organizers distilled four questions for facilitated discussion during the 90-minute session. The questions were:
- Regarding educational resources, what is the “GIS Education Community”? What is the Esri Education Industry Team’s relationship to it?
- Does the ArcLessons collection address Community needs effectively? In light of trends in the GIS Education Community, what should ArcLessons become?
- What should our priorities be for educational resource development in 2013?
- What should Esri’s Education Industry Team do to advance research-based knowledge about the efficacy of GIS in education?
The Board’s advice:
- The GIS Education Community consists of educators (professional and volunteer), researchers, learning designers, education administrators and staff, and learners. Community members share a common goal of promoting GIS use and spatial thinking to maximize student success. Esri is one of the Community’s key stakeholder organizations, and is its primary social hub. Esri is simultaneously a part of and partner to the GIS Education Community.
In regard to educational resources, Advisers agreed that the Esri Team’s near-term emphasis should be to (a) promote broad Community participation in resource development, sharing, and assessment; and (b) organize and disseminate Community resources, including those authored or co-authored by Esri. In all these efforts Advisers stressed that Esri be mindful of the differing needs of educators and learners in higher education, primary and secondary education, and informal education settings.
- Advisers recommended several improvements to the ArcLessons platform and resource collection, including (a) specifying educational objectives for each resource; (b) identifying how resources align with education standards (state, federal, international); (c) promoting and collaborating on resources focused more on problem solving and less on software use; and (d) helping users design meaningful sequences of learning activities (i.e., curricula) by identifying related resources. All these are Community responsibilities, not Esri’s alone.
- Advisers agreed that the Esri Education Team’s priority for 2013 should be to design and implement a new web-based platform and interfaces that respond to the distinctive needs of educators and students in primary and secondary education, higher education, and informal education around the world. The platform’s key purpose should be to enable and support resource sharing by Community members. In addition, the Team should address the recognized gap in support for intermediate learners and best practices in advanced topics, such as application development, ArcGIS server, and dealing with big and messy data sets. Assisting Community members’ efforts to discover, create and share resources should be a higher priority for Esri’s Education Team than developing resources of its own. The Team should bear in mind differing user preferences for ready-to-use resources versus points of departure for further exploration (what one adviser called “inspiring inroads”), as well as resources for teacher professional development versus for student use. In addition, Esri’s platform(s) should provide access to resources that address workforce needs (as outlined in the Geospatial Technology Competency Model and related efforts).
- Finally, Advisers agreed that the Education Team should foster the Community’s development of a research agenda focused on the efficacy of GIS in promoting spatial abilities. Partnership with established research centers such as the Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center (SILC) at Temple University may help. A set of case studies demonstrating ways to use GIS in educational research may also be useful.
The Advisory Board’s recommendations will inform the Education Team’s 2013 strategy and action plan, which the Team will develop beginning in September. The Team will provide periodic progress reports throughout the year.
Members of the 2012 Advisory Board are listed below. The Education Team selected this year’s members to (a) represent the spectrum of Community members’ roles and work settings, and (b) have relevant experience in educational resource development. Assuming Esri’s continuing support, the Team will invite new members to address different issues in years to come.
2012 GIS Education Community Advisory Board
- Amy Ballard, Central New Mexico Community College (NM)
- Sarah Bednarz, Texas A&M University (TX)
- Margaret Chernosky, Bangor High School (ME)
- Sara Damon, Stillwater Junior High School (MN)
- Adam Dastrup, Salt Lake Community College (UT)
- Eva Dodsworth, University of Waterloo (Canada)
- Kenneth Field, Esri (CA)
- Iain Greensmith, Esri Canada
- Keene Haywood, University of Texas – Austin (TX)
- Khusro Kidwai, Pennsylvania State University (PA)
- Erika Klose, Winfield Middle School (WV)
- Bob Kolvoord, James Madison University (VA)
- Mark Lindberg, University of Minnesota (MN)
- Anita Palmer, GISetc (TX)
- ori Ann Rubino-Hare, Northern Arizona University (AZ)
- Adena Schutzberg, ABS Consulting and Directions Media (MA)
- Diana Stuart Sinton, University of Redlands (CA)
- Debbie Stevens, William Penn University (IA)
At the 2012 Esri International User Conference, 14,000 people thunderously applauded stars of problem-based learning (PBL). At the opening plenary session, four students stepped out on stage and confidently displayed their experience with GIS, gained during just their senior year of high school. Their work was so real, so powerful, and so like what GIS professionals do that the demos were sifted in among those by other users, instead of isolated as a special student group. You can see their presentations, and the teacher’s summary here: Esri 2012 UC Plenary Videos
Choose “Mid-morning”, see “21:40-26:35″, “43:50-47:00″, “61:08-65:30″
Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, VA is a good school. These are bright and inquisitive students, and the teacher masterfully weaves together relevant content, powerful technology, and incrementally greater challenges. But the model of PBL with GIS used by these and hundreds of students across the Virginia Geospatial Semester program is the real star.
In school after school, teacher after teacher help students build skills in GIS by tackling real-world challenges. They construct maps of things around them, analyze the patterns and relationships they see in daily life, and struggle just like adults to integrate information and derive sensible answers in complex situations for which there is no “cookbook answer.” With a steady diet of such experiences, they build a disposition for challenges. Combined with the technical savvy and creativity of youth, this is serious power. In the hours and days following the WLHS students’ presentations, everyone I met agreed that these students were ready for college and career.
Across the US, employers and politicians (save only for one party in one state) clamor for students to have 21st century skills, including managing and thinking critically about all kinds of information, collaborating, communicating, and working with powerful tools. Lucky kids whose teachers or after-school activity leaders employ PBL with GIS get to practice this even from a young age. These kids will survive and thrive tomorrow, as the thunderous applause at the Esri Conference attests.
Are students in your community preparing for tomorrow by tackling real-world challenges without a cookbook? Can they demonstrate it using technology beyond a Number 2 pencil?
- Charlie Fitzpatrick, Esri Education Manager
David DiBiase, Esri’s Director of Education Industry Solutions, kicked off the first plenary session of the 2012 Education GIS Conference this morning in San Diego. David introduced the conference theme – “Education Community 20.2 – the Next Generation of GIS Education.” He pointed out that 2012 marks the 20th anniversary of several relevant milestones. One was the development of the first World Wide Web browser with a graphical user interface. Another milestone was the coining of the term “Geographic Information Science” by Michael Goodchild. A third was Esri’s launch of ArcView 1.0, and Jack Dangermond’s founding of the Esri Education Program, both in 1992.
David asked the audience reflect on how much has changed in our field since 1992. He argued that the convergence of three trends now creates the condition of possibility for a new generation in GIS education. The first trend is greater ease of use and accessibility of GIS technology and data, exemplified by ArcGIS Online and Esri Community Analyst. A second trend is the emergence of mapping technologies as pervasive and cool – a trend some have called the “geospatial revolution.” Finally, David spoke about the democratization of education, observing that:
Cloud-based media-sharing platforms enable learners to become producers, not just consumers, of educational resources. Social movements like the Open Badges initiative empower any organization to assess and recognize educational achievement. An era of volunteered geographic education has begun. Our challenge is to harness these social trends to advance educational access and quality.
To prepare for the next generation of GIS education, David announced that the first Education Community Advisory Board would convene during the conference. The Board’s purpose is to help Esri’s Education Team make sure that its strategic priorities align with the Community’s. He stressed Esri’s commitment to be a trusted partner that supports the Education Community – including learners as well as educators – as it enters a new era.
Following his introductory remarks, David invited comments from the audience throughout the plenary session, and facilitated discussion between the audience and plenary speakers at the end.
Updated 9:45 am Pacific
The Saturday plenary for the Esri Education GIS Conference featured online mapping platforms, open educational resources, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).
Online Mapping Platform links: Tom Baker & Danny Edelson (National Geographic)
- ArcGIS Online
- Community Analyst
- Business Analyst Online
- Map Gallery templates
- Esri Story Maps templates
- Esri Maps for Office Public Beta
Open Educational Resources: Joseph Kerski & Diana Sinton (University of Redlands)
- Esri Education Community
- Esri EdTeam YouTube Channel
- ArcGIS Online
- Our World GIS Education
- Esri Training
- International Perspectives on Teaching and Learning with GIS in Secondary Schools
- The GIS Guide to Public Domain Data
- Esri SpatiaLabs
- Spatial Programs at the University of Redlands
- Digital Earth EU
- Spatial Roundtable
- EdCommunity blog
STEM resources: Esther Worker & Richard Serby (GeoSearch)
Tomorrow, Saturday July 21 marks the kick-off of the 2012 Esri Education GIS Conference at the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina. The event with its record-breaking registration, starts promptly at 8:30am in Salons D & E of the south tower on level 3 (take the escalator next to the Starbuck’s in the lobby).
If you have already registered, received a confirmation email, and do not need to make a payment, you may check in and pick up your conference badge at the Marriott Marina Foyer in the South Tower on level three on Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Sunday from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. A photo ID is required for badge pick-up, and a $20 fee will be assessed for any lost badge. It is recommended that you bring a copy of your confirmation email to expedite your check-in process. If you have not yet registered or need to change an existing registration or make a payment, please visit the Onsite Registration area in the San Diego Convention Center in Hall E. Learn more here.
The Saturday Plenary (8:30 – 10:00) will be hosted by David DiBiase and include speakers Daniel Edelson from National Geographic, Richard Serby from Geosearch, and Diana Sinton from the University of Redlands. Later Saturday morning, Julian Rotich, co-founder and Executive Director of Ushahidi will be presenting.
Making the Most of the Event
Concurrent sessions, computer labs, and technical sessions run throughout the day. Check the online agenda for scheduling. And be sure to visit the GIS Solutions EXPO launch at 4:30pm for the day’s finale!
Plug-in to the EdUC’s social media channels:
July 21–24, 2012 ~ Marriott Marquis and Marina ~ San Diego, CA
GIS education prepares students for valued careers, enhances learning across a variety of disciplines, and enables administrators to realize efficiencies in campus operations. Through technical sessions, hands-on workshops, and user presentations, the Esri Education GIS Conference provides unique learning opportunities to help you and your educational institution maximize its investment in GIS.
Join us as we envision the future of GIS technology and pedagogy in a uniquely participatory plenary discussion and be a founding member of the next generation Esri Education Community.
Call for Presentations
Share Your Knowledge at the Esri Education Conference, the Ultimate Event for GIS Education
The Call for Papers form is now live at http://www.esri.com/events/educ/participate/presentations.html
The deadline is Jan 13, 2012.
As an educator using GIS, you know the benefits that this powerful technology brings to both formal and non-formal education. Whether you are an instructor or administrator, seize this opportunity to share your knowledge with colleagues and submit an abstract for the 2012 Esri EdUC. Presenting your work enriches our collective understanding of the benefits of GIS, stimulates discussion, and develops lasting bonds among participants. View the presentation topics and descriptions for additional information.