One way to start the new year is to review key news in our field of GIS in education over the past 12 months. Our aim with this EdCommunity blog about Geographic Information Systems in education is to provide support, encouragement, resources, and practical advice for teaching and learning with GIS at all levels, in a variety of disciplines, internationally. We do that by writing primarily about four things: (1) Resources, including geospatial data, lessons, courses including MOOCs in, webinars, and new books, chapters, and research papers. (2) Educational strategies, including how to teach with GIS, how to best further one’s own learning in GIS in education, how to be a geomentor, and so on. (3) Connections, to key organizations, initiatives (such as the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, ConnectEd, and others), and to learning theory. (4) Events, such as conferences, opportunities to write or review lessons or research papers, and special events such as GIS Day and Earth Science Week.
While it is challenging to focus on only five blog essays, the following highlight the above themes that we most often write about and represent key advancements:
1) The ArcGIS Book: Learn what ArcGIS Online is, explore dozens of meaningful maps and data sets, and see what is possible with Web GIS with this new e-book.
2) Three reasons to incorporate ArcGIS Pro into your GIS curriculum: ArcGIS Pro combines the best of web-based and desktop-based GIS into a compelling and forward-looking toolset.
3) Esri News for Education Newsletter: Explore current and back issues of this newsletter, which features inspiring stories of educators, administrators, and students using GIS in powerful and compelling ways, as well as curricular ideas, data sets, and other resources.
4) GeoInquiries. Geoinquiries are short, standards-based inquiry activities for teaching map concepts that are found in the most commonly used textbooks in the United States, including collections in Earth Science, U.S. History, and AP Human Geography.
5) Analyzing real-time weather with GIS: This illustrates the power of real-time data and powerful analysis tools available in ArcGIS Online, along with a lesson that illustrates how to teach these concepts and skills.
We encourage you to check here and also our Esri Canada colleagues’ blog often during 2016, as new entries are published every few days! And if you are interested in describing what you are doing in GIS in education for the blog, let one of us know.