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Make Plans to Attend the 2015 Esri Education GIS Conference

Passionate about GIS in education?  It’s not too late to make plans to attend the 2015 Esri Education GIS Conference, 18-21 July, in San Diego, California.  Whether you are an educator, administrator, researcher, whether you are experienced with GIS or are just beginning to discover all it has to offer, there is something at this event for you.  This year, the theme is “learning and leading through service”–featuring efforts to design and produce meaningful place-based projects that benefits communities while developing 21st Century skills.

At this event, you can exchange experiences, ideas, and tips that worked for you and your colleagues.  You can get some face to face time with GIS education experts from around the world.  You can take training to hone your skills.  You can update your curriculum, teaching materials, and resources.  You can better understand how to spread GIS across your campus, across your school district, and across your region or country.

The event features plenary sessions, lightning talks, an exhibit hall, and, unique to this conference, a series of hands-on workshops on a variety of topics, including spatial analysis techniques, collecting and mapping field data, and creating story maps.  This video, the agenda, and the agenda at a glance provide more detail.  We look forward to seeing you at this premier thought-leadership event for those involved in GIS education!

Learning and having fun at the Esri GIS Education Conference!

Learning and having fun at the Esri GIS Education Conference!

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Esri EdUC 2015 Call for Proposals: Learning and leading through service

You’re invited to exchange ideas and best practices with fellow GIS educators and administrators at the 2015 Esri Education GIS Conference in San Diego, California. Participating in the conference will connect you with others who share your professional interests, making it the premier thought-leadership event for those involved in GIS education. Technical sessions and hands-on workshops help you keep your edge.

The conference theme is “Learning and leading through service.” Service learning is an increasingly common element of formal and informal instruction. GIS empowers students to design and produce meaningful place-based projects that benefit communities while developing 21st-century skills. The conference will include special sessions that highlight inspiring examples of learners using GIS for social good.

Discussion at Plenary Session

Saturday and Sunday July 18-19 will include plenary sessions, lightning talks, featured user presentations, and facilitated panel discussions related to the conference theme and other topics. You’re welcome to propose your contribution by October 31, 2014.

The Education GIS Conference will continue on Tuesday, July 21 with a third plenary session followed by a series of self-organized “unconference” sessions. Proposals for the unconference sessions will be accepted at the event.

To submit your proposal, visit esriurl.com/EducCfP.

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Staying connected and the Esri EdUC

A reminder that Esri education hosts a GIS Higher Education Facebook Group for students and faculty at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EsriGISHigherEducation/  

We’re nearly at 3,000 members!  Discussions range from software use and coding to event details and best practices in using GIS in instruction.

For other GIS education social media options, explore: http://edcommunity.esri.com/connect-with-others/social-media

Also note that the upcoming Esri Education GIS Conference can be followed on Twitter: https://twitter.com/search?q=esrieduc&src=typd or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/giseducationcommunity 

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Plenary Speakers Announced for the 2014 Esri Education GIS Conference

Again this year the Esri Education GIS Conference will include three plenary sessions -  Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday, July 12, 13 and 15. All related to the conference’s focus on the big challenges confronting education, and the opportunities they pose for GIS.

Saturday July 12: Challenges and Opportunities in K-12 Education

Christoper Swanson

Christopher Swanson is the Vice President of Education Week, American education’s newspaper of record. His plenary address will examine some of the key forces reshaping American education and the policies and reforms working to prepare today’s students for success in college, the workplace, and the world of tomorrow. Dr. Helen Soulé, Executive Director of P21, and Cindy Marten, Superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District, will join Chris in a conversation about how challenges may be overcome and opportunities for GIS to enrich K-12 education fulfilled. Former Wyoming governor Jim Geringer will moderate the discussion among the speakers and members of the audience.

Sunday July 13 plenary: The Future of Higher Education

Scott L. Thomas

Scott L. Thomas of Claremont Graduate University will present Sunday’s plenary address. Scott is professor and dean of CGU’s School of Educational Studies and editor in chief of the Journal of Higher Education. He will discuss how factors such as public concerns about costs, graduates’ career readiness, and educational technology are challenging conventional notions about the university’s role and purpose in society. Penn State educator Anthony Robinson – author of the massive open online course “Maps and the Geospatial Revolution” – and Esri Chief Scientist Dawn Wright will join Scott to discuss opportunities to increase awareness of spatial thinking and geospatial technology in this evolving milieu.

Tuesday July 15 plenary: Sustaining Learning Places

Ludmilla Pavlova

Ludmilla Pavlova is Senior Facilities Planner in Campus Planning at UMass Amherst and is responsible for master plan programming and planning for research, academic and administrative facilities. Ludmilla’s plenary address will consider strategies for facilities planning and campus management that meet today’s needs without compromising the ability of tomorrow’s students, faculty members and staff to fulfill theirs. Michelle Ellington, Facilities GIS Coordinator at the University of Kentucky, and Daniel Sward, Senior GIS Analyst at the University of Minnesota will join Ludmilla in a conversation about how information technology can advance the green campus movement.

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Get Hands-on Experience at the Esri Education GIS Conference

One of the unique features of the Esri GIS Education Conference is that it offers numerous opportunities for you to get hands-on experience with GIS tools.

Workshop at the Esri GIS Education Conference

Workshop at the Esri GIS Education Conference

To browse the list of workshops offered, search on the keyword “workshop” in the online agenda.  Make sure that the Education GIS Conference and that “All Days” are highlighted.  Type in “workshop” in the search box to see the listing.  All workshops are 75 minutes long, so you can choose among many workshops.  None of the workshops require a separate registration.

Want to map your spreadsheet data?  Drop by the Esri Maps for Office workshop.  New to GIS in education?  Try the Teaching with GIS–Getting Started workshop.  Map your campus with the Community Maps program, create surfaces and interpolation in ArcGIS, tell stories with Esri Story Maps, visualize space-time data, get started with Python scripting, learn about ArcGIS Online, or try one of the other workshops.

All of these workshops are taught by people who really know their stuff.  And while gaining technical skills, you can reflect how you would teach these skills and concepts to your own students.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Student Videos to be Featured at EduC Plenary

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!

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Update on Student Success Plenary at EduC 2013

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.

Dr. Kim Kastens

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.

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You Have the Best – Nominate Them by April 15 to Present at the Plenary

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.

Nominate a Learner

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Communique from the 2012 GIS Education Community Advisory Board Meeting

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:

  1. Regarding educational resources, what is the “GIS Education Community”? What is the Esri Education Industry Team’s relationship to it?
  2. Does the ArcLessons collection address Community needs effectively? In light of trends in the GIS Education Community, what should ArcLessons become?
  3. What should our priorities be for educational resource development in 2013?
  4. What should Esri’s Education Industry Team do to advance research-based knowledge about the efficacy of GIS in education?

The Board’s advice:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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)
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Fun with GIS 124: Problem-Based Learning at Esri International User Conference

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

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