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Five Forces Catapulting Geography onto the World Stage

In an article in Directions Magazine, I describe five forces catapulting geography onto the world stage.  These five forces, including geo-awareness, geo-enablement, geotechnologies, citizen science, and storytelling, are transforming the audience for geography and the way geography is taught and perceived.

After I describe each of these forces and why they matter, I define in the article what I consider to be the three legs of the “geoliteracy stool” – (1) content knowledge, (2) skills, and (3) the geographic perspective.  I then ask, “Is geoliteracy becoming increasingly valued?  What role can and should teaching and learning with GIS play in geoliteracy? How can the community seize the opportunity that these five forces represent to foster geoliteracy and promote the use of GIS and spatial thinking at all levels of education?”

I look forward to hearing your comments.

Five converging global trends that present geography with new global opportunities (Kerski, 2016).

Five converging global trends that present geography with new global opportunities (Kerski, 2016).

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Esri News for Education – Fall 2015 Issue, and Archive

Looking for inspiring stories of educators, administrators, and students making a positive difference using GIS technologies and methods?  Or curricular ideas, new tools, new data sets, or other resources?  The Fall 2015 issue of the Esri Education Newsletter delivers all of that and more:  The Ashcloud Apocalypse disaster risk mapping event, five reasons why educators should use ArcGIS Online, thoughts on the future of GIS by Dr Michael Goodchild, news on the Esri ConnectEd K-12 and MOOC programs, and work by students in Ireland, Canada, Wyoming, and beyond.

Every six months, the Esri News for Education features case studies of students, educators, and administrators doing amazing things with GIS, curricular ideas, tips on implementation, map and data sources, and much more.  In case you missed reading one of the last few issues, see below.  To subscribe, go to the subscription page, then “more newsletters”, then select “Education.”

The Spring 2015 issue features new initiatives in Abu Dhabi and at the University of Redlands, an update on the ConnectEd STEM and GeoMentor programs, crowdsourcing, new approaches to teaching geography with GIS, and more.

The Winter 2014 issue features creating a bright future for students, improving school management with GIS, interior mapping at the University of Washington, returning to college, innovations at Kenyatta University, and other stories.

The Spring 2014 issue includes distance education at Penn State, converging global trends in GIS education, livening up the classroom with the “undead”, educational heroes, apps in Australian education, school district growth, spatial thinking, and other information.

The Fall 2013 issue features web mapping from students in Ireland, extending GIS education beyond the classroom, story maps, GIS in 4H, the ArcGIS platform in higher education, the Teachers Teaching Teachers GIS (T3G) institute, GIS in careers, and other stories.

The Spring 2013 issue features the mobile application at Harvard University’s arboretum, GIS education in Africa, work from the first Esri education ambassador, a new “Our Digital Earth” course, Murray State University’s online business-oriented GIS modules, leveraging social media, community analyst, and more.

The Fall 2012 issue features GIS integration into Career and Technical Education, school bus routing, smart mapping in ArcGIS Online, advancing STEM education, preserving history at Stanford University, Young Scholar awardees, mapping New Zealand geology, the Geospatial Semester in Virginia, and more.

The Spring 2012 issue features Stanford University’s GIS initiatives, Los Angeles County Unified School District’s smartphone maintenance app, Palm Beach County Florida’s GIS-based curriculum, Kuwait University’s campus development, students in a native village in Alaska mapping climate change, GIS work at Tufts University library, and a college student winning a prize for a mobile phone app.

Esri News for Education - Fall 2015 Issue

Esri News for Education – Fall 2015 Issue.

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New Book: The GIS Guide to Public Domain Data

Central to the interest of the GIS community is spatial data: Where to find it, how to use it, how to gauge its quality, its scale, format, and resolution, privacy issues, copyright and licensing, the policies that govern the use of data, the role of data in the evolution of spatial data infrastructures, fee vs. free issues, cloud vs. desktop, downloading vs. streaming, crowdsourcing and citizen science, and a host of related issues. I am pleased to report that a book that Jill Clark and I co-authored on this subject has been published by Esri Press, entitled The GIS Guide to Public Domain Data.

This book [website] is accompanied by a blog that we update weekly with data sources and news on the issues explored in the book. The book is also accompanied by 10 activities free to use that involve the access and use of public domain data to solve problems. These problems range from selecting the most suitable locations for tea cultivation in Kenya, investigating the Gulf Oil Spill, siting a café in a metropolitan area, assessing citizen science portals, creating an ecotourism map in New Zealand, analyzing sustainable land use in Brazil, analyzing floodplains in Colorado, and much more. These activities are linked to the concepts presented in each chapter, and are accompanied by quizzes and answer keys, designed for easy use by an instructor, students, or the individual GIS practitioner. All of these resources are linked to the Spatial Reserves site and reside on ArcGIS Online. Our goal for the text and the activities is to provide GIS practitioners and instructors with the essential skills to find, acquire, format, and analyze public domain spatial data.

“This book fills a very big gap in the literature of GIS and brings together for the first time discussions of issues users of public domain data are likely to confront,” says Michael F. Goodchild, professor of geography at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), and director of UCSB’s Center for Spatial Studies. “It will prove useful to GIS practitioners in any area of GIS application, including students anxious to learn the skills needed to become GIS practitioners and data producers who want their data to be as useful as possible.”

How might you use this book and its associated resources in your own GIS journey or instruction?

- Joseph Kerski, Esri Education Manager

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New Book: Tribal GIS: Supporting Native American Decision Making

A new book from Esri Press entitled Tribal GIS: Supporting Native American Decision Making, will be published in June 2012. In it, tribal leaders tell their stories about implementing and using GIS to address their unique challenges as sovereign Nations. The book covers applications in natural resources and the environment, transportation, cultural and historical preservation, economic development, health, public safety, agriculture, and perhaps most interesting to the GIS education community, two chapters on K-12 and higher education. Showing how tribal governments responsible for the stewardship of their land and resources and the health and well-being of their People use enterprise GIS to make decisions, Tribal GIS supports tribes new to GIS and those with GIS experience. It also will be useful for the general GIS community, showing the many scales and disciplines in which GIS can be applied.

It was an honor to work on this book with so many visionary people who are making a positive difference in the lives of people, in their communities and on their lands, and beyond. The book includes dozens of stories written by educators, scientists, administrators, managers, and others, showing the diversity of their backgrounds but also a common vision for the benefits that spatial analysis and GIS bring to their everyday decision making. Editors of the book include Anne Taylor, who coordinates Esri’s Tribal program, David Gadsden, who coordinates Esri’s nonprofit organization program, Joseph Kerski, who serves in Esri’s education program, and Heather Warren, who is the marketing coordinator for the federal government industry at Esri.

The education chapters include stories such as students at the Alamo Navajo School collecting water well location and water quality information for the tribal government, students at Santa Fe Indian School measuring soil erosion and analyzing land use, students at Haskell Indian Nations University researching the geology of Antarctica and developing an accessibility map for their own campus, and much more.

Space does not permit me to say too much here, but the stories speak for themselves. Pick up a copy of the book, read these stories, and share them with your students. How have the spatial perspective and GIS made a positive difference and aided with decision making? How might you be able to use these stories to generate ideas for your own GIS-based projects?

–Joseph Kerski, Esri Education Manager

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Call for Presentations: Special GIScience Research Track ESRI International Users Conference

ESRI invites you to present a peer-reviewed paper
presentation in a special joint GIScience
Research Track
for the 2011 ESRI International Users Conference and
Educational Users Conference. Papers in this special tract must focus on
cutting-edge research in GIScience. Full papers will be included in a special issue
of Transactions in GIS to be distributed
at the 2011 International Users and Education Users Conferences. Abstracts (500
words) must be submitted to Dr. John Wilson, University of Southern
California, by 1st December, 2010.

The Transactions in GIS editorial team will review abstracts
based on their GIScience content and select nine abstracts to become full
papers. Notice of acceptance will occur by 8th December, 2010. Full
papers (maximum 6,000 words plus figures, tables, and references in appropriate
format for publication) must be submitted to Dr. Wilson for independent review
by 1st February, 2011. Reviewed papers will be returned to authors
by 1st March, 2011 and final manuscripts must be returned by 15th
March, 2011, to be included in the special issue of Transactions in GIS.

For questions or guidelines on this special GIScience Research Track, please see: http://www.esri.com/GIScience
or contact Michael Gould at mgould@esri.com.

Abstracts should be submitted via e-mail with a subject line
“ESRI GIScience Abstract, Authors Last Name” no later than 1st December,
2010 to:

Dr. John Wilson, jpwilson@college.usc.edu

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Hands-on GIS Education: Learning by Creating

The September 2010 issue of GeoInformatics (p 40) features GIS in education through a short article entitled, “Learning by Creating”:

“When geospatial technology was identified by the U.S. Department of Labor as one of the
nation’s three fastest-growing workforce needs, Atlantic Cape set out to meet the demand.
The school won a Department of Labor grant to start a new program, and hired Luis Olivieri
to assist in the development and management of the project.”

Learn more online at: http://www.geoinformatics.com/

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The Urban Tree Project

Classroom science teachers – be sure to catch “The Urban Tree Project” in the February issue of The Science Teacher by Michael Barnett, Meredith Houle, Elizabeth Hufnagel, Alexander Pancic, Mike Lehman, and Emily Hoffman.

“Geospatial technologies have emerged over the last 15 years as one of
the key tools used by environmental scientists (NRC 2006). In fact,
educators have recognized that coupling geospatial technologies with
environmental science topics and scientific data sets opens the door to
local and regional scientific investigations (McInerney 2006). In this
article, the authors describe the use of geographic information system
(GIS) technologies and computer modeling to engage students in
determining the economic and ecological value of trees in their
neighborhoods while participating in the Urban Tree Project.”

Details available from the National Science Teachers’ Association

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The Japan Times: Geographic software environment role lauded

From The Japan Times:

“The geographic information system is playing an important role in helping global efforts to preserve the environment as well as responding to major disasters, and the program is evolving to be more sophisticated with real-time data sent from billions of sensors and mobile phone users, a provider says.”

“Michael Gould, director of higher education and [in] industry solutions at the Environmental Systems Research Institute, a leading provider of the GIS software, said in a recent interview that the system is aiding relief efforts in quake-hit Haiti by providing the latest maps of the affected areas.”

Read more at The Japan Times

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Children Map the World, Volume 2

Children Map the World, Volume 2, showcases one hundred favorite world map drawings submitted to the Barbara Petchenik Children’s World Map Competition 2005-2007. The map competition, sponsored by The International Cartographic Association, was created as a memorial to Barbara Petchenik, a cartographer who studied how children comprehend maps. The vibrant collection of maps in this volume presents varying perspectives on the theme “Many Nations-One World” from young artists, ranging in age from four to fifteen and representing 37 countries. Cartographers, geographers, educators, and children will take interest in the colorful maps presented in this book.

More information.

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Essays on Geography and GIS, Vol. 2, E-book Published by ESRI

Free E-book Showcases Essays by Well-Known Academics, Thought Leaders

Essays on Geography and GIS, Vol. 2, the latest offering from the Best Practices series published by geographic information system (GIS) software developer ESRI, is a collection of essays written by many of the top academics in the fields of geography and GIS technology. Previously published individually in the company’s ArcNews magazine, the collection of articles provides insight into the power of spatial thinking. Essays on Geography and GIS, Vol. 2, is available for download at no cost.

The 12 articles in Essays on Geography and GIS, Vol. 2, include
• “GIS: Designing Our Future” by Jack Dangermond
• “Implementing Geographic Information Technologies Ethically” by Harlan J. Onsrud
• “GIScience for Human Rights” by Doug Richardson
• “Transport 2.0: Meeting Grand Challenges with GIScience” by Harvey J. Miller
• “Geography Education and GIS Professional Development” by Doug Richardson
• “Changing the Face of Geography: GIS and the IGU” by Roger F. Tomlinson
• “Process Models and Next-Generation Geographic Information Technology” by Paul M. Torrens
• “Geographic Literacy in U.S. by 2025″ by Daniel C. Edelson
• “Geography, GIS, and Mental Health” by Doug Richardson
• “The National Geospatial Advisory Committee: An Action Agenda” by Anne Hale Miglarese
• “Global Dialogues: GIScience and Sustainable Development in Africa” by Doug Richardson
• “Get Involved with Geo-Education Reform” by Daniel C. Edelson.

Begun three years ago, ESRI’s Best Practices series now contains more than 30 e-books that cover a wide range of topics in GIS. Visit the GIS Best Practices Web site at www.esri.com/bestpractices to explore the list of offerings and download your copy free of charge.

Essays on Geography and GIS, Vol. 2, is a follow-up to the popular Essays on Geography and GIS, which has been viewed by more than 30,000 people since it was first made available in September 2008.

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