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techedge11-14That’s our Roger and our talent friend, Dr. Tom Baker gracing the pages of TechEdge from TCEA this month!

http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/tcea/techedge_201411/#/24

If you missed the live tweeting event this morning, we’ve save them all for you here, 30 minutes…35 maps (we know…we threw in a few extra).  Carte Diem – Map the day!

  1. #GIS in US #K12 #Education–Learn engage build for college & career- Map the Day! http://ow.ly/Etr1K #GISDay - #GeoWeek - #GISrocks
  2. #GIS Day World Record Mapping Event http://esriukeducation.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/?appid=9ae6118f28da4b0fb369f2837d529af7 #MapAMinute #GISDay #GeoWeek #GISrocks #edtech
  3. Mapping Our World for ArcGIS Online Tried and true World Geo and Earth Science activities #MapAMinute #GISDay #GeoWeek #GISrocks #edtech
  4. Vaccine Preventable Outbreaks http://tinyurl.com/m8ojz8n #MapAMinute #GISDay #GeoWeek #GISrocks #edtech
  5. Time Zones- Map the Day! http://tinyurl.com/20minGIS-time #MapAMinute #GISDay #GeoWeek #GISrocks #edtech
  6. Where did your breakfast come from? http://tinyurl.com/20minGIS-breakfast #MapAMinute #GISDay #GeoWeek #GISrocks #edtech
  7. Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963 http://bit.ly/1s6nOC6 #MapAMinute #GISDay #GeoWeek #GISrocks #edtech
  8. Need some GIS for your Common Core? http://ow.ly/EtETZ #MapAMinute #GISDay #GeoWeek #GISrocks #edtech
  9. Map your Thanksgiving Dinner http://ow.ly/EtEEV #MapAMinute #GISDay #GeoWeek #GISrocks #edtech
  10. Census Explorer http://ow.ly/EtEom #MapAMinute #GISDay #GeoWeek #GISrocks #edtech
  11. Holiday Music http://ow.ly/EtE5H #MapAMinute #GISDay #GeoWeek #GISrocks #edtech
  12. Getting Started with GIS in Education- Map the Day! http://esriurl.com/k12gis #MapAMinute #GISDay #GeoWeek #GISrocks #edtech
  13. STEM Activities for Desktop GIS- Map the Day! http://ow.ly/EtDtd #MapAMinute #GISDay #GeoWeek #GISrocks #edtech
  14. Mission: Explore adventures- Map the Day! http://www.missionexplore.net/ #MapAMinute #GISDay #GeoWeek #GISrocks #edtech
  15. Dr. Snow’s Cholera Analysis- Map the Day! http://ow.ly/EtBZv #MapAMinute #GISDay #GeoWeek #GISrocks #edtech
  16. Charles Dickens & Child Labor- Map the Day! http://ow.ly/EtBII #MapAMinute #GISDay #GeoWeek #GISrocks #edtech
  17. Cartograms- Map the Day! http://www.worldmapper.org/ #MapAMinute #GISDay #GeoWeek #GISrocks #edtech
  18. FieldScope Citizen Science Projects- Map the Day! @natgeo http://ow.ly/EtAN3 #MapAMinute #GISDay #GeoWeek #GISrocks #edtech
  19. Cancer Rates by State- Map the Day! http://ow.ly/EtAyN #MapAMinute #GISDay #GeoWeek #GISrocks #edtech
  20. Washington State Landslide- Map the Day! http://ow.ly/EtAeD #MapAMinute #GISDay #GeoWeek #GISrocks #edtech
  21. Where are the uninsured?- Map the Day! http://ow.ly/EtzPN #MapAMinute #GISDay #GeoWeek #GISrocks #edtech
  22. Energy Atlas- Map the Day! http://ow.ly/Etzlm #MapAMinute #GISDay #GeoWeek #GISrocks #edtech
  23. Global Poverty- Map the Day! http://ow.ly/Etz71 #MapAMinute #GISDay #GeoWeek #GISrocks #edtech
  24. Age of Humans- Map the Day! http://ow.ly/EtyIl #MapAMinute #GISDay #GeoWeek #GISrocks #edtech
  25. Wind Art- Map the Day! http://hint.fm/wind/ #MapAMinute #GISDay #GeoWeek #GISrocks #edtech
  26. Population Density- Map the Day!http://ow.ly/Etxn1 #MapAMinute #GISDay #GeoWeek #GISrocks #edtech
  27. Global Wind and Ocean Currents- Map the Day! ttp://ow.ly/EtwVe #MapAMinute #GISDay #GeoWeek #GISrocks #edtech
  28. LandSat Imagery Comparisons Change Matters- Map the Day! ttp://ow.ly/Etwus #MapAMinute #GISDay #GeoWeek #GISrocks #edtech
  29. Global Agriculture Monitoring- Map the Day! http://ow.ly/EttJL #MapAMinute #GISDay #GeoWeek #GISrocks #edtech
  30. CropScape- Map the Day! http://ow.ly/EttrM #MapAMinute #GISDay #GeoWeek #GISrocks #edtech
  31. AP Human Geography Resources Map the Day! http://www.scoop.it/u/aphumangeog #MapAMinute #GISDay #GeoWeek #GISrocks #edtech
  32. Geography Resources Map the Day! http://www.scoop.it/t/geography-education #MapAMinute #GISDay #GeoWeek #GISrocks #edtech
  33. Urban Observatory Map the Day! http://www.urbanobservatory.org/ #MapAMinute #GISDay #GeoWeek #GISrocks #edtech
  34. Flu View Map the Day!  http://gis.cdc.gov/grasp/fluview/main.html #MapAMinute #GISDay #GeoWeek #GISrocks #edtech
  35. Share your view- Map the Day! http://ow.ly/EtBgw #MapAMinute #GISDay #GeoWeek #GISrocks #edtech

 

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1-gps-loaner-a-e13631186672371-960x340Geocaching is so popular.  We love it too!  When you want to take that fun idea and make it educational and on your school campus, there are some obstacles.  First, you can’t put official caches on the campus.  You might not have GPS units.  If you want to use an online map, you may not have internet access outdoors.  And…what’s your rainy day plan?

Dee Porter, librarian at Grandview Hills Elementary in Leander, TX had her own “deal with it” or “make it work” moment recently.  She asked us for some advice, but ended up having to switch things up because of the weather. She shared her success with us, so we are sharing it with our fine friends(with her permission of course).  Way to go, Dee! Keep on reading, mapping and making kids think! (Spoiler Alert: SHE DID THIS WITH 1st GRADERS!)

Here’s what happened…

Dee: I need an app to use for geocaching on school property. I can’t use a real geocaching app because I can’t post a geocache at the school. I want one on the playground, one in the courtyard and one in the garden. Any ideas?

Barbaree: How about just a plain old ArcGIS online map with some map notes/dots with clues? You could put the map into a web app, so there aren’t other things for the kids to click on…with just a few smart phones or ipads and you’d be off to the races.  The kids won’t get the little arrows that show directions but perhaps that’s a teachable moment.

DeeYep, I think that will work. I’ll let you know how it goes. Thank you!

FAST FORWARD two weeks…we got the (in our humble opinion AMAZING) report…

Dee: Well, it went really well, and the first graders loved it. We actually ended up geocaching indoors due to rain one day and field day the next day. I bought waterproof camping matches containers to use as geocaches. They were the perfect size and affordable. I rolled up a piece of paper for a log for the classes to record their teacher’s names. I hid one in the biography section behind the George Washington books, one on the atlas stand behind the giant unabridged dictionary, and one in the cat and dog books box. I used a free app called Huntzz to add clues of where in the library each geocache was hidden. It also has room for a trivia question and answer. If you get the answer correct, you get coins. So I made each question tied to the clue and the kids had even more fun with that. Since I have two classes at a time in the library this year, I chose one student to hold the iPad and find each geocache. While the rest of us waited on the story time rug and cheered for them when they found it.  Now I think I will move the caches each week and list clues to their locations on a bulletin board.

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Thanks for stopping by and spreading the joy of all things geo!

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image Check out the latest project from Barbaree about using GIS to teach Common Core standards.  This summer she added math and has a nifty portal to serve as home base.  Click on over to www.barbareeduke.com/ccgis to get all the details.  You could be mapping your way through Common Core today!

#GlobalSelfie Earth Day

GISetc is wishing all a Happy Earth Day! Today we will post several pics on this blog and our social network channels to NASA to “create an image of Earth from the ground up.”  Get outside today and take your#GlobalSelfie,  help NASA and put yourself on the map!

The global results are pretty cool! http://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/2014-globalselfie-wrap-up/#.U4TBY_ldWa8 

Rog and Anita Palmer in the downtown Dallas office

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Barbaree Duke in the Louisiana office

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Emily Adams up in Richardson

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The “Skills for the Digital Earth” MOOC (massively open online course) is appropriate for GIS newbies and also includes more advanced modules for those seasoned GISers. This MOOC is offered by Elmhurst College and sponsored by the GeoTech Center. FREE registration is now open.

The entire MOOC is FREE and open to the public…badges available for completion of each module. Successful completion of the entire MOOC and first course in GIS Program (either Undergraduate Certificate, Graduate Certificate, or Master’s Program) is waived at Elmhurst College.

Perfect for teachers new to GIS or those who just want to know a bit about how geospatial technologies work.

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badge1We’d love to see all of our geospatial friends next week at TCEA!  We have presentations on Tuesday at the ELA/SS Academy and you can catch us hanging out, being spatial in the exhibit hall at Esri booth 2210!  If you’re in Austin, TX for the event, please come say hello and talk GIS with us!

If you liked what you saw, get the handouts and goodies at our page or online at the conference handout page.

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Our year in review:

  • Migrated to a new and more “with it” website format
  • Changed our eShopping cart (yet again)
  • Blogged and curated some of the best geospatial content on the internet
  • Inaugurated a great new sticker series
  • Did trainings in Texas, California, Hawaii, Costa Rica, the United Kingdom, Abu Dhabi and Kuwait
  • and oh YES… we started a non-profit called Geoporter!

Stay tuned in 2014 as GISetc returns as part of your monthly emails. We have some fantastic content and resources coming your way! AND please think about checking out what Geoporter is up to as it grows and spreads. Please spread the word.

So, from each of our desks, we wish you a restful and very geospatial holiday season. 

 Oh yeah…enjoy our holiday video! http://tinyurl.com/GISetc2013

Roger, Anita, Barbaree, and Emily at GISetc 

Amy at Geoporter www.geoporter.net

Geoporter Indiegogo fundraising campaign http://igg.me/at/geoporter/x/4993237

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gisetc geocache santaHave a little fun with all your spatial friends this season!  We have limited quantities of these geospatial postcards.  It’s a great way to say hello this season with a little less in postage!

http://gisetc.com/product-category/gifts/cards-gifts/