Creative Curriculum Integration and GIS in Education

with Barbaree Ash Duke

Integrating technology, geography, sciences and more with traditional classroom content is the focus of my work. Geospatial technologies offer many simple ways to connect students to their studies while actively engaging them in their learning. Come explore the possibilities with me!

Creative Curriculum Integration and GIS in Education - with Barbaree Ash Duke

Tech ‘n Twenty: Read, Write, Map…What!?! Webinar Links

Thanks to the cozy crowd that joined me this evening at the TCEA Tech ‘n Twenty webinar.  Here are the links for all those that couldn’t be there.



Verne’s 80 Days:

™ Basic Time Zones and Stops

™ Full activity with My World GIS at NatGeo

Dr. Snow’s Cholera Maps

™ Activity:

™ Map:

Puzzles: The Chocolate Caper

™ Activity:

™ Map:

Common Core Reading Standards and GIS:


Great Watermelon Conumdrum

Add Your Haiku:


English Teacher’s Guide to Mapping

™ Authors

™ Context and Setting

™ Journeys

Human Geography maps:  

English, SS and Geography maps:

Earth Science maps:

NCGE Webinar PPT

NCGE Webinar Program

Updates…part of the cloudy process

In the 21st Century we must embrace the notion of cloud-computing and all that comes with it.  (Not that we really had a choice.) My iPhone has a fresh new face, my Gmail is always changing…and so is my favorite online mapping application, ArcGIS Online.  Realize that updates are just part of the process when we’re using “the cloud” to compute.  This week I took a good hard look at all my maps in my collection online and decided it was time for an “update.” Perhaps it’s not a bad way to keep ourselves in check…if Apple is updating, then it’s a good reminder to ask, “What maps, lessons or parts of lessons could use a little enhancement or fresh face?” Often it doesn’t take long to freshen up a tried-and-true lesson.

So don’t panic!  If you have some favorite maps of mine, I’m sure they’ll be there.  The top 30 maps have been given the once over to be sure they’re working well in the latest iteration of ArcGIS Online. (I used the number of views as the ranking factor.)  Feel free to ask, if you don’t see something.  Feel free to request new material (as long as you don’t mind me blogging about it).

All the lessons and resources are still available on the resources page of my website.

Here are the links to the Top 30 (or so) maps from my collection:

  1. Great Chocolate Caper Puzzle Map
  2. Watsons Go to Birmingham Exploration
  3. Using GIS for Common Core Reading StoryMap
  4. 20 Minute GIS Series (12 maps)
  5. Shakespeare’s Hamlet (look for more maps related to Willie’s works this school year)
  6. Great Pumpkin Harvest
  7. Earth, Wind and Fire
  8. John Snow’s Cholera Maps
  9. Plessy v. Ferguson
  10. Around the World in 80 Days
  11. English Teacher’s Guide to Mapping: Authors, Content & Setting, Journeys, Writing (4 maps)
  12. The Adventures of T.S. Spivet
  13. Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
  14. Dickens and Child Labor
  15. Their Eyes Were Watching God
  16. Twain’s Travels (my first GIS project that I made for students in English Class circa 2000)
  17. Great Watermelon Conundrum of 1978


GIS: A Poet’s Tool

The world of GIS and data may seem like an unlikely tool for your reading, literature or writing class but with a little creative wit you can invent some great connections with data tools.  So…”editable feature service” sounds like a fancy data term.  It can be, much like math class’s “reciprocal” (fancy math term for the flip). These types of services are being used around the globe daily to impact our lives and help change communities. Citizens and employees alike are collecting data in the field about all sorts of things…bugs, lights, traffic, graffiti, trash, etc. I suggest that the same tool can transform in a writing tool…WHAAAT?! Yep…that’s right…I mean, write!

Let’s start with simple writing, haiku, a short poem.  The structure is limited to 17 syllables and further bound by a number of syllables per line. I created a simple table (CSV), then made it an editable feature service in ArcGIS online.  Once you make a map with that data and dress it up with a lovely app, you’ve got something handy…an opportunity for folks to write about their favorite spot and archive the data! Now that’s not your city planner’s feature service anymore! It’s a creative writing tool that gives visual clues and shares experiences.

Join the geospatial revolution and start writing with a map!

Click the image to put your poem on the map!

Click the image to put your poem on the map!

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