In time for Valentine’s Day, I have a little GIS and a sweet mystery to engage your students. This Left-handed Chocolate Caper is a reprise of an old favorite with updated ArcGIS Online maps.
Thanks to everyone who is joining me today at the first ever TCEA ELA/SS Academy!
More cool geospatial stuff at www.gisetc.com!
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:
Dr. Snow’s Cholera Maps
Puzzles: The Chocolate Caper
Common Core Reading Standards and GIS: www.barbareeduke.com/commoncore
English Teacher’s Guide to Mapping
Human Geography maps: http://bit.ly/1el8Npb
English, SS and Geography maps: http://barbareeduke.com/mymaps
Earth Science maps: http://bit.ly/16Gik5s
NCGE Webinar Program http://www.ncge.org/webinar-schedule
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:
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!