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

John Steinbeck and His Novels

I’m often asked the question, “Do you have a GIS lesson for …..?”  These come in many varieties and I keep a running list of those requests.  One came today from a colleague, who was sure that I had created a Steinbeck, Of Mice and Men lesson.  Although I’ve taught that novel to my students over the years, I didn’t have a ready-made GIS lesson to send him.

With great tools like ArcGIS Online, I was able to quickly put together a simple map and point to some other great resources by Rick Thomas within the map.

Happy Earth Day!

steinbeck map

Map of influences in Steinbeck’s life and novels

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


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