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!

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

Fake Geocaching

Geocaching 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…


The Watsons Go To Birmingham-a story map update

Here’s an update to my lesson on The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis.

A new story map version of the popular lesson

I have created an update that utilizes the new map journal template.  This new template enabled me to embed the lesson with pictures, websites and multiple maps.  The student questions are embedded in the online interface but if you need a printed handout…that’s here.

Get your students thinking and mapping today!

NCGE 2014: Teaching Standards…and cool new story map





Thanks to all the folks that came to my session this morning.  We had fun talking about maps, apps and how we use geography as a “universal language” to create valuable connections for students.

The map journal (story map template) that I used today as my “presentation” tool is an elegant way to share information.

Check out the presentation from today or build your own story map – map journal!


Esri EdUC 2014: GIS for Common Core


Home base for using GIS to teach Common Core Standards

Each year, I’m challenged to continue creating resources and materials that are relevant and useful.  Last summer, I debuted my correlation between using Story Maps from Esri to using in Common Core reading instruction.

This summer I have added Common Core Math to the collection and created a home base portal to keep us all organized.

I have not exhausted all the possibilities available in geospatial technologies to do a great job integrating these powerful tools into the Common Core Standards or classroom lessons.  I believe these indexes serve as a “jumping off place” or “kickstarter” for your own applications.

I’m presenting these new creations at the Esri EdUC 2014 on Saturday, July 12th at 3:15pm in La Costa.  Join us for a great session!

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