Story Maps and Geospatial Fun at Esri EdUC 2016

Story Maps and Geospatial Fun at Esri EdUC 2016

A Louisiana State Story - Utilizing Story Maps to Teach State History

Join me Saturday, June 25, 2016, 1:30-2:45pm in the Coronado room!

If you can’t be there, here is my storymap/presentation for you.

Chat maps and such!

Stop by the GISetc booth in the EdUC expo!

Buy a book!

Starting Sunday, June 27 throughout the week, you can pick up two of my books in the Esri Store!

42 ideas GIS in Education

42 ideas GIS in Education

Fresh from our presentation at the Esri edUC with a salute to Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Shannon White and I present 42 ideas and resources that may help educators and geomentors in their quest to integrate GIS, GPS and geography into education, inside and outside.  What other ideas do you have?  Please share your comments below.

  1. bring a map of the school to examine and interpret
  2. map gallery (student made or professional made or both)
  3. Make a map with cookie dough and icing
  4. Draw a mental map from home to school
  5. Topographic bingo
  6. Bingo with a community based satellite image
  7. Show live maps of buses (real time).
  8. track the weather
  9. watch live earthquakes
  10. count time zones
  11. map the countries playing in world cup
  12. make a map of all the places in your books
  13. plan a route to the park
  14. hide and seek on campus with drawn maps and clues (transition to geocaching)
  15. track vocabulary words country of origin
  16. collect scientific discoveries by location
  17. solve math problems that give coordinates as answers
  18. brainstorm school or local problems that a map or location would help solve
  19. research a topic with map data only
  20. students find one cool map related fact and share it
  21. map the news for one day, then examine change over time
  22. where does your food come from (Thanksgiving arcgis maps as an example)
  23. where do your clothes come from (NatGeo gadget)
  24. build a map (NatGeo printables MapMaker interactive)
  25. Map places you want to visit (or have visited)
  26. Look at change over time in your community (
  27. examine story maps about a topic you are studying (i.e. the bat map)
  28. Track roadkill or trash or something else found along roads
  29. Map your school yard (transportation, recreation, natural features)
  30. look at old maps (David Rumsey Map Collection) and compare/contrast to digital maps
  31. Use John Snow Map in ArcGIS online to examine spatial analysis
  32. Show a brief video about GIS in use (Ushahidi, Geospatial Revolution, etc)
  33. Examine the Earth as Art collection and discuss geography and remote sensing patterns
  34. Participate in a crowdsourcing or citizen science effort (BioBlitz using iNaturalist, Project Budburst, Globe at Night)
  35. Make a smell or sound map of your neighborhood
  36. Plan a road trip or vacation for yourself or someone else
  37. make a story map or Snap2Map
  38. find cool map projects in the online map gallery – how many are problems in your area?
  39. Map your family or family history (watermelon story)
  40. Map your life or create an  autobiographical map
  41. Help map a local park or trail
  42. Find a geographic element that connects math, science, language arts and social studies


Going Places

Going Places


Thanks to the Louisiana Resource Center for Educators for hosting me at the Mighty Maps workshop!

For the teacher, here’s a PDF of the presentation, GIS for Common Core and Special Needs_LGA2015.

Happy Mapping!

John Steinbeck and His Novels

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!

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