Thanks to everyone who is joining me today at the first ever TCEA ELA/SS Academy!
Resources from Earth Wind and Fire_TCEA 2014
Resources from Teaching English Language Arts with GIS
More cool geospatial stuff at www.gisetc.com!
Story Map Index for the 10 Common Core Reading Standards
Reading and thinking are skills that we expect students to master and hone throughout their education careers and beyond. Good readers and thinkers are lifelong learners. As a former English teacher, I appreciate the pressure on educators tied to testing and standards alignment. I have been on the front lines with my students. As a curriculum writer, I realize we must utilize a myriad of tools to garner the most student engagement as well as content uptake. I love the versatility of GIS with any subject. How interesting that a tool which displays points, lines and polygons (boundaries) does such a beautiful job with helping curricular content boundaries dissolve!
Esri has a wonderful set of pre-designed Story Maps (http://storymaps.esri.com). One day while admiring them, I discovered some excellent ties to what’s being called the “rigor of common core.” I don’t think the rigor of reading and writing class has dramatically changed; however, the emphasis on purposefully utilizing a variety of reading content has certainly made the education headlines and has many curriculum departments giving their practices and methodologies a second look.
I submit that you can use several of these story maps and the accompanying analysis to suit the Common Core Reading Standards quite nicely (and those writing standards too). I even created some sample activities for you to show how I would use these strategies in my own classroom. Explore the Common Core with a new perspective! http://www.barbareeduke.com/commoncore
Educators need a multi-functional tool that can help teach, repair and assist exploration…a “swiss army knife” kind of educational gadget that can allow students to explore, yet gives teachers the necessary substance in required curriculum and high-stakes testing environments. And, hey… it’s just fun (always an appealing characteristic to wrangly middle schoolers)!
I often read articles and papers on learning, standards and other hot education topics. This article caught my eye today and I was thinking…GIS…a great tool to teach content while engaging students…and did I mention a tool they will most likely use in a future job! http://www.edutopia.org/blog/student-engagement-stories-heather-wolpert-gawron
For those of you who need a little fuel for the GIS fire in your camp, this article along with all the great resources we have in our community will have you making smores in no time! You’re not alone and there are excellent resources to get you started.
- Esri Education Community http://edcommunity.esri.com
- Map Portals
- STEM GIS lessons
- Books and Curriculum
- Institutes and Conferences
- You will find GIS sessions regularly on the ISTE and state affiliate conference programs. Also, find GIS sessions at these conferences- NCGE, AAG, SITE, NCSS, NSTA- and more!
For four years, Esri has held a week-long summer institute for 30 educators who want to help others engage GIS. For summer 2013, they aim to “kick it up a notch.” They’re seeking 100 educators or influencers of education who want to help educators learn to use ArcGIS Online. With web-based mapping now increasingly rich and robust, yet still easy to be successful with, it’s time to get more people engaged. This is a great opportunity for state-wide licenses
GIS experience is useful but not required for participation. What IS required is a mindset favoring problem-based learning and an interest in helping other educators engage ArcGIS Online. It’s a perfect opportunity for curriculum coordinators, PD providers, and content specialists as well as the in-the-trenches educators. They would love to see multiple applications from any state with a state-wide license.
The National Center for Rural STEM Education will be hosting a National Summit on Geospatial Technologies in K-12 Education at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA from 11 to 12 July 2008. This gathering will provide an opportunity for developers and teachers to share materials and approaches, for school districts to learn about the possibilities for GIS in the classroom, for researchers to connect to practioners, and for the GIS in Education community to get together and plan for the future. It will feature sessions dedicated to successful uses of these technologies in classrooms and opportunities to discuss the challenges of broadening the reach to more students.
A draft conference agenda and a call for presentations are available at http://www.isat.jmu.edu/stem/workshop.html
Presentation proposals are due by 18 April 2008 (decisions will be made by the end of April).
Travel support is available for a number of teachers from rural school districts. The conference fee ($50 – includes all meals) is very low and we want to encourage broad participation.
Please contact Bob Kolvoord (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
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Bob Kolvoord, Ph.D.
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Day 2 for me started with Environmental Learning projects. The folks at Science Approach (http://www.science-approach.com/) shared their work with CIPE, Ocean Explorers and the Teams. Check out their work at http://www.exploreoceans.org/Team. They were followed by Lauren Young from Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi who shared her Master’s project work. She’s created lessons and experiences for students and teachers involving their watershed in South Texas. I believe she’s right on track with her “Where do I live?” activity and the “Follow the Water Drop” activity. I’ll be interested to see what comes of her research. The final presentation was from Lyn Malone, a well-respected collegue in GIS in education. She’s always busy working on multiple projects. You can find her at http://www.worldviews.com/ . She shared her work with the Narragansett Bay Coyote Study. Don’t miss the Coyote Mapper! http://www.theconservationagency.org/coyote.htm. Great work, as always, from Lyn!
The rest of my day was consumed with more computer lab time, raster data, and the Curriculum Development SIG. Then, dinner with friends made it the perfect day!