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!

Texas in February for TCEA 2016

Texas in February for TCEA 2016

i'm presenting at tcea 2016

UPDATE: My handout from the session, click here.

If you’re looking for cool things related to geospatial technology, digital maps, interactive online mapping….and need it to be free for your school. (Yes, FREE! No catch…really!)

Join the TCEA GEOSIG at one of these presentation during the annual conference in February!

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Elementary Social Studies: Thinking Spatially

12:00-1 pm in Room 17A

Tom Baker & Anita Palmer

Connect with Your Community Using 21st Century Tools

3:30pm-5pm  in Room 6B

Carolyn Mitchell & Roger Palmer


Enhancing Social Studies with Digital Maps

1:30-3pm in Room 4A

Tom Baker, Anita Palmer & Chris Bunin

Dead Authors, Dusty Books and Mapping Their Connections

1:30-3pm  in Room 6B

Barbaree Duke


GEO-SIG Luncheon: Dining with Drones

11:30-1:30 in Hilton Room 415AB

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!

Get Inspired! at TCEA 2014

Get Inspired! at TCEA 2014


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!


Oh Canada!

Happy Victoria Day to our northern neighbours! (That’s a day celebrating Queen Victoria’s birthday with merriment and festivities!)

I have the honor of hearing many great geographers and scholars in my job as the Webinar Coordinator for the National Council for Geographic Education.  This past Wednesday, our topic was Canada with Dave McDowell.  He did a beautiful job sharing how we share so many aspects of climate, geography and population.    In addition, he highlighted some amazing differences that present excellent examples to discuss in your classroom when comparing countries. He shared some excellent resources that I’m sure can benefit many folks out there!

Dave’s Resources:


Safaris, Trash and Adventure: GeoTech 2010

Don’t be fooled by the conference title!  It’s not just about geography and technology.  GeoTech is an opportunity to expand your horizons.  It doesn’t matter what you teach, because you WILL find something for you!  I’m a thinker, something that was a problem in the 4th grade…accused of daydreaming, but as an educator has served me well.  The keynote speakers consistently inspire you to venture beyond your borders and think. Blessed with two keynotes this year, Chad Pregracke and Ben Osborne didn’t disappoint!  

I had no idea who these men were before I met them at GeoTech.  They were absolutely personable and instisted on having lunch with us, chatting in the evenings and experiencing the conference together.  How many teachers get to meet these kinds of folks and have a nice chat?  They were interested in our work as educators and wanted to know how they could help further our causes.  Ben’s photographs are stunning!  Don’t overlook the Friday evening presentation at the Science Museum…it’s worth the time and money, always!  Ben shared his experiences in Africa with the wild dogs and lions but even more intriguing were the behind-the-scenes videos of their adventures in filming.  Undeniably, lions are impressive beasts.  But how much more incredible that they were looking for them IN THE DARK!  The moment in the video when it’s all quiet, pitch black and windless; the folks in each vehicle are whispering across the radios, “We don’t see any lions,” while “No lions over here either,” is answered with the deep, eerie rumble of the lions’ distinctive growl.  It still sends chills up my spine!  What amazing stories could my students begin to tell after viewing this experience!  Having created lessons for my students related to Mark Twain and the Mississippi River, Chad’s story intrigued me.  He grew up on the river and set out to change it, make it trash-free.  His tenacity and ambition to try it and see what happens is contagious!  After hearing his story, I question how many causes are in my own backyard, simple causes that could make a big difference.  You don’t have to go to Africa or live on the Mississippi River to realize that adventure and purpose should be part of our lives…our classrooms!  What adventure awaits you?