Going Places

Going Places

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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!

Esri EdUC 2014: GIS for Common Core

Esri EdUC 2014: GIS for Common Core

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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!

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

Get Inspired! at TCEA 2014

Get Inspired! at TCEA 2014

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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!

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GIS: A Poet’s Tool

GIS: A Poet’s Tool

The world of GIS and data may seem like an unlikely tool for your reading, literature or writing class but with a little creative wit you can invent some great connections with data tools.  So…”editable feature service” sounds like a fancy data term.  It can be, much like math class’s “reciprocal” (fancy math term for the flip). These types of services are being used around the globe daily to impact our lives and help change communities. Citizens and employees alike are collecting data in the field about all sorts of things…bugs, lights, traffic, graffiti, trash, etc. I suggest that the same tool can transform in a writing tool…WHAAAT?! Yep…that’s right…I mean, write!

Let’s start with simple writing, haiku, a short poem.  The structure is limited to 17 syllables and further bound by a number of syllables per line. I created a simple table (CSV), then made it an editable feature service in ArcGIS online.  Once you make a map with that data and dress it up with a lovely app, you’ve got something handy…an opportunity for folks to write about their favorite spot and archive the data! Now that’s not your city planner’s feature service anymore! It’s a creative writing tool that gives visual clues and shares experiences.

Join the geospatial revolution and start writing with a map!

Click the image to put your poem on the map!

Click the image to put your poem on the map!

http://esrit3g.maps.arcgis.com/apps/OnePane/basicviewer/index.html?appid=d0233a51e7cd47e7838c9c9e0ba6524e

Story Maps #3: Using Esri’s Story Maps to Address Common Core Reading Standards

Story Maps #3: Using Esri’s Story Maps to Address Common Core Reading Standards

Story Map Index for the 10 Common Core Reading Standards

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