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!
In the 21st Century we must embrace the notion of cloud-computing and all that comes with it. (Not that we really had a choice.) My iPhone has a fresh new face, my Gmail is always changing…and so is my favorite online mapping application, ArcGIS Online. Realize that updates are just part of the process when we’re using “the cloud” to compute. This week I took a good hard look at all my maps in my collection online and decided it was time for an “update.” Perhaps it’s not a bad way to keep ourselves in check…if Apple is updating, then it’s a good reminder to ask, “What maps, lessons or parts of lessons could use a little enhancement or fresh face?” Often it doesn’t take long to freshen up a tried-and-true lesson.
So don’t panic! If you have some favorite maps of mine, I’m sure they’ll be there. The top 30 maps have been given the once over to be sure they’re working well in the latest iteration of ArcGIS Online. (I used the number of views as the ranking factor.) Feel free to ask, if you don’t see something. Feel free to request new material (as long as you don’t mind me blogging about it).
All the lessons and resources are still available on the resources page of my website.
Here are the links to the Top 30 (or so) maps from my collection:
- Great Chocolate Caper Puzzle Map
- Watsons Go to Birmingham Exploration
- Using GIS for Common Core Reading StoryMap
- 20 Minute GIS Series (12 maps)
- Shakespeare’s Hamlet (look for more maps related to Willie’s works this school year)
- Great Pumpkin Harvest
- Earth, Wind and Fire
- John Snow’s Cholera Maps
- Plessy v. Ferguson
- Around the World in 80 Days
- English Teacher’s Guide to Mapping: Authors, Content & Setting, Journeys, Writing (4 maps)
- The Adventures of T.S. Spivet
- Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
- Dickens and Child Labor
- Their Eyes Were Watching God
- Twain’s Travels (my first GIS project that I made for students in English Class circa 2000)
- Great Watermelon Conundrum of 1978
As part of my week of fun at Esri’s #esrit3g week, I made a quick map to share a bit of Shakespeare. http://bit.ly/13VbjcM So for all you literature fans, here’s a quick little peek at Shakespeare.
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These two concepts might not be considered close cousins at first glance but surprisingly they have quite a bit in common, making GIS an excellent tool for telling and analyzing stories. A few years ago I shared this concept at the Esri Education International Users Conference. Given the improvements in online mapping and the uptake of story maps, I thought a reprise of this concept was in order.
So…most US literature classes do a nice job of presenting the short story and its anatomy, pictured here. Some of my favorites from William Faulkner, O. Henry, W. W. Jacobs or Edgar Allen Poe are staples of the classroom and give easy ways to teach the anatomy and begin to understand problems and how we might craft and retell our own stories more efficiently and elegantly.
Many students have difficulty relating to these stories and cannot fathom creating their own. Tools like GIS give those students ideas and wings to be creative and still present compelling facts. Visualizing this concept (see below) is powerful for student uptake.
I believe that this notion of connecting ideas that we already teach with 21st Century tools will give our students skills, experiences and simply…give them something to talk about when they are stuck.
This also gives some great opportunities to integrate Common Core Reading Standards with GIS. (I’m presenting about this in July at the Esri Conference.)
Also check out what Sugata Mitra has to say about school and learning in TED talks. My favorite quote from his talk…“It’s not about making learning happen. It’s about letting it happen.”
Here’s hoping that you spend your summer letting learning ideas happen as you prepare for the next year’s adventure!
Feel free to share your cool thoughts and ideas too!
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!