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!
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!
This week I had the honor of presenting in the 1 Tool at a Time Series sponsored by the ISTE SIGms and SIGilt. In the short 30 minute session I shared what GIS looks like for the classroom and demonstrated how you can access maps and curriculum quickly. You no longer need lots of time and expertise to infuse your classroom with geospatial technologies.
If you’d like to check out the recording, go the GIS in Education page at the 1 Tool at a Time Series wiki. http://1toolatatime.wikispaces.com/GIS+in+Education While you’re there, you’ll find a handout of the links shared.
Also, Katie Christo, the SIGilt chair, put together the links along with some of her own on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/katiechristo/gis-mapping-in-education/.
And that’s not all! If you’re still interested in learning more about how to get started with GIS in Education, join the folks at NCGE for a free webinar this coming Wednesday! Charlie Fitzpatrick, Esri Education Manager, will be sharing his perspective on where to begin with GIS in Education.