Fresh from our presentation at the Esri edUC with a salute to Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Shannon White and I present 42 ideas and resources that may help educators and geomentors in their quest to integrate GIS, GPS and geography into education, inside and outside. What other ideas do you have? Please share your comments below.
- bring a map of the school to examine and interpret
- map gallery (student made or professional made or both)
- Make a map with cookie dough and icing
- Draw a mental map from home to school
- Topographic bingo
- Bingo with a community based satellite image
- Show live maps of buses (real time).
- track the weather
- watch live earthquakes
- count time zones
- map the countries playing in world cup
- make a map of all the places in your books
- plan a route to the park
- hide and seek on campus with drawn maps and clues (transition to geocaching)
- track vocabulary words country of origin
- collect scientific discoveries by location
- solve math problems that give coordinates as answers
- brainstorm school or local problems that a map or location would help solve
- research a topic with map data only
- students find one cool map related fact and share it
- map the news for one day, then examine change over time
- where does your food come from (Thanksgiving arcgis maps as an example)
- where do your clothes come from (NatGeo gadget)
- build a map (NatGeo printables – MapMaker interactive)
- Map places you want to visit (or have visited)
- Look at change over time in your community (changematters.esri.com)
- examine story maps about a topic you are studying (i.e. the bat map)
- Track roadkill or trash or something else found along roads
- Map your school yard (transportation, recreation, natural features)
- look at old maps (David Rumsey Map Collection) and compare/contrast to digital maps
- Use John Snow Map in ArcGIS online to examine spatial analysis
- Show a brief video about GIS in use (Ushahidi, Geospatial Revolution, etc)
- Examine the Earth as Art collection and discuss geography and remote sensing patterns
- Participate in a crowdsourcing or citizen science effort (BioBlitz using iNaturalist, Project Budburst, Globe at Night)
- Make a smell or sound map of your neighborhood
- Plan a road trip or vacation for yourself or someone else
- make a story map or Snap2Map
- find cool map projects in the online map gallery – how many are problems in your area?
- Map your family or family history (watermelon story)
- Map your life or create an autobiographical map
- Help map a local park or trail
- Find a geographic element that connects math, science, language arts and social studies
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!
In time for Valentine’s Day, I have a little GIS and a sweet mystery to engage your students. This Left-handed Chocolate Caper is a reprise of an old favorite with updated ArcGIS Online maps.
Here’s PDF of the activity and the online map for you to explore the world and think sweet thoughts!
Thanks to the cozy crowd that joined me this evening at the TCEA Tech ‘n Twenty webinar. Here are the links for all those that couldn’t be there.
Verne’s 80 Days:
Basic Time Zones and Stops http://bit.ly/1gYAOnt
Full activity with My World GIS at NatGeo http://bit.ly/1gYB9Xu
Dr. Snow’s Cholera Maps
Puzzles: The Chocolate Caper
Common Core Reading Standards and GIS: www.barbareeduke.com/commoncore
Great Watermelon Conumdrum http://bit.ly/1gYBQjs
Add Your Haiku: http://bit.ly/12l0PW1
English Teacher’s Guide to Mapping
Context and Setting http://bit.ly/1gYA2Xy
Human Geography maps: http://bit.ly/1el8Npb
English, SS and Geography maps: http://barbareeduke.com/mymaps
Earth Science maps: http://bit.ly/16Gik5s
NCGE Webinar PPT
NCGE Webinar Program http://www.ncge.org/webinar-schedule