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

Esri EdUC 2014: GIS for Common Core

Esri EdUC 2014: GIS for Common Core


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!

Tech ‘n Twenty: Read, Write, Map…What!?! Webinar Links

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.


Dickens: http://bit.ly/1gYBtW8

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

™ Activity: http://bit.ly/1gYCJZp

™ Map: http://bit.ly/1gYD4ey

Puzzles: The Chocolate Caper

™ Activity: http://bit.ly/1bV8DjU

™ Map: http://bit.ly/1gYAFAs

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

™ Authors http://bit.ly/1gYzYan

™ Context and Setting http://bit.ly/1gYA2Xy

™ Journeys http://bit.ly/1gYA5mg

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

Q & A: How can I hold students accountable for reading?

Q & A: How can I hold students accountable for reading?



A great online resource, We Are Teachers, often posts questions for the general community to assist our colleagues.  With Common Core, NCLB and other initiatives, we need to get creative and push our students to think more.

Here’s the question posed on their site and my suggestion.  Do you have a good idea? Share your comments!

Question: How can I hold my students accountable for reading our novel?

Answer: In this electronic age, kids using online resources is inevitable; however, I say push them beyond the facts to rethink the facts.  Using the book details to connect to other things…keeping dead authors and dusty books fresh is important to students.  This helps them see purpose.  If we pick on ol’ Tom Sawyer, then we might assign an internet article on grave robbers, and then have them read that chapter.  Perhaps we tie geographic elements to map out the story.  If you have to make a map of where Tom goes and how they’re connected…you need to understand what happens and more.  Pick a funky word deep in the chapter (a different one for each class) and have them use it all day. When I taught, 7th grade I used to do something different with each chapter to keep the kids guessing.  Asking open ended questions, gives much more interesting answers and pushes students to THINK, THINK, THINK.