Story Maps and Geospatial Fun at Esri EdUC 2016

Story Maps and Geospatial Fun at Esri EdUC 2016

A Louisiana State Story - Utilizing Story Maps to Teach State History

Join me Saturday, June 25, 2016, 1:30-2:45pm in the Coronado room!

If you can’t be there, here is my storymap/presentation for you.

Chat maps and such!

Stop by the GISetc booth in the EdUC expo!

Buy a book!

Starting Sunday, June 27 throughout the week, you can pick up two of my books in the Esri Store!

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

What Do GIS and Short Stories Have in Common?

What Do GIS and Short Stories Have in Common?

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.

GIS problem solving graphic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!