The UNH Cooperative Extension, Vermont Center for Geographic Information (VCGI), NH GRANIT and NH Space Grant are hosting a webinar
on Esri's ConnectED program on August 19th.
The Title: "Teachers, start your mapping! Free online GIS in the classroom from Esri and ConnectEd"
The Pitch: "GIS is a powerful, but underused teaching tool. Geographic Information System (GIS) has long been seen as a powerful way to engage students in spatial thinking and get them involved in real-world, inquiry-based projects. In spite of the incredible teaching potential of GIS, many roadblocks have prevented the widespread use of this technology in classrooms, including the cost to license software, the headaches involved in managing desktop programs in a school environment, and the steep learning curve associated with using such a complex mapping tool. ArcGIS Online is now free for all schools in the US."
While the focus on "free" and easier to use that traditional GIS is interesting and quite correct, I wonder if focusing on STEM, Common Core support and inquiry and problem-based learning might be more compelling for educators.
Esri Endorses Maps.com Field Trips
A press release
from Esri regarding the availability of the new ArcGIS Story Maps-based Field Trip Library
from Maps.com includes an endorsement from K-12 education manager Charlie Fitzpatrick. The original announcement (pdf)
of the product is from April.
"As a former social studies teacher, I would have loved having my students work with these. History comes alive when you can see the whole story, and it is much more powerful in a map you can dive into. Field Trips rock!"
If I understand correctly, the Field Trip library is an add-on to an existing Maps 101 subscription, which the site says costs
less than $700 per year for most school sites. The Field Trip Library content is mostly from Maps 101; the innovation is the organization of that content on a story map. Per the pitch
for Field Trips:
While much of the content comes from the company’s popular Maps101 resource (currently used in over 3500 schools across the US) it is the way that events are presented using geographical and chronological representations that will maintain students’ interest and aide [sic] learning.
Esri Canada Answers Questions on Centres of Excellence
Esri Supports Central European University
Esri will support the course and the ISEPEI Project at CEU, under which the course was run. The company also donated copies of two books, volume 28 of the “Esri Map Book” and “GIS for Water Management in Europe,” to the CEU Library.
Esri MOOC Capped at 1000