Takeaways from Day 1 of Esri Ed UC

I attended a variety of paper sessions. Here are the takeaways:

It’s possible, using a mix of free personal and organizational accounts to provide access for students to a gallery of maps. They can make and share them via those free accounts. I’m still learning about how the two types of accounts interact. More on that in future posts!

4-Hers have used Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) to collect data for its projects. They do however use the same tool (BYOT can also mean bring your own tool, aka software): a custom one from CitySourced. I’d like to see the move to both meanings of BYOT! The project was actually completed last year during Esri UC (video). 

4-H leader Megan Patent-Nygren shared how she uses Save the Rain, an app from the United Nations which measures how much rain is lost from roofs, as the key tool for inquiry based learning. Students determine a research agenda, make a plan, collect data and share what they’ve learned. She noted that using the unit of toilet flushes is very meaningful to 11 year old boys! Inquiry based learning is very flipped classroom friendly!

Early research results from the Geospatial Semester (a project based at James Madison University that gives high school seniors a full year of geo, optionally for college credit) suggests that after that year students geospatial thinking, language and and perhaps other skills increase significantly. This is fascinating research, that’s still in progress.

The Geospatial Education Research Committee (GERC, pronounced, “jerk”) is working on its various reports to support future geography education research. The final report is expected by November. The second edition of Geography for Life is expected to be available September 1.

ROP expands to Regional Occupational Program, a state of California effort. 

The Regional Occupational Program (ROP) provides high-quality career preparation classes and services to prepare youth (16 years of age and older) and adults for successful careers in response to the needs of the local labor market. People of all economic backgrounds are welcome to enroll in the tuition-free program. Students include anyone preparing to enter or re-enter the job market, changing careers, or seeking career advancement. Work-bound and college-bound students are encouraged to enroll. Statewide each year, ROP provides high-quality hands-on career preparation to more than 500,000 high school students (16 years and older) and adults. Of those 55,000 are trained in Orange County. There are 72 Regional Occupational Centers and Programs (ROCP) statewide, four of which are in Orange County...

Courses so designated get funding to cover teacher salaries and funds for technology and field trips. This was one of the tool Dominique Evans-Bye (ArcWatch article) used to build her successful GIS program at Clark Magnet High School.

All of the paper presentations I attended made heavy use of PowerPoint in a traditional "sage on the stage" fashion. I'll keep looking for presenters who take a different path!

Published Sunday, July 22nd, 2012

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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