Thinking with GeoTools


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Thinking with GeoTools

  1. 1. Thinking with GeoTools<br />Bernie Dodge, PhD<br />San Diego State University<br /><br />
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  3. 3. Summarize<br />Create<br />Design<br />Predict<br />Decide<br />Analyze<br />
  4. 4. Summarize<br />Create<br />Design<br />Predict<br />Decide<br />Analyze<br />
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  6. 6. Design<br />Solving a problem or creating a change to achieve a pre-determined end result while working within realistic constraints<br />
  7. 7. Idea #1: Small World<br />Choose a number of existing places to create a theme park<br />Decide on a scale to use and calculate the dimensions <br />Choose a site for your park that can accommodate it<br />Organize the attractions to meet specific goals<br />
  8. 8. Idea #2: Walking Tour<br />Design a walking tour of a specific place for a specific audience with specific interests<br />Create the tour in Google Maps and annotate it with relevant information<br />Examples: <br />Architectural styles in our neighborhood<br />Nature walks with specific trees, rocks, etc. <br />Cultural tours introducing outsiders to the unique qualities of your hood <br />
  9. 9. Bonthe, Sherbro Island<br /><br />
  10. 10. Google Lit Trips<br /><br />
  11. 11. Idea #3: DIY Lit Trips<br />Identify a book or story with identifiable locations mentioned.<br />Find those locations on the map and explore their surroundings.<br />Add placemarks with information that will enhance understanding of the book. <br />
  12. 12. Analyze<br />Take things apart in a useful way. Identify patterns in data. <br />
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  14. 14. Idea #4: Critter Count<br />Choose one or more living creatures to study<br />Provide a protocol for recording sightings<br />Record sightings on Google Maps<br />Analyze findings and look for patterns<br />
  15. 15. Idea #5: Latitudology<br />Choose two latitudes<br />Gather data from a sample of places along each parallel<br />Analyze for what’s the same and what’s different <br />Identify anomalies and investigate them<br />
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  17. 17. Idea #6: World Cities <br />Choose a number of cities to study<br />Count and categorize what’s the same and different about them<br />Develop theories to account for those differences<br />
  18. 18. 360 Cities<br /><br />
  19. 19. Create<br />Open ended thinking with many possible end points. Encourages surprisingness, originality while still working within the confines of a genre.<br />
  20. 20. Idea #7: X from the Air<br />Create a cinematic view of places you select using Google Earth<br />Select the places and views for some artistic effect<br />Capture the tour and add music and titles using iMovie, MovieMaker, etc.<br />
  21. 21. Idea #8: Travel Chronicles<br />Write an account of a trip you haven’t actually taken.<br />Use Google Maps to identify things you would see and describe them colorfully<br />Provide an annotated map to accompany your story<br />
  22. 22. Travel Bugs<br /><br />
  23. 23. JarJar Bernie’s Journey<br />
  24. 24. Decide<br />Make an informed choice from among several alternatives while taking competing ideas into account<br />
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  26. 26. Idea #9: Site Selection<br />Pick a site for something new while working within given criteria.<br />Consider location, size, surroundings, aesthetics, costs and benefits<br />
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  29. 29. Nine Geo WebQuests<br />Small World<br />Walking Tour<br />Critter Count<br />DIY Lit Trips<br />Latitudology<br />World Cities<br />X from the Air<br />Travel Chronicles<br />Site Selection<br />
  30. 30. One More Thing:WonderPlot<br />Identify a plot of ground <br />Go out as a class and capture voice notes, geotagged photos<br />Propose interesting questions<br />Post them, rate them for interestingness, and then find answers<br />
  31. 31. What does this sign mean?<br />What does that thing on the roof do?<br />What used to be here?<br />What kind of tree is that?<br />When were these houses built?<br />
  32. 32. Motivational Elements<br />Points for coming up with good questions<br />Points for finding answers using research after the visit<br />Ratings voted by students<br />Borrows from Digg, Facebook “likes”, etc. <br />Encourages curiosity, looking at ordinary surroundings with a beginner’s mind.<br />Different classes can explore the same plot from the perspectives of math, history, English, science, etc.<br />
  33. 33. WonderPlot @ SDSU<br />
  34. 34. Thinking with GeoTools<br />Bernie Dodge, PhD<br />San Diego State University<br /><br />
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