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The 'where' in education

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How open source and easy data access along with support can enhance the k-12 learning environment.

How open source and easy data access along with support can enhance the k-12 learning environment.

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  • 1. The 'Where' in Education: Integrating Curriculum through Spatial Thought Jeffrey Dunn Michael Howser
  • 2. Outline
    • Background
      • MAGIC
      • GIS in K-12
      • Common Barriers
    • Interactive Spatial Activities
      • Map of the Week
      • How in the World
      • Map Mash-ups
      • VirtualTours
    • Conclusions
  • 3. MAGIC 2.0
    • University of Connecticut Libraries Map and Geographic Information Center – MAGIC has been re-inventing itself into MAGIC 2.0
      • Focused on general users
      • Classroom resources
      • Multiple formats & platforms
      • Collaborative
      • “ Liberal Education” mindset
  • 4. Background
    • 2009 Horizon Report
      • “ Geo-everything”
    • Becoming quicker and easier to geolocate a multitude of information
    • Everything “Geo” is now easily leveraged for in classroom use in a quick, affordable fashion.
    http://wp.nmc.org/horizon2009/chapters/geo-everything/
  • 5. GIS in the Classroom
    • Examine:
      • Demographic Data
        • Social studies
      • Natural Features
        • Sciences
      • Areal concepts
        • Mathematics
      • Historical Maps
        • History
    • Collect & Create
      • Point, Line and Polygon Data
        • GPS
        • Digitizing
      • GIS analysis
  • 6. Barriers to GIS in K-12
    • Common barriers
      • Ease of use
        • Steep Learning Curve
      • Time
      • Data
      • Support
      • Cost $$
        • Computers
        • Software
      • Support?
        • Who will be my safety net?
  • 7. Interactive Spatial Activities
    • ArcGIS Explorer
    • Google Earth
    • National Geographic Fieldscope
    • Connecticut GIS Data
      • Google Maps
    • Outside the Neatline
      • Map of the Week
      • How in the World?
    • MAGIC Map Mash-ups
    • VirtualTours
  • 8. Map of the Week http://www.flickr.com/photos/uconnlibrariesmagic/4390646212/sizes/l/
  • 9. Static Maps - Map of the Week
    • If a picture is worth 1,000 words…
    • A map can be priceless!
      • Deliver interdisciplinary content
      • Link to Teacher created content
      • Link to additional content on the web
    http://outsidetheneatline.blogspot.com/2009/09/map-of-week-5-chicagos-world-fair-1893.html
  • 10.  
  • 11. Outside the Neatline: How in the World? Hey Brandon, want to go fishing this weekend? Okay, sounds like fun! Where are we going? I think there’s a boat launch near New London, CT that we can use. Great! Um… I don’t have a fishing pole, do you know where we can get one?
  • 12. Mash-ups
    • Mash-ups allow:
      • Places to be linked to external websites
      • Address searching
      • Temporal analysis
    • MAGIC’s Role
      • Creation
      • Support
      • Education
  • 13. Virtual Tours
  • 14. Future directions
    • QR Codes (Quick Response)
      • Allows mobile phones to access data using a camera
      • Links to custom content
      • Treasure hunts, GIS Data, Historical Maps, Web Content
    http://qrcode.kaywa.com/
  • 15. ArcGIS Mobile Application
    • Use of different mobile platforms to discover and interact with spatial data.
    • Dynamic platforms allow spatial questions to be explored further.
      • Link to additional data sources and web content.
  • 16. Conclusions
    • Process matters, not the platform (LaFone, 2010)
    • Important considerations
      • Platforms must be intuitive with minimal IT support
      • Data must be easy to obtain or create
      • Support services other than “Google it”
    • Geography can deliver content rather than be delivered with other content
  • 17. Future directions
    • Implement The Connecticut State Data Center’s new website
    • Connecticut Geographic Alliance
      • August 02, 2010
        • Teachers Workshop (C.E.U’s)
        • Implementing Web based GIS and other platforms in the classroom
  • 18. The Synergy of Collaboration
    • The best ideas come from multiple perspectives
    • Reaching out to the community
    • Creating new and exciting opportunities.
  • 19. Acknowledgements
    • Michael Howser & Bill Miller
      • University of Connecticut Libraries Map and Geographic Information Center.
    • William DeGrazia & Tom Brodnitzki
      • Connecticut Geographic Alliance
    • Institute for Applied Geographic Technology – Cayuga Community College NY
      • TWiST Summer GIS Workshop
  • 20. References
    • National Geographic Fieldscope
      • http://www.fieldscope.us/
    • BILKO Remote Sensing
      • http://www.noc.soton.ac.uk/bilko/#
    • Google Maps
      • http://maps.google.com/
    • Google Earth
      • http://earth.google.com/
    • Arc Explorer
      • http://www.esri.com/software/arcexplorer/index.html
    • Map and Geographic Information Center (MAGIC) of the University of Connecticut Libraries
      • http://magic.lib.uconn.edu/connecticut_data.html
    • Outside the Neatline Blog
      • outsidetheneatline.blogspot.com/
    • Kaywa QR-Code Generator
      • http://qrcode.kaywa.com/
    • Dougherty, Jack, Dunn, Jeffrey & Howser, Michael. “ Interactive Mapping for Education: Collaborations for Success " on May 11, 2010 at 2010 Northeast Arc Users (NEArc) Spring Meeting (Northampton, MA).
    • Dunn, Jeffrey. “ MAGIC 2.0: Using GIS to Empower K-12 Curriculum Development  " on April 17, 2010 at Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting (Washington, D.C.)
    • Rouse, J.L., Bergeron, S.J.,  LaFone, F . and Dunn, J.J. 2010. " Digital Media and Learning in Geography ".  Panel Session at the Association of American Geographers Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.