NEARC GIS Educator's Day

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Notes from Seth Dixon's keynote address at NEARC's GIS Educator's Day delivered in Nashua, NH on Sept 29, 2013.

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  • Truth is also dependent on scale.
  • World has changed and geographic factors aren’t what they used to be…Truth is both spatially AND temporally contingent. But different doesn’t mean irrelevant.globalization makes place increasingly important---many think that geography is being conquered by transportation and communications technologies in this era of globalization rendering geography increasingly irrelevant as we move forward.  Nothing could be further from the truth. 
  • Regions are artificial constructs that we make to group similar places together since we can't know everything about an infinite number of places.  Far distant places are incredibly relevant to the daily interactions of many places. 
  • global news does not make sense without geographic context
  • appreciation for cultural diversity is critical for global business
  • Don’t just teach GIS, the ArcGIS platform and what buttons to push.
  • Geographic thinking can unite and synthesize all the social studies
  • environmental changes require holistic thinking about place
  • The cultural is political.  The demographic is economic.  The urban and the rural are not mutually exclusive. 
  • NEARC GIS Educator's Day

    1. 1. Geospatial Education in the 21st Century
    2. 2. The truth…if you always lived in San Diego
    3. 3. Truths can be spatially contingent Providence, RI San Diego, CA
    4. 4. The truth is often scale dependent World Realms Regions Neighborhoods
    5. 5. Globalization has made the world ‘flat’ • Geography has been conquered • Place is increasingly less relevant
    6. 6. Not the future of thematic maps…
    7. 7. Site and Situational Factors
    8. 8. Place still matters Distance and Time
    9. 9. Regions are increasingly interconnected
    10. 10. Global News Demands Geographic Context
    11. 11. Diverse cultural understanding needed
    12. 12. What does 21st century geospatial education look like?
    13. 13. Geography and geospatial education is not…
    14. 14. How can we help students understand a complex, interconnected world? Provide geographic information Teach geographic concepts Use data, maps, and geospatial technology Ask questions which encourage spatial thinking. Geographic Literacy comes by teaching WITH GIS
    15. 15. 1. Provide geographic information
    16. 16. 2. Teach geographic concepts
    17. 17. 3. Use data, maps, and geospatial technology
    18. 18. 4. Ask questions which encourage spatial thinking.
    19. 19. Environmental changes require holistic, systemic thinking
    20. 20. Students more fully “own” the knowledge when they’ve worked with the data
    21. 21. Geospatial Education
    22. 22. Spatial thinking integrates subjects
    23. 23. ELA and the Common Core
    24. 24. History Student Teachers
    25. 25. Earth Sciences, Landforms
    26. 26. Mapping facilitates exploration and discovery
    27. 27. Local Town Projects
    28. 28. Many data visualization tools
    29. 29. A spatial perspective is not just for geographers spatial mapping map projections
    30. 30. The Bearded Bandit
    31. 31. The spatial becomes personal
    32. 32. How can we help students understand a complex interconnected world? Provide geographic information Teach geographic concepts Use data, maps, and geospatial technology Ask questions which encourage spatial thinking. Geographic Literacy

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