Once we see the visual, reality hits and the story unfolds. Then we can do something about it. Maps help people better understand their physical space so we can digest it visually then think about it critically. Now that I have maps as tools for understanding what happened to Little Africa and how history touched not only my own family but also my community, I can put them to use. I can use these maps to honor the legacy of Little Africa and to ignite conversation in my community about how not to perpetuate similar violence now. Holding a map in our hand can be the difference between causing harm and undoing it. Continue reading Maps Are a Tool to Understand the Past—and Shape the Future
The 2021 ArcGIS StoryMaps Challenge for Restoring Our Ocean, co-hosted by Esri and the National Geographic Society, encouraged high school students, college students, and individuals between the ages of 18 and 24 to create impactful stories that illuminate our ocean’s pressing problems, offer solutions, and inspire change. Explore our six winners below. Continue reading Restore Our Ocean With the 2021 ArcGIS StoryMaps Ocean Challenge Winners
Sylvia McBride has more than 12 years of teaching experience and currently teaches human geography at Castle Park High School in Chula Vista, California. Sylvia is an active member of the California Geographic Alliance. Activity: Mapping Globalization Grade Level: 9 Activity Length: 2-3 class periods Subjects: world geography, globalization, mapping, technology See Sylvia’s video about her activity. Tell us about your activity. I started the project … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Mapping Globalization
By Daniel C. Edelson, Ph.D. May 27, 2014 Author’s note: On May 27, 2014, Esri, the market leader in Geographic Information Systems technology, announced a commitment in support of President Obama’s ConnectED Initiative. Esri will provide free access to ArcGIS Online to all elementary and secondary schools in the United State. Under this pledge, schools will receive the same advanced mapping software used by government … Continue reading Geographic Information Systems: The Missing Educational Technology
Ok, so you’ve heard us talk about GIS (Geographic Information Systems) before on this blog. A LOT.
But let’s be honest: Chances are you’ve probably never actually used a GIS to analyze geographic data and make maps. Most casual geography buffs don’t have their own license for a GIS software package such as ArcGIS, which is usually purchased by businesses or universities. And if you’re not a classroom teacher, then you’ve probably never used AEJEE, either, a free GIS “lite” program for educators and students.
Well, now’s your chance to give GIS a shot!