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Geomentoring for Geoliteracy

Blog Post created by jkerski-esristaff Employee on Jul 15, 2016
I recently had the opportunity to discuss Geomentoring at the Esri User Conference.  In response to the comments I received at the conference after the presentation, I created a presentation on strategies for geomentors to use in fostering geoliteracy through the of mapping and spatial thinking.

The presentation covers these tenets:
  1. The issues we face on the planet can be solved with increased engagement in geography.
  2. Five converging forces make this the ideal time to engage students with geography.
  3. Geographic mentoring should involve content knowledge, skills, and the geographic perspective.
  4. Geomentoring involves work with students and educators, and even with the community.
Following the tenets, I describe three ways of geomentoring and three success stories.  Next, in a section entitled "Don't put them to sleep!", I describe six tips for engaging students while geomentoring.  I show examples of crowdsourcing as one of the activities that can be effectively used, as well as story maps.   These tips and strategies can be used with primary, secondary, university, and informal levels of education.  By using Sway for my presentation tool, I was able to embed ArcGIS Online maps and story maps into the presentation.   In this essay, I describe how to embed these maps.I hope that you find this document useful and I look forward to hearing your comments. 
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Mentoring for Geoliteracy

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