• GIS in Higher Education Chat

    We have heard from colleagues in higher education involved with teaching and conducting research with GIS that there is an ongoing need to keep our community connected during these times of rapid change in education a...
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  • Fun with GIS 274: Minnesota Model

    "What builds successful use of GIS in schools across a state? What leads to widespread use of a technology not built for schools? Is there a model that other states could follow?" people ask when contemplating GIS in ...
  • Spatial Environmental Education: Exploring Content and Relationships through Map-Based Analysis

    In a recent post, I introduced the idea of spatial environmental education, using map-based analysis to teach and learn environmental studies.  I hope to strengthen this idea in this column by showing how spatial...
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  • Book:  Spatial Mathematics: Theory and Practice Through Mapping

    Dr Sandra Lach Arlinghaus and I have co-written a book entitled Spatial Mathematics—Theory and Practice Through Mapping, published by CRC Press/Taylor & Francis.  Spatial mathematics draws on the theore...
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  • Walking on Water?  Revisiting reflections on resolution and scale

    A few years ago, I walked on the pier at Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and after mapping my route, reflected on issues of resolution of scale in this blog.  After recording my track on my smartphone in an application cal...
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  • Avoiding Related Videos display in Story maps or Map Notes

    I think many of you in education (and beyond) can relate to this:   When you embed a video in a story map or in a map note, when it is done playing, by default it shows you the “related” videos R...
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  • Be Critical of the Data–Especially When it is Your Own!

    A theme running throughout the book I co-authored, The GIS Guide to Public Domain Data is to be critical of the data that you are using–even data that you are creating.  Thanks to mobile technologies and th...
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  • New Alaska Elevation Data Now Available

    Exciting news from the Arctic! Version 2 of the Arctic DEM has been released. Topographic elevation of the Arctic can now be viewed and analyzed like never before. This release extends the detailed 2 meter A...
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  • Interpreting Our World – 100 Discoveries that Have Revolutionized Geography

    I have written a new book about geography and geographic technologies, its foundations, and its implications, entitled:   Interpreting Our World – 100 Discoveries that Have Revolutionized Geography: http...
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  • GIS GIGO (Garbage In Garbage Out): 30 checks for data errors

    GIS GIGO (Garbage In Garbage Out): 30 checks for data errorsNathan Heazlewood of Eagle Technologies wrote a very useful essay about “garbage in, garbage out” in relation to geospatial data.  In i...
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  • Linking to Photographs from ArcGIS Online

    There are many ways to store photographs so that you can link to them and use them in ArcGIS Online.  The most popular method is probably using Flickr, Google Plus, and other photo sharing services...
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  • Analyzing 30 days of Earthquakes using 3D Scenes in ArcGIS Online

    We live in a 3D world, and it only makes sense that we want to teach with and learn about the world with 3D tools.  With ArcGIS Online, 3D scenes can be easily created and used effectively to teach content.  ...
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  • Examining business locations to foster spatial thinking

    Examining the locations of businesses can also foster spatial thinking and enhance skills in Spatial Technology. In the business world, location is usually the factor in determining whether it will thrive or fail....
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  • Examining Ocean Currents:  Static maps vs. interactive GIS-generated web maps

    Examining Ocean Currents:     Limitations of Static Maps.  One of the advantages to using Spatial Technology in education is that you and your students have the capabilities of interacting with ma...
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  • Examining changes over space and time using high-resolution "Wayback" imagery

    Examining neighborhood change with historical high-resolution imagery. The Wayback Image Service.  Over 80 different dates of historical imagery for the past 5 years now reside in ArcGIS  via the World ...
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  • Investigating world landforms with ArcGIS Online

    Investigating world landforms.  Studying regions is a key topic in geography, environmental education, biology, and other disciplines.  Let's use ArcGIS  and examine a key way of studying...
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  • Investigating World Ecoregions and Population Density

    Examining Regions with ArcGIS  Maps and Google Street View.  At times, geographic learning is enhanced with photographs taken on the landscape you are studying.  Fortunately, photographs are a standard ...
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  • Using the Degree Confluence Project and ArcGIS Online to study regions

    Some educators I know use Google Street View images to verify student hypotheses of what the land in each ecoregion would look like.  This is a valuable activity.  But, the limitation is that Google Str...
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  • Teaching about the Ecological Land Units of the World

    Examining Ecological Land Units of the World.  In this activity, let’s conduct a regions investigation, this time with a different definition of region:  A combination of bioclimate, landform...
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  • Exploring Oceans as Regions with Geospatial Technologies

    Exploring Oceans as Regions with Spatial Technology.  Nearly 71% of the world is covered by ocean.  For centuries, and even often in our current era, oceans are mapped as a uniform color and are not thought ...
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