T3G began in 2009 as a one-week residential hands-on institute, helping educators (in K12, higher ed, and informal settings) grasp why and how to use GIS for instruction. Technology evolved, resources grew, and a lively professional community built up. Now, with many good resources for self-instruction, and time ever more precious, the T3G annual event is two synchronous interactive online sessions of 4 hours each. Through the year, T3Gers stay in touch with each other, sharing ideas and strategies, making a difference in the world.
T3G is for educators committed to helping other educators use GIS. If what you crave is just to improve your GIS skills, T3G may not be the right fit for you. The T3G focus is on teaching and learning -- not "how to do GIS better" but "how you can help other educators grasp why and how to teach with GIS, and how they can learn more." We still want T3G participants to build essential tech skills, but that can be done solo. T3G is career-long professional development for educators, by educators, about helping others teach effectively with GIS.
The 2018 event has room for up to 60 participants including up to 20 returning participants. The focus will be on education in the United States, with particular attention to the K12 environment. All participants will be expected to have certain skills and experiences already in place when Day 1 begins. Participants must complete Day 1 to attend Day 2, and all participants will present something during Day2. Educators without proper background will not be ready to gain from the experience, so registrants are expected to be comfortable with the list below.
Expectation of capacity
Resources for boosting your capacity (be conversant in all)
|1. Know the basics of using ArcGIS Online for using, making, saving, and sharing maps, apps, and scenes|
1a. Training Course: "Teaching with GIS"
1b. Learning Plan: "Get to Know GIS for Secondary Students"
|2. Have the desire for and experience with helping educators learn GIS, and be comfortable with troubleshooting|
2a. Document: "Getting Started with GIS for Educators" (#1-12)
2b. Actual experience introducing GIS to some educators, which you can relate to T3G graphics
|3. Be comfortable describing the ArcGIS platform and showing how different parts work together in educational setting|
3a. Website: The Esri Schools & Clubs Bundle
3b. Website: The ArcGIS Platform
3c. Digital book series: The ArcGIS Book and related Instructors Guides
|4. Be comfortable administering an ArcGIS Online Organization|
4a. Training Course: "Set up an ArcGIS Online Organization"
4b. Document: "ArcGIS Online Orgs for Schools"
4c. Acquire, configure, and use your own free personal "Developer Org" (see row 5)
|5. Model grasp of online credentials, profiles, permissions, and troubleshooting logins and browser behavior|
5a. Establish personal profile(s) for your login(s) and engage in regular activity on GeoNet
5b. Practice logging in to and maneuvering between all your esri.com and arcgis.com accounts, knowing what each login allows
The 2018 event design elements:
- Saturday July 28 and Saturday August 4, 10:00am-2:30pm PDT both days
(segments are 10:00-11:20 PDT, 11:35-12:55 PDT, 1:10-2:30 PDT)
- Synchronous online event, using the Zoom platform (a broadband connection is required)
- Zoom skills check session before Day 1
- Highly interactive, with large group demos and presentations, personal practice time, large group chat storms, small group lightning talks, and personal reflection times
- Personal help time and breakout rooms available 2:30-3:00pm PDT both days
- Instructor "office hours" between days
- Two hours of "homework" between Day 1 and Day 2, to prepare a specific presentation
- Registration process will ask registrants to affirm they have examined and established that they meet the expectations noted above