A Geomentor can be anyone who recognises the significance of GIS and has an interest in helping young people. Dr. Joseph Kerski of Esri is the ultimate GeoMentor! Joseph is constantly assisting the community, sharing tips, tricks, lessons and evangelizing GIS, Geographic learning and the Science of Where. Most noteworthy though is Joseph’s involment with the education community and his passion for Geo Mentoring. Recently, Joseph has shared a fine video that encourages others to get involved and consider being a role model and Geo Mentor for others.
So, where does one start in being a Geo Mentor? Kerski shared a number of tips and advice including:
Tell students they should…
– connect with an industry professional involved in an area of interest
– set the bar yourself and set it (high) above industry expectations
– pay it forward (students helping students)
Jospeph’s tips for geomentoring
– Make it engaging (don’t just show slides). Joseph creates lessons (like geocashing) stored in AGOL
– get them thinking and intruigued
– incorporate spatial analysis (see learn ArcGIS website etc…)
– Begin with simple examples (don’t blow them away at the start!)
– Use and show compelling webmapping apps
– Gather ideas and Tips via crowdsourcing
Convinced yet? If not, continue reading this blog post where we look closer at Joseph's video and tips for being a great GEO Mentor! Happy new year... maybe 2018 will be your year to start as a mentor!