Virtual reality (VR) and the metaverse are on the precipice of reshaping society—and education. Join Esri as we discuss and demonstrate VR tools and data for use with GIS in your classrooms. We will focus on basic use and create workflows that support science and social studies educators. All software used is included in the no-cost ArcGIS for Schools Bundle.
What better way to celebrate GIS Day than taking your GIS knowledge to the classroom? Learn how you can introduce geospatial thinking and spark the passion for GIS careers in the generation that will be tackling the world's biggest problems. Leave with a plan for how to partner with a school or teacher and what you'll bring to the classroom.
As a geographer, GIS professional, and educator, I have long been interested in the challenge of teaching something as technical and rapidly advancing to the general public. I know that many others in the GIS professional community have a similar desire to share what GIS is and why it matters to friends, family members, and perhaps even the general public, in this essay I describe a course that I have developed and have taught many times over the years, in its latest incarnation, in the hopes that this model will provide inspiration for you as you teach your own workshops and courses.
Edison robots for classroomsIf you use robotics in your STEM or computer science class or club, consider using real-world geography to create your line tracking activities. Line tracking is common in robotics and uses the optical sensor to keep the robot on a path - usually a think dark line printed on paper or a mat.
We can build those lines from real street geography!
From middle school to graduate school, microcontrollers have been growing in popularity over the past five to ten years.Especially visible in STEM, Maker, CTE, and computer science classrooms, these affordable little devices can often act as automated GIS data collectors – reporting environmental data like temperature, humidity, sound levels, and proximity warnings.With a little bit of code, microcontrollers can pass that data back to a waiting feature service in ArcGIS Online.
Esri recently launched a new GIS for Good website, to inform users of Esri's unique programs and initiatives. These are designed to help our users apply geographic information system (GIS) technology for good around the world and within the classroom.