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GeriMiller
Esri Regular Contributor

Check out these inspirational stories shared by fellow educators and students - examples of using GIS technology across various disciplines to supercharge curriculum, geo-enable campus and sharpen skills. 

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JosephKerski
Esri Frequent Contributor

What did you do for GIS Day 2021?  I had a very "spatial" time presenting to a wide variety of audiences from all over the world, and hope you had a wonderful day and week presenting and participating in events.  This article highlights some of the 1,500 inspiring events from around the world (see this web map to learn more about each event and to see the global distribution) and the visionary people in the GIS community who made those events happen.

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CharlieFitzpatrick
Esri Regular Contributor

Want to expand access to GIS, streamline management, and vaporize trouble-shooting logins? Go single sign-on.

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JosephKerski
Esri Frequent Contributor

A memorial to honor those lost to COVID-19 in which GIS played a big role is happening now in Washington DC.  Last week, 650,000 flags were planted on the National Mall in Washington to represent those lost to the COVID pandemic.  See the flags and messages here:

https://www.inamericaflags.org/ 

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JosephKerski
Esri Frequent Contributor

How can the spatial framework and geotechnologies be used to foster data literacy, and to teach and learn about water?  How can GIS be used to effectively engage students in such content and skills?  These were key questions that were a part of The Data Citizens Western New York project, which brought together university instructors and researchers, community leaders, secondary social studies teachers, and project consultants to design, implement, and evaluate an innovative professional development model for Civics and Geography educators through Dyouville University. 

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GeriMiller
Esri Regular Contributor

University of Michigan receives the most prestigious award, President’s Award, at Esri's 41st annual User Conference.  This is the first time in Esri’s history that a university user is receiving this special recognition.

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GeriMiller
Esri Regular Contributor

Explore Esri Innovation Program (EIP) Student of Year nominations. 

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GeriMiller
Esri Regular Contributor

We have heard many questions from the education community surrounding funding and support models for GIS across campuses. There are many variations, and lots of lessons learned.

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JosephKerski
Esri Frequent Contributor

What did you do for GIS Day 2020?  I hope you had a spatial time.   Over 1,200 events were registered and hosted all over the world, by universities, schools, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private industry.   In this article I list some of the events I was privileged to present in virtually, mention a few others, and ask you in the community what you were up to!   Many of these events used ArcGIS Hub and other innovative tools and ideas for advertizing and hosting their events. 

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CharlieFitzpatrick
Esri Regular Contributor

"It's the work of freedom." These words by history teacher Mariana Ramirez near the end of the education section of the 2018 Esri User Conference plenary summarize the power of teachers helping students investigate their world. The Math, Science, & Technology Magnet Academy at Roosevelt High School, in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, presented their work on Esri's stage in 2013, and two teachers (Ramirez and English teacher Alice Im) were brought back in 2018 to receive the "Making a Difference" award, because the work their students do is such a powerful model.

Theirs is not a "simple research project" that could be replicated immediately in any given week, or even a month. Teaching under-privileged youth in an inner city public high school sometimes involves helping students facing serious personal responsibilities and family distress, working with English language learners, overcoming difficulties in reading and math, wrestling with layers of "administrivia," coping with inadequate resources, all while covering classroom content. How then does one help students build substantial background knowledge and long-term life skills?

MSTMA at Esri UC 2018

Amid exploding reams of data, often conflicting or unbalanced sources, and shifting and confusing scales of attention and value, what matters is not accumulation of facts but ability to learn -- to ask good questions, handle varied inputs, derive substantive meaning, think critically, make good decisions, and act, singly and in concert with others. Teaching these skills takes all the time, energy, empathy, attention to detail, coaching skill, content expertise, pedagogical experience, planning and adaptability, capacity to tolerate risk and withstand failure, and multi-tasking that a teacher can muster, for dozens of students at a time, typically over 100 on any given day. The best teachers know that education is a process of engagement, not simply delivery. They teach people, not content, and so tweak their interactions scores of times per minute, at once speaking, listening, looking, feeling, cataloguing, digesting, planning, and reacting … explaining here, asking there, cajoling one, praising another … all while helping to erect the scaffolds of knowledge and skill, and the trust with which students frame their view of the world.

MSTMA presents to Esri

Because of its capacity for incorporating limitless types, amounts, and scales of data, GIS is a powerful tool for learning. The MSTMA teachers help students build their skills, then turn the focus to the world they know, asking them to dig deep, seek the data, analyze it, and present their conclusions. It takes time to build the requisite skills, conduct the research, and present to their peers, their teachers, their community, and the broader outside world. But the students recognize the rewards, inside and out, often very quickly, occasionally only over time.

"One person can make a difference … and everybody should try," says Esri president Jack Dangermond at the close, echoing the words of President John F. Kennedy. Anyone in doubt, or anyone simply seeking affirmation, need only watch the video, and then share it. "It's the work of freedom."

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