Fun with GIS 272: UC2020 Preview for Educators

07-06-2020 06:29 AM
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Esri's 2020 User Conference will be online, free upon registration, and open to all educators and even students. Teachers attached to an ArcGIS School Bundle (see map) who register with their "properly configured ArcGIS Online login with Esri access enabled" and Esri Customer Number can have access to all the presentations. K12 students registering down the "Student" channel with such a login plus Esri Customer Number can get in without providing personally identifiable info.

What's available:

UC 2020 access graphic

What should I see?

  • All: Plenary sessions #1 (Mon), #2 (Tue), #3 (Wed)
  • Educators & Students: Tech Sessions etc
  • Educators only: Expo ((Here's the summary storymap: "GIS in Schools 2020"))

What's when? (All times in Pacific Daylight Time. These are highlights; check the Agenda to confirm)

Mon July 13, 2020

  • 10:00-12:00 = Plenary#1
  • 12:15-4:00 = Expo
  • 1:40-2:40 = Tech Sessions etc
  • 2:50-3:50 = Tech Sessions etc

Tue July 14 // Wed July 15

  • 7:30-9:40 and 11:10-3:50 = Expo
  • 7:30-8:30 = Tech Sessions etc
  • 8:40-9:40 = Tech Sessions etc
  • 10:00-11:00 = Plenary#2(Tue) // Plenary#3(Wed)
  • 1:40-2:40 = Tech Sessions etc
  • 2:50-3:50 = Tech Sessions etc

Tech Session segments are pre-recorded and will be released at specific times, with presenters handling Q&A live, and recordings available (to "non-public" registrants) on demand thereafter, and released to the general public at some future point. It's easy to get overwhelmed by all the choices, but here are two strategies and a couple highlights:

  1. Use text search, and focus on a few items: introduction, online map, online analysis, Living Atlas, Survey123, Dashboards, StoryMaps. 
  2. Use filters. Choosing "ArcGIS Online" and "Education" at the same time in the "Event Track" generates a nice set of results. If there's "nothing to see" in a given time slot, look for items released previously.
  3. Here are two highlight sessions for teachers:
  • Overview of Field Data Collection for Classroom Projects

  • You've Collected Data. Now What?

In the Expo, exhibitors will have focused content about their products and services ready for inspection, plus staff on hand to text chat and set up appointments. These key education exhibitors will be there:

Also in the Expo, Esri Showcases will have focused content for specific products and industries, with on-demand presentations or content to download, and staff on hand to text chat and set up appointments, including

Finally, see also this collection of tips spanning the Education Industry, while will be updated as we get closer.

Encourage your colleagues to attend! This may be a once-in-a-lifetime chance!

About the Author
** Esri Education Mgr, 1992-today ** Esri T3G staff, 2009-present ** Social Studies teacher, grades 7-12, 1977-1992 (St. Paul, MN) ** NCGE Distinguished Teacher Award 1991, George J Miller Award 2016 ** ** ** ** Only education can save the world.