Geomentoring Videos and Presentation

10-13-2017 06:09 AM
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A GeoMentor is a volunteer who can help a teacher or youth club leader build capacity to help students engage with GIS. Using tools of geography (such as digital or hard copy maps), and even field work, the GeoMentor helps the educator and youth develop skills in geographic thinking.

To provide practical skills and strategies to encourage geomentoring around the world, I have created a 3 part video series on geomentoring, including what geomentoring is, why it matters, what geoliteracy is, 8 pieces of advice when setting up a geomentor program, 5 traits for a geomentor program, example ways of geomentoring that I have been involved with, 3 success stories, key messages to share with students, 6 tips of engagement as GIS professionals work with educators and students, tools and maps to use in geomentoring, and resources to keep moving forward. 


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Part 3:

I have posted the presentation (in Sway, online), that I used to create these videos, as an additional resource, here:

Mentoring for GeoLiteracy 

Geomentoring Videos

I hope this content is useful and I look forward to your feedback. 

~~Joseph Kerski

About the Author
I believe that spatial thinking can transform education and society through the application of Geographic Information Systems for instruction, research, administration, and policy. I hold 3 degrees in Geography, have served at NOAA, the US Census Bureau, and USGS as a cartographer and geographer, and teach a variety of F2F (Face to Face) (including T3G) and online courses. I have authored a variety of books and textbooks about the environment, STEM, GIS, and education. These include "Interpreting Our World", "Essentials of the Environment", "Tribal GIS", "The GIS Guide to Public Domain Data", "International Perspectives on Teaching and Learning with GIS In Secondary Education", "Spatial Mathematics" and others. I write for 2 blogs, 2 monthly podcasts, and a variety of journals, and have created over 5,000 videos on the Our Earth YouTube channel. Yet, as time passes, the more I realize my own limitations and that this is a lifelong learning endeavor and thus I actively seek mentors and collaborators.