Join me for Earth Day 2021 on Facebook Live

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Join me for a Facebook Live event for Earth Day 2021!

Thursday 22 April 2021 - 5pm Eastern / 2pm Pacific Time - Earth Day Digital Mapping and Analysis 

UPDATE:  The event went well and I appreciated seeing all the attendees.  Did you miss it?  No worries - here is the story map I showed that contains all the content:

Here is the video I captured of the entire event.


fb_jjk.JPGWhy participate in this event?   Earth Day is the perfect opportunity to explore and better understand our home:  The Earth.  

Who's it for?  Students of all ages, instructors in schools, tribal, technical, and community colleges, university instructors, youth leaders, and anyone interested in learning more about our world.

Our blue-and-green oasis of life in the solar system has been the subject of poetry, music, novels, scientific investigation, and—maps.  For centuries, maps have stirred imaginations, inspired explorations of the unknown, and helped us understand our planet.  Far from the static documents of the past etched on clay tablets, wood, film, and paper, today’s maps are interactive and digital.  Today's maps can be combined with charts, satellite images, databases, photographs, videos, and other data to help us make sense of our world.  They help us navigate to the library or to grandma’s house on an everyday basis, help us understand our communities and our world, and how to build a more sustainable and resilient future.   These maps have become ubiquitous—on our smartphones, computers, in our vehicles, in trains and airplanes, and just about everywhere we turn, particularly upon the advent of the COVID pandemic. 

These digital maps and the everyday activities that depend on them are possible because of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and other technologies:  Remote sensing, computer science, and Global Positioning Systems (GPS, or more broadly, Geographic Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS)) to name a few.  However, people make these technologies effective, applying them to solve problems.  People using these maps and tools cultivate a spatial way of thinking, looking at the world from a geographic perspective, examining patterns, relationships, and trends, making wiser decisions about the future. These decisions include planning urban greenways, mitigating invasive weeds, locating the optimal site for wind energy, studying groundwater withdrawal impact on aquifers, and many more, from local to global scales.

For 60 fast-paced minutes, we will:

Explore fascinating maps and satellite imagery in 2D and 3D to learn about biomes, ecoregions, oceans, urban growth, energy, river systems and watersheds, weather and climate, landforms, and other fascinating aspects of our planet!  This 60 minute journey will include some fun geo-quizzes using ArcGIS Online and other GIS tools, plus a geo-crossword puzzle, and a few geo-songs as well!

You will come away amazed at the power and ease-of-use of these tools, and be empowered to use them in your own teaching and learning!


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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.