Going Places with Geotechnologies

“Going Places with Geotechnologies” invites you to explore the world using today’s exciting, web-based mapping tools, to expand spatial and critical thinking for you and your students. Examine historical and current issues from local to global scale, from water quality or historical homes in your own community to global climate, energy, and population change. You will learn how to apply the principles of spatial and critical thinking through the use of web mapping tools to build an exciting learning environment. You will discover how to map and analyze the patterns and relationships from the data that you and your own students collect on trees, graffiti, water quality, birds, weather, events, and much more.

Gone are the days when maps were static documents that were pulled down on a roller from the classroom wall. Today’s mapping technologies are online, accessible on the web, on tablets, and on smartphones. They are dynamic, include multimedia, and contain real-time data, serving as doorways to investigation. Furthermore, maps are not just for looking up where things are. The use of web mapping in education fosters collaboration, communication, inquiry, analysis, and working with a wide variety of data to examine why things are located where they are. Studying the “whys of where” has huge implications for our sustainable future. Geotechnology skills are highly in demand in government, industry, academia, and nonprofit organizations. Geotechnology skills open up new avenues of research for faculty. This webinar is for any faculty member who seeks to engage students in collaborative learning, to examine real world issues relevant to our society and to their own communities, and to analyze their own data that they collected in a dynamic educational environment.

It would benefit you to attend this webinar because:

  • Every major discipline has a “where” component, including history, geography, environmental science, biology, mathematics, language arts, computer science, and many more. Thus, geotechnologies serve as a bridge builder between disciplines and help students understand disciplinary connections.
  • Web mapping skills are highly in demand in careers from planning to health, from biology to public safety, and many more.
  • Today’s web mapping technologies are online, easy to use, yet allow for powerful analysis and rich experiences in education.
  • Teaching with geotechnologies fosters critical thinking, inquiry, and spatial thinking.
Speaker Bio

Facilitator: Joseph Kerski, Ph.D., GISP, Education Manager and Geographer Esri – Environmental Systems Research Institute, and University of Denver