Posts Tagged ‘maps’

March 1 Webinar: Maps With Everything

February 27th, 2012 Comments off

When students are asked to use maps, it will mostly be to find out where places are. This kind of thinking merely skims the surface of how maps can be used and created. Maps can be visual representations of any information that has a place ie. can be given location coordinates. Therefore, maps can be used in all content areas, in many different contexts. Using digital tools, including Google Earth, My World GIS and online mapping tools, students can create and use maps that are useful to them in all of their work in school and deepen their understanding of all subjects.

This webinar will look at using digital maps effectively in many different content areas. Join the webinar to share ideas of where maps can fit into your teaching, discover where to find resources to help students create powerful geographic representations and play with mapping tools to increase your understanding of an often underutilized strategy for learning.

During this webinar, I will be looking at ArcGIS Online Explorer, which requires the use of the Silverlight Plugin. If you’d like to play along with this tool, please make sure your MLTI device has the Plugin installed (this will require your device’s administrative password). If in any doubt, please contact your building’s technology supervisor.

Please click on the Webcasts tab to register. We have upgraded to a new registration system, allowing you to register directly in Adobe Connect, making the whole webinar process smoother and easier! If you have any questions, please contact Juanita Dickson. Click on the time you wish to participate in and you will be directed to an online registration form. Please type your email address carefully as all information will be sent to that address. After registering you will receive a confirmation email with a log in link – please use that link to log into the webinar prior to the start time.


Thinking Spatially about Learning: ISTE 2010 Conference, Denver, June 29.

June 28th, 2010 1 comment

This post contains links and information relating to my session at the ISTE 2010 Conference in Denver, looking in to the idea of spatial learning and how students can use digital tools to apply spatial learning in their studies.

Session Description

Tools used in the session:
Google Earth
ArcExplorer Online

Useful links, interesting spatial resources:
Google Earth Community

ESRI GIS Education Community

Google LatLong Blog

Google Earth Blog

Google Earth Lessons

GIS Lounge

Making Maps: DIY Cartography

Digital Geography

Readings on Spatial Thinking and Learning:

Learning to Think Spatially: GIS as a Support System in the K-12 Curriculum,
published by the National Research Council (2006)

ESRI GIS Education Community Blog – Spatial Thinking explored and encapsulated.

Spatial Thinking in the Geosciences, Carleton College

Center for Spatial Studies, UCSB

‘Thinking Spatially’, Reginald Golledge, UCSB

Other useful links and works referenced in session:

Brain Rules – Dr. John Medina

Simon Armitage – Poet

My Delicious page Geography Tag Bundle

Questions or comments? Please leave them below, or contact me directly:

Making Meaning – Step by Step with Vital Signs – Review

May 3rd, 2010 Comments off

April 29th sessions recorded:



MLTI is proud to partner with Gulf of Maine Research Institute’s Vital Signs initiative, a  program that encompasses technology, content and pedagogy using inquiry-based learning. Incorporating the four strands of science learning to deal with essential questions regarding invasive species, Vital Signs offers teachers and students a way to be real scientists dealing with real observations and data.

Vital signs website,, provides a rich environment that allows users to set up accounts so they can add to the data and make comments on fellow citizen-scientists’ observations. However, even if you do not register, you can access the ever-expanding datasets about invasive species through the Expore Data tab.

After formulating an essential question, a user can set up a useful query using the Advanced Search feature. The results of the search can then be downloaded as a CSV (comma separated values) file and inserted into a spreadsheet like Numbers, using the Sort and Export feature.

Once in the spreadsheet, pertinent data can be specified by deleting the extraneous data columns. Then charts and graphs can be made using the appropriate data.

Even better, Google Fusion Tables,, can be used to take the latitude and longitude data to place information on a map, and then export the map as a layer (KML) into Google Earth. Wow!

This is just a general overview. The specific steps are outlined in a document available at

The four strands of science learning are explained in Ready, Set, Science: