Thursday, April 17, 2014

Make a #GlobalSelfie with NASA on Earth Day, April 22

NASA invites you -- and everyone else on the planet -- to take part in a worldwide celebration of Earth Day this year with the agency's #GlobalSelfie event.

The year 2014 is a big one for NASA Earth science. Five NASA missions designed to gather critical data about our home planet are launching to space this year. NASA is marking this big year for Earth science with a campaign called Earth Right Now, and as part of this campaign the agency is asking for your help this Earth Day, April 22.

While NASA satellites constantly look at Earth from space, on Earth Day we're asking you to step outside and take a picture of yourself wherever you are on Earth. Then post it to social media using the hashtag #GlobalSelfie.

For more information on getting involved in the #GlobalSelfie Earth Day event, visit:

For more information about NASA's Earth science activities in 2014, visit:

Friday, April 11, 2014

Before and After the Washington, Hwy 530 Landslide

On March 22, 2014, a major landslide occurred near Oso, Washington. This swipe map allows for viewing of the high resolution post-event aerial imagery (right) from Washington State DOT collected on March 24th, 2014. Use the swipe and zoom tools to compare the image with ArcGIS Online World Imagery (left).

Monday, March 31, 2014

Lime Disease

FOOD About 98 percent of limes consumed in the U.S. come from Mexico. But our neighbors to the south are feeling seriously squeezed by a shortage of the beloved citrus fruit. (NPR) Use our resources to better understand international supply chains. Discussion Ideas Most limes are eaten as a flavoring on dishes, such as the […]

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Monday, March 17, 2014

The Urban Century

A couple weeks ago, The Atlantic Cities published an article by Richard Florida entitled “The Developing World’s Urban Population Could Triple by 2210.” It talks about the world’s rapidly […]

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Join the Geo-Educator Community

Join the Geo-Educator Community, March 15

How To Join The Community
Be a part of the Geo-Educator Community online and in person.

Join the conversation online: The Geo-Educator Community currently lives on Edmodo. Edmodo is a free and secure educator website which hosts over 28 million teachers and students worldwide.
Be a part of geo-educator events: If you want to join the community but prefer to do so offline, you can sign up here, and we will keep you updated about our in-person community events happening around the U.S.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Spatial Analyst videos describe decision making with GIS

Feed: GIS Education Community
Posted on: Friday, February 28, 2014 6:45 AM
Author: Joseph Kerski
Subject: Spatial Analyst videos describe decision making with GIS

I have created a series of 22 new videos describing decision making with GIS, using the Spatial Analyst extension in ArcGIS.  They are listed and accessible in this YouTube playlist.  Over 108 minutes of content is included, but in easy-to-understand short segments that are almost entirely comprised of demonstrations of the tools in real-world contexts.

The videos include the topics listed below.  Videos 10 through 20 include a real-world scenario of selecting optimal sites for fire towers in the Loess Hills of eastern Nebraska, an exercise that Jill Clark and I included in the Esri Press book The GIS Guide to Public Domain Data and available online.

New Spatial Analyst videos

New Spatial Analyst videos explain how to make decisions with key GIS functions in ArcGIS.
1)  Using the transparency and swipe tools with raster data.
2)  Comparing and using topographic maps and satellite and aerial imagery stored locally to the same type of data in the ArcGIS Online cloud.
3)  Analyzing land cover change with topographic maps and satellite imagery on your local computer and with ArcGIS Online.
4)  Creating a shaded relief map using hillshade from a Digital Elevation Model (DEM).
5)  Analyzing a Digital Elevation Model and a shaded relief map.
6)  Creating contour lines from elevation data.
7)  Creating a slope map from elevation data.
8)  Creating an aspect (direction of slope) map from elevation data.
9)  Creating symbolized contour lines using the Contour with Barriers tool.
10)  Decision making using GIS:  Introduction to the problem, and selecting hydrography features.
11) Decision making using GIS:  Buffering hydrography features.
12)  Decision making using GIS:   Selecting and buffering road features.
13)  Decision making using GIS:  Selecting suitable slopes and elevations.
14)  Decision making using GIS:  Comparing Boolean And, Or, and Xor Operations.
15)  Decision making using GIS:   Selecting suitable land use.
16)  Decision making using GIS:  Selecting suitable land use, slope, and elevation.
17)  Decision making using GIS:   Intersecting vector layers of areas near hydrography and near roads.
18)  Decision making using GIS:  Converting raster to vector data.
19)  Decision making using GIS:  Final determination of optimal sites.
20)  Creating layouts.
21)  Additional considerations and tools in creating layouts.
22)  Checking Extensions when using Spatial Analyst tools.
How might you be able to make use of these videos and the processes described in them in your instruction?
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Monday, February 10, 2014

Turkey: Tradition & Transformation 2014, February 28

Presented by Public Partnership & Outreach, Office of the Provost at Texas A&M University
and The Raindrop Foundation College Station & Houston


Date: Friday, February 28, 2014

Time: 9:00 am to 3:30 pm

Location: General Services Complex, 750 Agronomy Road, College Station, TX 77843

Fee: $50.00 Includes curriculum materials & lunch

CPE/GT/ESL Credit for Texas Teachers: 6 hours

Online Registration for K-12 Teachers & Administrators, University Faculty & Staff:

Online Registration for TAMU Students:


For additional information, contact Dr. Martha Green at 979-862-6700 or
or visit:

Conference Agenda


9:00         Atatürk to Erdogan: Reshaping Turkey through Reform
                 Dr. Sena Karasipahi, International Studies, Texas A&M University

10:00        The Impact of Islam on Turkish Culture
                  Dr. Mark Thomas, Blinn College, Department of Philosophy

11:00        Becoming Visible: Women in Turkish Society

                 Sümeyra Tosun, Texas A&M University, Department of Psychology

12:00       Turkish Cultural Presentation & Lunch

12:45        Let’s Go to Turkey: Educators Trip Overview

                  Mr. Mehmet Okumus, President/CEO

                  Raindrop Foundation, Houston


  1:30         Greetings from the Turkish Vice Counsel
                  Mr. Abdullah Topcu

   2:00        Turkey in Transformation: The Way Ahead
Panel Presentation followed by a Q&A Session
                  Political system, Foreign policy, Economy, Society

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

TAGE Survey: HB 5 Campus Implementation

The Texas Alliance for Geographic Education is surveying campuses on plans to implement education reforms outlined in House Bill 5. Please spend a couple of minutes to complete the survey.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

From the AAG: Are Brazil's World Cup preparations displacing poor people?

Construction projects being undertaken in Brazil as part of the preparation for the World Cup soccer tournament have forced some residents -- especially poor ones -- to relocate. Some government officials say the World Cup is not the cause for most displacements, while activists say as many as 250,000 people across the country face evictions because of the event and other projects. "Brazil is by far and away the champion of forced removals," said Fluminense Federal University visiting geography professor Christopher Gaffney. "This is clearly the most impactful World Cup ever, with a lot of ambitious projects." The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (1/25)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

$1000 Educator Academy Scholarships - Educator Academy in the Amazon

Join a cadre of scientists and spirited teacher educators in Peru
July 1 to 11, 2014 for the
PD Hours, Graduate Credit, and Scholarships available! 

2014 Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest
is a cross-curricular professional development workshop for educators to use and learn innovative instructional approaches and protocols, and work side by side with scientists while exploring one of the world's most important natural resources -  the Amazon Rainforest.

Small group field study includes:

21st Century Instruction:
5E Lesson Design ~ Inquiry-Based Exploration ~ STEM

Inquiry Protocols and Resources:
Project Learning Tree ~ GLOBE ~ Project Noah
 Cornell Lab of Ornithology: BirdSleuth K-12

Global and Cultural Perspectives:
Service Learning ~ Sustainability ~ Global Education

Rainforest Topics:
Rainforest Plants and Ecology ~ Medicinal Plants
Biodiversity in the Tropics ~ Biomimicry
Camouflage and Adaptation
Field Research ~ Reptiles and Amphibians 
 Canopy Walkway ~ Forest Level Comparisons
Amazon Watershed  ~ Sustainability  
Rainforest Conservation and Climate Change 
  2013 Academy Educators at the base of the giant Ceiba Tree

Looking forward to seeing you in the Amazon! 
           Christa Dillabaugh         &       Dr. Molina Walters
     Amazon Rainforest Workshops            Arizona State University

and the 2014 Educator Academy Team including
Dr. Steve Madigosky, Widener University
Randy Morgan, Cincinnati Zoo
Al Stenstrup, Project Learning Tree
Jennifer Fee, Cornell Lab's BirdSleuth
"The instructor led activities were exceptional. The extensive knowledge of the guides and other members of the Amazon Workshop faculty was incredible. Linking those things with the wide range of backgrounds and experiences of the other participants in the program, made it the absolute best program with which I have ever been involved."
- Ken Goree, 
2013 Academy participant 

Find Out More
Click HERE for all the details, syllabus, scholarship, and registration instructions

1/4 mile canopy walkway

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