Monday, December 21, 2009

NASA Data and Visualization Training for Teachers!

Eyes in the Sky II Seeks Grade 9 to 12 Science Teachers

Eyes in the Sky II is a long-term professional development program that prepares high school science teachers to use NASA data and visualizations along with other geospatial information technologies. Throughout the program, teachers and students investigate both global and local environmental issues. The program includes four parts: 1) a 12-week online Web course, consisting of three 4-week modules; 2) a 7-day face-to-face summer workshop held onsite at a NASA research center; 3) one year of classroom implementation, ending with a virtual student showcase; and 4) an ambassador program for providing professional development for other teachers in participants' schools or districts.

Grade 9 to 12 science teachers will benefit from this program. Through participating, teachers will: 1) become proficient using NASA data and geospatial analysis tools; 2) receive a $1000 stipend for completing the online course and the 7-day summer workshop; 3) receive an additional $1000 stipend as compensation for delivering professional development as an Eyes in the Sky II Ambassador; 4) equip their students with geospatial technology skills that are in increasing demand in the workplace; and 5) obtain optional graduate credit through Northern Arizona University.

For more information about the Eyes in the Sky II program, including the online application visit Applications are due by January 15, 2010. We expect this will be a popular program. As there are a limited number of openings available, first consideration will be given to early applicants. If you have further questions, please contact Carla McAuliffe ( or Erin Bardar (

Thursday, December 17, 2009

GeoMentor Program

GeoMentors are Ready and Waiting to Help Hawaii Educators!

"National Geographic and ESRI have created a new program to inspire educators and community members to work together to improve student learning. People who use geography in their work can help educators and youth see the world in new ways. The GeoMentor program is designed to inspire volunteers to work with a teacher or youth club leader to help kids see, use, and do more geography in and out of classrooms."

Register on the GeoMentor Website TODAY!
It's free, easy, and will immediately give you access to a list of the hundreds of GeoMentors waiting to be of service to an educator like you!!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

GIS Activities by ESRI at Lahainaluna High School!

Forty-seven Students at Lahainaluna HS Think Spatially with ESRI K12 Education Manager, Charlie Fitzpatrick.

On December 2nd, three separate groups of students at LHS engaged in geographic inquiry of Maui's topography, climate, and land use through the use of GIS. Two groups worked hands-on with ArcEditor 9.3 GIS Software in a computer lab setting, the software recently installed as a result of the statewide K12 license from ESRI. One group (pictured here) viewed a demonstration of GIS and learned about the many career opportunities on the rise that require GIS skills.

Mahalo to Charlie and ESRI for providing this outstanding support of Hawaii's students!!