Friday, November 9, 2012

Applications to "Teachers Teaching Teachers GIS (T3G)" institute are due Nov 30, and they have started coming in. If you want to help educators use GIS, please consider applying. We seek 100 people who can help engage educators with ArcGIS Online. For more info, see
Original post by Joseph Kerski, Education Manager for Esri

Monday, August 13, 2012

Tribal GIS

Check out the new book Tribal GIS available now on Esri:

Joseph Kerski, Education Manager for Esri, summarizes Tribal GIS: Supporting Native American Decision Making below:

"In Tribal GIS: Supporting Native American Decision Making, tribal leaders tell their stories about implementing and using geographic information systems (GIS) to address their unique challenges as sovereign Nations. This book covers applications in natural resources and the environment, transportation, cultural and historical preservation, economic development, health, education, public safety, and agriculture. Showing how tribal governments responsible for the stewardship of their land and resources and the health and well-being of their People use enterprise GIS to make decisions, Tribal GIS supports tribes new to GIS and those with GIS experience.
Folks: Be assured that we included several chapters on education in this book. I think you will find these, and the other 30 + stories in this book, inspiring."

Thursday, May 31, 2012

New eBook on Geography and GIS, Videos on Teaching Geography with ArcGIS Online

Joseph Kerski, Geographer and Education Manager at Esri,  shares the following Geography and GIS resources below:

"(1) A collection of essays entitled “Essays on Geography and GIS, Volume 4”, written by academicians and scientists, including Edelson, Goodchild, Dangermond, Artz, and others, dealing with trends in geography, geospatial matters, and GIS, is now available here:

(2) I have created 7 videos (90 minutes of content, total) in a series entitled “Teaching Geography with ArcGIS Online” on the channel

This series began with an idea I had for a workshop I taught at the Geographical Association conference. The first 3 parts deal with “why and how can I teach geography with web-based GIS, specifically, ArcGISOnline” ( While they each give practical examples, parts 4 through 7 focus on in-depth examples, including global demographic analysis (birth rate, life expectancy, population change, by country), neighborhood deprivation and poverty, and lack thereof (using the UK as an example), plate tectonics (earthquakes, plates, volcanoes, including how to bring in real-time data into the analysis), and how to bring in your own data (by digitizing features on your computer screen, from the field via GPS and smartphones, adding real-time data, and how to add multimedia (video, photographs, sketches, text) to your maps."

Friday, May 25, 2012

Low-cost Easy-to-Deploy GIS Data Collection

Joseph Kerski, Education Manager at ESRI, wants to know who is using the new GIS data collection tools that can map results in ArcGIS online or in ArcGIS for Desktop. 

Dr. Kerski provides the following link of one of these new tools that can easily be left on the landscape to collect data: Air Quality Eggs

Dr. Kerski also provides the following link regarding an app for smartphones that collects "noise pollution" data:

Wow!  Has anyone used an Air Quality Egg here in Hawai`i during the burning of the sugarcane fields?

Has anyone tested the level of noise pollution in your area and compared it with other areas?

Please share your data collection experiences!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

GIS Tornado Lesson

Explore the effects of  a tornado using pre and post imagery of the Harrisburg  29 February 2012 Tornado. Joseph J. Kerski, Education Manager at ESRI,  presents the following tornado lesson and data set:

Dr. Kerski also provides the following link of "post-tornado imagery (thanks to the folks at GeoEye) and pre-tornado and other data on ArcGIS Online": "

What questions and answers did your class formulate regarding the Harrisburg tornado?

Friday, May 18, 2012

Updated Popular Lesson "Exploring 10 Landscapes" in the ArcLessons Library

Esri Screenshot of Exploring 10 Landscapes

Joseph J. Kerski, Ph.D., Education Manager at Esri has updated and revised the popular “Exploring 10 Landscapes” Lesson.  Dr. Kerski also generously provides a Bonus Landscape!   See his description below:

"In this lesson, you will use ArcGIS Explorer Online to investigate 11 topographic map features and their surrounding landscapes. 

Objectives: Work with topographic maps, including features, elevation, measurement, and other aspects of these maps to understand physical and cultural processes and the results of those processes.
Requirements: Web browser
Level: 5 Questions for 11 landscapes = 55 questions total.
Students need to be familiar with topographic maps and some basics of physical and cultural geography to most effectively use this lesson.

Landscape 1: Sand Dunes
Landscape 2: Karst
Landscape 3: Eskers
Landscape 4: Plate Tectonics
Landscape 5: Swamp
Landscape 6: Glaciers
Landscape 7: Rivers
Landscape 8: Railroad-Influenced Towns
Landscape 9: Modified Coastlines
Landscape 10: Volcanoes
Landscape 11: Protected Areas - Waihe'e -MAUI !

Activity: Students can work independently or in groups through each of the 11 activities. They could choose one of the 11 areas featured to construct a written report and/or an oral presentation to the class about the area they select.

Revised 19 August 2011 with improvements and answer key. Updated: 11 May 2012."
How have you used online GIS tools in your classroom?

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

2012 STEMworks Conference GIS Winners

Congratulations to Sierra Harrell and Lotus Chen of King Kekaulike High School for winning the 2012 STEMworks Conference GIS Competition! 

Sierra and Lotus, concerned about the safety of King Kekaulike students who walk to and from school, used GIS tools and software to map data collected from Pukalani school walking routes.  Sierra and Lotus will submit their findings and concerns to the Department of Public Works in the hopes that their data will reveal the need for more sidewalks as well as show the best areas to install them. 

An amazing example of using GIS to address a community concern!

GIS Activities for students: Make a hazard map!

Joseph J. Kerski, Ph.D., Education Manager with ESRI, presents an easy and quick GIS educational opportunity for students:

"In less than 60 seconds, you and your students can make a map of earthquakes, storms, wildfires, and eruptions in the US (or the world, using Option B) with this Esri Web GIS tool:

And you can also embed the resulting map on a web page and use that as an assessment instrument or in a presentation!"

What tools do you use with your class to engage students in GIS education?