Thursday, February 21, 2013

Understanding the Digital Generation


Ian Jukes recently authored a book titled Understanding the Digital Generation, which "explores the fundamental characteristics of the children in this new digital generation." This book is a great read for educators and parents alike to better understand the digital world our young people live in, and how to best enhance their learning abilities and experiences. More information on the book can be accessed here:

The most frequently asked questions about Jukes' work can be found here:

Original post by ESRI Education Manager Joseph Kerski

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

The Importance of Being Critical of Map Data, Even it is Your Own...

This simple example points to the serious concern about the consequences of using data without being critical of its source, spatial accuracy, precision, lineage, date, collection scale, methods of collection, and other considerations. Be critical of the data, even when it is your own!

Source: Joseph Kerski, Education Manager for ESRI

Monday, February 4, 2013

Coral Reefs at Risk

Coral reefs occupy less than one percent of the Earth’s marine environment, but are home to more than a quarter of all known marine species. Reefs also serve as a buffer against incoming storm surges, protecting local populations. Unfortunately, coastal ecosystems are threatened by human activities including overfishing, agriculture, and urban development.
The World Resources Institute and its partners have assessed the threats to the world’s coral reefs. WRI's Reefs at Risk Revisited report is intended to raise awareness about the location and severity of threats to coral reefs. These results can also catalyze changes in policy and practice that could safeguard coral reefs and the benefits they provide to people for future generations.
Check out the report's maps at

Post source: Joseph Kerski, Education Manager for ESRI