I wrote an article for Earthzine that describes an unusual type of exploring the Earth. To The Nth Degree…and Minute, and Second: Confluence Hunting on Planet Earth
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Teaching with Geotechnologies (Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Virtual Globes, and Remote Sensing not only can engage the learner in inquiry-driven, problem-based, project-based investigations of real-world issues, but it is essential for 21st Century sustainability of the planet and the health of its people. If we do not foster spatial thinking about issues such as water quality and availability, energy, sustainable agriculture, land use, urban sprawl, biodiversity loss, human health, natural hazards, and soil erosion, population and migration, at scales from local to global, who will?
“Now more than ever, we need people who think broadly and who understand systems, connections, patterns, and root causes … how to think in whole systems, how to find connections, how to ask big questions, and how to separate the trivial from the important.” –David Orr, Earth In Mind: On Education, Environment, and the Human Prospect, 1994.
I have revised my real-time weather analysis-in-GIS lesson, map, and data, and they are here: Real Time Weather Analysis Lesson and Map –Joseph Kerski
This presentation, 45 minutes in length, focuses on why Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is relevant and important to society, 5 trends in GIS, and how you can be a part […]
I submit that the 100 Most Revolutionary Discoveries in Geography are this set: https://sway.com/jpFfkuBMVghB0f7T Your reactions? What would you have included? For more, see my book Interpreting Our World, https://www.amazon.com/Interpreting-Our-World-Discoveries-Revolutionized/dp/161069919X here:
Add your view to this crowdsource story map. This was created with the story map tools. Story maps are web mapping applications based on ArcGIS Online from Esri.
Here is the syllabus for the university GIS investigation and spatial thinking workshop: University GIS Investigation Workshop. Try some of these links and tools yourself!
I conducted a 2 day workshop on GIS, spatial thinking, and geotechnologies for the Cherry Creek School District. The syllabus is here: Cherry Creek Schools GIS Workshop Syllabus with links […]
I frequently teach webinars and courses on story mapping. One of my recent workshops is provided here (as a story map!) containing hands-on activities and foundational information: http://arcg.is/2hfM6Xx At the […]
I gave a presentation and workshop for the North American Association for Environmental Education (www.naaee.org) entitled “Isn’t That Spatial? Teaching about the Environment, Examining Field Data, and Telling Your Environmental Story […]
I gave a presentation for educators entitled Investigating Your Community, Country, and World Using Live Web Maps. The presentation is here and you are welcome to use any of these […]
I created and gave a presentation here entitled “Analyzing Population Change in Your Community, Country, and World Using Live Web Maps”. As the title describes, these live web maps can […]
This important book demonstrates why geography matters in the modern-day world through its examination of 100 moments throughout history that had a significant impact on the study of geography—literally, “writing […]
An EarthCache is a type of geocache that is a special geological location people can visit to learn about a unique feature of the Earth. EarthCache pages include a set of educational […]
I am rather passionate (some might say “obsessed”) about visiting latitude-longitude line intersections, named “Confluence Points.” In fact, I have visited nearly 400 of them over 15 years. See these […]
London 1854 Cholera Investigation Using GIS – Short Version
Instructional materials for the workshops I teach on Creating and Teaching with Esri Story Maps. Creating and Teaching with Story Maps Hands-on Workshop http://bit.ly/2aBBj9Z = pre workshop survey. http://bit.ly/2ayEbH2 = post workshop […]
I have created an activity that focuses on analyzing cholera in 1854 London using web mapping tools–ArcGIS Online. Analyzing cholera in 1854 London using web GIS. Activities include buffering water […]
It was a great honor to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for my work in geospatial education from the Geotechcenter.org. I thank the Geotechcenter so very much and have great […]
I gave the keynote at the AP Human Geography reading, entield The Age of Geotechnologies: Five Converging Forces, available here: http://denverro.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapJournal/index.html?appid=69646d1c86d349d6ba708a7946175ad5 The keynote was given as an Esri storymap! It was a great […]
I am promoting GIS and Spatial Thinking at the 2016 Montana MAGIP GIS conference in the following ways. See each presentation to be “virtually” there. My education presentation on Sleepwalking […]
Syllabus: BioBlitz Workshop: Colorado State University Author: Joseph J. Kerski, Ph.D., GISP Goals: Through this workshop, you will: (1) Learn what GIS and spatial analysis are and why they matter […]
I recently gave a presentation where I detailed the major and most useful ways by which you can examine Examining USGS Historical Topographic Maps with Online Tools. –Joseph Kerski
I recently gave a webinar on teaching environmental education with geotechnologies. Here is the syllabus for the webinar with a great many hyperlinked maps and apps for you to […]
Spatial Thinking and Geotechnologies Workshop: St Vrain Valley School District One-day workshop led by an Esri education manager and geographer on integrating spatial thinking and geotechnologies (GPS, remote sensing, Geographic […]
My presentation using ArcGIS Online, on Creating Smart Cities using Spatial Thinking and Geotechnologies, is here.
My presentation using ArcGIS Online’s presentation mode on: Sleepwalking into the Future: A World Without Spatial Thinking: Why GIS in Education and Society Matters.
Community mapping is a part of crowdsourcing and citizen science, one of what I consider to be 5 trends that are having a great impact on the field of Geographic […]
Jeffco Schools Geospatial Technology Workshop, 9 December 2015 Summary: Half-day workshop led by an Esri education manager and geographer on integrating spatial thinking and geotechnologies (GPS, remote sensing, Geographic Information […]
I gave a presentation entitled Why Maps Matter shared here recently to the general public at a public library. By sharing this, I encourage you to give a similar presentation and/or use […]
I have created and conducted a workshop on “mapping the curriculum”, shared here. This workshop is designed to build (1) geographic concepts, (2) perspectives, and (3) skills for those who […]
One of the chief advantages that GIS has always had as an instructional and research tool is its ability to help people understand interconnections between issues, phenomena, and data. A […]
Designing Better Maps, and Resources for GIS Weather and Climate Education: A presentation I gave at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Presentation contains links to live web maps. ncar_weather_climate_j15_final
Geo-awareness, Geo-enablement, Geotechnologies, Citizen Science, and Storytelling: Geography on the World Stage Joseph J. Kerski, Ph.D. firstname.lastname@example.org Education Manager, Esri, 1 International Court, Broomfield, Colorado USA Abstract Five converging global […]
GPX file for Osceola Iowa Trail Study.
GPX Track for Lander, Wyoming at the WyGEO confererence that I collected for the purposes of making maps in ArcGIS Online.
I recently created and ran a Colorado History and Geography Quiz on a giant terrazzo map of the state at the History Colorado museum. The participants had to stand on […]
A few key resources for Earth Day and in the future: (1) Mapping the Environment: 10 resources: http://blogs.esri.com/esri/gisedcom/2013/10/18/mapping-the-environment/ (2) Spatial Environmental Education – article with ideas on curricular implementation of […]
I was invited to give a presentation on geography and I entitled the presentation: A New Way of Seeing the World. Geography is probably the oldest of all disciplines. What, […]
Authors: Sandra Lach Arlinghaus, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; Joseph J. Kerski Anticipated publication date: July 18, 2013 by CRC Press – 299 Pages | ISBN 9781466505322 Features […]
Reflections on Youth and Community GIS Exhibit, Esri International User Conference. For more information, see http://www.esri.com/4h andhttp://www.esri.com/uc. These students (and others across the country whose work is not shown here) are engaged in […]
Now that it is easy to gather tracks and waypoints on a smartphone and map them in a GIS, it provides a good opportunity to remind students about the importance […]
What would you do in 75 minutes to introduce your colleagues to spatial thinking and analysis? Recently I had the opportunity to do just that, when my Esri colleague Laura […]
International Perspectives on GIS in Secondary Schools Publication Date: January 2012 | ISBN-13: ISBN 978-94-007-2119-7 . Is the first book to capture an international perspective on the status of GIS […]
Tribal GIS: Supporting Native American Decision Making Publication Date: June 16, 2012 | ISBN-10: 1589483200 | ISBN-13: 978-1589483200 In Tribal GIS: Supporting Native American Decision Making, tribal leaders tell their […]
A recurring topic in conferences, workshops, blogs, forums, listservs, and around the water cooler over the past 25 years is about spatial data–where to find it, how to use it, […]
In this 3 minute video, I make the case that Geography Matters–to education and to society. What part of sustainable development, energy, water, natural hazards, population, climate, or biodiversity is […]
Fieldwork at Gilman Ranch
Publication Date: July 22, 2009 Some educators consider GIS to be one of the most promising means for implementing educational reform. However, GIS technology has been adopted by only 1% […]
Publication Date: February 12, 2008 | ISBN-10: 1593116721 | ISBN-13: 978-1593116729 A volume in International Social Studies Forum: The Series Series Editors Richard Diem, University of Texas at San Antonio […]
Chapter entitled “Geographic Information in Education” August 2007 ISBN: 978-1-4051-0796-9 John Wilson and A. Stewart Fotheringham, Editors This Handbookis an essential reference and a guide to the rapidly expanding field […]
Publication Date: February 16, 2006 | ISBN-10: 0340816325 | ISBN-13: 978-0340816325 Environmental issues such as possible climate change, pollution, nuclear waste, water resources, food and famine have a high public […]
A math-based chapter written with Dr. Bob Coulter in “Technology-Supported Mathematics Learning Environments 67th Yearbook” (2005) By William Masalski, Portia Elliott. Edited by William J. Masalski Technology is playing an […]
Publication Date: July 1, 2003 Making Community Connections calls for a more integrative look at the world we live in. Invariably, the Community Mapping Program makes more clearly visible the […]