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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.

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Isn’t That Spatial? Teaching about the Environment, Examining Field Data, and Telling Your Environmental Story with Web Mapping Technology

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 […]

Workshop: Creating and Teaching with Esri Story Maps

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 […]

Resources for Earth Day and Beyond: Enviro-Geo-Tech Education

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 […]

Video: Geography Matters

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 […]

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HANDBOOK OF GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SCIENCEThe Handbook of Geographic Information Science

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 […]

THE ESSENTIALS OF THE ENVIRONMENTThe Essentials of the Environment

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 […]