Think Geospatial contains geospatial resources and information for classroom teachers, students, informal educators and after-school enrichment programs. Think Geospatial was formed in 2014 to offer support for the Illinois K-12 Esri Site License program. With the advent of the Esri ConnectEd Initiative Think Geospatial has expanded to include support for educators interested in creating their own ArcGIS Online Organization accounts. We also offer workshops and training for educators wanting to learn more about the many applications for ArcGIS Online in the classroom.
Judith Bock is a geospatial educator and consultant. Her degrees from Northeastern Illinois University are a BA in Elementary Education and a MS in Geography and Environmental Studies. She received a Certificate in Geographic Information Systems in 2007 (Elmhurst College) and participated in Esri’s T3G Summer Institute in 2010 and 2014. After retiring as a middle school educator, she taught for 5 years as an adjunct in the Department of Geography and Geosciences at Elmhurst College, focusing on introductory courses, online teaching, and uses of remote sensing in GIS applications. Ms. Bock is currently program director of Elmhurst College Online GIS Certificate Program. Ms. Bock also actively participates in national and local geography organizations and promotes geospatial technology education.
Jenni Dahl has been active in GIS education for 16 years. She was the Technology Facilitator at Springfield High School (Springfield, Illinois) from 1998 until 2008. During that time she helped develop and facilitate a GIS course, using the curriculum, Mapping Our World. From 2008 until 2014 Dahl was the Technology Coordinator for the Sangamon County Regional Office of Education. One of her job responsibilities was to provide instructional technology professional development, including GIS workshops, to teachers.
Dahl attended Esri’s T3G in 2012; is an Esri Geo Mentor; and is a GIS K-12 education presenter. In 2014 she developed the website, Think Geospatial, Tools and Resources for Geospatial Education (https://thinkgeospatial.education) for classroom teachers, informal educators and after-school programs.
Roger Powers, retired electrical engineer from from both public and private utilities, has over 30 years of experience in the practical applications of GIS. In addition, Mr. Powers provided direction and support to the Springfield High School, Springfield, Illinois, GIS class and GIS instructors as a volunteer and mentor. Mr. Powers knows first-hand the importance of a geospatial skill-set in the work place and hopes to encourage educators to help their students acquire these valuable skills.