Design your Story Map with Geoinquiry

If you are able to generate awesome project ideas on cue, develop them in a systematic fashion and then present your project in a organized and engaging way, then read no further.

Otherwise, the Geoinquiry Method might be just what you need to get started with a prize-winning Story Map!

The Geoinquiry Method will help guide you through the process of creating your “Hometown, Illinois” Story Map (or any GIS project, for that matter) from start to finish.  Below is a link to an article that explains the Geoinquiry Method. Print it out, or refer to it online as you develop your project.

Do You Love Maps and Love Stories?

4th Annual Illinois Map Contest
for Middle School and High School

“Hometown, Illinois”

East, west, north, south, rural, urban or suburban, all Illinois students are invited to tell their home town stories in the 4th Annual Illinois Map Competition for middle school and high school.

Registration deadline: April 9, 2020
Click image below for information about the competition

Teachers, Start the school year with a FREE ArcGIS Online school account!

Teachers, have you heard about the online, interactive, mapping platform ArcGIS Online? If not, visit Esri for Education to learn how ArcGIS can benefit your students! Also, on the website is an extensive collection of map-based activities (GeoInquiries) that you can use with your students out of the box! No log-in is required to get started.

While many features of ArcGIS Online are available without an account, to take full advantage, sign up for a free ArcGIS Online school account. Establishing a school account now will ensure that the online GIS mapping tools and organization is in place when your students walk through your door this fall! Best of all, there is still time for you to learn and get comfortable with these tools before school starts!

Here are some links to resources to help you get started:

Learn ArcGIS

ArcGIS Online Five by Five

Learn How to Make a Story Map

ArcGIS Videos

Esri GIS Education Community

Esri Training

2019 Geography Education in the 21st Century

The Illinois Geographic Alliance and the Department of Geography, Geology, and the Environment at Illinois State University are excited to announce the 2019 Geography Education in the 21st Century Conference, a 1-day, drive-in conference for geography educators that includes networking opportunities, a keynote, and a variety of breakout sessions to choose from.
Click here for more information: