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:

BioBlitz Big Marsh

Join the Geographic Society of Chicago GSC for BioBlitz Big Marsh on Saturday, Sept. 30. Teams of volunteer scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members will work together to find and identify as many species of plants, animals, microbes, fungi, and other organisms as possible.

Click here to register

Preparing Future Ready Students at the IETC!

So looking forward to the annual gathering of our wonderful Illinois educators at the IETC! This year Judy and I will be presenting on Geoinquiries: Click here for presentation resources:
Below is break out session description:

GeoInquiries are easy-to-use instructional resources combining traditional social studies topics with interactive maps. Each of the 45 GeoInquiries has been developed & field-tested by educators. These 15-minute activities may be presented from a single computer/projector. No installation, fees, or logins are necessary. At the workshop you will explore GeoInquiry collections & will see how to integrate them into your lessons. Please bring a device (laptop, chromebook, iPad etc.) and your textbook to this hands-on workshop.screen-shot-2016-11-16-at-11-51-06-pm