Monday, March 17
1:30 PM-5:00 PM

Using STEM to Innovate, Educate and Transform Learning with Geographic Information System (GIS) Technologies

Workshop ID: 40840
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    Bonnie Bracey Sutton
    Power of US Foundation

Abstract: GIS & Citizen Science, use STEM to Innovate and Educate. The panel will demonstrate best practices from ESRI, and the National Geographic in these categories. A geographic information system which integrates hardware, software, and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information. GIS allows us to view, understand, question, interpret, and visualize data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports, and charts. GIS helps us answer questions and solve problems by looking at our data in a way that is quickly understood and easily shared. GIS technology can be integrated into any enterprise information system framework. GIS gives us a new way to look at the world around us. We will demonstrate story mapping, and citizen science using probes in STEM and use of geographic information systems in communities to educate, inform and create transformation.


In an economically challenged world often there are resources, and databased of information which school systems do not take advantage of to educate teachers and to knit communities of learners. Our objective is to share the educational highlights of the Concord Consortium, the National Geographic and its alliances, and resources of ESRI to show and share best practices to introduce, inform, educate, and show innovative ways of teaching. We have curated sites that share Computational Science, and STEM, the purpose of sharing these is to invite teachers and pupils to be a part of the community that gathers informational educational resources. Curation is Digital curation is the selection,[1] preservation, maintenance, collection and archiving of digital assets.[2][3] Digital curation establishes, maintains and adds value to repositories of digital data for present and future use.[2] This is often accomplished by archivists, librarians, scientists, historians, and scholars. Enterprises are starting to utilize digital curation to improve the quality of information and data within their operational and strategic processes.[4] Successful digital curation will mitigate digital obsolescence, keeping the information accessible to users indefinitely. A participant could select from the curated assets and create his or her own collected of resources.

Topical Outline

1. Important of STEM ( Video) How To Educate for America's Future 2. What is GIS/Top Five Benefits of GIS GIS benefits organizations of all sizes and in almost every industry. There is a growing awareness of the economic and strategic value of GIS. The benefits of GIS generally fall into five basic categories: Cost Savings and Increased Efficiency Better Decision Making Improved Communication Better Record keeping Managing Geographically We will demonstrate best practices in education. Story Mapping.GIS is computer software that links geographic information (where things are) with descriptive information (what things are). Unlike a flat paper map, where what you see is what you get, GIS can present many layers of different information. NOAA's Science on a Sphere will be shared as an example of GIS best practices. The National Geographic and other groups encourage Citizen Science. Scientific American shows this practice as 3. What is Citizen Science? Research often involves teams of scientists collaborating across continents. Now, using the power of the Internet, non-specialists are participating, too. Citizen Science falls into many categories. A pioneering project was SETI@Home, which has harnessed the idle computing time of millions of participants in the search for extraterrestrial life. Citizen scientists also act as volunteer classifiers of heavenly objects, such as in Galaxy Zoo. They make observations of the natural world, as in The Great Sunflower Project. Here is the article we will distribute.. We will explore one of the projects of the National Geographic 4. 's Database of Resources will be shared and two will be demonstrated. Inquiry Space and probes. Demonstrating Probes. Probeware Giving students a sixth sense. And a seventh, and an eighth. We've been extending students' senses for a quarter century. ProbewareStudents studying science, math and engineering often need to stretch the limits of their senses. They must learn about phenomena they can't easily detect. And they need rapid feedback to help cement important connections between the world they see and the ideas they're learning. This is a tall order for any teacher. But probes and sensors – "probeware" – and their real-time feedback deliver on this difficult challenge. Even better, they can eliminate tedious lab setup and data collection steps that can impede student learning. Probeware such as motion detectors, temperature sensors and more extend students' senses and permit them to see multiple representations of their surroundings unfold in real time. Effective use of probes and sensors can transform learning in the STEM classroom.


Interest in the resources , curiosity.

Experience Level



Carolyn Staudt is a presenter for many science conferences. She is a stellar presenter. Mano Taliavera is an HPC Fellow and presents and teaches all over the world. Bonnie Bracey Sutton is a Fellow for the Eurasian Foundation and will lead workshops in Russia to integrate technology practices. She and Carolyn are also Christa McAuliffe Educators , NEA, NFIE.


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