Online Learning Consortium Spatial Thinking and Web Mastery Course Week 1


Welcome to the Online Learning Consortium’s Spatial Thinking and web mapping mastery series course. Let’s talk about what we’re going to do
in week one of our course I’m really quite excited about this
because in week one you could get into why should I be
teaching with web maps and spatial analysis how should I be
teaching with web maps and spatial analysis what are the compelling reasons to make
them a suitable tool for 21st century
teaching and learning So I’m going to have you look at a variety
of readings in videos to get this onto the
scene framework first of all, I want you to
look at the trailer for the geospatial revolution Penn State video series; I’m only going to have you
look at the trailer but I think the trailer alone which is only a few
minutes long will give you a sense of why this is so
interesting and fascinating and relevant. I encourage you to A) watch the rest at the videos in that
series and B) think about showing those to your
students. I also will have you look at a video and a mapping resource called
this dynamic planet it really gets us into the whole idea of web maps are really powerful; they are more versatile
and more dynamic than paper maps so it’s going to be a nice comparison. I’m
going to have you dig into a little bit at the National Research Council’s learning to think spatially report; I’m also going to have you dig into a
working definition of spatial thinking; something I wrote that you can reflect
on. Our hands-on component: The hands-on component in all these weeks
are I think the heart of the course because it’s all one thing to
talk about this but web maps are so compelling and so visual that you really need to do it
you’ll see how easy it is and how powerful it is to do the just that I’m going to have you at a
point to an online crowdsourced map to introduce yourself
to your classmates and to begin familiarizing yourself
with using a dynamic web map. Second: I’m going to have you compare
land use change: with something called the change matters
viewer. Third, we’re going to compare some city
patterns with the Urban Observatory. Fourth, we are going to compare some country
population variables with something called Show Mapping
Worlds which allows us to make cartograms and fifth we are going to analyze some United
States demographic and lifestyle variables by
state County, census tract, and block group from small to large scale using ArcGIS Online We will use a lot of ArcGIS Online in
this course because it’s so simple to use yet really powerful. We are
also going to have a short quiz to allow you to assess your own learning. The readings in videos as well as the
hands-on activities will have opportunity to have a forum
discussion so that we can learn from each other: So
let’s get started! Thanks! Online Learning Consortium: Spatial Thinking and Web Mapping Mastery Series Course.

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