Online Learning Consortium Spatial Thinking and Web Mastery Course Weeks 2, 3, and 4

Online Learning Consortium Spatial Thinking and Web Mastery Course Weeks 2, 3, and 4

Greetings! Welcome Online Learning
Consortium’s Spatial Thinking and Web Mapping Mastery
Series. This particular module covers weeks 2, 3, and 4. As you know, the way this and other mastery series
courses are structured is that with week 1, you get a pretty immersive kind of experience. Weeks 2, 3, and 4 you’ll have opportunity now to reflect
on your learning and dig into the tools and the skills and to be able to develop
your own integration plan with your own
curriculum. So, in weeks 2, 3, and 4 what we are
going to do with some hands-on activities that you can work on independently but we will
have a forum for you to discuss your reactions to what you doing
in the hands-on experiences. So weeks 2, 3, and 4: I am going to have you watch and reflect on a short video that talks about how GIS
touches our everyday lives: You wake up in the morning you pour your orange juice for example–
the orange growers are using GIS (!) to manage their harvests. to get the product to market and so on. You get on the bus–the bus company is using GIS to monitor the
locations of all their buses and central dispatch and with GPS they know
where all the buses are, and they can more efficiently plan the routes and so on
and so forth. So, that is the GIS touches our everyday
lives video. Second, we are going to explore what geotechnologies are and how they can be applied to
teaching and learning. We will take a look at an article called
spatial environmental education. Third, we are going to browse the Esri
Map Museum to discover the application of GIS to
everyday decision-making in a variety of different fields and at a variety of scales from local to
global. Fourth, we’re going to analyze global ecoregions, population density an demographic variables using ArcGIS Online which is the same tool that you used
earlier in week 1. Fifth, we will analyze the temporal and
spatial pattern of USA temperature extremes using ArcGIS Online. Again, to get you into the tools but also
just to think spatially and think outside the box–maybe you’re
not teaching about temperature extremes weather and climate maybe you’re teaching about pH or
invasive species or ecoregions or business patterns. You will be able to use these same
tools with the same kind of perspective– the spatial perspective– for other kinds of data. Sixth: Compare local land use change with ArcGIS Online. So, change over time! Change over time is
one of the themes that runs through this course. Another theme, as I’ve already touched on,
is scale. Another team is being critical the
data… that runs throughout the course. Where the data come from? How is it being used? Right? — just because it’s on the internet doesn’t mean it’s perfect; just because it’s a web map doesn’t mean
it’s perfect–far from it web map — like all maps — are imperfect,
but many of them are very useful! So, how do we manage that
uncertainty; that imperfection? So, that is what we are going to do in weeks 2, 3, and 4 in our Spatial Thinking and Web Mapping Mastery Series course. through the Online Learning Consortium. Thanks!

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