Online Learning Consortium Spatial Thinking and Web Mastery Course Weeks 6, 7, and 8

Online Learning Consortium Spatial Thinking and Web Mastery Course Weeks 6, 7, and 8


The Online Learning Consortium’s Spatial Thinking and Web Mapping Mastery Series Course. Greetings everyone. Joseph Kerski here with you. to talk about what we will do in Weeks 6, 7, and 8 of our spatial thinking and web mapping mastery course through the online learning consortium. I’m so excited about this because now we will be able to, after week 5 when we were all together with an immersive kind of experience Now in Weeks 6, 7, and 8, just like 2, 3, and 4, We will have some independent 3 week experiences where you will go off and apply what we’ve been learning and specifically in these 3 weeks, I’m going to have you do a couple of things – 6 things – they are all hands-on, so you will gain practice using some of the skills that you have been learning and also keep thinking about integrating this into your own teaching and learning. First of all, we will reflect on Phil Gersmehl’s Modes of Spatial Thinking. I think that will provide us with a nice framework. Number 2, we will analyze some real time data, which is exploding as you must be aware. You can actually analyze dynamic content, which is perfect for analyzing our dynamic planet! The world is changing rapidly; these tools allow us to incorporate… … this real time and near-real time data that is all around us and make SENSE of our world. And to be able to teach and learn with it. We will specifically going to look at stream flow and weather using web maps inside our tool called ArcGIS Online. Number 3: We will watch videos describing editable feature services. and discuss how citizen science could be used in your instruction. Fourth, we will add data about your own campus, your vegetation, tree height, tree species, plant height, plant species… plant condition, and we are going to do that in citizen science mode using ArcGIS Online. And number 5, we are going to create your own story through web maps using Storymaps and ArcGIS Online. And number 6, we’re going to create your own lesson using geotechnologies and web mapping in education. So this is where you have been reflecting on what you might do with these tools and these perspectives and this content that you have been learning. How do you actually incorporate that into your own instruction? As you know from being instructors, that is a hard bridge oftentimes: Take what you have learned and now I am going to incorporate it into my own curriculum. But I really want you to do that. Because, as you well know, if you don’t do that inside a course you are taking or soon afterwards, chances are you are never going to incorporate it. We get busy with other things… So I on purpose have this inside the course where you are going to create your own lesson. Now it does not have to be your master’s thesis! But something concrete where you are saying I will commit to using these skills, this perspective, these tools inside my own lesson. And this is how I am going to do it. And share with us so we can all learn from each other. Let’s get started! Thanks! Online Learning Consortium’s Spatial Thinking and Web Mapping Mastery Series Course.

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