Redlands, California- ESRI is hosting the 2009 ESRI T3G Institute (Teachers Teaching Teachers GIS), June 14–19, 2009, at its company headquarters in Redlands, California. Teachers of grades 5–12, university instructors, and youth and community group leaders will work with ArcGIS software and data to improve their geographic information system (GIS) knowledge and technical skills. Ultimately, attendees will apply what they learn in their own classrooms or programs and show others in their field how to teach using GIS concepts.
2009 institute will include hands-on exercises; best practices discussions; and
presentations about the latest geospatial trends in GIS, Web mapping, and GPS.
The institute activities will be led by nationally known geospatial technology
educators, and a limit of 30 participants will allow for individual assistance.
are not many opportunities like this," says Kathryn Keranen, who was an
instructor at the first ESRI teachers' institute in 1999 and is teaching again
at the 2009 event. "The institute gives teachers free training and software and
an environment where they can collaborate with like-minded
went on to train her fellow teachers in Fairfax County, Virginia, and she
recently coauthored the ESRI Press book Making
Spatial Decisions Using GIS, which won the Geography Excellence in Media award from the National
Council of Geographic Education (NCGE). "Many of us who are writing
curriculum and training other teachers had our start at the 1999 ESRI teachers'
institute," explains Keranen.
will leave the institute with a more proficient understanding of how to
incorporate GIS into their teaching, find and use GIS-based lessons and public
domain datasets, and train other educators on how to teach GIS. Following the
institute, participants are expected to apply what they have learned by creating
a GIS lesson to share on the Web; leading a hands-on GIS training event; and
presenting at a conference the outcomes of their work such as GIS lessons,
results of a class or group project, or a pedagogical approach to teaching youth
technology helps create more effective solutions to spatial problems, which is
fundamental to a wide variety of disciplines including geography, history, earth
science, environmental studies, language arts, mathematics, and youth group
educational environments. Educators from all disciplines who have experience
teaching with GIS are encouraged to attend.
information and an application for the institute are available at
Applications are due by January 15, 2009, and
acceptance will be announced in February 2009.
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