Fall Conferences for K-12 and Higher Education, 2014

September 10, 2014 Angela Alexander

Fall conferences are around the corner! Find out where members of Esri Canada's Education and Research group will be and what they will be doing this fall. Remember to book the Esri Canada workshops and presentations you want to attend. We look forward to meeting some of our followers this year!

Fall is the busiest time of the year for the Education and Research group. We travel across the country attending conferences and running workshops and presentations aimed at supporting educators. Check out the list below to find out where we’ll be to attend a training session at a conference and come by our booth to say hello. Our schedule includes the events below:

Ontario Association for Geographic and Environmental Education (OAGEE) Conference
October 17-18, 2014
Ryerson University
Toronto, Ontario

Workshops and Presentations:

  • Introduction to ArcGIS Online
    Learn how ArcGIS Online can provide you with everything you need to introduce your students to the power of spatial technology. In this presentation, you will discover how to access data, create your own Web maps, share content and integrate this technology into your teaching. You will also be introduced to the variety of ArcGIS Online resources available to meet curricular outcomes and foster critical thinking and spatial skills.
  • Tinkering with ArcGIS Online
    Beginners and advanced users can join us for this open, hands-on session and explore the power of ArcGIS Online.
  • Creating Story Maps
    Story maps are intelligent Web maps that incorporate text, multimedia and interactive functions. In this hands-on workshop, learn how to create a story map to use as a teaching tool or a culminating assignment.
  • GIS in the Grade 7 & 8 Classroom
    Learn how you can use ArcGIS Online in the grade 7 and 8 classroom as a teaching aid to meet curricular outcomes. In this presentation session, you will discover how ArcGIS Online can be used to engage your students while they learn about topics covered in grades 7 and 8. You will also learn how to find online resources with clear connections to the grade 7 and 8 curriculum.
  • Using the Collector App
    Esri's Collector for ArcGIS application (app) allows you to use your smartphone to collect and update information in the field, log your current location and use the data you capture to create a Web map. Bring your own iPhone or Android smartphone to this hands-on workshop and use the Collector app to create a collaborative map with the other participants. Prerequisites for this hands-on workshop are that you know how to create, save and share a Web map and have used this technology in your teaching.

British Columbia Social Studies Teachers Association (BCSSTA) Conference
October 24, 2014
Vancouver Technical Secondary School

Workshop:

  • Technology in Social Studies with ArcGIS Online
    Using ArcGIS Online students are actively engaged in creating, analyzing and inquiring with limitless maps and data. Get hands-on experience today!

Manitoba Social Studies Teachers Association (MSSTA) Conference
October 24, 2014
Kildonan-East Collegiate
Winnipeg, Manitoba

Workshops and Presentations:

  • Introduction to ArcGIS Online (Pre-Conference Workshop – Thursday October 23)
    Learn how ArcGIS Online can provide you with everything you need to introduce your students to the power of spatial technology. In this workshop, you will discover how to access data, create your own Web maps, share content and integrate this technology into your teaching. You will also be introduced to the variety of ArcGIS Online resources available to meet curricular outcomes and foster critical thinking and spatial skills.
  • Creating Story Maps (Conference Workshop – Friday October 24)
    Story maps are intelligent Web maps that incorporate text, multimedia and interactive functions. Learn how to create a story map to use as a teaching tool or a culminating assignment.

Nova Scotia Social Studies Teachers Association Conference
October 24, 2014
Lockview High School,
Fall River, Halifax County, Nova Scotia

Workshops and Presentations:

  • Storytelling with Maps
    Story Maps are web maps that combine text, multimedia and interactive functions to inform, educate, entertain and inspire people about a wide variety of topics. By using maps to tell a story, students will become more geographically aware; they will better understand the interconnectedness that makes the world work; and they will become better world citizens. Join this presentation to learn how you can create and use story maps in your teaching.
  • Teach with Technology: Web GIS
    Web GIS is a cross-curricular tool that strengthens spatial literacy and supports inquiry-based learning. With ArcGIS Online, a Web mapping application, students are actively engaged in creating, sharing and analyzing digital maps and apps. You will leave this presentation with hands-on training in ArcGIS Online, numerous lesson ideas and access to free ready-to-use lesson plans!

Educational Computing Organization of Ontario (ECOO) Conference
November 5-7, 2014
Scotiabank Convention Centre
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Come visit us at the Esri Canada booth

Science Teachers Association of Ontario (STAO) Conference
November 13-15, 2014
International PLAZA Hotel and Conference Centre, Toronto Airport
Come visit us at the Esri Canada booth

Education and Research Tracks at Esri Canada User Conferences

This will be our second year hosting Education and Research Tracks at a selected few of the Esri Canada User Conferences. It's an opportunity for people in the Higher Education community to share their use of ArcGIS technology. The fee for professors and students to attend is $35.

Visit the Esri Canada Web site to submit an abstract for one of the conferences below and to find some general information about presenting at the User Conferences.

Important dates are listed below:

Toronto - October 7-8

  • Last call for presentations– September 19

Fredericton - October 28-29

  • First call for presentations– Week of September 15
  • Last call for presentations– October 10

Vancouver- November 5-6

  • First call for presentations– Week of September 22
  • Last call for presentations– October 24

Read about last year’s events and access the proceedings.

About the Author

Angela Alexander

Angela Alexander is a K-12 Education Resource Developer on the Esri Canada Education and Research team. She has over six years of experience working with educators across Canada. Angela is responsible for producing geographic information system (GIS) and curriculum specific resources, conducting and creating custom workshops for educators and judging and developing the question for the annual GIS Skills Ontario competition in Waterloo, Ontario. Angela has a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Sociology from the University of Western Ontario and completed the Applied Digital Geography and GIS certificate program at Ryerson University.

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