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K-12 Educators: 5 reasons to attend a conference this fall

As the new school year approaches, are you looking for professional development opportunities to attend this fall?  Find out where the Esri Canada K-12 group will be facilitating relevant GIS workshops in the coming months and why you should attend a fall conference!

Conferences provide educators an opportunity for professional development and growth. Check out the 5 reasons why you should attend an education conference this fall and where the Esri Canada K-12 staff members will be facilitating relevant GIS workshops.

  1. Learn about the benefits of using GIS in your teaching
  2. Try something new, and then try it with your students
  3. Network and connect with other passionate educators
  4. Share what you learn with others at your school and through social media
  5. Meet and receive support from an Esri Canada K-12 staff member

Meet one of the Esri Canada K-12 staff members at a fall conference. Pictured here is Jean Tong, Manager of K-12 Teaching & Learning.

Register to attend one of the upcoming conferences below, and don’t forget to visit the Esri Canada table to find free resources that’ll help you begin or continue your GIS journey.

Circle of Knowledge Conference
October 5-6, 2017
Victoria Inn Hotel and Convention Centre
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Workshops: Integrating Mapping Technology into First Nations Land-based Education (2x)

Esri Canada’s GIS in Education and Research Conference
Register for this biennial conference, come meet the Esri Canada K-12 staff and connect with other educators
October 11, 2017
Hart House, University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario
Registration Fee: $15 (before October 9 11:59 pm ET), On-site fee $20
Workshops: Getting started with Survey123 for K-12, Building Story Maps for the K-12 classroom

Manitoba Social Studies Teachers' Association (MSSTA) 
October 20, 2017
Kildonan-East Collegiate
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Workshops: Creating a Collaborative Field Study with ArcGIS Online, Storytelling with Story Maps

BC Social Studies Teachers Association (BCSSTA)
October 20, 2017
Vancouver Technical Secondary
Vancouver, British Columbia
Workshops are not finalized yet. Please check the BCSSTA website for updates.

Nova Scotia Social Studies Teachers Association (NSSSTA)
October 27, 2017
Saint Mary's University
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Workshops: Teach with Technology, Storytelling with Maps

Bring It Together Conference (BIT)
November 8-10, 2017
Scotiabank Convention Centre
Niagara Falls, Ontario
Come visit us at the Esri Canada table

 Meet passionate educators who want to share their knowledge with others. Pictured here is David Ast, Toronto District School Board teacher who facilitated a workshop on “Explore Social and Environmental Justice Issues using GIS” at OAGEE last year.

Ontario Association for Geographic and Environmental Education (OAGEE)
November 10-11, 2017
St. Andrew’s College
Aurora, Ontario
Workshops are not finalized yet. Please check the OAGEE website for updates.

Esri Canada User Conferences
Esri Canada User Conferences (UCs) provide you with the opportunity to discover exciting new developments in Esri's GIS solutions and network with GIS professionals in your city. Some UCs feature presentations by K-12 students showcasing the work they have done using ArcGIS.  Check out the past proceedings.

Contact if you have any questions about the upcoming conferences.

About the Author

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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