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Geography Education in Indiana!

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National Geographic Education Foundation

 

FOCUS EVENTS:

Events / News

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Educator, Librarian, Geographer, GIS Professional, Lifelong Learner, Youth, Family, and Citizen Summer Institute

July 12-16; Indiana University Southeast

Learn about Indiana's past two-hundred years; analyze Indiana's present; and plan for Indiana's future during this four-day Summer Institute. Educators, youth, families, & GIS professionals will create legacy resources: giant county maps, timelines, and curriculum. Educators and adults can relax and enjoy southern Indiana hosptality and diversity. Youth will learn and experience Indiana's past, present, and future AND be recognized as anIN Bicentennial Youth Leader. Families will enrich relationships through the many experiential learning opportunities. All Indiana citizens can benefit through improved geographic knowledge!

Educator & Adult Application / ICSS Scholarship Offer

Lewis & Clark Foundation Youth Scholarship Application

Youth & Adult Chaperone Application

Sponsor Partners still needed - Find out how YOU can help

Agenda

ICSS is offering Educator Scholarships !

The Lewis & Clark Foundation is offering Youth Scholarships !

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        National Geography Awareness Week 2014

      IN Bookmark Contest Winner

by Rachel F., Chesterton High School; Cathy Dean, Geography Educator

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Indiana Geographic Information Office Hits 100% with Data Sharing Project

May 14, 2015

With a vote of its County Board of Commissioners in early April, Marshall County become the last of ninety-two Indiana Counties to share four critical geospatial data sets with the Indiana Geographic Information Office. This exceptional level of County-State cooperation, and the important statewide data created by the project, validates the concept of a local-to-state-to-national approach to building and maintaining a National Map. Geographic Information System (GIS) technology and data generally, and these four county level data sets in particular, support public safety and economic development, and provide geographic context for a myriad of government policy decisions about everything from natural resources to voting precincts. Beginning in 2008, the Indiana Geographic Office joined with other GIS partners to develop, integrate, and publish the following four statewide geographic data layers using existing county data:

· Land Parcels, Address Points (that connect a street address with a geographic coordinate), Street Centerlines (with street name and address ranges), and Local Administrative Boundaries (such as school and election districts)

With the addition of Marshall County, Indiana has complete statewide coverage of these data, thereby increasing the value and usefulness for all Indiana citizens. Watch a YouTube video showing the progress of the data sharing initiative here – http://youtu.be/6rhYstRhKS8

“I love working with Hoosiers!” said Jim Sparks, Indiana’s Geographic Information Officer, a position created by state statute in 2007 and responsible for coordinating GIS across all levels of government, academia, and the private sector. “One-hundred percent voluntary participation in this important County-State project is a testament to our active and engaged Indiana GIS community. We are all working collaboratively to improve the quality of life for Hoosiers by supporting economic development, public safety, transportation, and government and private sector efficiency through the availability of these critical data.”As a result of the data sharing project, these layers are already being used by the Indiana State Police, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Natural Resources, and the Secretary of State’s office, as well as colleges, universities, the private sector, and the counties from which the data originated.

Public safety was a key incentive for many of the counties to participate in the statewide project. David Vice, Executive Director of the Indiana Integrated Public Safety Commission remarked, “When agencies share data, lives are saved and public offices become more efficient. Sharing data encourages collaboration among agencies, provides for informed decision-making and reduces redundancy of data production. Further, planning and policy groups become better informed, particularly in terms of emergency calls and disaster response. We can be proud that all 92 counties are now sharing their map data, a major milestone that will benefit all Indiana taxpayers.”

These data layers, along with other geographic information are freely available to the public from the IndianaMap (http://bit.ly/1JLsrah), a web-based data portal, viewer, and download tool which has demonstrated a 34 to 1 return on investment (http://www.igic.org/projects/indianamap/IndianaMapNews.pdf). Given that 80% or more of government data has a geographic component, it is not surprising that Indiana government agencies, universities, and private sector companies have received significant benefit from the 240-plus layers of publicly available, highly accurate, and current geospatial information offered for viewing and download at the IndianaMap. The data contributed by all 92 Indiana counties adds even more value to IndianaMap.----------------------------------------------------------

The Indiana Geographic Information Office is located within the Indiana Office of Technology and was created by state statute in 2007 to facilitate GIS data cooperation between units of the federal, state, and local governments; integrate GIS data and framework data into a statewide base map; develop and maintain statewide framework data layers; provide public access to GIS data and framework data in locations throughout Indiana; and serve as Geographic Information Officer for state agencies.

The GIS Office contributes to the quality of Indiana as a place to live and work by cultivating statewide geographic information resources (relationships, data and technology) so that individuals and organizations across the state have appropriate access to accurate and relevant geographic information and technology. www.in.gov/gis

Resources

 

Geospatial Inter-Actives for Indiana High School Students

(taking GHW or APHG)

 

1. Land Use Change: A GeoSpatial Tutorial on

GPS, Remote Sensing & GIS

Educator Lesson Plan

on-line Inter-Active

 

2. Water & Drought: Two Sides of the Same Coin -

A GeoSpatial Tutorial on GPS, Remote Sensing & GIS

Educator Lesson Plan

on-line Inter-Active

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Geospatial Inter-Active for Indiana Middle School Students

Focus on Natural Hazards: A Geospatial Tutorial on GPS, Remote Sensing and GIS

Educator Lesson Plan

on-line Inter-Active

 

 

Link to Landsat images for some IN counties via INView

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Bats in the City

Curriculum: elementary, middle, high school lesson plans, & resource suggestions

What Does the Indiana Bat Say? (a music video)

Borrow the Bat Education Kit

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Indiana Broadband: Don't Get Left Behind!

  • What is it? What type of information does the map convey?
  • Why is it important to Indiana's economy? How does broadband impact your life?

Download the postcard

Lesson Plan for IN high school students: GHW, APHG

To learn more about Indiana and broadband, visit http://www.in.gov/gis/Broadband.htm

To participate in an on-line broadband data test in your community, visit http://www.indianabroadbandmap.com

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IN Geographic Literacy & GeoSpatial Technologies Policy Timeline

In an attempt to see "where" geography has been in our great state, this timeline was created to provide a foundation for moving forward into the 21st Century where those literate in spatial research and applications and those demonstrating global literacy will be employed. The timeline is a living and growing interactive tool created in conjunction with the Indiana Geographic Information Council and many other partners. Students could model this type of timeline when conducting research about a local person, place, occurrence...Please submit additions for review.

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Geography Book Blog

Newest book blogs:

The Walk by Lee Goldberg

and

Life As We Knew It by Susan Pfeffer

Accepting appropriate, geographic book blog submissions

 

  Speak Up  for Geography

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National Geographic Bee sponsor Google produced a great short video about

What Can You Do With Geography?

cut and paste into your browser:

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=youtube%2c+what+can+you+do+with+geography&view=

detail&mid=2A37D7E48F418470D21A2A37D7E48F418470D21A&first=0

Speak up for Geography Logo

 

 

 

 

Teaching Geography is Fundamental Act

Why do we need better geography education?  Check out the latest Roper Poll on Geographic Literacy and you will have your answers!  Read on...

Dear Indiana Geographic Literacy Advocates,

I need your help!!! Please contact our federal Senators and Representatives to urge them to support a bill (the Teaching Geography is Fundamental Act) that would authorize $15 million annually over the next five years for teacher-training and materials in geographic education. Did you know that Geography is the ONLY federally-recognized core subject that has not received dedicated federal funding since No Child Left Behind was signed into law in 2002? Not one dime. Yet, every other core subject receives support. It will help our cause if the Members of Congress have heard from YOU (their Indiana constituents) about the importance of geography education and geographic literacy, and about the existence of the Teaching Geography is Fundamental Act. I urge you to join me in a chorus of support for action by Congress.

YOU are who our elected officials want to hear from.

You can go to SpeakUpForGeography.org and send pre-written letters directly to your Senators and Representative. It only takes a minute to show support for K-12 geography education in our schools. By the time I visit Capitol Hill, our Members of Congress will know that I am speaking on behalf of an accomplished group of educators, curriculum coordinators, university professors, professional geographers, and IN citizens who are making a difference throughout the state.

THANK YOU for considering this opportunity to help put geography "back on the map" with federal support. I am proud to represent Geography Education to our elected officials, and I am hopeful that we can correct the troubling oversight that leaves Geography alone without federal funding.

Geographically,

Kathy Lamb Kozenski

 



KEY RESOURCES:

GENI Newsletter -  Spring, 2015  Past Issues

 

GIANT TRAVELING MAP

 

 

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National Geographic Education Website

 

 


INDIANA ATLAS

Indiana in Maps:  Geographic Perspectives of the Hoosier State

A GENI Publication!


 

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