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National Geographic Education Foundation


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Happy THANKSgiving!


Katie Springer with Lou Camilotto at ICSS

2015 Friend of Geography Education Award

THANKS to Katie for her dedication and devotion to improving the geographic knowledge and spatial literacy of every student, educator, and citizen in the state of Indiana!



> Follow the Giant County Maps & Timelines Project


Speak Up  for Geography

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 noted in NCLB receives financial support.

Two items of recent national education news have occurred "in the beltway" that could alter the nature of Geographic Literacy:

1. The Senate passed federal legislation, Every Child Achieves Act (S.R. 1177), which financially supports Geography, American History, Civics, and Economics ... under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. This is a momentous event and much THANKS is due to our Indiana Senators and their Education Liaisons!!!

2. The House has proposed similar legislation that does not financially support the Social Studies/Sciences. We need you to contact your Representative and urge them to infuse language that supports Geography under House Resolution 5, Student Success Act. Read on...

--------------------------------------------------- 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



GeoFest, a Geo-Literacy Workshop, 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


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 IndianaView


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



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


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.


Geography Book Blog

Newest book blogs:

The Walk by Lee Goldberg


Life As We Knew It by Susan Pfeffer

Accepting appropriate, geographic book blog submissions


KEY Resources:

GENI Newsletter -  Spring, 2015  Past Issues





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National Geographic Education Website




Indiana in Maps:  Geographic Perspectives of the Hoosier State

A GENI Publication!


CAREERS in Geography:

Explore the many careers in Geography!