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How Online Mapping Activities Shape Learning Experiences for K-12 Students

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

Presented by Charlie Fitzpatrick, K12 Manager, Esri; and Mike Wagner, Teacher, Loudoun County Public Schools, VA
Hosted by Melissa Greene, Director of Strategic Partnerships, SETDA
Hosted by SETDA


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Maps tell stories; they explain, illuminate, and inspire. Geographic information system (GIS) software is used across the world, in all walks of life, to map and analyze information, from simple neighborhood maps to the most complex regional disaster management or global climate models. Elementary, middle and high school students in all subject areas benefit from using interactive maps to gather, analyze and interpret data, gain insight into our world, and make decisions based on data and evidence that can be creatively demonstrated using their own maps and stories.

In this edWebinar, attendees will learn how schools in Loudoun County, VA are using geographic information systems technology to learn standard content, do group data collection projects, conduct individual high-powered research projects, and more, building knowledge and skills critical for college, career, and community.

Teachers, curriculum leaders, instructional technology leads, PD providers, counselors, and teacher ed programs are invited to attend this event. There will be time for questions after the presentation. Join this session to see why it’s good for all students to know GIS, how to start with easy-to-use online resources, and how to get free software.

Charlie FitzpatrickAbout the Presenters
Charlie Fitzpatrick is a K12 education manager for Esri, maker of geographic information system (GIS) software. Charlie works with students, teachers, local and state education coordinators, teacher educators, and education influencers across USA. He supports Esri’s offer of free GIS software and learning resources to every K12 school and formal youth club for instructional use. Before joining Esri in 1992, Charlie taught social studies in grades 7-12 (mostly 8th grade geography) for 15 years in Minnesota, and helped educators of all levels teach with computers. From the National Council for Geographic Education, Charlie received the Distinguished Teacher Award (1991) and George J. Miller Lifetime Achievement Award (2016). When not carrying the message out on the road, he resides in Arlington, Virginia.

Mike WagnerMike Wagner is the GIS teacher lead for Loudoun County Public Schools, and in-class GIS teacher at Heritage High School in Loudoun County, VA. Mike has been teaching GIS as a project-based course since 2005, as part of the Virginia Geospatial Semester, a dual enrollment program




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setdaThe State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit membership association launched by state education agency leaders in 2001 to serve, support and represent their emerging interests and needs with respect to the use of technology for teaching, learning, and school operations. Our current work is guided by a strategic plan, Leading, Inspiring and Empowering: The 2013-16 SETDA Strategic Plan, adopted by the SETDA Board of Directors in October 2012 after extensive consultation with the membership. The SETDA mission is to build and increase the capacity of state and national leaders to improve education through technology policy and practice.

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