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GIS Educators Day Session [clear filter]
Sunday, October 16
 

8:30am

9:00am

9:45am

GIS Educators Day Session. Modules That Promote Interdisciplinary and Systems Thinking Using AGO
AUTHORS: Rebecca Boger, Brooklyn College, CUNY; Russanne Low, University of Lincoln; Amy E. Potter, Armstrong State University

ABSTRACT: With the more intuitive interface of AGO, it is easier to incorporate AGO activities in undergraduate non-GIS courses, enabling students to focus on content rather than mastering the technology. With this in mind, three professors from different disciplinary backgrounds, cultural geography, geosciences, and science education, created a 3-week module on food security using AGO to integrate social and environmental datasets. The module culminates with a small research project on food security in three localities, urban New York City, rural Nebraska, and developing islands in the Caribbean.


Sunday October 16, 2016 9:45am - 10:15am
Nauset II

9:45am

GIS Educators Day Session. ArcGIS Online: It's not Your Father’s GIS
PRESENTER: Kathryn Keranen, James Madison University

ABSTRACT: ArcGIS Online is generating a sea change in the educational use of Geographic Information Systems. Using AGO and nothing more than a browser, today’s educators and students can create maps combining their own data with infinite “open data” resources available in the cloud. With AGO they can analyze data and easily share the results of that analysis in a variety of formats. In this session you’ll see how easy it is to execute basic GIS tasks (symbolize, filter, select) in this robust online version of the software.


Sunday October 16, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
Racepoint

9:45am

GIS Educators Day Session. Making Sense of the American Community Survey - workshop (Hands-on, BYOD)
PRESENTER: Alexandra Barker, David Kraiker, U.S. Census Bureau

ABSTRACT:
The American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing survey that generates estimates on social, economic, housing, and demographic topics. Data users can access these estimates down to neighborhood level (tract and block group) using the American FactFinder. This presentation will cover background information about the ACS, an explanation of the ACS datasets and topics, and a demonstration of accessing data using American FactFinder. 

Sunday October 16, 2016 9:45am - 10:45am
Nauset IV

10:15am

GIS Educators Day Session. Assessing and Responding to the Opioid Epidemic Through GIS and Spatial Epidemiological Methods
PRESENTER: Thomas J. Stopka, Ashley Donahue, Marga Hutcheson, David Meyers, Kenneth Chui; Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine

ABSTRACT:
The opioid epidemic presents a major public health challenge and contributes to a larger syndemic, which includes non-prescription opioid misuse, heroin injection, opioid overdoses, and hepatitis C virus (HCV) and HIV clusters. Over the past decade, Massachusetts has experienced increases in all opioid-related morbidities and mortalities., As this syndemic continues to grow, it may be a harbinger of future increases in HIV and HIV-HCV co-infection rates. Through the use of various GIS and spatial epidemiological methods, we identified spatial hotspot clusters (p < 0.05) on the neighborhood, census tract, municipality, and state levels.  We identified locations where injection drug use, overdose, HCV and HIV clusters were a concern, and where enhanced prevention, treatment, and care can help combat the opioid epidemic in Massachusetts. 


Sunday October 16, 2016 10:15am - 10:45am
Nauset II

11:00am

GIS Educators Day Session. Students as Researchers: How Does Watershed Land Use and Biodiversity Effect Water Quality?
AUTHORS: Seniors in Environmental Technology Vocational Major, Essex Technical High School

ABSTRACT: Essex Technical High School is a new merger of both traditional vocational education and agricultural education. In the environmental technology vocational major, we use our own 40 acre site as well as the surrounding parks and rocky shorelines to research topics ranging from water quality to climate change. Mapping with GIS is a core competency or skill for us, and a component in each year of our four years in high school. Our presentation today outlines our junior year GIS project which utilized the GIS data layers in MassGIS (watersheds, hydrology, land use, and biodiversity ) to define two very different watersheds As students, we enjoy learning with the combination of hands-on research, lab analyses, and GIS mapping to answer real questions concerning our local environments.


Sunday October 16, 2016 11:00am - 11:30am
Nauset II

11:00am

GIS Educators Day Session. Share Apps, Not Maps: Creating and Configuring ArcGIS Online Story Maps (Hands-on, BYOD)
PRESENTER: New Hampshire Educational GIS Partnership

ABSTRACT:
Esri’s Web Apps Templates offer a quick and powerful way to control and enhance the experience of the people who view your online map.  In this hands-on BYOD session come explore and compare a variety of different configurable Web Apps.  At last count, there were 27 different templates to choose from.  In our time together, we will build at least 4 different types, and if time enables… even a “Time Enabled” Web App! 

Sunday October 16, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Racepoint

11:30am

GIS Educators Day Session. From Tree Hugger to Environmental Manager
PRESENTER: Sarah Cammer, Lexington High School

ABSTRACT: 
Students in the Environmental Technology program at Worcester Technical High School expressed frustration about beautiful trees that had been removed due to the United States Department of Agriculture’s(USDA) Asian Long Horned Beetle’s (ALB) Invasive Species Eradication Program. Students partnered with the USDA and learned to identify trees impacted by the ALB. When students learned of a new infestation in the city, they developed an online application using GIS to identify and plot impacted trees in the vicinity of the infested “mother” tree. Acting as environmental managers, they applied their new knowledge to recommend future tree plantings that would increase the biodiversity and resilience of the urban forest, reduce stormwater runoff, and reduce greenhouse gases in the urban environment. They presented their recommendations to the USDA.


Sunday October 16, 2016 11:30am - 12:00pm
Nauset II

11:30am

GIS Educators Day Session. Map@Syst: promoting the use of online mapping for outreach and engagement in Cooperative Extension and beyond
PRESENTER: Shane Bradt, Extension Specialist, Geospatial Technologies, UNH Cooperative Extension

ABSTRACT: 

For over a century, maps have been a key part of many starting point for discussions, a way to share local knowledge, and have provided spatial information to inform decisions on a range of issues. Online mapping offers the promise of a spatially relevant, interactive method for connecting to and with outreach audiences in ways not possible a few short years ago. The patterns and potential of online mapping for Cooperative Extension are equally relevant for organizations of all types hoping to conduct effective outreach and engagement. While many organizations engaging in outreach are currently using online mapping effectively in their work, a far greater number are either not using it at all, or not using it to its fullest potential. 



In order to promote the use online mapping in Cooperative Extension and other organizations involved in outreach and engagement, the eXtension geospatial technologies Community of Practice (Map@Syst) has created a new website http://exgeospatial.org. While still linked to the parent http://extension.org and its capabilities (such as Learn for webinars, Ask an Expert for direct support), the new Map@Syst website provides an opportunity to both inspire people with examples of how online maps can be used for outreach and engagement, and provide support for those who need help learning how to make and share maps online.

This presentation will outline how GIS users can use the Map@Syst website to help their own colleagues, clients and/or students better understand how mapping may be used for outreach and engagement, while providing an opportunity for those same users to describe and share their own examples of outreach with online mapping. 


Sunday October 16, 2016 11:30am - 12:00pm
Nauset IV

12:00pm

1:35pm

2:15pm

GIS Educators Day Session. Power of Data: Introduction to Spatial Analysis in ArcGIS Online
PRESENTER: Ina Ahearn and Bob Woolner, New Hampshire Educational GIS Partnership

ABSTRACT:

Data in tables can be informative… but using geospatial analysis unleashes the “Power of Data”.  In this short presentation we will showcase three powerful approaches using the ArcGIS online mapping platform. 

Analysis of imagery, analysis of data using symbology, and analysis using tools, all in ArcGIS Online, give teachers and students the power to “Save the World”.  Join us, and learn more about these tools.  Also, learn about opportunities to acquire more geospatial techniques in planned future workshops presented by NHEdGIS 

Sunday October 16, 2016 2:15pm - 2:45pm
Nauset II

2:15pm

GIS Educators Day Session. Many Ways to Bring Your Data into ArcGIS Online (Hands-on, BYOD)
AUTHORS: Margaret Shaw Chernosky, Maine Geographic Alliance

ABSTRACT: You and your students have started to use ArcGIS Online and maybe you need more strategies to bring local, national and world data into ArcGIS Online. This workshop will give you direction on the types of data that ArcGIS will display, and how to import and edit the data. We will practice bringing data into ArcGIS Online via Mapnotes, CSV, shapefiles, GPS/GPX and Geoforms.

Sunday October 16, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Racepoint

2:15pm

GIS Educators Day Session. Survey 123: Creating a survey for mobile data collection - workshop (Hands-on, BYOD)
PRESENTER: Kathryn Keranen, James Madison University

ABSTRACT:
Survey123 is a form-based data collection tool that combines the power of smart forms and geography! This robust mobile app has been used for intelligent information gathering on the spread of Ebola in West Africa and for recovery operations after the series of devastating Nepal earthquakes in 2015. With Survey 123 you can design surveys that speed the data collection process with predefined questions that use logic and provide easy-to-fill answers. Because data captured in Survey123 is immediately available to the ArcGIS Platform, you can create maps to visualize, analyze and share your field work. This hands-on workshop will provide a workflow for designing and implementing surveys in the field and analyzing survey results in ArcGIS Online. 

Sunday October 16, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Nauset IV

2:45pm

GIS Educators Day Session. Finding and Using Open Educational Resources
PRESENTER: Adena Schutzberg, Esri

ABSTRACT:
Open educational resources (OER) are free to use, modify and recombine with other content. This session will (1) identify some of the places to find OER related to GIS and geography, (2) share tips to evaluate the offerings, and (3) consider how to best use them. We’ll also talk about the pros and cons of sharing attendees’ teaching and learning content as open educational resources. 


Sunday October 16, 2016 2:45pm - 3:15pm
Nauset II

3:30pm

GIS Educators Day Session. Mapping Community Vulnerability to Sea Level Rise
AUTHORS: Ann S. Witzig, Paul Crofts - Essex Technical High School

ABSTRACT: Climate change, sea level rise, and increasing power of storms are vague concepts for any teenager until they apply the science to their own home towns. Our workshop focus on both the research behind our changing climate and the risks, students' own communities may face due to rising seas and storm surges. You will create a community vulnerability assessment using coastal elevation data, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Vulnerability Analysis and MassGIS data layers of populations, critical infrastructure, emergency management, schools, roads, etc. Worst case scenarios for hurricane storm surges may also be added to your community vulnerability assessment. A detailed work flow will be provided to assist you and your students in the GIS components, and to insure a professional presentation to your home community.

Sunday October 16, 2016 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Nauset II

3:30pm

GIS Educators Day Session. Mapping History: Using historical USGS historical topographic maps in ArcGIS Online - workshop (Hands-on, BYOD)
PRESENTER: Lyn Malone, WORLD VIEWS GIS

ABSTRACT:
Historical maps are snapshots of the nation’s physical and cultural features at a specific time. Maps of a particular area can show how the area looked before development and provide a detailed view of changes over time. In this hands-on workshop, you will use the USGS Historical Topographic Map Explorer App to locate historic USGS topographic maps of one location and then add those maps to ArcGIS Online to create a historic portrait of that location. 

Sunday October 16, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Nauset IV

3:30pm

GIS Educators Day Session. Spatial Analysis in the Cloud: Analysis Tools in ArcGIS Online (Hands-on, BYOD)
PRESENTER: Kathryn Keranen, James Madison University

ABSTRACT:
Where and what type of assistance is needed after a natural disaster? How do patterns of crime vary in different parts of the city and at different times of day? Spatial analysis is the most intriguing and remarkable aspect of GIS. Using spatial analysis, you can combine information from many independent sources and derive new sets of information (results) by applying sophisticated analysis tools. This hands-on session will provide practice with a variety of spatial analysis tools and scenarios. 

Sunday October 16, 2016 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Racepoint

4:00pm

GIS Educators Day Session. Assessing the Impact of Climate Change on the New England Winter Sport Industry
PRESENTER: William Hansen, Worcester State University

ABSTRACT:
The winter sport industry is an important part of the New England economy as well as an integral component of the New England psyche. The impacts of climate change have caused great uncertainty in the industry and will require economic and technologic innovations to deal with the fluctuations in the length of the winter season, temperature variation and snow pack fluctuation. The Earth Science program at Worcester State has entered into a cooperative monitoring and assessment program with Wachusett Mountain ski resort and the Mass Department of Environmental Conservation. Continuous monitoring weather stations and soil probes will be installed on Mount Wachusett and vegetation and small mammal surveys will be conducted to examine the environmental and physical changes that have occurred and will occur. 


Sunday October 16, 2016 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Nauset II

4:30pm