Welcome to our November Resource Review for 2011, This newsletter contains a recap of all the FREE RESOURCES for GeoSpatial Educators we have shared over the month of November 2011.

November 2011 Resource Review

We've compiled the current resources from our website for you in this monthly broadcast including GeoSpatial News, FREE RESOURCES for teachers and website updates from

Free Resources & GIS Happenings

  • Free Online Class: Teaching with GIS - An exciting learning opportunity from ESRI! This course presents strategies for integrating GIS to support instruction, discussion, and extended learning on any topic. 
  • Call for Presentations for EdUC: due January 2013 - Whether you are an instructor or administrator, seize this opportunity to share your knowledge with colleagues and submit an abstract for the 2012 ESRI EdUC.
  • Calling AP Teachers: Submissions Wanted - Submit your lesson plans to The Geography Teacher for publication! Visit the link for information on their upcoming call for teacher submissions.
  • Healthy Habitats Grants Awarded - The Texas Healthy Habitats program provides the opportunity for young people to engage in service-learning while working on critical habitat issues addressing critical habitats, protecting biodiversity, and preventing at-risk species from becoming threatened or endangered.
  • National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS) - Visit the NHGIS' totally redesigned website! NHGIS provides, free of charge, aggregate census data and GIS-compatible boundary files for the United States between 1790 and 2010.
  • Reviving our Culture, Mapping our Future - Read and watch the video about a special gathering in Venda, South Africa, and a community process in eco-cultural mapping. Training communities on maps and mapping in low literacy areas, where maps have never been part of peoples’ day-to-day.
  • Interactive Map of Urban Growth - Check out this interactive map of global urban growth from the BBC.

Apps We Love & Geo Fun

  • Apps We Love: Folds and Faults - Folds and Faults provides an illustrated overview of two significant topics in geology: folds and faults. Understanding them helps to explain how mountains form, how layers of rock change shape over time, and the underlying cause of earthquakes.
  • Apps We Love: VideoScience - VideoScience is an app with a growing library of over 80 short videos that demonstrate inexpensive and easy to recreate science experiments that are designed to inspire and excite kids of all ages.
  • Apps We Love: Square - Accept credit cards and cash on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with the free Square Card Reader.
  • Made From a Map: Get Puzzled - Here is a wonderful (and easy - we love easy!) map project! Perfect for puzzles with a piece or two missing or for transforming a ho-hum puzzle into an awe-inspiring gift!
  • Just for Fun: U.S. Map Printable Coloring Pages - Download all the pages and create your own coloring book. Perfect for classroom projects or scouting/4H activities!

Upcoming Trainings

  • GeoTech 2012 - allows teachers to explore the most cutting edge technologies available in education today. Join us as we explore these exciting new developments in instructional technology. The conference consists of 2 days of extensive hands-on workshops on March 1 – 2, 2012 on topics from geospatial technologies, social media, Web 2.0 and much more! Saturday, March 3, offers innovative mini-workshops and presentations across a variety of grade levels, technologies, and curriculum strands. New this month: GeoTech Spotlight: Speaker, Mireya Mayor
  • Costa Rica 2012 - We are eager to invite teachers of all levels to build their technology skills and experience sustainable development in Costa Rica. You will discover lush tropical environments ranging from rainforest, grasslands, rivers, foothills, and their impact on the marine national park of Marino Ballena. These 9 days will offer a blend of engaging hands-on experiences in digital technologies, useful in offering key community leaders and businesses valuable products, resulting in meaningful service. New this month: Countdown to Costa Rica 2012: Itinerary
  • View our EVENTS CALENDAR for links to all of our upcoming workshops, conventions and field trainings. We hope to connect with you!

Featured Resource:

One of our favorite resources we have shared this month is Explore is a multimedia organization that documents leaders around the world who have devoted their lives to extraordinary causes. Both educational and inspirational, they creates a snapshot of our planet – the best of it’s nature and humanity. (be sure to check out the polar bear cams!)


SEVEN is a program in which we will share 7 lesson plans or free resources relating to our recent population surge. Over the next 7 months, we will be featuring links and materials to help you teach and plan lessons. Look to us on the 7th of each month for a new installment. Click here to see the first resource in our SEVEN series.

GPS Loaner Program
Free for Teachers: GISetc and Geological Society of America Education have joined together to offer the GPS Loaner Program.  Class sets of Garmin eTrex GPS units are available for a two week loan to educators who would like to introduce GPS technology to their students. Email us for more information.
BIG SAVINGS on Bundles!
We have introduced product bundles into our shop to give you BIG savings on our GIS classroom essentials. Be sure to browse all the different combinations and price points we have available. Some bundles include software and digital content as well as printed texts. All include valuable lesson plans and resources ready to integrate into your classroom!
App of the Month: wikiHOOD
Wikihood is organizing the information of the Wikipedia for any place in the world. Within a few clicks you not only get access to all the locations around you, but also the vast information related to these locations categorized by “persons” and “culture/buildings”. You choose a location and they create your package individually – world-wide! Travel guides are no longer needed with Wikihood as your companion.
20 Minute GIS for ArcGIS Online Portal
Look what we did!  We at GISetc realize that geospatial technologies are moving targets.  So here’s the latest to keep you on target and up to date!  We have converted some of our 20 Minute GIS layer packages and maps over to ArcGIS Explorer Online. 20 minute GIS maps are available through ArcGIS Explorer Online, perfect for everyone. That's right EVERYONE...whether you’re a Mac or a PC.  Access them all through our 20 Minute GIS for ArcGIS Online Portal! Check back often for more maps!
NEW SWAG: Wine and Gift Labels

 What does your wine say about you? The label on a wine bottle is just as important as the wine itself. The wine bottle label should capture attention and invoke curiosity. Customizing your wine has never been easier with our new sticker label sheets! At your next big event or special occasion you will have the ability to create bottle labels that add a personal touch to a memorable moment. Makes an ordinary bottle of wine for a friend extraordinary. Your customized bottles also make incredible centerpieces!
A Geographic View of History
While history is a temporal social science, geography is a spatial one. When blended together they are a powerful combination, the key to our past, present, and future. We hope this new book refreshes your own understanding of geography, engages your students and increases their geoliteracy.
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