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

Free Resources

  • The New York Times compiled data rich maps based on cell phone usage showing the geographic connections between people across the United States.
  • Each way of mapping is a different way of understanding it; streets tell us one thing, public transit lines another, the sites of natural waterways overlaid by a city yet another. Similarly, each of us has a myriad of memory maps of our own cities, both present and past. Read about how maps engage us with our cities here.
  • View a wonderful interactive map of immigration to the U.S. from 1880 to 2000. The spatial dimension of that immigration process is emphasized by showing a nicely projected map of the 50 states down to the county level.
  • A new map of Travel Time to Major Cities captures connectivity and the concentration of economic activity and also highlights that there is little wilderness left. The map shows how accessible some parts of the world have become while other regions have remained isolated.
  • Lesson Plan: Mapping - Memory, Motion and Contemporary Art This lesson plan is is rich with information, pictures, activities student worksheets and teacher resources. 
  • MapTube is a free resource for viewing, sharing, mixing and mashing maps online. 
  • TCEA Educator Awards and Scholarships nominations are now open for Texas educators who go above and beyond the call of duty. Winners of the eight awards receive engraved plaques and $1,000 each from TCEA. Two finalists will receive plaques and $500 each. Learn more about how to apply.
  • BBC History created an animated history of map making that is a great visual overview of how the look of maps have changed throughout the ages. 

Apps We Love & Geo Fun

  • Apps We Love: iRecycle provides access to more than 800,000 recycling and disposal resources for more than 240 materials, plus the latest in green news to match your lifestyle. And it's FREE - which makes it just about perfect!
  • Apps We Love: Skyview is a stargazing app that implements augmented reality to “explore the universe.”
  • Let's Play: Asian Geography Games from Sheppard Software.
  • Let's Play: European Geography Games from Sheppard Software.
  • Made from a Map: an online how to from ReadyMade magazine on how to create a window shade out of your favorite maps! It is super easy, affordable and would be a great piece to add to your classroom.

A Special Tribute

  • On 9/11 we shared the story of two brave souls from our own community were lost on that fateful day. Read about our two friends from National Geographic who, with students and teachers in tow, had embarked on a mission full of hope which ended in tragedy.

Upcoming Trainings

  • CAST Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching, 2011 - November 17-19 Texas' Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching (CAST) is widely regarded as the largest and best regional science teachers meeting in the United States. More than 7100 science teachers attended the 2010 conference in Houston and they expect just as many in Dallas in 2011. 
  • View our EVENTS CALENDAR for links to all of our upcoming workshops, conventions and field trainings. We hope to connect with you!

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NEW! Live Conference Feeds & Presentation Archive

In an effort to enhance your conference experience, GISetc has created a Conference Section for our website so conference attendees can quickly and easily find our location, take our workshops and access our most recent materials.

We also created a Presentation Archive on our website to make all the materials we present easily accessible to all.

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: Geology AZ
 
Geology AZ is the Arizona version of the first GIS (geographical information system) for the iPhone. This initial release focuses on the geology of the Grand Canyon state, and related data. Geology AZ contains a selection of geographical information in its internal database. It can display this information in 23 different layers. Each layer can be individually shown or hidden, moved up or down, and made more or less transparent. This allows an almost infinite number of possible displays.
NOW IN SPANISH! Going Places With GPS
 
Easy GPS Activities for Clubs, Classroom and Beyond is the first GPS book with fun and exciting lessons and activities that you can do with your GPS. This book eases the beginning user into using a GPS and then gradually adds to the level of difficulty. This book is a must for any educator or club advisor who uses or wants to use GPS technologies in their courses. Great for families and clubs!
Teaching with FLAIR
 
More flair = more fun: Have you seen our SWAG shop? We've recently moved to offer you easier browsing and have filled it with fun and whimsical items for the GIS enthusiast and for teachers of all disciplines!  Flair categories include:
We also can do custom GIS designs (think of club & class names) - just ask us. We'd love to create for you!
While history is primarily a temporal social science, geography is a spatial one. As long as their unique perspectives are appreciated and valued, when taken together they can be a truly powerful combination and the key to understanding our past, present, and future. We hope they refresh your own understanding of geography, but also engage students and help them reach a higher level of geographic literacy.
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