Welcome to our Resource Review for May 2012, This newsletter contains a recap of all the FREE RESOURCES for GeoSpatial Educators we have shared over the last month.

May 2012 Resources In Review

We've compiled the current resources from our website in this monthly broadcast including GeoSpatial News, FREE RESOURCES for teachers and updates from Be sure to check our site, for daily articles and connect with us through social media to join our geospatial community!

Free Resources & GIS Happenings

Apps We Love & Geo Fun

We wanted to take a moment and say THANK YOU to all of you who follow our APPS WE LOVE collection. We have had tremendous feedback on this series from our readers, our peers and app developers. Because of this series we were invited to sit on an app sharing panel at the NCGE conference. We will continue to share the latest and greatest apps for teachers, students and science lovers for years to come!
  • Apps We Love: Locavore - Find out what’s growing near you now and where you can buy it – seasonal recipes included!
  • Apps We Love: EarthObserver - Use your fingertips to travel through terrestrial landscapes and across the ocean floor. Visit frozen icecaps, study geological maps, scout mountains to climb and trips on coastal waters and exploit a rich atlas of other earth and environmental imagery.
  • Apps We Love: National Park Finder by National Geographic National Geographic has everything you need to explore the U.S. national parks at your fingertips.
  • Just for Fun - an App & a Game in One: Comet Quest - A new NASA iPhone game from The Space Place! Learn about comets and the Rosetta mission while playing “Comet Quest”. It’s like the real Rosetta mission, but with you in control of the spacecraft.
  • Made From a Map: Maps on Your Nails! - We ran across a FUN tutorial on how to transfer maps to your fingernails. It's girly, we know, but it's SUPER COOL.

Costa Rica 2012

Costa Rica 2012 June 30 - July 8 - 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 rain forest, 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. This year's Costa Rica trip is closed but we hope you will join us in 2013!

Bismarck 2012

  • Geospatial technologies are recognized as one of the three highest growth industries in the US today. Learn how to incorporate the tools of this trade to support science, mathematics and geography! We’ll provide dozens of easy activities using Global Positioning Systems (GPS), digital cameras, and electronic probeware mapped out in a geographic information system (GIS). Click here for more information.
  • Location: Energy Center Building, Bismarck State College, 1500 Edwards Ave, ND
  • Target Audience: Middle School, Secondary and College teachers from geography, science, math, and technology who would like to integrate GIS, GPS, and Remote Sensing into their curriculum.
  • Registration: $550; Deadline is June 30, 2012. Early registrations will save $50 0ff the registration and payment is received by May 15, 2012. ND Teachers are covered by state funds.
  • Credit: 2 Graduate College Credits available from Minot State, UND or NDSU; participants expense.
  • Materials Provided:• Mapping Our World Using GIS, Analyzing Our World Using GIS, andGoing Places with GPS. Over 30 ready to go exercises for both GPS and GIS
  • 40 hours of hands-on exercises and exploration to succeed back home & Two year-long lab site licenses (can be used successively). ND teachers receive free software as part of their state wide license.
  • Download registration form here and register today!
View our EVENTS CALENDAR for links to all of our upcoming workshops, conventions and field trainings. We hope to connect with you!

Peace, Love & Maps

Our friend, Joseph Kerski from ESRI, released this video earlier this month and sent us a link. Lo and behold, there was our button front and center. Thanks, Joseph! He inspired us to get a copy of Maphead, kick back and remember how geography helps build a better world. If you want your own Peace, Love and Maps button, click here.

Our Summer Plans

This photo is what we hope your summer looks like! For us, summer is our busiest time of year. Here are the highlights of our summer plans:
  • T3G, June 17-23, Redlands CA - We'll be presenting at T3G, a professional development event for educators who help other educators learn why and how to use GIS. 
  • ISTE 2012 June 24-27, San Diego, CA -  Each year nearly 20,000 enthusiastic ed tech professionals and corporate representatives from around the globe unite for five days of professional learning. GISetc will be one of their face to face presenters and one of only twelve presenters at the Virtual ISTE Conference. (we're super excited!)
  • Costa Rica, June 30-July 8 - We're leading a fearless group of educators into the rainforest for a week of practical GIS and GPS experience!   
  • 2012 NGTC Geospatial Technology Summer Workshop, July 21-24, San Diego, CA - We're presenting again! This summer workshop will provide additional training in areas such as GIS, remote sensing, GPS, and cartography. 
  • EdUC, July 21-24, San Diego, CA - The ESRI Education GIS Conference is an ideal forum to learn, collaborate, and get updated on all things GIS for both inside the classroom and policy making.  We are Platinum Sponsors for this event and, you guessed it, will be presenting there as well. Scan our QR code if you see it on our signage - you'll be in for a treat!
  • Bismarck, July 30 - Aug 3 - Our training designed for Middle School, Secondary and College teachers from geography, science, math, and technology who would like to integrate GIS, GPS, and Remote Sensing into their curriculum.
  • IGC 2012, August 26-30, Cologne, Germany - This worldwide GIS conference will focus on the core themes of humanity: global change and globalization, society and environment, risks and conflicts, urbanization and demographic change. We are thrilled to be presenting at this international event.
  • Mega EarthCache, September 2, New Gloucester, Maine - At the first annual Mega EarthCache event participants will be able to take part in learning lessons about EarthCaches, meet EarthCache reviewers and participate in several activities.Not only are we a presenter, we are also a sponsor! 
  • Carte Diem Press - We are launching a new publishing division to handle our growing collection of textbooks and authors. Under CDP we will be converting all of our current titles to digital versions and every new book moving forward will be available in digital as well as traditional paper formats. We are also finishing up three other books to be released later this year.
  • We will be releasing a new textbook by our own Roger Palmer and Tom Baker. It's titled: Geotagging: Connect Your Photos and Media to the Map
  • We'll be rolling out the GEOPORTer Program - If you are a geospatial educator who speaks Spanish, revisit our site over the summer for very exciting developments
  • We are also working on improvements to our website, interactive and dynamic new features and more opportunities to connect with you through social media.


SEVEN is a program in which we shared 7 lesson plans or free resources relating to our recent population surge. This is our final SEVEN entry for this school year, thank you for joining us on the journey. We have had incredible feedback to this series. Look for other themed lesson and resource arcs like this in the months and years to come. Click here to explore our latest resource - the Tapestry Segmentation System from ESRI, which divides U.S. residential areas into 65 segments based on demographic variables and consumer characteristics to provide an accurate and detailed description of America’s neighborhoods.


Giving money to charity is something we always have on our to-do list, but finding the extra money and remembering to actually do it is another thing. Living a consumption conscious lifestyle is a simple and fun way to support the non-profits that you are passionate about. The app, Instead, is meant to get your charitable giving into gear by putting micro-donations into context with things that you give up to make a charity happy instead.

We got SCOOPed!

One of our articles on Wind Mapping was picked up by one of the feeds in Scoop.It! and called "Possibly the Coolest Science You'll See Today". That made us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. We work hard to "curate" the coolest science news and geo"special" findings from the web to put together a flow of geo-news for you that is as fun as it is interesting. We just wanted to take a moment and say OUR READERS ROCK! (that's you, btw) 


We've decided to SUPERSIZE our blog posts for summer! What does that mean? Well, instead of posting one cool link or article each day, we're going to be blogging two mega posts a week. Each mega post will have two or three links or articles. Instead of monthly newsletters we're planning two supersized missives this summer - one mid-summer recap and a back to school review covering the entire summer's resources. You need to jump on this - this is the only SUPERSIZE option we know of that's calorie free!  

Can You Keep a Secret?

There are some VERY EXCITING things rolling out this summer...but they're TOP SECRET. But, it's killing us to not say anything - so...look for a new clever SWAG campaign from us at EdUC. We're constructing a virtual scavenger hunt on our site (complete with prizes). The "entrance" to the hunt will be hidden - you need to add us on facebook and twitter for the magical link into our world. Also, keep an eye out for "Cougar's Corner", a new section of our website that...that...d'oh, we can't tell you yet! Stay tuned... 
New: Adapted Lessons for ArcGIS Online!
If you loved our original 20 Minute GIS book, then you’ll be excited about our latest development…20 Minute GIS for Young Explorers: Adapted Lessons for ArcGIS Explorer Online! You can purchase these lessons separately or bundle it with the original book for a bargain!
Double the Shopping, Double the Fun!
Did you know we have TWO amazing online stores?
GPS Loaner Program
GISetc and GSA Education have joined together to offer you the GPS Loaner Program. We loan out class sets of Garmin eTrex GPS units for two week loans to educators who want to introduce GPS technology to their students, but who are not in a position to invest in units. For science, geography and more!  Email to reserve a spot on our calendar.
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