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Come to Costa Rica with GISetc
Costa Rica Field Training     July 17-25, 2010

GISetc is seeking teachers of all levels desiring to build their global skills and knowledge of world environments and human geography. This nine day workshop is designed to offer participants an engaging hands-on experience in digital field technologies while working with key community leaders and businesses along the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica, resulting in a meaningful service to these communities.Read more

Upper Midwest Geospatial Technologies in the Classroom Workshop
Bismark, North Dakota     August 2-6, 2010

Geospatial technologies have been identified by the current administration 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). Read more

Peruvian Naturalist Visits Dallas

Cliver Rioja, Peruvian Naturalist Guide, visited Dallas from his hometown of Iquitos, Peru, during the week of January 23 – 29, 2010.  Mr. Rioja’s work with renowned scientists inclusive of Bob Ballard from the JASON Project, Terry Erwin Smithsonian entomologist, Dr. Peter Raven from Missouri Botanical Garden, and National Geographic in support of research and conservation of the Amazon rain forest provided a rich mix of natural history experiences and knowledge. A passionate and dynamic expert naturalist, Cliver’s talk, “Living in the Amazon Basin Today: Stories and Slides,” inspired our global perspective and captivated our senses and was aimed to foster a greater understanding of the Amazonian region and local communities while drawing linkage to our own environments and communities of North Texas. While the Amazon Basin is under severe threat, with political, economic and environmental interests colliding daily, Mr. Rioja’s talk focused on what it means to live in that region today, offering captivating imagery and stories of his home in the Amazon Basin ending with a call to action for personal commitment for wise environmental choices.

During his time in Dallas, Mr. Rioja reached over 1600 people which followed a ten day visit to Las Vegas where he spoke to 2500 students.

Mr. Rioja is employed by Explorama, the owner of several Amazon River lodges, where he works as a naturalist and river guide. Special thanks goes to LAN Airlines and Holbrook Travel, Inc., who have joined together to bring naturalist Cliver Rioja from the Peruvian Amazon to the United States and to Roger and Anita Palmer of GISetc for organizing and supporting Cliver's stay in Dallas. Herb Thompson, who is the co-coordinator of the Geographic Alliance in Nevada (GAIN), traveled with Cliver to Dallas to help and lend support throughout the week. Thank you Cliver for spending your vacation in Dallas and Las Vegas educate students about an important region of our planet!

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GISetc Calendar

Mar 4-6     
GeoTech Dallas TX
Mar 15-17  MEC Tempe AZ
Mar 18-21  NSTA Philadelphia PA
Jun 13-18 
ESRI T3G Redlands CA
Jun 21-27  Eyes in the Sky II JSC TX
Jul 10-13  
ESRI EdUC San Diego CA
Jul 17-25  
La Cusinga Costa Rica
Aug 2-6     GIS Institute Bismarck ND

Countdown to GeoTech

Dallas, Texas March 4-6 Registration Still Open!

There is still time to register for GeoTech 2010!  This professional development opportunity will investigate some of the latest cutting edge technologies available in teaching today. Industry and classroom leaders will offer extended hands on workshops on using the latest tools to enhance curriculum and stimulate the imagination. Join us as we explore these exciting new developments in technology.
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A Night at the Museum

Museum of Nature and Science IMAX Theater
Dallas, Texas  Friday, March 5, 2010

Ben Osborne is traveling from the U.K. to present his award winning still photos from his travels with the BBC Planet Earth project along with his Antarctic travels with Sir David Attenborough and Greenland expeditions with Inuit hunters.  Mr. Osborne will be with us for the entire three days of GeoTech as well as providing a stimulating Friday night presentation at the Museum of Nature and Science IMAX Theater, and will work with both teachers and students during the conference.  Buy tickets

Introducing TECHNO FLAIR

Just in time for GeoTech

Just in time for GeoTech, we've designed TECHNO FLAIR,  a line of cool buttons attached to mini lanyards that can loop onto your mobile phone, camera, GPS unit, USB flash drives or any of your other gadgets to make them more personalized, fun and easily identifiable. You can either get yourself a techno flair "wardrobe" so you can switch out your designs, or get one for you and a couple to share with your peers. See out full line of GIS FLAIR in our online shop!

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Did You See?

NBC's Olympic Coverage featured fly-through simulations from DigitalGlobe and AEgis that gave viewers the interactive feeling of being there. With the combination of state-of-the-art models and services from AEgis and high-resolution imagery from  DigitalGlobe, viewers were experiencing the highest-fidelity 3D virtualizations of Vancouver and the Olympic Venues that have ever been created.