2016 ConnectED Workshops

There is still space in the Alliance’s Oct 22nd and 29th mapping workshops.  If you are new to digital mapping, this is for you.  If you are hoping to deepen you ArcGIS online mapping skills, this is for you.  Social studies, environmental science, STEM…all are welcome.  Sign up and invite another educator! Registration: http://eepurl.com/cawr7D

WHERE: 101 Alger (ALG) Hall, Rhode Island College
WHEN: 8:00am-3:00pm

Source: rigea.org

Historic Aerial Mapper

“This application was developed by The Providence Plan utilizing photos from the Rhode Island Geographic Information System.”

Source: mapper.provplan.org

This map is a great archive of historic satellite imagery of the Ocean State, with a special nod to Providence.  This is a great tool that can be used to show how and particular place in Rhode Island has changed over the years at the neighborhood scale.  At the metropolitan scale, it is easy to see the population grown, development expansion, and urban sprawl.  The years of data coverage are 1939, 1952, 1962, 1972, 1981, 1985, 2003, 2008, 2011, and 2014.  


Additionally, here is an historical StoryMap of Virginia’s legacy of Redlining neighborhoods. 


Tags: mapping, Rhode IslandESRIStoryMap, GIS, remote sensing.

Giant Map of RI

The Giant Map of Rhode Island is officially in the schools now! A huge thanks goes out to Artena Fairbairn of Robertson Elementary School (Warwick) for leading the alliance initiative to bring this 16×24 foot map to Rhode Island Schools. If you are interested in getting the map, please email sdixon [at] ric [dot] edu with the subject line “Giant RI map” to request the map to come to your school. Please include 3 weeks that would work best for your school schedule.

Source: rigea.org

PBS Election Central

Check out Election Central from PBS with tools, resources & solutions to engage students in the political process.

Source: www.pbseduelectioncentral.com

The first presidential election last night has intensified the already polarized political conversation in the United States. This is a great resource to explore historic political maps and cartograms.  It also has rich tools to project the possibilities for the 2016 election with ready-made lesson plans. 


Tags: electoral, politicalhistorical, mapping.

Massachusetts Has the Worst Drivers in the Country

“Coming in dead last on the 200 cities measured: Boston, for the second year in a row. Boston has company. Worcester came in at No. 199, second up from Boston’s position in the 200th slot. Boston and Worcester have basically been battling it out for last place in Allstate’s rankings since 2014. Springfield makes a poor showing, too, at No. 196.”

Source: patch.com

Don’t get too excited by the news Rhode Islanders…Providence was the 194th ranked city and the state is typically the 49th ranked state.  Given some on my experiences in the Ocean State, 49th might be a generous ranking.   

2016 ConnectED Workshops

Due to popular demand and support from ESRI, the RI Geography Education Alliance will have another series of workshops to help educators learn how to bring online mapping skills into the classroom.  In 2015, Lyn Malone and Seth Dixon ran this as a week-long summer institute.  Not everyone has a week in summer, so some have asked to have this presented on the weekends.  These sessions will be condensed into two full-day workshops this fall; they will be on October 22 and 29.    Participants that complete the 2-day workshop will receive a $100 stipend as well educational materials that will help bring GIS into the classroom.  Lunch and some light breakfast refreshments will be provided.  If you want to receive more information about these workshops or register, click the following link to fill out your application and reserve your spot: http://eepurl.com/cawr7D

WHERE: 101 Alger (ALG) Hall, Rhode Island College
WHEN: 8:00am-3:00pm

Source: rigea.org

Introduction to Aerial and Satellite Images of Rhode Island

Free Educational Seminar and RIGIS User Group Meeting


There is a wealth of aerial and satellite images of Rhode Island that are freely available online.  Tapping into them can be challenging if you’re unsure where to look and if you’re not familiar with some basic tools and techniques to view them.


This half-day seminar will introduce you to a number of online sources of image data for Rhode Island, with a special emphasis on data available from the Rhode Island Geographic Information System (RIGIS) consortium, USGS, and NOAA.  We will also highlight a suite of new image services featuring RIGIS data that are now under development by Rhode IslandView.


YOU will guide the techniques highlighted in this seminar.  Vote for the technique you are most interested in learning about by registering for this event now: http://bit.ly/RIimagery_Aug19


WHEN: Friday August 19, 2016, 9:00am – 12:00pm (8:30am onsite registration opens)


WHERE: Coastal Institute

University of Rhode Island, Kingston Campus

1 Greenhouse Road, Kingston, RI


QUESTIONS?  Contact Greg Bonynge at greg@edc.uri.edu.


IMPORTANT: All attendees will need a URI visitor parking permit which will be provided ahead of time to all who register using the above URL.

Source: docs.google.com

Why I make cartograms with second graders

There are few sights more heartening than that of an elementary school whose classrooms and hallways are decorated with world maps. Yet teachers should be careful to make sure that the standard depiction of the world map is not the only map their students encounter. Otherwise, they run the risk that children will assume “this is the way the world looks,” rather than the more complicated reality that “this is one of many ways of representing our world.” One useful antidote to this way of thinking is for students to explore cartograms, which are maps that use the relative area of places to present statistical data.

Source: populationeducation.org