GeoSTAC Activities and Events

GeoSTAC Activities and Events

Conference - October 2009

Lynn Songer, Carrie Barndt, and Eric Sproles attended the PI Conference in D.C.

Team Development Meeting - October 2009

Attendance: Eric Sproles and Lynn Songer. Discussed general workshop plans and time line. Set up Evaluate and NSF assessments.  Assigned workshop lesson development tasks.

Lane ESD - October 2009

Meet with Bob Curtis to discuss the role of Lane ESD and teacher PDU and graduate credits from Portland State.

Evaluator Contact  - October 2009

Sent lesson plan outlines to Sarah Bednarz for her comments. Receive and implement the lesson suggestions.

Conference - October 12, 2009

Northwest GIS Users Group - Bend, OR - Presentaiton: Abstract: The historic barriers to wide-spread use of GIS in the classroom are being lifted as educators embrace the power of Web-based GIS and other Internet geospatial technologies. Two NSF-funded projects at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon - MAPS-GIS (Mapping Analyzing and Problem Solving with GIS) for college level students and GEOSTAC (Geospatial Teaching Across the Curriculum) for high school teachers – will be discussed. We will illustrate how Web-based GIS is being embedded across the curriculum and how it is being used to teach important geospatial concepts and skills and educate students about GIS classes and careers.

Cohort I Workshop (1) - November 4, 2009

18 teachers attended the first workshop. Filled out paper work, learned about GeoSTAC, defined  geospatial thinking, and started thinking spatially. One teacher will work as an online participant.

Cohort I Webinar - November 9, 2009

First check in with Adobe Connect. Discuss the World in a Box Video. Visuals were fine but had difficulty with audio headsets.

Cohort I Workshop (2) - November 11, 2009

Seventeen teachers attended Workshop Two. The topic was geospatial technology. How are desktop GIS, Web-based GIS, Google Maps alike and different. Worked through the Web-based GIS tutorial.

Cohort I Webinar -November 16, 2009

Webinar 2 - Teachers shared existing lesson evaluations. Again visuals were fine, audio with individual head sets was difficult.

Evaluator Contact -  November 2009

Susan Hardwick - Discussed  plans for program evaluation, end- of - year teacher evaluation and the upcoming time line.

Cohort I Workshop (3) - November 18, 2009

17 teachers attended workshop 3. GIS Day. They worked on identifying GIS careers and job skills.

Cohort I Workshop (4)- December 2, 2009

16 Teachers attended workshop 4. Teachers created mini- technology lessons using Jing and geospatial thinking questions.

Cohort I Webinar - December 7, 2009

Webinar 3 focused on using National standards in geospatial lessons.

Cohort I Workshop (5)- December 9, 2009

17 teachers attended. Teachers began to develop their lesson guide.

Team Development Meeting - December , 2009

Attended by: Lynn Songer, Eric Sproles, Carrie Brandt, Ken Murdoff.  Discussion and planning for workshops and teacher visits to the school. Eric will focus on the Evaluate Assessment, Lynn on the NSF Assessment.

Conference - December 16, 2009

AGSU  - San Fransisco California. Poster Presentation: Abstract:
Geospatial Teaching Across the Curriculum (Geo-STAC) provides a mentored professional development opportunity for high school teachers and hands-on lessons in geospatial thinking and technology for high school students. The need for students to think spatially and use geospatial technologies is becoming more critical as these tools and concepts are increasingly incorporated into a broad range of occupations and academic disciplines. Geo-STAC addresses important needs to improve geospatial education and community college program recruitment by creating a pathway between the community college and high school teachers and their students. Geo-STAC provides professional development workshops for high school teachers across the curriculum — in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and non-STEM disciplines. The goals of the workshop are for teachers to: (1) understand the importance of geospatial thinking, (2) learn how to employ geospatial thinking in each discipline, (3) learn about geospatial technologies, (4) develop a Web-based GIS lesson, (5) implement a Web-based GIS lesson. Additionally, Geo-STAC works with high school students so that they: (1) understand the importance of geospatial technologies and careers in future job markets, (2) learn how to use Web-based GIS to solve problems, and (3) visit the community college GIS lab and experience using desktop GIS. Geo-STAC actively disseminates this collaborative model to colleges across the country.

Evaluator Contact - January 2010

Discussed with Mike Rudibaugh the change in dissemination from eight -week workshops to one-day workshops.

Team Development Meeting - January 2010

Attendance: Lynn Songer, Ken Murdoff, Eric Sproles, Carrie Brandt. Primary topic was the dissemination to other Community Colleges.  We decided to pilot two one-day workshops. One at Lane and another with a partnering community college.

Cohort I Webinar -January 11, 2010

Webinar 4 evaluate using a conference call phone lien in stead of the audio head sets. Participants discussed the lesson progress and data needs.

The phones worked well.

Cohort I Workshop (6) - January 13, 2010

16 Teachers attended. Teachers worked on their lessons and shared progress.

Cohort I Webinar -January 18, 2010

Fred  Hoffman a teacher at the Governors School in Ronaoke Va. discussed the use of GIS and Remote sensing in his high school classes.  He provided tips on implementation and help with acquiring software.

Cohort I Workshop (7)- January 20, 2010

Teacher worked through the desk top GIS lesson being developed for student visits.

 Advisory Meeting - January 21, 2010

Meet with the GIS Advisory Group. We discussed the new grant and plans for a GIS program.

Cohort I Workshop (8) - January 27, 2010

Teachers shared their final or near final web-based GIS lessons.

 High School Contact - February 8, 2010

South Eugen High School. We worked with Tim Rake's Advanced French Class worked through the tutorial and listened to a short presentation about GIS and GeoSTAC

Junction City High School. We worked with Cindy Bandow's class worked though the tutorial and listened to a short presentation about GIS and GeoSTAC.

Team Development Meeting - February , 2010

Attended: Lynn Songer and Eric Sproles. Discussed the outline for the one-day workshops and the high school visit schedules. Discussed how to involve teachers in the ESRI and DC PI conferences.

High School Contact - February 8, 2010

South Eugen High School - Thirty eight  advanced French language students worked through the lesson developed by Tim Rake.

High School Contact - February 17, 2010

Willamette High School - Work with Tom Lindskog to intorduce GIS careers and work through the tutorial

High School Contact - February 18, 2010

Kennedy Alternative High School - Cottage Grove Oregon.  Work with Stefan Aumack and 14 students to implement the lesson "Oak Savannah."

High School Contact - February 19, 2010

Willamette High School. Work with Tom Lindskog to implement his lesson on Japanese Internment.

High School Contact -  February 23, 2010

Mapleton High School. Work with Kyle Johnson and Lucinda Longo and as they work through the tutorial and implement their lessons on Japanese internment and advanced algebra and statistics.

High School Contact - February 24, 2010

Mapleton High School. Work with Brian Vollmer-Buhl to implement his lesson Epidemiology.

Conference- March 6, 2010

Oregon Geographic Alliance - Gave a one hour workshop to introduce teacher to Web-based GIS and to the opportunity to participate in the GeoSTAC project.

Conference - March 18, 2010

University of Oregon - Western Association of Map Librarians. Presentation: Geospatial Technology Across the K-14 Curriculum

Conference - April 14, 2010

AAG conference in Washington DC. GeoSTAC team has set up a panel discussion.  Titled:

Tools for Teaching Geospatial Concepts

This panel discussion focuses on teaching geospatial concepts across the K-16 curriculum using a variety of tools and technologies from traditional pen and paper to emerging computer-based technologies. Issues related to advancing geography's presence in education and how to promote synergy between primary, secondary and undergraduate geography educators will be discussed. Participants are:  Jeannie Allen, Gwenda Rice, Niem Tu Huynh, Michale DeMars, Lynn Songer, Eric Sproles.

Workshop - May 8, 2010

Eugene, Oregon.  15 Lane county middle and high school teachers attended the one-day workshop. Teachers learned about web-based GIS technology, existing lessons and resources and how to adapt materials to fit their classroom needs.

Cohort I Workshop - June 8, 2010 0 5pm

Susan Hardwick and Jane Benjamin facilitated the two hour GeoSTAC project evaluation meeting for Cohort I.

Conference - July 9, 10, 100 2010

GeoSTAC teachers and GeoSTAT staff attended the ESRI Education Users Conference in San Diego California.

Workshop - August 10, 2010

Sixty teacher from the SMILE program at Oregon State University were introduced to GeoSTAC maps and Lesson at the summer conference in Corvallis, Oregon.

 Workshop - October 8, 2010

Eugene, Oregon
Hands on 1 hour workshop for the Oregon Council for the Social Studies.

Workshop Orientation for Cohort II - October 20, 2010

Twenty two new teachers join the GeoSTAC team

PI Conference - October 27, 28 , 2010

Washington, D.C. Round table discussion for articulation. GeoSTAC Cohort-One lessons and materials in the session.

Chohrt II- November 3, 7, 17 - December 1, 8 - January 5, 12, 19

Twenty two high school, middle school, and elementary teachers attend the weekly meetings to learn how to embed geospatial thinking and geospatial tools in their curriculum.

Workshop - November 13, 2010

Auora, Colorado - Hands on six hour workshop for using GeoSTAC maps and lessons.

Workshop - March 26, 2011

Albuquerque, New Mexico. This workshop was presented in collaboration with Amy Ballard  - Central New Mexico College. Twenty teachers attended  this one-day workshop.

Workshop - April 9, 2011

Eugene, Oregon. Twenty one teachers attended this one-day workshop.

Workshop/Conference - April 11, 2011

This three part conference involves members of the National Geospatial Technology Center Attendees included: Dr. Phillip Davis, Ann  Chris Lewis (National Geospatial Technology Center - Del Mar College Corpus Christi)  John Ritter (Oregon Institution of Technology) and  Members of the Lane CC Industry Advisory Team and teachers who participated in the GeoStac workshops.

Workshop - April 30, 2011

Redding, California. This workshop was presented in collaboration with Dan Scollon from Shasta College. Twenty teachers have registered for this one-day workshop.

Workshop - August 27, 2011

Portsmouth, New Hampshire. This workshop was a collaboration with  Pat Corbett at Great Bay Community College.  Twenty teachers participated in this one-day workshop.

PI Conference - October 26, 28 , 2011

Lynn Songer attended the conference with two high school teachers ( Shannon Davis and Toni Taylor) attend the conference to present the lessons they developed for the GeoSTAC


Workshop - October, 2011

Edwardsville, Illinois. This workshop was presented in collaboration with Dr,  Susan Hume at Southern Illinois University. Nineteen teachers participated in the one-day workshop.

New GIST Two Year Degree Approved - January 2012

A two-years AAS degree in Geospatial Information Science and Technology has been approved and will be offered beginning fall 2012.

Workshop - March 24 2012

Corpus Christi, Texas. This workshop is presented in collaboration with John Nelson from the National Geospatial Technology Center - Del Map College. Eighteen teachers are schedule to attend the one-day workshop.

Workshop - May 19, 2012 (Pending)

Teachers who participated in GeoSTAC will be invited to attend a final workshop and brain-storming session. They will be asked to invite a colleague who has not been a GeoSTAC participant and to invite a school technology representative.   The focus of this workshop will be to:

1: Introduce the new participants to web-based GIS  lessons developed by local teachers.

2: Share the finding of the GeoSTAC program