Learning

Presentation. Glaciers and Climate. Loomis Village, South Hadley (26 September 2017).

Presentation. Space, Place, and Perspective: Mapping and Perception. Dr. Carsten Braun and Dr. Tim LeDoux (11 September 2017).

Presentation. Library Research Lab: Does the Ozone Hole cause Global Warming? Earth Educators’ Rendezvous 2017, 17-21 July, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque.

Talk. Glacier Mapping with ASTER on Ellesmere Island, Canada. ValleyGIS Group Meeting, 13 December 2016.

Talk. The Global Connections Between Food and Global Warming. (Monday, 3 October 2016, New Hall B)

Mapping The New Deal. I was involved in this project and use of Story Maps early on, but they have taken it to a new level – check it out: HIST243 New Deal Map Series.

Talk. Mapping (Shrinking) Glaciers Using GPS, GIS, and Remote Sensing: Examples from the Canadian High Arctic, Peru, Venezuela, and Kilimanjaro.

ArcGIS Online Web Apps. Nothing fancy here – just a list of web apps / story maps trying-out some of the interesting features.

Mapping for Veterans. I’m working with the folks in our Office of Veteran and Military Services. The eventual goal is to create an interactive map of veteran-owned businesses to help them attract customers.

Talk. Mapping, Stories and the Environment: Reading and Thinking Through Geography Lenses (Monday 29 September 2015, 18:00 to 20:00, New Hall 141A)

Story Mapping Workshops

  • 18 September 2015, 13:30 to 15:00, Bates 05 (material)
  • 25 September 2015, 13:30 to 15:00, Bates 05 (material)
  • 16 November 2015, 12:30 to 14:00, Bates 05 (material)
  • 10 March 2016, 12:45 to 14:00, Wilson 317 (material)
  • 19 April 2016, 17:00 to 18:00, Bates 022 (material)

The Bonobo and the Atheist. The Bonobo and the Atheist by Frans de Waal is our First-Year Read this year and so I created a simple ArcGIS Online web map of the locations discussed in the book. This is a simple map – just a series of place markers with simple pop-up boxes – shared as three different web apps:

  1. A Simple Story Map
  2. A Simple Web App (Ver. 1)
  3. A Simple Web App (Ver. 2)

Related: The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch as a story map using StoryMapJS – this painting is one of the frameworks for the book. Here’s an even better one (with narration): Jheronimus Bosch, the Garden of Earthly Delights.

First-Year Convocation Fall 2015. I’m giving the faculty address at this year’s First-Year Convocation entitled Maps Tell Stories and – appropriately I think – I’m using the Esri Story Map Series – Bulleted as my presentation framework.

Westfield Discovers! The Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity.

The Connecticut River Higher Education Greenway. This is an idea I have had for a while: how can we map the ‘ecology’ of all ‘green’ higher education options in the Connecticut River Valley of Western Massachusetts? There is so much available between the Community Colleges, the 4-Year Liberals Arts Schools (both public and private), and the graduate programs.

  • If you are a high school student or guidance counselor – how do you even start navigating through all this?
  • Or you find yourselves at Holyoke Community College wanting to continue your education in this area – where can you go?

I created The Connecticut River Higher Education Greenway to a) spatially show what is offered where and b) to illustrate pathways that connect the certificates to the 2-Year, 4-Year, and graduate programs (short URL: http://goo.gl/xBv3zi). You can also start at the Green Higher Education in Western Massachusetts Gallery

Westfield Web GIS. This is not terribly new: the Westfield State Web GIS and Westfield State Open Data.

Professor YouTube.

I’m certainly not a pro when it comes to shooting video, but I maintain a simple  YouTube Channel for teaching: 1) you can narrate as you film the video (Example: Schoolroom Glacier or Crawling into a Lava Tube) and 2) you can upload screen casts of your lectures without ‘hiding’ them inside a CMS (Example: Weathering and Erosion).

Google My Maps.

Google My Maps has reappeared! The old Google My Maps was a great for creating simple personalized maps and simple analysis all within a simple browser window – here are two of my activities that are part of the On the Cutting Edge collection:

MOOCing It.

Undergraduate Research.

We know that undergraduate research is an extremely effective teaching and learning process – but how do you best implement that with First- and Second-Year students? I attended the Cutting Edge workshop Undergraduate Research in Earth Science Classes: Engaging Students in the First Two Years this summer (August 2014) and we developed a wide array of resources and best practices. I contributed two activities and gave a presentation:

Google Liquid Galaxy. Westfield State now has a Liquid Galaxy! I saw a bunch of those last August @ Google and (jokingly) proposed to our administration that we really should have one. Well, just 8 month later here it is and now we are exploring ways to integrate this technology into teaching and learning.

International Education / Study Abroad. I have been involved in two study-abroad experiences at Westfield State. BIOL 0102/0279 was a field course in tropical forest ecology in Costa Rica (January 2014) and GARP 0311 focused on community-based conservation in Belize (Spring Break 2013). I also traveled to our partner school United International College in Zhuhai (China) back in 2011 to promote student exchanges, especially related to Environmental Science.

Assorted Stuff

  • Google Blogger as an ePorfolio. Portfolios are becoming popular again as assessment tools and Blogger is a nice and simple option for that (especially when combined with Google Drive).
  • Banff and Jasper National Park (2014) and the Tetons. This is an assortment of science and teaching photographs and videos (e.g. potholes, moraines, etc.).
  • Google Tour Builder. Costa Rica (2014) uses Google Tour Builder – a simple way to create annotated tours in 3D using Google Earth running as a browser plug-in.  The ‘flying’ is a bit jerky, but this is a quick and simple way to share your vacation pictures and for students to gain their first experiences with GIS and interactive mapping.
  • Story Maps. Belize 2013 is a simple Story Map I created for our Study-Abroad trip to Belize (Spring Break 2013) using one of the simple Esri Storytelling with Maps templates. A Story Map of Mount Cardigan is a second one I made for my GIS MOOC (Summer 2014).
  • Plotagon. Here’s my first attempt a Plotagon movie. This may seem silly (and is!) but I think has potential as a teaching tool – let’s have debates on issues illustrated by animated movies.
  • Microsoft Photosynth. I like like these panoramic mosaics (example: Schoolroom Glacier), but more and more I find myself shooting narrated videos instead to share via YouTube.
  • YouTube. Creating and sharing videos via YouTube is fun, easy, and useful – here are three examples. Cider Pressing 2013 is my first attempt at combining several iPhone videos using Microsoft Movie Maker. UIC (Zhuhai, China) is a simple export from a MS PowerPoint presentation, with the music added in YouTube, and Coastal Processes I is a simple narrated screen capture of a lecture in my Introduction to Physical Geography class.
  • Animated Infographics. Infographics are quite the popular topic right now and I got interested in creating animated infographics – maybe something like this or this. So I took an online class on Skillshare and created this storyboard for an animated infographic.
  • Infographics – in general – are great tools for teaching and learning and I compiled useful resources as a blog post.
  • Esri Swipe Web App of 110 Haywood Street, Greenfield, MA 01301
  • Student Success Strategies is a compilation of materials to help students transition from high school to college.
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