The 4th Annual GIS Day celebration was filled with GIS students, professionals, raffle prizes, presentations, interactive displays, and fun times! Thank you to Madeline Steele & Christina Friedle for continuing to organize the event. A special thanks to Matthew Hampton, Molly Vogt, Justin Houk, and Craig Beebe for your assistance with planning and brainstorming. Thank you Allison Jones for being our GeoTrivia MC for the 4th year in a row. And lastly, thank you Al Mowbray for helping to transport, set-up, and demonstrate the topographic sandbox.
Presentations by Gina Clemmer, Michael Schindel, and Ben Friedle included lots of laughs and topics such as: Mary Lee, Internet famous Shark; Mapping porn around the holidays; Ben Carson's America; Inspiration for emerging GIS professionals; and Innovative mapping applications. Cy Smith was unable to make the event, but shared a video (https://vimeo.com/112652622) about the Arbor School in Tualatin that uses Geography as the underlying foundation for teaching all subject.
Also present, an Augmented Reality Topographic Sandbox, built by Matthew Hampton of Metro. Quite an attractive site! Matthew built it as part of an event hosted earlier in the day at Metro for High School students, to demonstrate the 'coolness' of everything geospatial, as well as some geographic concepts like watersheds and topography.
Thank you to all our sponsors for making this event possible! Portland Community College - Geography, Outlier, i-Ten Associates, ASPRS - PSU Student Chapter, URISA - Young Professionals, SCGIS, & The Nature Conservancy - Oregon.
Geography education in Oregon needs your help.
Dr. Gwenda Rice (Western Oregon University) and I are going to Washington, DC in April to meet with our Senators and Representatives to urge them to support a bill—called the Teaching Geography is Fundamental Act—that would authorize $15 million annually for teacher-training and materials in geographic education. Did you know that Geography is the ONLY federally-recognized core subject that has not received dedicated federal funding since No Child Left Behind was signed into law in 2002? Not one dime. Yet, every other core subject receives support.
It will help our cause immensely if the Members of Congress that we meet with have already heard from their constituents about the importance of geography education, and about the existence of the Teaching Geography is Fundamental Act.
We urge you to join us in a chorus of support for action by Congress. You don’t have to go to DC to help.
You can go to SpeakUpForGeography.org and send pre-written letters directly to your Senators and Representative. It takes only a minute to show support for K-12 geography education in our schools. By the time we visit Capitol Hill on April 19 our Members of Congress will know that we are speaking for a large and accomplished group of teachers, curriculum coordinators, university professors, and others who are making a difference here in the state.
Thank you for considering this opportunity to help us put geography “back on the map” with federal support. We are proud to represent the Oregon Geographic Alliance to our state leaders and are hopeful that we can correct the troubling oversight that leaves Geography alone without federal funding.
Please feel free to forward this message to others as well, and to contact either of us for further information.
Oregon Geographic Alliance Coordinators
Teresa Bulman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Gwenda Rice (email@example.com)
Please join the public campaign "Speak Up For Geography: The 10,000 Letter Challenge". As a leader in the geospatial industry, your support of geography education in K-12 schools is needed now more than ever. The goal of the 10,000 Letter Challenge is simple: to send 10,000 letters to Congress in support of the bipartisan Teaching Geography is Fundamental (TGIF) Act by November 18, 2011. This date marks the ending of Geography Awareness Week 2011 and the last day of the Congressional session before the Thanksgiving recess. It's easy to send letters to your Members of Congress at http://speakupforgeography.org.
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The list was obtained from the article, "Online Map games to encourage & engages your geographic awareness" in GISUser.com. here is the link to the full article: http://www.gisuser.com/content/view/23043/222/
1. MapDuel: www.mapduel.com
This one may give you a bit of vertigo with all the zooming around, but it is the only one I've found with a question / answer format. It covers the whole globe. I did find one glitch. In a bonus question it asked me, "What is the language of this country?" when it was referring to a U.S. state. Be sure to click on the "Where the hell is Matt?" link too.
2. MapGame: http://www.rethinkingschools.org/just_fun/games/mapgame.html
Not a competitive game but the fact that it focuses on Middle Eastern and Northern Africa countries makes it pertinent to current events in that region.
3. States: http://www.sporcle.com/games/states.php
To win this game you must type in the names of all 50 states in 10 minutes. It places the name of the state that you've just typed in its proper location. Don't forget Alaska and Hawaii (or New Jersey).
4. 50states: http://www.addictinggames.com/50states.html
With this game you have to drag and drop a state shape to where it belongs on a U.S. map. It allows you to get it mostly right via snapping within a certain tolerance. You can compete with others for the best score.