Spring 2014 Webinar Schedule

All webinars are 8:00 PM Eastern Time unless otherwise noted. 

April 16, 2014

Mapping Your Data with ArcGIS Online

Presenter: Tom Baker


Tom joined the ESRI Education Team in 2006 as an Education Manager in Industry Solutions and works from the Kansas City satellite office. Tom leads initiatives in STEM (science, technology, engineering, & math) education, educational community development, learning design, and educational research. Tom is also a leader and ardent supporter GIS in informal and afterschool settings and works to build a variety of educational partnerships.

Prior to joining ESRI, Tom spent the previous ten years at the University of Kansas where he held a many research, technical, and teaching roles. In his final position, he was an Assistant Research Professor in the Center for Research on Learning and Center for Science Education in the School of Education. Tom was also the Project Coordinator and Co-PI for the NSF-funded "Extending Scientific Inquiry through Collaborative GIS" and Department of Education funded "KanCRN Collaborative Research Network" projects. He completed a Ph.D. in educational technology in 2002 with a dissertation directed at student attitude, self-efficacy, and outcomes when using a variety of technologies to complete a project-based learning (PBL) activity.

Tom remains active in the academic community, publishing and presenting frequently. He serves in leadership roles for committees, special interest groups, and advisory boards at the National Council for Geographic Education, the Society for Information Technology in Teacher Education, a variety of NSF grants and others.

Cost: Free

Description: Join the Esri Education Team as they share the latest developments in ArcGIS Online and how it can empower your classroom!  Tom shows us how to use your data and the latest developments in the ArcGIS Online platform!  There’s always something new to learn from about this environment!


May 7, 2014

Using HDI to Teach Development: Creating Unique Development Activities for the Classroom

Presenter: Michael Robinson

Mr. Michael Robinson has been a secondary social studies teacher for 19 years. Since 2003 he has taught at Houston High School in Germantown, Tennessee, where he teaches AP Human Geography, World Geography, Contemporary Issues, and Holocaust Studies. In 2010 he was named the National Council for the Social Studies Secondary Teacher of the Year, and in November of 2011 he was an Outstanding Educator in Residence (OER) at the Academy of Singapore Teachers (AST). He is also the recipient of the 2009 and 2012 NCGE/ Herff-Jones Nystrom Lesson Plan Award.

Cost: NCGE Members-Free; Non-Members $20

Description:  How is the life we live different from and similar to the lives of millions living in other countries across the world? Exploring this question is what makes the teaching of development in a World Geography and AP Human Geography class interesting and relevant to students. One way to approach the teaching of development is using the UN’s Human Development Report and structuring the unit’s lessons using the Human Development Index (or HDI). Throughout the webinar there will be many photographs, graphs, and maps illustrating the range in HDI from the countries with the highest HDI (at .9 and .8) to those with the lowest HDI (of .4 and .3). There will be discussion and instruction on how to develop unique classroom activities on development several resources.