An Introduction to Student Inquiry Through Web GIS Storytelling

In this six-hour workshop, beginners are introduced to basic Web GIS mapping and Story Maps applications. In the morning, participants build their own Web GIS inquiry skills by exploring data from history, literature and environmental science. Participants create and analyze research questions and uncover solutions with many diverse types of spatial data analyses and maps. In the afternoon, participants use the web-based Story Maps application to create and share story narratives based on the morning’s inquiry and analyses.

Use the story within maps to communicate a stronger narrative based on empirical evidence. For instance, utilize Web GIS (Geographic Information Systems) data and digital Story Maps to better communicate the risks and consequences of rising sea levels on the economies of local coastal communities. Web GIS and Story Maps improve student inquiry, critical thinking and analysis skills necessary in all areas of study.

Course Details

Audience Classroom teachers, special education teachers, technology integration specialists, librarians, administrators 
Level 6 – 12
Instructor Ann Witzig
Dates July 23, 2018
Earn 6 hours of certificate of participation
Location EDCO Collaborative, Bedford, MA
Time 8:30-3:30
MassCUE Member Cost $150
Non-Member Cost $190
Limit 25 Participants
Prerequisites Microsoft Office

Ann Witzig

Ann Witzig recently retired after 14 years as an Environmental Technology CTE instructor at Essex Technical High School, Danvers, and earlier, 4 years teaching middle school science. Her CTE courses included student-centered, inquiry-based field and laboratory investigations of local watersheds, including water quality, geology, and land use practices. Ann incorporated both Desktop GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and Web GIS spatial analyses with inquiry-based projects to improve student critical thinking, data summary, and scientific reasoning. She introduced students to real world issues such as community vulnerabilities to climate change (expected flooding from sea level rise, increased coastal storm erosion, and storm surges) through data collection, GIS analyses of local threats, and presentation of solutions to the affected coastal communities. Ann received her undergraduate training in biology from the University of Maryland, College Park, her Masters Degree in Marine Sciences from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, and her Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia.






This workshop addresses the DESE Digital Literacy and Computer Science (DLCS) Curriculum Framework, Grades 6-8 and 9-12 Standards:

· Digital Tools and Collaboration – Research, Collaboration and Communication

· Computational Thinking – Data

· Computing Systems – Computing Devices

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An Introduction to Student Inquiry Through Web GIS Storytelling in collaboration with EDCO July 23, 2018 EDCO Collaborative 36 Middlesex Turnpike Bedford, MA 01730

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