Category Archives: Education

Dear Teachers: A New Year, A New You!

As we begin this new year you may want to challenge yourself with a new skill. Esri has a 6-week program, Learn ArcGIS Educator Program for New Users, available to give you an introduction to many of the core applications available for the classroom. Each week you will spend time watching videos related to the topic, take notes, share you thoughts using Flipgrid and discussion boards. For more information and resources visit the Learn ArcGIS Educator Program Hub: https://learn-arcgis-educator-program-new-user-learngis.hub.arcgis.com/pages/welcome.

Iowa Map Contest 2022: Mapping Iowa’s Unique History and Geography

The 2022 Map Competition for Iowa students is now underway.

Students in grades 4-12 (two divisions – Middle grades: 4-8 and High School: 9-12) are invited, with their teachers, to participate in this year’s mapping contest sponsored by Esri, the Iowa Geographic Information Council (IGIC), and William Penn University. This year’s theme is Mapping Iowa’s Unique History and Geography.

Contest Website: https://sites.google.com/site/iowamapcontest/home

Story Maps Website: https://www.esri.com/en-us/arcgis/products/arcgis-storymaps/overview

How to participate: Use the Story Map application to tell a story about a unique feature site using a map and pictures.

There will be $100 cash prize and a certificate for the top five middle school (grades 4-8) and top high school (grades 9-12) map entries. The top entry from each state will be submitted to the national competition hosted by Esri.

Schools must submit their winners to the state for judging by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Iowa GIS professionals will judge the entries so Iowa awards may be announced, and send winning entries on to Esri for the national competition.

Interested in getting started? Here’s a short introduction to making Story Maps: https://learn.arcgis.com/en/paths/getting-to-know-the-new-storymaps/

Here’s the winning story map from last year’s competition: https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/ae3a024a419e427f8e9c12c64f15c543

Iowa/Utah Geospatial Exchange: IGIC Lunch and Learn

December 2021 IGIC Lunch & Learn: Iowa/Utah Geospatial Exchange

This presentation will provide an introduction to the Iowa Geospatial Conference Exchange, a program to encourage sharing of GIS programs, data, and knowledge between state organizations. Amy Logan and Penny Vossler have returned from geospatial exchange in Utah with examples of Utah’s geographic resources and strengths, some great ideas from their conference, new friends, and great photos to share.

For more information: https://www.iowagic.org/event/december-2021-igic-lunch-learn-iowa-utah-geospatial-exchange/

Here is a link to the recording (12/15/2021): https://iastate.webex.com/iastate/ldr.php?RCID=3c87c93211016276d525d62cadc6e4dd

Aerial Photo Dates Layer: A Helpful Tip for Getting the Most of ISU Orthoserver

The Iowa Orthoserver (also known as the Iowa Geographic Map Server) has a variety of resources available to enhance and serve users. Today we are highlighting the Aerial Photo Dates layer. This layer allows users to determine the date of a particular image.

Here are the basic steps to using the Aerial Photo Dates layer in the Iowa Geographic Map Server ArcGIS Web App:

  1. Open the Iowa Geographic Map Server ArcGIS Web App.
  2. Select the first icon – Choose Map Layers (looks like 3 stacked sheets of paper.)
  3. Scroll down to the Iowa – Aerial Photo Dates layer and then check the box to turn it on.
  4. Expand the menu by clicking the tiny gray arrow to the left of the check box.
  5. Now turn on whichever year of flight date you wish to use (the orange areas symbolize the flight paths and within them will appear the flight dates.)
  6. *Please note* for some of the older imagery years (example 1930s, 1950s, etc.), you need to be zoomed in for the flight dates to appear. Zoom into an area of interest, the flight patterns and dates will be shown.

The statewide 2021 NAIP flight date layer is not yet available. This will be released when the layer is available. If you would like information regarding specific areas for the 2021 flight, please contact Amy Logan. 

GIS Day 2021 – Success!

Here are photos from yesterday’s GIS Day event. We had over 50 visitors stop by our table in the ISU College of Design lobby for information about undergraduate minor in GIS and graduate GIS certificate, cupcakes, posters, trading cards and to help put our map puzzles together.

Celebrate GIS Day! Test and Improve your Geographic Knowledge

Test and Improve Your Geographic Knowledge with Geography Games:

Quizzityhttps://david-peter.de/quizzity/ – This quiz challenges you to locate six world cities with greater points for accuracy and speed.

Seterra Geography Gameshttps://www.seterra.com/#quizzes – Learn the location of countries worldwide by locating counties regionally and globally.

GIS Day @ ISU!!! Wednesday, November 17 2-4pm College of Design Main Lobby

Join the ISU Geographic Information Systems Support and Research Facility to celebrate GIS Day! Enjoy themed cupcakes and poster and trading card giveaways, and learn more about the Geographic Information Science minor and GIS graduate certificate program.

The event will be from 2–4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, in the foyer inside the main entrance to the College of Design.

https://www.design.iastate.edu/event-listings/2021/11/gis-day-celebration/

Discover your local geographic Information Council and other groups

The Iowa Geographic Information Council (IGIC) is an organization of geospatial professional across the of Iowa. It provides geospatial support allowing individuals to ask questions and provides opportunities to collaborate as well as network. IGIC is governed by a 25 member board which represent 9 different sectors. There are quarterly meetings as well as a yearly conference (Iowa Technology and Geospatial Conference) and other opportunities to connect with geospatially minded people.

IGIC hosts monthly virtual Lunch and Learn events. These have been very successful for IGIC especially as members are widely distributed across the state.  Each session is recorded and available on the IGIC website.

You are invited to join this month’s “GIS Day” Lunch and Learn: Mulitpurpose Use of Street Level Imagery with Bill Wetzel, Cyclomedia Technology @ 12pm – Wednesday November 17, 2021. He will discuss how local governments and utilities rely on technology initiatives that optimize management of properties, assets, and infrastructure. For more information: https://www.iowagic.org/igic-lunch-learn-street-level-imagery/ .

Trek with National Geographic Explorer across the world

Paul Salopek’s 24,000 Mile Journey

To kick off Geography Awareness week, explore the amazing journey of geographer, Paul Salopek’s 24,000 mile journey across the globe. During his 10-year journey he documented the places and people he encounter every 100 miles. At each of these milestones, he documents the date, location, elevation, shows a picture of his feet and the sky at that location, and interviews the first person he meets asking them 3 questions: who are you, where do you come from, and where are you going?

Follow his journey through an amazing story map: https://www.nationalgeographic.org/projects/out-of-eden-walk/#section-0.

Join in the celebration of Geography Awareness Week 2021!

November 14-20, 2021

Geography Awareness Week is coming soon. We will be sharing information about GIS and geography related careers as well as activities and games to help you sharpen your geography and geospatial skills throughout the week. Check IowaView daily for a new topic.

The History of Geography Awareness Week:

The National Geographic Society created Geography Awareness Week over 25 years ago as a way to celebrate and raise awareness of geography both as a discipline and as a part of daily life. The National Geographic Society felt there was a dangerous deficiency in American education with limited exposure to geography too many young Americans are unable to make effective decisions, understand geo-spatial issues, or even recognize their impacts as global citizens.
— see more at the National Geographic Website