Welcome! This page is a record of daily activities and assignments, with the most recent day at the top.
Class syllabus:

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Friday, December 12 - Thursday, December 18
  • We worked on our final Story Maps and submitted them

Thursday, December 11Today, we:
  • Looked over the tutorials for the various story map options and began to plan our own (see previous post)
  • Final assignment:
    • Create a paper "story board" for your map - sketch out the ideas and make a list of the points you want to have
    • Create a story map of your choice that tells about a topic important to you. This map or combination of maps must have a total of 20 individual points. Each point must have typed information attached to it that adds to your map's understanding and usefulness. This assignment is due Friday, December 19 and is worth 50 points. You will use your BHS ARC GIS account, found here (use your school info as your login, i.e., cjbarrett96 for login and student id number as password).
    • Use your Skillbuilder to remind you how to do things if needed...

Tuesday, December 9Today, we:
  • Completed our Story Maps assignment
  • Homework: Read over the Story Maps initial tutorial and look at the tutorials online here for which option seems best for you for your final project

Monday, December 8Today, we:
  • Worked on our Story Map review, with making our own in mind!

Monday, December 1 - Friday, December 5This week, please (in whatever order you'd like):
  • Try to finish the mountain lion map exercise and email me what you are able to complete
  • Complete the lectures, quizzes, and exercises in Sections 5 and 6 of our Esri Class, found here
    • Completed Exercises, the links for which you should email to me by end of class Friday, include (remember, the mapping platform is https://analyze.maps.arcgis.com/):
      • Crime Density (Section 5, Exercise 1)
      • Crime Hot Spots (Section 5, Exercise 2)
      • Air Quality Exposure (Section 6, Exercise 1)
  • Complete the assignment about StoryMaps, which you will find in the "shared with me" area of your school account Google Drive

Tuesday, November 25Today, we:
  • Completed and turned in our papers (see post under Nov 17 for prompt)
  • Completed and emailed the link to our Mountain Lion Habitat exercise in our ESRI class, found here

Monday, November 24Today, we:
  • Continued work on papers, DUE Tuesday 11/25
  • Began work on the second half of section 4 of our ESRI class found here, concerning shapes and paths and Mountain Lions (oh, my!) with Section 4 Exercise 2

Friday, November 21Today, we:
  • Emailed our completed ESRI exercises (See the ESRI analyze maps class on Udemy- should have completed Section 2: Exercise 1, Section 3: Exercises 1 and 2, and Section 4: Exercise 1)
  • Continued work on the paper that's due Nov 25 (see prompt under Monday the 17th)

Thursday, November 20Today, we:
  • Worked on our Esri class class found here (goal is to complete section 4, lectures 27-31 by Tues, November 25)
  • Continued work on our MOOC reflection paper

Tuesday, November 18Today, we:
  • worked on our MOOC reflection papers (see Nov 17)

Monday, November 17Today, we:
  • Took the 8th and final quiz in our MOOC
  • Worked on a paper about our experience in the MOOC, DUE Tuesday, November 25
  • Using this information and information from the previous weeks, you will be writing a 2-3 page paper answering the following prompt:
    • Spatial Computing has changed the world in many ways. Enumerate/Interpret two important concepts you learned about spatial networks and how they function/what they are used for (weeks 1-4), two important concepts you learned about Volunteered Geographic Information and Positioning (weeks 5 and 6), and three ideas you found important about where spatial computing is headed in the future (week 8). For each of the ideas you choose, justify why you believe them to be important and what impact this understanding has on how you view maps and their use in your own life and our society. In your conclusion, discuss how you felt about your experience overall with online learning; what advantages and disadvantages do you believe this learning method has?

Thursday, November 13 (BLOCK day)Today, we:
  • Completed week 3 of our ESRI class
  • Viewed the following lectures in our University of Minnesota MOOC:
  • Using this information and information from the previous weeks, you will be writing a 2-3 page paper answering the following prompt:
    • Spatial Computing has changed the world in many ways. Enumerate/Interpret two important concepts you learned about spatial networks and how they function/what they are used for (weeks 1-4), two important concepts you learned about Volunteered Geographic Information and Positioning (weeks 5 and 6), and three ideas you found important about where spatial computing is headed in the future (week 8). For each of the ideas you choose, justify why you believe them to be important and what impact this understanding has on how you view maps and their use in your own life and our society.

Tuesday, November 11
  • Continue/begin work on week three of our ESRI class found here (remember, you can use your email to remember passwords) with the mapping platform found here (complete all lectures and both case studies - share the bit.ly links to my email when finished)
  • HOMEWORK FOR THURSDAY: (or if you have extra time) find me a cool online map that is specific to something you're interested in and email me the link - explain what it tells you and why you are interested in that topic.
Monday, November 10Today,
  • continue work on Week 3 (all lectures, quizzes, and the two case study practice documents) mentioned in the second bullet of the previous post

Friday, November 7Today, we:
  • completed the concept set for week 6 of our MOOC
  • Began work on section 3 of the ESRI class found here (remember, you can use your email to remember passwords) with the mapping platform found here

Thursday, November 6Today, we:
  • Completed the mixed use development lesson and emailed the map that was created
  • Looked at a couple of current event mapping uses and reflected on the impact of maps on understanding/global view (Assignment is in your Google Drive "Shared With Me" area - make a copy of the assignment, add your name to the title, and type on it. When completed, share it back with me
  • Worked on week 7 of our Coursera MOOC

Tuesday, November 4Today, we:

Monday, November 3Today, we:
  • Completed the 6th quiz in our MOOC, after watching a couple more lectures about how geospatial data is gathered and used

Friday, October 31Today, we:
  • Read Time Magazine and completed the following:
  • photo (2).JPG

Thursday, October 30Today, we:
  • Read ARC GIS materials and reacted to their content to make connections about what we're learning and professional materials in the field
  • Worked a little on our MOOC (when the internet came back up)

Tuesday, October 28Today, we:
  • Watched the first two lecture videos from Week 6, about GPS and how location services work
  • Read and annotated the Week 6 required reading
    • in the MOOC click on "readings" - it's the only required one for week 6, titled "Tweets from Justin Bieber's Heart..." - print it, so you can annotate it using these guidelines:
Annotating guidelines.jpg

Monday, October 27Today, we:
  • completed listening and taking notes on lecture 2 of Week 5 of our MOOC
  • took the Week 5 quiz in the MOOC

Wednesday, October 22Today, we:
  • Completed the first lecture in week 5 of our MOOC
  • Completed the photo tour tutorial

Tuesday, October 21Today, we:
  • continued work on the photo tour lesson (refer to the second bullet in Monday's post)

Monday, October 20Today, we:
  • completed the 4th concept problem set in our MOOC
  • Completed this lesson in LearnGIS (sign in here)

Wednesday, October 15Today, we:
  • completed our viewing of the first lecture in Module 4 of our MOOC
  • Read "Spatial Auto correlation," also on the MOOC (click on the "readings" in Module 4, then click on the second reading)
  • Continued work on skillbuilders and map projects

Tuesday, October 14Today, we:

  • watched at least the first 15 minutes of the first lecture in week 4 of our Coursera MOOC
  • continued work on skillbuilders/map project choices

Monday, October 13Today, we:
  • Took the week 3 quiz in our MOOC
  • Continued work on skillbuilders/map project choices

Friday, October 10Today, we:
  • Watched another of the lectures in week 3 of our MOOC
  • Continued work on our skill builders/map project choices

Thursday, October 9Today, we:
  • Watched the second lecture in Module 3 of our MOOC
  • Completed the ArcGIS review/skillbuilder (links you need are in step 51 of this page):
  • Signed up for Learn ArcGIS here
  • Then, after signing in here, choose one of the following to complete as a final practice with ArcGIS tools (from this page):
    • 1. "Mud is Thicker..."
    • 2. "In Pele's Way..."
    • 3. "Bridging Breast Cancer..."
    • 4. "Southern Discomfort..."
    • 5. "A capital offense..."
    • 6. "Graduating to better Health"

Tuesday, October 7:Today, we:
  • Continued work on our ArcGIS Skillbuilder
  • Watched the first lecture of week three in our Coursera MOOC

Monday, October 6:Today, we:
  • Took the week 2 concept quiz in our MOOC on Coursera
  • Continued work on the ArcGIS review/skillbuilder from last time (see post for 10/3 for the live PDF)

Friday, October 3:Today, you can choose how you split your time between two things:
  • work on the purple review/skillbuilder packet Mr. Sommerfeld hands out - do each example or task, even if it seems easy! The only ones you would skip over would be when it references something specific to educators (this hardly happens). You can use this PDF of the document so that you have clickable links (ignore step 22 on this one and refer to your purple packet): Remember that you can use the "Ctrl" button on your keyboard when clicking to open the links in a new window.
  • You can also view the lectures in Module 2 of our Coursera MOOC - you can either borrow headphones or turn the sound off so that you can read the subtitles. We will work on the quiz for this module on Monday.
  • For homework, you need to view 2 more of the lectures in Module 2 (any you haven't done so far - if you don't get through all of them, it's ok)

Thursday, October 2:Today, we:
  • Completed presentations and delivered them to classmates
  • Got signed up for the ArcGIS Organization account (remember, check your school email and then sign in with the username and password you created in MapLab 2)

Tuesday, September 30:Today, we:
  • Continued our work on our presentations

Monday, September 29:Today, we:
  • Had a brief reminder about how the people in Kibara might have felt:

  • completed our work from Friday, thinking about how maps affect our perceptions
  • worked in small groups to create presentations about the three experts who are interviewed in the first week of our Coursera MOOC

Friday, September 26:Today, we:

Thursday, September 25:Today, we:
  • began to acquaint ourselves with our GIS MOOC from U of M (watched the first three videos consisting of the intro and "defining spatial computing 1 and 2), and took notes on the slides provided (for the spatial computing lectures)
  • started reading the document below to prepare for the first "problem set"

Tuesday, September 23:Today, we:

Thursday, September 18Today, we:

Tuesday, September 16Today, we:

  • Completed our discussion and evaluation of our map collections
  • Viewed a brief video about how Geospatial technology has been used to track disease, and looked at another modern effort in a short video
  • Took notes on some of the potential pitfalls of analysis

Monday, September 15Today, we:
  • Took some notes on the basic types of spatial analysis (see me for makeup)
  • Worked in groups to identify those types of analysis on maps and summarize what those maps are aiming to communicate

Friday, September 12Today, we:
  • Focused on how humans can pose a danger to each other rather than the earth posing a danger to humans by completing the following (complete for homework if you don't finish):
    • Open a new Google Document in your school drive, and name it "Your name_Crime" - share it with me.
    • View the third episode of The Geospatial Revolution here. In your Google Document, type two specific facts you glean from this episode about how location technology is used in fighting crime
    • Locate two maps that are connected to the incidence of crimes (theft, murder, drug possession, here's a list if you can't think of any) at THE US LEVEL - paste the links to these maps in your Google Document and explain what the maps tell us about crime in the US.
    • Read this ESRI document on GIS and crime - on your Google Document, list 5 things ESRI believes GIS enables people to do in terms of how to deal with crime, and what effects they believe those actions would have (what does it allow us to understand about crime, and how can that help our communities?)
    • Read this article - in your Google Document, explain the main idea of the article (what are the police doing, and why do some see it as a problem) and write 1-2 sentences about how you feel about law enforcement using this kind of technology - would you be open to it in your town, to prevent those crimes you found in those maps?
    • Now read this article - explain in your Google document what this scientist is doing with location technology and how he thinks it could impact law enforcement. Explain in 1-2 sentences if you think this technology would be helpful or harmful to society and why.
  • Completed Map Lab 3 (if time)
  • Completed Test corrections (if time)


Thursday, September 11Today, we:
  • Completed Map Lab 3
  • Discussed the results of the first quiz - corrections can earn you back 1 point of the 2 lost for an incorrect answer, must be in complete sentences, and are due at the beginning of class on Monday the 15th. See me if you were absent.

Tuesday, September 9Today, we:
  • Took the first quiz of the course (if you were absent, make up by end of day Monday the 15th)
  • Completed our overview of disasters (go to your Google Drive to complete, due Thursday, 9/11)

Monday, September 8Today, we:
  • Worked on an assignment shared with you in Google that researches a little about the geography of Natural Disasters
  • Had optional study time for the quiz (over the notes we took on 8/26 and the info handed out on 9/2 and 9/4 - the "map projection cheat sheet" and the "spatial is special" info)
  • QUIZ TOMORROW, September 9!

Friday, September 5Today, we:

Thursday, September 4 (BLOCK DAY)Today, we:

Tuesday, September 2Today, we:
  • Listed the seven continents, then ranked them from largest to smallest based on what we thought we'd learned from maps
  • Looked up the real rankings and reflected on how this could be
  • went over a little "cheat sheet on the types of Map Projections:
  • Completed a reading and questions about Map Projections to better understand what different types of maps aim to preserve about the earth
  • QUIZ over information so far next Tuesday September 9!

Friday, August 29Today, we:
  • Had our first Geospatial "Play Date," viewing part one of "The Geospatial Revolution" and reading an article about how Data can inform the placement of businesses.

Thursday, August 28 (BLOCK DAY)Today, we:Completed our fist "MapLab" using ARC GIS online
Tuesday, August 26Today, we:
  • Took notes over the three basic types of maps, and the difference between "Geography" and "Geospatial"
  • Illustrated these differences in an email to me:
    • find three reference/mobility maps that YOU WOULD USE OR HAVE A REASON TO CARE ABOUT THEIR CONTENT. Email me the links and what connection you have to each map
    • Look at two sets of the American Community Survey maps, found here. In the email, explain which two maps you chose, one generalization about the map from the ACS, and one statement about how this map has "changed" since 2000 (how are the percentages/where the percentages are located changed in the last decade? Have the overall percentages increased or decreased? Stuff like that)/

Monday, August 25Today we:
  • made 3 observations about our Pinterest map
  • searched for a company or restaurant on Twitter and wrote down three tweets that referenced it and a location
  • looked at these maps and wrote down a main idea for the results for two of the questions

Friday, August 22Today, we:
  • Worked on completing our collaborative Pinterest Map (directions below) (complete the rest of your pins for homework, DUE for Monday's class - email carin.barrett@thompsonschools.org with questions or problems)

Thursday, August 21Today, we:
  • Reviewed course expectations
  • Confirmed our school Google accounts and signed up for Pinterest using those accounts
  • Began working on pinning 6 items related to the changing nature of Geospatial science:

For this assignment, you will be adding some “pins” to our group map within the following descriptions:
3 SPECIFIC places (an actual building or national park or stadium, etc) you have visited or would like to visit. Include in the description when you went there and one thing you enjoyed OR why you would like to go there
2 SPECIFIC places (at the city level) that are impacted by two separate issues that you care about. These issues can concern the environment, diversity, politics, education, immigration, equality, etc. In the description of your pin, include a brief description of the issue and why you think it is important. Also, find and include one statistic concerning the issue that is less than 5 years old - include it in the description as well.
1 PHOTO YOU TOOK of somewhere that is important to you or helps others get to know you or an interest you have (you don’t have to be in the photo - up to you) - in the description state the connection the photo has to you/why you chose to share it.