2024 Indiana Middle & High School Story Map Competition
Geography & GIS: INspired by YOUR Place

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May 24, 2024

2024 IN StoryMap Competition Winner

Indiana's Famous FirstsMady Wilson and Kenzie Adams Even though Indiana is known as the largest corn field, there are many...
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February 14, 2024

2024 Indiana Middle & High School Story Map Competition

Geography & GIS: INspired by YOUR Place View Flyer Benefits to Participation: better understanding of the history of Indiana...your Place, refine...
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November 13, 2023

Geography Awareness Week 2023

November 12-18 Geography: INspired by YOUR PlaceWhat is PLACE to you? How do you identify your PLACE? Place includes human...
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May 20, 2023

Indiana 2023 ArcGIS Online Middle & High School Story Map Competition Winners…

Indiana's Underground Railroad Story Map 2023 CONGRATULATIONSNavaira TylerDeKalb High SchoolDeKalb, IndianaFirst Place THANK YOU...to Mrs. Christina Lapham of DeKalb High...
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May 2, 2023

Indiana Geography Awareness Week 2022 Postcard Contest Top 3

Geography - A World of Possibilities in YOUR Own Backyard FIRST PlaceBrady @Wea Ridge Middle School“A beautiful morning in the...
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November 24, 2022

Great Decisions 2023

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June 7, 2022

Indiana’s top high school 2022 ArcGIS Online Story Map Competition awardees 

1st Place - "The Blooming Flower Industry" by Evelyne, DeKalb High School 2nd Place -  "Murderous Hoosiers" by Harmony  and Orpheus,...
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February 7, 2022

2022 Indiana StoryMap Competition Announced / Grades 4-12 / Deadline May 9 2022

Cartographies of Indiana: Dynamics of Environment and Society THE NATIONAL COMPETITION Middle and high school students and their teachers across...
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August 21, 2021

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GAW 2023 1st Place


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    10:30 amValparaiso University, Department of Geography & Meteorology, Kallay Christopher Hall #112 (FREE Parking – Lot 3)

    Participate in an in-person or on-line workshop built around the NatGeo Learning Framework, which describes the attitudes, skills, and knowledge sets that encourage students to think like explorers.
    Workshop Flyer

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    The European Union Center at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    The European Union Center at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, invites PK-12 educators to take part in a summer workshop aimed at developing a more effective curriculum on the European Union. These materials may be incorporated into courses such as geography, government, politics, civics, foreign languages, world/U.S. history, and economics. Indiana educators will receive PGP’s.

    For more information and a tentative schedule, see here.

    The cost of attending the workshop is $90, payable by check to “University of Illinois.” Included in the workshop fee are three nights of lodging at Illini Tower and parking for the duration of the workshop. Breakfast and lunch will be provided June 23-25, and dinner will be provided on June 22. Participants will be expected to cover their own dinners on June 23 and 24. The EU Center will also provide a travel reimbursement of up to $150 based on mileage.

    Register by April 19. Questions may be directed to Sydney Lazarus (lazarus5@illinois.edu).

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    ICSS Teaching & Learning Materials

    ICSS Virtual Annual Conference
    7-10 pm Eastern: Wednesday, Oct. 21 & Thursday, Oct. 22
    8 am - Noon: Saturday, October 24
    ICSS Members Registration FREE

    Program Sneak Peak: Learn from local experts

    Academic World Quest: Becoming Global Citizens as High School Students - Saturday, October 24 at 8 am

    Panelists: John Carter, Instructional Coach / Teacher, Carmel High School; Troy Hammon, Teacher, Shortridge IB High School; and Nick Salemi, Teacher, Warren Central High School. Moderator: Janet I. Harris, Indiana Council on World Affairs.
    This panel of teachers will share their experiences in sponsoring teams of high school students to the Academic WorldQuest, a global studies program and competition offering students a learning experience on current matters of importance. With the free, easy-to-use, on-line "Official Study Guide," students can independently prepare for the free competition scheduled for February 27, 2021, University of Indianapolis - Live or Virtual or Hybrid. The panel will cover student career options and success stories. Academic WorldQuest is a program of the Indiana Council on World Affairs.

    Indiana Jazz Exchange -Thursday at 7 pm. Presented by Monika Herzig, Sr. Lecturer at IU, Bloomington in Arts Administration
    This session presents the Indianapolis - Cologne Sister Cities Exchange program Indiana Jazz Exchange, in existence since 2011. The Indiana Avenue Jazz legacy, a community created around the Walker Theater and fostered by the music teachers of Crispus Attucks High School, is legendary. I present the stories and music of the Indiana Avenue musicians using our award-winning virtual Sister City Exchange program from June 2020 and important lessons from strong communities who built this jazz legacies for the history and social studies curriculum.

    Hear about national programs:

    Courageous Conversations: Building a Positive Classroom - Wednesday at 7 pm.
    Presented by Jessica Hulten, Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center
    The Courageous Conversation workshop prepares educators to create positive classroom atmospheres where challenging and productive conversations around topics such as racism, antisemitism, bias, can happen. Educators will collaborate on best practices to construct an environment of respect and rapport. Participants will leave with a toolkit to implement into their classroom.

    Developing Students’ Global Citizenship with Eyewitness Testimony -Wednesday at 9 pm. Presented Lesly Culp; Head of Programs and Sedda Antekelian, Education and Outreach Specialist, USC Shoah Foundation
    Educators explore IWitness, USC Shoah Foundation's educational website, which connects students to human experiences from survivors and witnesses to genocide and empowers their agency in global society. Educators learn how to effectively integrate testimony-based resources across the history discipline, to develop critical thinking, social-emotional aptitudes and civic capacities in students.

    Using Digital Platforms to Teach Primary Sources: The Presidential Primary Sources Project -Thursday, October 22 at 7 pm. Presented by Therese Perlowski, Internet2
    Our session will highlight lessons learned through the Presidential Primary Sources Project to identify best practices for high quality, engaging virtual learning programs. Through accessible online programs we will share how to guide students to build critical thinking skills and gain a greater understanding of the presidency and its historical impacts.

    Exhibitor Zoom Room: Wednesday at 8 pm, between sessions

    ​Newsela Exhibitor Zoom Room: Wednesday & Thursday at 8 pm

    10 am Saturday, October 24: Keynote & Awards
    Lessons in Marginalism: Anything Worth Doing is NOT Worth Doing Well
    by Mohammad Kaviani, Sr. Lecturer in the Dept. of Economics at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), and Director of the Center for Economic Education.
    Economists look at all decisions being made at the margin which requires them to allocate scarce resources only to those activities which yield marginal benefits that exceed marginal costs. So how clean is clean enough? Through a brief demonstration, participants will learn that a 100% clean environment may not be an optimal solution.

    11:15 am Saturday October 24: Bonus Professional Development!
    Developing Global Citizens through Geo-Inquiry
    presented by Chassity Mahaska, Franklin Central High School & GENI
    National Geographic's Geo-Inquiry process puts students in the role of explorers and empowers them to investigate and change the world around them. Explorers are encouraged to look at issues from multiple perspectives, including both local and global.

    Earn Professional Growth Points at
    2020 ICSS Annual Conference

    Registration Link

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    Everyone is welcome to join ICSS and enjoy the conference.
    Special membership rates for students, first-year teachers and retired educators.

    Indiana Council for the Social Studies
    BLOOMINGTON, IN 47408-4001
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  • Sun

    Survivor Diaries: Lost (intermediate book)
    by Terry Lynn Johnson

    All the Bright Places (IN-based high school book)
    by Jennifer Niven

    National Geographic Little Kids (pre-school through elementary magazine in print or via Kindle)

    Slade's Glacier: A Novel (adult/high school)
    by Robert F. Jones

    Young Hoosier Book Awards/Nominees

    online interactives with a spatial/mapping component; available via grade level and/or discipline

    Find an Explorer from the National Geographic Society

    GAW Education from the National Geographic Society

    What is Geography? from the AAG (Association of American Geographers)

    Why Am I A Geographer? from ESRI's Joseph Kerski (video, 2mins 54 secs)

    Write a grant: COVID-19 Emergency Remote Learning Fund for Educators from the National Geographic Society

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    MAPPING HOUR … a series of twenty, one-hour episodes with Charlie Fitzpatrick and Team … using mapping tools in a variety of subjects. GREAT for virtual learning! https://mappinghour-k12.hub.arcgis.com/pages/episodes
    (GENI will offer PGP's if you use the videos … let us know – geni@iupui.edu)

    Lindsey the GIS Professional (online book and variety of resources & activities)

    IndianaMap https://maps.indiana.edu/

    IndianaView https://www.indianaview.org/glovis/IN_County_Landsat_Data.html (archived satellite images for Indiana counties)

    GIS Day@ IU Bloomington, Week-long Events https://gisday.indiana.edu/

    GIS Day@ Purdue, Big-Ten Academic Alliance, November 13, https://www.lib.purdue.edu/gis

    What is GIS? video with Joseph Kerski

    GIS Day Resources (posters, videos, activities...) https://www.gisday.com/en-us/resources

    GIS Stories … find an exploration story for you and your classroom

    101 Ways to Participate in GIS Day

    GeoData Portal @ Purdue (global) http://geodata.lib.purdue.edu/ogp/
    Let us know what you did for GAW and/or GIS Day, and we will send you a world map: name, organization, postal address (e-mail to geni@iupui.edu)