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

Topics Announced & Book Sales Now Open! You are invited to join the dialogue about America's future! The Foreign Policy...
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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

Texas State University’s 100% Online PhD Program in Geography Education

Texas State University wishes to announce the availability of a 100% Online PhD program in Geography Education.  This academic program could prepare...
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GAW 2023 1st Place


  • Wed
    6:30 pm

    Theme: Mapping Indiana: Past, Present and New Realities

    WHAT: A WEBINAR for educators, students, librarians, resource specialists, education outreach facilitators and the community in general. (Professional development recognition provided: PGP’s, GISP’s…)

    WHY: Learn
    • How to tell stories with online maps
    • How to get started for the competition

    WHEN: Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 6:30 pm (EST)

    Free registration: https://tinyurl.com/t8yc6ld9

    WHO: Jörn Seemann – Ball State University, Department of Geography
    Shireen Desouza – Ball State University, Department of Biology
    Kathy Lamb Kozenski - IUPUI , Department of Geography

    QUESTIONS? Send us an e-mail: mappingindiana@gmail.com

  • Sun
  • Wed

    Meet Indiana GIS professionals and leaders in the GIS industry, get hands on experience taught by GIS experts and learn new techniques and how GIS is changing the state. Accepting Abstracts through March 12 https://www.igic.org/2021-annual-indiana-gis-conference

  • Thu
    12:00 pm

    Indiana Historical Society offers a broad range of virtual opportunities: webinars, storytelling, exhibit tours, educator and student resources and more. For example, March 25, 5:30-6:30 p.m., History Happy Hour focuses on A History of Hoosier Hysteria https://indianahistory.org/visit/calendar/

  • Thu
    6:30 pmWebinar

    For educators, students, librarians, resource specialists, education outreach facilitators and the community in general

    WHY: Learn
    • Step-by-step creation of an on-line story map
    • How to get started for the competition

    WHEN: Wednesday, April 15, 2021, 6:30 pm (EST)

    Free registration: https://tinyurl.com/yz577krp

    WHO: Shireen Desouza – Ball State University, Department of Biology
    JÖrn Seemann – Ball State University, Department of Geography
    Kathy Lamb Kozenski - IUPUI , Department of Geography
    2021 Indiana Middle School and High School (grades 4-12)
    ArcGIS Story Map Competition
    THEME: Mapping Indiana: Past, Present and New Realities

  • Thu

    This Webinar will focus on the ArcGIS Online Story Map Competition for U.S. High School and Middle School Students (grades 4-12). Presentations from current and past student winners, state leaders, and T3G educators are highlights of the Webinar.BENEFITS to YOU:> prepare for the 2022 AGO Story Map Competition> Indiana PGP's available> interact with like-minded colleagues> discover new resources
    T3G Hub for additional details,including an archive of T3G Webinars

    Register for the Webinar

  • Mon
    9:30am - 4:00pmBracken Library, BL 224, Ball State University, Muncie, IN

    StoryMaps Workshop ... FREE to YOU

    > $100 Honorarium



    Limited space! Please register by July 15...


    Attention Elementary, Middle, High School, & Post-Secondary Educators/Librarians/Resource


    Designed for educators wanting to learn how to create ArcGIS StoryMaps.

    Are you interested in helping students:

    > Practice 21st
    century, employable skills?

    > Understand, analyze and interpret data?

    > Deliberate and solve problems from evidence?

    A professional development opportunity to learn how to effectively integrate geospatial technologies enhancing student learning through the creation of Story Maps. No prior experience with
    ArcGIS Online is required.

    WHEN: July
    19, 2021, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm,

    WHERE: Bracken Library, BL 224, Ball State
    University, Muncie, IN 47306


    > Professional Growth Points (PGP’s)

    > Instructional and technical support as you implement geospatial technologies in your curriculum

    > Open a new door for yourself and your students



    Dr. Reuben Allen,
    Ball State University, Geography

    Dr. Shireen Desouza,
    Ball State University, Biology & Science Education

    Dr. JÖrn
    Ball State University, Geography

  • Mon
    6:00 pm

    Every month during the school year, HASTI plans to bring you at least one FREE virtual professional development opportunity.

    For our October PD we are focusing on preservice teacher educators at any level: early childhood, elementary, and secondary. NSTA’s own Flavio Mendez will discuss how you can use NSTA resources as a replacement for your textbook in your science methods courses!

    Flavio Mendez Biography:

    Flavio Mendez is the Assistant Executive Director for University Partnerships and eLearning at the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA). In this role he supports university/college instructors in their work with science pre-service teachers. He also serves as Co-Chair of the NSTA Committee on Preservice Teacher Preparation. Mendez manages NSTA’s District and School Partners Programs, working with district and school leaders to engage with NSTA's vast library of online professional learning resources, community, and tools.

    Prior to working at NSTA, Mendez worked on NASA's Hubble Space Telescope project as Education Specialist and at the Maryland Science Center as Director of Space and Earth Science Update Center exhibits. He earned a BS in Space Sciences from Florida Tech and an MS in Instructional Systems from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Mendez has over 25 years of experience working with teachers of science, K-16, in formal and informal settings.

    Info about this presentation:

    Engage Your Pre-Service Teachers with NSTA

    Are you an instructor of pre-service teachers of science? Learn about NSTA's digital resources, virtual experiences, online community, and website tools to help your students become the BEST teachers they can be. More than membership, this way of teaching your students will enhance their engagement with the National Science Teaching Association, and thus benefit them beyond their college years. You can learn more about this opportunity at: (https://www.nsta.org/college-professors).

    Zoom info:

    You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

    When: Monday, Oct 18, 2021 6:00 PM Eastern Time


    Any questions, please contact Stacy Hootman at hootmans@uindy.edu.

    We hope to see everyone at a virtual HASTI PD event this year!


    Stacy Hootman, HASTI Vice President

  • Fri

    IN Statehood Day Writing Competition
    IN Statehood Day Writing Competition
    IN Fourth Grade Students invited...

    The deadline is approaching!
    All fourth grade Hoosier children can participate in the annual Statehood Day writing contest. Write an essay about nature in Indiana and win!

    Deadline to enter is Oct. 22

    For More Information

  • Wed
    9:00am - 3:00pm ET

    Government Geospatial Coordinator's Forum

    Join us on October 27 for the Indiana Government Geospatial Coordinator’s Forum. This annual event takes place from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm ET at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds’ 4-H building located at 2003 Pleasant St in Noblesville.

    The forum provides a unique opportunity for knowledge sharing specifically designed for government geospatial professionals or individuals in other sectors who serve as the primary geospatial service provider for an Indiana government entity.

    Learn more about this year’s Government Geospatial Coordinator’s Forum
    Register: This event is free to attend. However, registration is required to ensure we have an accurate count for the provided breakfast, lunch and snacks.

    While we currently are planning an in-person event, we care about the health and safety of the participants. Therefore, at a minimum, we will follow Indiana State Department of Health and Hamilton County Health Department guidelines. The measures will be in place depending on the color of Hamilton County on the County Metrics Advisory Level map found at https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/2393.htm:

    Blue: social distancing and masks optional
    Yellow: social distancing and masks required
    Orange: we will consider moving to virtual.
    Red: Forum will be virtual

    Indiana Geographic Information Council
    4011 N Pennsylvania Street, Ste 100
    Indianapolis, IN 46205
    (317) 643-4133

  • Fri
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    Finding the voice and the passion within!

    Indiana Council for the Social Studies
    Annual Conference

    Friday, October 29 2021 (virtual)

    9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    Provides an opportunity for educators at all levels to share their adventures, guidance and experiences
    while they widen knowledge of the issues and solutions that call us to ACTION!

    FREE to Members and Students.

    $25 Membership for non-Members 🙂

    Keynote Speaker

     of Building Tomorrow will
    deliver the keynote address. Mr. Srour serves as a powerful example of someone who has found his passion and voice. He will be presenting from the
    Watch Party at the Global Village Welcome Center.


    The Conference will be online on the 29th, however, you can join the conference at an in-person Watch
    Party at the

    Village Welcome Center

    at 4233 Lafayette Road in Indianapolis from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

    Food and drinks provided. 

    If you would like to attend in person, email susan.tomlinson.icss@gmail.com to
    RSVP for the Watch Party by October 25th. 

    Space is limited!

    Sessions Grid
  • Sun

    GeoWeek 2021

    (November 14-20)


    GIS Day

    (Wednesday November 17)

    Primary/Elementary School
    (books + activities)

    to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman


    Monday - read the book and practice using a grid system

    (label ABC-P/123-9) on the books map indicating ingredient locations

    Tuesday - cook apples in the classroom or cafeteria

    follow with
    Tiny Seed
    by Eric Carle (1-5)

    Wednesday - read the book and add soil to a clear container; discuss soil types

    Thursday - plant seeds in the soil (some close to the sides of the cup); discuss what helps a seed to grow (compare to the book). Create a spreadsheet to track seed growth,
    water, and sunlight (3 columns; many rows - week 1, week 2, week 3...); practice using a ruler

    follow with
    HERE WE ARE: Notes for Living on Planet Earth

    by Oliver Jeffers (P-4)

    Friday - practice "beach ball globe toss"...right thumb on land or water; create a tally chart; create a human bar graph


    Middle/High School
    (book, activities + professionals)

    the GIS Professional

    online book (4-12)

    Monday - read the online book and start a few activities

    Lindsey the GIS Professional

    Tuesday - invite local GIS Professionals (via county surveyor's/assessor's/auditor's offices, post-secondary institutions, utilities and private entities)

    Wednesday -

    GIS DAY 2021: Maps, Music and More!
    LIVE with Joseph Kerski

    5-6 p.m. EST;

    M&M Community Map

    Thursday -

    Landforms Greatest Hits! Interactive Story Map


    Friday - Enrich literacy by EXPLORING Indiana data & imagery via


    For more ideas, contact the GENI office at 317.274.8879 or