A VerySpatial Podcast
Shownotes – Episode 333
December 04, 2011
Main Topic: Dawn Wright of Esri and Oregon State University
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Not much more to say since you guys are the reason that we keep doing the podcast year after year.
On Tuesday Sue and I sat down for our first distance presentation. Our audience were faculty and students at the University of Szeged in Hungary where a friend/colleague of ours is spending time as part of a Fulbright. Since we were on Skype and in front of mics anyway I recorded the presentation to share. This wasn’t recorded for VerySpatial, but it is the easiest place for us to share it…and hey, we needed something for GIS Day.
In the near future I will update this post with a video version which will have the slides to go along with the audio as well as a few videos from Sue’s Virtual Morgantown project as demos.
Each year as the holidays approach (and yes I include GAW in that list of holidays) we try to reach out to a vendor who carries Geographic or cartographic items to see if they would be willing to cut you guys a break/provide a discount in exchange for some free ad space on VerySpatial. This year we have talked ODTMaps.com into working with us…and for the first time it was actually easy to get a retailer on board.
We hope to have an ad up on the site soon that will highlight the 10% discount you can get using our coupon code veryspatial on the ODT Maps order summary page. However, in the short term they would like you to know that if you sign up for the ODT Maps newsletter you will get an exclusive newsletter subscriber discount in the November 21 issue of the ODT Maps newsletter. To sign up for the newsletter head over to http://odtmaps.com/ and select Get E-Updates or follow this direct link. The newsletter discount will save you 30% Nov 23-28…ah Black Friday/CyberMonday sales.
If haven’t visited the ODT Maps site before take a minute to check it out. They have everything from maps to inflatable globes to magnets and stickers. They also have a selection of gift suggestions which includes a Hugg-a-Planet skin for those do-it-yourselfers who want to make the world themselves…and then hugg it (our Hugg-a-Planet still holds a place of honor). But perhaps most awesome of all is the large collection of south oriented maps and the EarthBall which has NITEGLOW CITIES! I am telling you now the the EarthBall may very well be the grand prize for our 6.5 year anniversary contest coming up in January…which means I need to go register for the newsletter so that we can afford to give one away (with the help of the coupon).
Ladies and gents, we are firmly into Geography Awareness Week 2011 (#gaw2011) and events they are a-happenin’ from your local classrooms to the social media circuses. If you haven’t checked out the usual suspects you should head over (in no particular order) to:
Remember, this year’s theme is “the adventure in your community” so go out and share, create, or take part in a Geography adventure to spread the word!
We are on the heels of not only Geography Awareness Week but American Education Week as well (the 90th in fact). Take some time to thank the educators you may bump into during the week and head over to the National Education Association’s website to find out what the daily themes will be during the week and to find out what you could do to help educators this week…or even throughout the year.
GIS Day is next Wednesday, November 16. If you are not hosting an event, that doesn’t mean that you can’t help spread the word. Oh contrare, you can use your freelance status on GIS Day to get the word out. Whether you are sharing your interest via your favorite social media, telling your neighbor about your most recent map, or showing your non-GIS coworkers how awesome your job is, get out there and spread the word.
National Geographic Education has done a great job of trying to prepare educators for the 2011 Geography Awareness Week and made a number of their presentations available online on their YouTube channel. While I encourage you to run out and view them all to give you some last minute ideas for next week (or to begin to prepare for 2012) I can’t embed all of the videos, so I have chosen one by Daniel Raven-Ellison that highlights Mission: Explore and the activities attached to the the GAW theme ‘the adventure in your community’.