Educators to Explore the Power of Spatial Thinking at the 2008 ESRI Education User Conference

                    Keynote Speaker Dr. Anne Knowles Will Discuss the Value of Geography in History Education

Redlands, California— June 3, 2008 - The global education community will gather August 2–5, 2008, at the ESRI Education User Conference (EdUC), an inspirational and collaborative forum that fosters learning and sharing about using geographic information system (GIS) technology across disciplines. Educators, administrators, researchers, librarians, and museum professionals from around the world will explore how GIS software enhances teaching and understanding as well as provides innovative solutions.

The EdUC will be held in San Diego, California, at the Marriott Hotel & Marina, where Dr. Anne Knowles, professor of geography at Middlebury College, will give the Keynote Address during the conference's Plenary Session. An alumnus of Duke University and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Knowles is also an editor of several books including Past Time, Past Place. Knowles' topic is Placing History: The Value of Geography in History Education. Her presentation will show how geospatial technology plays a key role in historical research and education.

More and more teachers and scholars are taking the geographic approach to historical periods and subjects, yielding new insights but also making the past more real and tangible for history students of any age.

" GIS in education is rapidly becoming more prolific," says Charlie Fitzpatrick, K–12 education industry solutions comanager, ESRI. "The EdUC is a way for educators to access the resources they need to better use this tool and launch or enhance their GIS projects. The educators who attend the EdUC will come away with expanded knowledge and fresh ideas to infuse their teaching and research."

Conference attendees will be able to do the following and more:

  • See how GIS is being used by other educators, from user-led presentations to Special Interest Group meetings.
  • Try out the technology in Computer Lab workshops and the Hands-on Learning Center and discuss the latest geospatial technology in the EdUC EXPO.
  • Get updated on the latest teaching materials and customized programs.
  • Network with educators from across the globe, troubleshoot technology problems with ESRI staff, and pinpoint research needs.

For more information about the EdUC, as well as the concurrently held 2008 ESRI International User Conference, visit If you have any questions, please call 909-793-2853, extension 3743, or e-mail Email Contact The deadline to preregister for the conference is June 13, 2008.

About ESRI
Since 1969, ESRI has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS, ESRI software is used in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. ESRI applications, running on more than one million desktops and thousands of Web and enterprise servers, provide the backbone for the world's mapping and spatial analysis. ESRI is the only vendor that provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server, and Internet platforms. Visit us at

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