Redlands, California—Educators and administrators of all types will come together at the sixth annual ESRI Education User Conference (EdUC) August 5–8, 2006, in San Diego, California, to network and explore the benefits of geographic information system (GIS) technology in education. The conference will delve into everything from how to start GIS programs and initiatives to how to enhance and expand already existing ones. Conference attendees will include hundreds of school teachers, college and university instructors, school administrators, community leaders, librarians, and museum professionals from all over the United States and from many other countries.
The EdUC is a unique opportunity to connect with others involved in GIS education while learning about the latest in GIS products and services from a variety of commercial, government, nonprofit, and educational organizations. “I found the EdUC to be both enjoyable and useful,” says Mila Powell, Environmental and Spatial Technology (EAST) Facilitator, EAST Lab of Eureka Springs High School. “I really enjoyed learning various GIS applications, attending the group presentations, and walking through the vendors’ exhibits.”
A host of activities makes the EdUC an all-encompassing event with something for everyone. This year, the keynote speaker for the Plenary Session will be Allen Carroll, chief cartographer and executive vice president of National Geographic Maps. As chief cartographer, Carroll presides over the editorial and creative efforts of the Society’s map division including the renowned supplement maps published in National Geographic magazine; the Seventh Edition Atlas of the World; and National Geographic’s wall maps, globes, and the National Geographic® MapMachine®, an innovative world atlas on the Internet. Carroll will share insight into the evolving nature of geographic content development and delivery at National Geographic, including new online mapping opportunities, and will describe National Geographic’s new five-year campaign to improve the geographic literacy of young people. The My Wonderful World campaign is designed to give U.S. students tools to become more informed global citizens, providing a wide variety of resources for parents, educators, and students to become more geo-savvy through the Web site MyWonderfulWorld.org.
EdUC computer labs will provide a hands-on opportunity for attendees to experience introductions to a variety of software, including ArcView 9, ArcGIS 3D Analyst, ArcIMS, and ArcPad, under the guidance of ESRI instructors.
The conference will also feature more than 100 paper presentations that will highlight users’ experiences and practices in areas of curriculum, present new books and lessons, demonstrate new software techniques, and offer professional networking opportunities. This year’s tracks will include
The conference will also include an Education EXPO and Welcome Reception that will provide an opportunity to connect with other attendees involved in GIS education while exploring the latest GIS products and services. The EdUC schedule will also include key sessions from the ESRI International User Conference as well as the Map Gallery, Academic GIS Program Fair, and ESRI Showcase.
For more information about the event, including registration information, visit www.esri.com/educ or call 909-793-2853, extension 1-1363. If calling from outside the United States, please contact your local ESRI distributor; see www.esri.com/international for a current distributor list.
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