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GeoMentor Case Study:

Lane Simmons

City/State of School, School District, or Group: Grass Valley, CA

Grade level of students you or your educator collaborator work/worked with: 11th

Subject/topic of class/group you assisted your collaborator with: US History, Math

Approximately how many students were engaged in GIS activities through this collaboration: 22 Students this year, however plans for next semester would include 22 students in the 10th grade class.

How did you connect with your collaborator? The Teacher is a good friend from college (UC Davis). Over the years we often talked about bringing GIS to his classroom. I learned about AAG's GeoMentor program through an email newsletter and brought the idea to him this past summer.

Describe your collaboration process.  The teacher and I seriously began planning introducing GIS to the school in August 2015 with continued bi-monthly emails and a few phone calls the week before GIS Day.

Describe the tasks you assisted your collaborator with. I presented at GIS Day. My audience was an 11th grade US History class. The charter school focuses on project based learning, this class in particular is looking at a proposed dam on the Bear River as a way to learn physics, math and history. Each class plans a major outdoor expedition each semester that relates to their studies, in the spring we'll use GIS to plan their route for a 5 day snow camping expedition. I also helped the math teacher contact Esri about ArcGIS online subscriptions for his school.

What available resources, if any, did you use or help your collaborator use to implement GIS in K-12 education? GeoInquiries

Did you develop any new educational material or GIS activities through your collaboration? Not at this time, but hopefully later in this academic year or next.

Did you work directly with students at all, or just with educators? I worked with students and educators.

What did you gain from the experience? What do you think your educator collaborator and/or the students gained? The school was very excited about the GeoInquiry lessons, especially US History. I shared several other ArcGIS Online lesson plans with my friend and his colleagues, all of which were received with great enthusiasm.

Any additional comments about your experience? Loved the entire experience and look forward to more! The students had great questions about remote sensing, especially LiDAR. My former firm in Sacramento completed a laser scan about 5 years ago of a nearby dam, I reached out to the PLS involved recently to see if they'd like to present to the class and/or school.


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