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GeoMentor Case Study:

John Nerge

Name of the School, School District, and/or Group you collaborated/are collaborating with: Highview Middle School

City/State of School, School District, or Group: New Brighton, Minnesota

Grade level of students you or your educator collaborator work/worked with: 7th & 8th

Subject/topic of class/group you assisted your collaborator with: Geography

Approximately how many students were engaged in GIS activities through this collaboration: 150-200

How did you connect with your collaborator?  Spoke at the school last year for GIS Day as well

Describe your collaboration process. Connected over email a few times to coordinate schedule and presentation plan

Describe the tasks you assisted your collaborator with. Teaching students about GIS after they had recently played around with ArcGIS Online (several students will be competing in the Esri storymapping contest in 2020)

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

Did you develop any new educational material or GIS activities through your collaboration? 20-minute presentation - also included demos of web maps and multiple videos about geography and GIS

What did you gain from the experience? What do you think your educator collaborator and/or the students gained? Hopefully connected with a few students who will now consider geography/GIS as a career track

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