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GeoMentor Case Study: Lixin Huang

City/State of School, School District, or Group: Veira, FL

Grade level of students you or your educator collaborator work/worked with: Grade 6

Subject/topic of class/group you assisted your collaborator with: Using GIS to Analyze Students with Free Lunch

Approximately how many students were engaged in GIS activities through this collaboration: 1

How did you connect with your collaborator? I contacted the staff I know in School Board to request for data.

Describe your collaboration process. We had email communications back and forth for about six times. I first contacted him to request the data. While I was communicating with him, I figured out a workflow to analyze the data in GIS. Then, I worked with the student, which is actually my son, to analyze the data. Finally, my son created a story map that shows the analysis process and the results.

Describe the tasks you assisted your collaborator with. I used Spatial Statistics tools to analyze the data and use 3D to visualize the data and results.

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

What did you gain from the experience? What do you think your educator collaborator and/or the students gained? I learned how to interact with the student while teaching him how to use GIS to solve the real world problems. The student learned how to use GIS Spatial Statistics tool to find the hot spots of spatial data and how the results can help make decisions.

If your GeoMentoring engagement activities were documented through a classroom blog, school website, group’s social media post, newspaper or other media, please provide the websites of those posts. Story Map Link: Free Lunch in Schools Story Map 

Any additional comments about your experience? Teaching students to think spatially can help them understand the world better. 



August 2016: Charter School Story Map 

Lixin's son, Yuliang, in turn taught his 4th grade cousin how to create an ESRI Story Map for her school. "He did most of the tutoring with a little help from me." - Lixin

October 2016: Cigarette Location Collection GIS Application

"My son did a another GIS application which is Cigarette Location Collection GIS Application. It is derived from on his Cigarette Location GIS application project while he was doing beach cleaning . It enables multiple users to collaborate collecting cigarette locations by using Collector for ArcGIS on users' mobile devices. Currently he visited seven users to help him collect cigarette locations. They are his mother, his father (myself), his aunt in Coconut Creek in FL, one of my good friends in Fairfax in Virginia, two of my previous colleagues in Beijing in China, and his cousin in Beijing in China. Every user does the collection work when he / she is available. Since Collector for ArcGIS is straight-forward and easy to use, my son and I only gave the invited users a little training to get them started. This is something like Uber drivers. He is planning to invite more users to help him. The purpose of this application is to help bring people's awareness on protecting our environment which is the project initiative. He will also learn the importance of collaboration. Here is the link to view the cigarette locations collected.  If you pan the map to Beijing, China, you should see a few point there." -Lixin

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