GeoTech 2007

Saturday I attended some sessions at Bishop Dunne’s annual GeoTech conference. The majority of the sessions offered were about GIS and GPS technologies and how to incorporate them in the classroom.

The sessions were interesting for the most part. Unfortunately, I didn’t take detailed notes, so instead I will share some of the useful resources that were highlighted.

  • David Rumsey’s Historical Map Collection – Yeah, this site is pretty amazing. There are almost 15,000 historical maps from Rumsey’s collection that have been scanned in and made available to the public for free, but the REALLY amazing part is that by using Flash technologies (among others), he has made the maps interactive. You are able to zoom in and manipulate the maps (many of which date from the 1700s).  He has even created a layer for Google Earth so you can overlay the historic maps onto the current image of the globe…  uh, way cool.
  • Another great free GIS tool we looked at is ArcWeb Explorer. This site allows you to create maps of various types – satellite, hybrid, street and data. It also allows you to import Excel files with information it will then plot on the map.
  • I also attended a session by Groundspeak where they discussed geocaching, EarthCache and their new concept Wherigo. We even got to do some hands-on geocaching. Fun!

 My husband is supposed to be uploading some presentations and podcasts from the event, so when he gets that done, I will link to it as well.


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