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With game-changing advances in cloud computing, mobile technologies, access to authoritative data, and Esri's ArcGIS 10.1, "this is not the year to miss the Esri Education GIS Conference," says David DiBiase, director of education at Esri, inviting both educators and administrators to attend.
The 12th annual conference will focus on how GIS technology is used throughout the entire campus for instruction, research, and wide-ranging administrative tasks.
As the world's largest event for GIS in education, the conference offers user presentations and hands-on workshops that provide unique learning and networking opportunities that can help you and your institution maximize your GIS investment. This year the event will be held July 21–24, 2012, at both the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina and the San Diego Convention Center.
The program will begin at the Marriott on July 21 with 90-minute facilitated "community conversations," in which Esri education managers, representatives from the education community, and audience members will discuss various initiatives such as the new partnership between Esri and the GIS education community to meet the changing needs of educators and students.
Following the plenary, people can attend paper sessions, interest group meetings, hands-on workshops for both beginners and experts, and demonstrations and presentations at the Education EXPO. On July 23, the program will move next door to the San Diego Convention Center for the Plenary Session presentations at the Esri UC and the Academic Program Fair, during which attendees will be able to meet with representatives from colleges and universities to discuss their academic GIS programs and educational offerings. Additional educational papers will be presented on July 24 at the convention center.
The conference will provide opportunities to
"This is my GIS in education thinkfest!" said Barbaree Duke, a K–12 educator and consultant. "Having been to every one since 2001, I find the intersection of ideas reenergizing. Each year, there is something new to learn from students who share their projects; educators who think outside the box; or the friendly Esri staff and business professionals who will stop what they're doing to chat. It's a unique opportunity to share ideas, get feedback, and empower new users without having to explain what GIS is. If you're using GIS in education in any way or are planning to use GIS, this is the event not to miss!"
Register today for the Esri Education GIS Conference.