Partners’ Workshops

GOLD Partner

Google Geo Tools allow communities, educators, students and experts to express and share their 'appreciation' of place at any scale.  Particularly with Google MyMaps, KML editing in Google Earth, and Google Earth Voyager stories our workshops will explore how we can "appreciate" indigenous worlds.  We can learn about the paths of Inuit lives, and Coast Salish peoples' cultural landscapes. We can learn about the history and impact of colonialism though residential school landscapes, and the places of the 'Oka Crisis'. To 'appreciate' is not a totalizing way of knowing the world.  It is essentially collaborative and communicative, and comes into being through experience, knowledge, sharing, and creative visualizing. Google's Geo tools provide an accessible lens for appreciating the difference!
Workshops presented by Google Earth Outreach

1. Appreciating Difference: Indigenous Mapping Projects with Google Earth Pro
Presented by Dr.Brian Thom and Raleigh Seamster (2018-08-07  10:30 - 12:00  Room 306A) 

Google Geo Tools allow communities, educators, students and experts to express and share their 'appreciation' of place at any scale. Highlighting the power and potential of Google Earth used in collaboration with Indigenous communities, our workshop will explore how we can "appreciate" territories and landscapes. We will share how to use Google Earth Pro for collecting, organizing and sharing data for indigenous mapping projects.  We will discuss putting the 3d imagery from Google Earth at the centre of an indigenous land use mapping interview, doing virtual 'field trips' through Google Earth to identify important places. In this introductory Google Earth workshop session, we will review techniques for customizing the look of the mapped data within Google Earth, how to bring in historic map overlays and other GIS data, as well as saving and sharing the indigenous mapping data as a KML file for viewing within Google Earth or exporting to other platforms.

2. Appreciating Difference: Indigenous Mapping Projects with Google Earth Pro (Advanced Track)
Presented by Dr.Brian Thom and Raleigh Seamster (2018-08-07  1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Room 306A)

Google Geo Tools allow communities, educators, students and experts to express and share their 'appreciation' of place at any scale. Highlighting the power and potential of Google Earth used in collaboration with Indigenous communities, our 'advanced' stream workshop is for users with basic Google Earth skills, and will discuss techniques and methods for managing data associated with each placemark (including building attribute tables for KML using Fusion Tables), editing KML to access more powerful tools like line labels and multi-geometry, using Google Earth Pro in the field without an internet connection, creating narrated tours, and managing imported GIS datasets. We will share how Google's Geo tools provide an accessible lens for appreciating Indigenous cartographies rooted in collaborative and communicative practice.

3. Bring the World Inside your Classroom
Presented by Afzal Shaikh, Joël Charlebois, Emily Henderson (2018-08-08  10:30 - 12:00  Room 306A)

Google GEO tools are powerful allies in education, regardless of the subject taught or the age of the audience. Come explore different ways you can integrate the magic of the tools to increase student engagement and develop geo-literate compassionate citizens. 

In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to explore hands-on various uses of Google Maps, My Maps, Earth, Tour Builder, LitTrips, create virtual 360 tours; all of these tools are now web based, free, and accessible across all devices. Furthermore, classroom educators will be sharing their experiences implementing the technology in their classrooms and schools and help participants identify their own opportunities and classroom projects.

4. Appreciating Difference: Mapping cultural landscapes and territories with Indigenous Communities and Google My Maps
Presented by Dr.Brian Thom and Raleigh Seamster (2018-08-08  1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Room 306A)

This workshop is for people collaborating with indigenous communities and knowledge holders to map cultural landscapes and territories. Our workshop will provide examples done by Google Earth Outreach partners like UVic's Ethnographic Mapping Lab who are working with indigenous communities on documenting indigenous rights; supporting self-determination in land use planning, resource management and environmental assessments; celebrating indigenous cultural landscapes through engaging inter-generational knowledge exchange and public education. This will be a hands-on workshop, where we will share techniques and workflows for using Google My Maps for documenting and storied cultural landscapes. This simple yet powerful tool incorporates rich video, photos and text for each placemark, and provides for custom icons, mobile data collection, importing and displaying complex GIS data to My Maps, and sharing both publicly and in more restricted settings.

5. Bring the World Inside your Classroom
Presented by Afzal Shaikh, Joël Charlebois, Emily Henderson (2018-08-09  10:30 - 12:00  Room 306A)

Google GEO tools are powerful allies in education, regardless of the subject taught or the age of the audience. Come explore different ways you can integrate the magic of the tools to increase student engagement and develop geo-literate compassionate citizens.

In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to explore hands-on various uses of Google Maps, My Maps, Earth, Tour Builder, LitTrips, create virtual 360 tours; all of these tools are now web based, free, and accessible across all devices. Furthermore, classroom educators will be sharing their experiences implementing the technology in their classrooms and schools and help participants identify their own opportunities and classroom projects.

6. 360 Degrees of Exploration with Google Earth, Street View, and Expeditions
Presented by John Bailey (2018-08-09  1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m  Room 306A)

Google Street View is a vast archive of geolocated 360 imagery, spanning 7 continents, and growing everyday. Accessible through Google Earth, Maps and its own App, Street View provides access to over seven million miles of interactive 360-degree panoramas captured in over 80 countries, across all seven continents and in the world’s oceans. We will discuss different ways to use this imagery to explore and tell stories, and show how everyone can easily add their own images to Google’s Street View collections. We’ll also show how to engage students with 360 images using Cardboard VR viewers and take virtual field trips using Google Expeditions.

Biographies


Dr. Brian Thom  (Website Link) Assistant Professor, University of Victoria

In 2010, Brian Thom founded the University of Victoria’s Ethnographic Mapping Lab (EML) to create a space for indigenous communities and university researchers to collaborate on projects and innovate in theoretically sophisticated cartographic approaches (http://ethnographicmapping.uvic.ca). He has led collaborative projects in several Coast Salish (Canada) and Itelmen (Russia) indigenous communities through a SSHRC Insight Development Grant (2014-16), with additional support from Google (2014-17).  This work has helped establish key methodologies in using Google’s powerful, free geo tools to support indigenous efforts and his publication situate indigenous mapping efforts (by both indigenous peoples themselves and other actors like academics or the state) in critical theoretical contexts (Thom, Colombi and Degai 2016; Thom 2014a, Thom 2014b; Thom 2009). The Coast Salish and Itelmen web atlas projects, the immersive Coast Salish Cultural Landscapes Street View project and an extensive Cartographic Legacies map browser are all live on the EML’s website. Thom has made providing community-based outcomes through delivering intensive community training in workshops at UVic (2014), University of Arizona (2013), Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (2014), Waterloo (2015) and Denver (2015), which are all available through the EML’s website, as well as many smaller indigenous mapping training and mentoring sessions in Coast Salish communities.  From 1994-97, 2000-10 he acted as researcher, senior advisor and negotiator for several Coast Salish First Nations engaged in treaty, land claims and self-government negotiations. During this time he led 3-year (95-97) and 10-year (2000-10) traditional land use studies, did several place names inventory projects and conducted innumerable individual field projects around culturally important places. 

Joel Charlebois (Website) EdTech Integration Coach

Joel Charlebois is an EdTech Integration Coach and specialist for the Eastern Ontario French Catholic School Board (CSDCEO). On a daily basis, he accompanies, coaches, and provides training for teachers to better integrate technology and 21st Century skills. His areas of expertise are all things Google, robotics and coding, makerspaces, Geo-specific integration and PD development. He is always on the lookout for new ways to enrich the classroom experience and wow  his fellow colleagues. Joel is a Google for Education Certified Trainer and Educator as well as a Google Earth for Education Expert.

You  can follow him on YouTube at www.youtube.com/jocharlebois

                                on Twitter at www.twitter.com/charleboisjoel

                                on Google Plus plus.google.com/+JoëlCharlebois

                                or at joelcharlebois.com

Afzal Shaikh (LinkedIn Profile) Assoc Director - Learning, Innovation & Tech at The York School

Afzal Shaikh is the  Associate Director - Learning, Innovation & Technology at The York School

in Toronto, Canada. In this role, he helps integrate technology within the IB PYP curriculum at the K-12 level. He insures that teachers are introduced with new application, tools and strategies that can enhance their skills within the classroom. Working alongside teachers, his embedded PD sessions model allow him to effectively integrate technology into everyday educational practice. Furthermore, Afzal collaborates with the L.I.T Team to ensure all data security, network security and disaster planning systems and policy are up to date and audited on a regular basis. Afzal is a Google Certified Innovator and also recently mentored new grads at the Google Academy #TOR16

You can follow him @Edushaikh ashaikh@yorkschool.com

Dr. John Bailey, Program Manager Google Earth Outreach

Dr. John Bailey is a former volcanologist and university professor, turned Googler. After almost two decades in academia John decided he needed a new challenge and accepted an offer to move from Alaska to California and join the Google Earth Outreach team as a Program Manager for Geo Education. His goal to teach knowledge, understanding and stewardship of the planet we live on through the use of Google Earth, Street View and other innovative technologies. John has a passion for travel and exploring new places having visited every continent and 50+ countries, and has lived on three different continents. 

Raleigh Seamster, Program Manager Google Earth Outreach

Raleigh Seamster helps nonprofits and indigenous communities use Google's tools to visualize their data, create their own maps and tell their stories. She has been at Google for 11 years. Before life at Google, Raleigh managed international exchange programs at the nonprofit American Councils for International Education in Washington, DC, taught English and trained teachers as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine and studied cultural anthropology at James Madison University in Virginia. 

Emily Henderson, Program Manager Google Earth Outreach

Emily Henderson serves as the lead of Education for the Google Earth team with the mission to leverage Google Geo Tools and Earth Outreach partners to drive geoliteracy as a fundamental learning and life skill in global education. Working across nonprofits, educational organizations, classrooms, and teachers, Emily trains individuals and groups how to use Google Geo tools and focuses primarily on the best features and resources for K-12 classrooms.


SILVER Partner

The National Geographic Society is a nonprofit scientific and educational organization that pushes the boundaries of exploration to further our understanding of our planet and empower us all to generate solutions for a more sustainable future.
Workshops presented by National Geographic

1. National Geographic Educator Certification Workshop

Presented by Chris Hines (Educator Network Regional Director) and Carley Lovorn (Educator Network Regional Director)
(2018-08-07  08:30 - 10:00  Room 306B)

In this interactive session, educators will discuss how they teach with a global and geographic perspective, reflecting on their teaching missions and collaborating to build upon one another’s best project ideas. They’ll also be introduced to National Geographic’s Learning Framework, which is a set of attitudes, skills, and knowledge areas that embody the attributes of an explorer—one who seeks solutions to our world’s most pressing problems.

This session counts as Phase 1 of the free professional learning program known as the National Geographic Educator Certification Program. As educators go on to complete Phases 2 and 3, they will have the opportunity to try new lessons and activities that challenge students to solve real-world problems. National Geographic Certified Educators also receive special access to National Geographic education resources and an online community of like-minded peers.


2. An Inside Look at National Geographic Educator Grants

Presented by Kim Hulse (Vice President, Education Programs), Elaine Larson (Educator Network Regional Director) and Rosemary Martin (Program
Officer, Education Grants) (2018-08-08  08:30 - 10:00  Room 306B)

For 130 years, the National Geographic Society has been awarding grants to researchers and conservationists all over the world. These explorers are the bold people with transformative ideas that have the potential to change the future of our planet. We consider educators to be explorers, too! Educators teach and inspire the next generation each and every day.

In this session, come learn about National Geographic’s educator grants program and the types of grant opportunities that are available to educators just like you. We will provide an in-depth look at grant opportunities for individual formal and informal educators at all points in their career and in different focus areas. We’ll walk you through the application process and share overviews of past education grantee projects. We want to help you expand on the bold, innovative ideas that can build a more geographically literate population and a better tomorrow, and ultimately a more sustainable planet in balance for us all.

3. National Geographic’s Geo-Inquiry Process in Action!
Presented by Brenda Barr (Educator Network Regional Director), Anastasia Cronin (Educator Network Regional Director)
(2018-08-08  3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Room 306B)

Geo-Inquiry is an exciting, integrated project-based process that connects real-world challenges and National Geographic Explorers to the classroom. In this interactive session, educators will learn new strategies to help students develop critical thinking skills to ask geographic questions, collect information, use GIS visualization, create compelling stories, and ultimately become advocates for change in their local community.

The Geo-Inquiry Process is designed to inspire educators to teach students about the world in innovative, experiential and authentic ways. Come and explore how you, your students and your school can partner with National Geographic to investigate and change the world.


BRONZE Partner

Since 1995, K2 Geospatial has been committed to bringing spatial  information and analysis tools within everyone’s reach  by developing software solutions that provide effective visual aids to decision-makers.
Workshops presented by K2 Geospatial


1. Mobile mapping ! (in french)
Presented by Jacques Charron (president of K2 Geospatial) (2018-08-07  1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Room 306B)

2. Mobile mapping ! (in english)
Presented by Jacques Charron (president of K2 Geospatial) (2018-08-09  1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m  Room 306B)


BRONZE Partner

Jakarto 3D Cartography is a new JLR initiative that aims to provide innovative and foward-looking urban landscape exploration and measurement software.
Workshops presented by Jakarto 3D Cartography


1. La Ultra Haute-Définition de la cartographie (in french)
Presented by Cédric Pelletier (Director of Development, Jarkarto Cartographie 3D) (2018-08-07  3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Room 306B)

2. The Ultra High Definition of Mapping (in english)
Presented by Cédric Pelletier (Director of Development, Jarkarto Cartographie 3D) (2018-08-08  1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Room 306B)