What is POD?

Do YOU want to…

  • Increase understanding of Geospatial Inquiry in your classroom?
  • Increase confidence and skills for facilitating Geospatial Inquiry with students?
  • Identify opportunities to implement Geospatial Inquiry to enhance student learning of key disciplinary concepts?
  • Increase awareness of careers that could inspire students to enter STEM fields?

Then a POD Teacher Workshop is the perfect place for you!

The Power of Data (POD) Project is a 35 hour professional development program that helps secondary teachers enhance existing lessons with Geospatial Inquiry. Geospatial Inquiry involves finding patterns and relationships in data using online mapping technologies.

You will engage in adult-level, Geospatial Inquiry with a focus on science as a learner. This will serve as an example for you to create a similar Geospatial Inquiry for students in your specific content. You will:

  • EXAMINE geospatial data
  • ASK QUESTIONS about geospatial data
  • ANALYZE AND INTERPRET geospatial data in ArcGIS Online
  • ENGAGE IN ARGUMENT using geospatial data as EVIDENCE to support written arguments
  • Present and receive feedback on your argument to peers in ArcGIS Online
  • REVISE your argument based on peer feedback.

 

POD is recognized by Change the Equation as an Accomplished STEM education program in their STEMworks database. Each program in STEMworks has been independently vetted and cleared a very high bar for quality. Business leaders, funders and STEM advocates from across the nation use STEMworks to find proven and highly-scalable STEM education programs to help them maximize their impact on STEM education.

The big GIS projects that we do . . .  empower students. They use it to suggest policy change on our campus. Last year [students] told the district ‘we’re going to reduce your energy consumption by 20%.
I can totally use this in AP HUG! All Geography teachers should take this and work with other environmental science teachers!

I have rarely attended a workshop like this where I received so much valuable information that I can incorporate into the class.

It was a very powerful experience. I go to literally at least a half a dozen workshops and conferences every year as part of my job, but most do not engage me in the ways in which this workshop did.

I really increased my appreciation of geospatial technology as being really kind of a wonderful fit for STEM careers in general. This isn't just one more thing on top of it, but it's a better way to teach things that we've already been teaching.

I really increased my appreciation of geospatial technology as being really kind of a wonderful fit for STEM careers in general. This isn't just one more thing on top of it, but it's a better way to teach things that we've already been teaching.