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"GIS technology" by Thomas R. Baker, Ph.D.

If you think you know something about GPS.  What is GIS information and how is it used to make informed decisions that help improve our lives?

How and why are businesses gathering personal information using GIS technology and what new methods are on the horizon.

This and more by Dr. Tom Baker, Education Manager at ESRI, an international supplier of Geographic Information System software and geodatabase applications.

Tom joined the ESRI Education Team in 2006 as an Education Manager in Industry Solutions and works from the Kansas City satellite office. Tom leads initiatives in STEM (science, technology, engineering, & math) education, educational community development, learning design, and educational research. Tom is also a leader and ardent supporter GIS in informal and afterschool settings and works to build a variety of educational partnerships.

Prior to joining ESRI, Tom spent the previous ten years at the University of Kansas where he held a many research, technical, and teaching roles. In his final position, he was an Assistant Research Professor in the Center for Research on Learning and Center for Science Education in the School of Education. Tom was also the Project Coordinator and Co-PI for the NSF-funded "Extending Scientific Inquiry through Collaborative GIS" and Department of Education funded "KanCRN Collaborative Research Network" projects. He completed a Ph.D. in educational technology in 2002 with a dissertation directed at student attitude, self-efficacy, and outcomes when using a variety of technologies to complete a project-based learning (PBL) activity.

Tom remains active in the academic community, publishing and presenting frequently. He serves in leadership roles for committees, special interest groups, and advisory boards at the National Council for Geographic Education, the Society for Information Technology in Teacher Education, a variety of NSF grants and others.

We'll go to the Blue Moose after the talk.......

Cole Morgan[masked]

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  • cole m.

    What a fun filled night of technology. Thanks, Thomas! Lots to think about now.

    September 21, 2013

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