Closing Keynote - Ann Johnson & Philip Davis from the GeoTech Center

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The National Research Council report on “Learning to Think Spatially” suggested that all workers need to be able to think spatially and that spatial thinking skills should be integrated across the curriculum.  GIS can be a tool that helps build spatial thinking skills as well as a tool to help students learn to solve real world problems using technology.  See how students are using the technology and learn how we can all help educators create programs that produce graduates with the technical and conceptual skills needed by the user community.  

Phil DavisPhillip Davis is a professor of computer science at Del Mar College, where he has taught since 1983. His research interest includes mobile computing and online learning. Phillip Davis has led two ATE grants and served as CoPI on two others, totaling $7M. He is a graduate of Texas A&M Corpus Christi holding the BS, MS, and PhD in Computer Science (Nova Southeastern). He is married to Kathleen Soch, MD and father to Thomas, Ann and John Howard. Phillip serves as the PI and Director of the of the GeoTech Center.

Ann JohnsonAnn Johnson holds a BS degree from California State University, Fulerton MS degree from University of California, Riverside Geology, She works for ESRI as Community College Manager, Higher Education. Ann has been interested in Earth Science and Geology having received a Bachelors Degree from California State University in Fullerton and a Master’s Degree from University of California Riverside. While teaching Earth Sciences in community college, she became interested in Geographic Information Systems. At ESRI she helps colleges and universities to develop GIS courses and programs, designs and teaches GIS workshops for college and university instructors and speaks in support of GIS to groups across the United States. Ann serves as the GeoTech Center Marketing and Communication Specialist.