Kathryn’s workshop provided the opportunity for the Cloud Connected Mapping Project team members to learn LOTS more about Editable Feature Services. While previously, we have been able to learn from each other... this gave us an opportunity to learn from the "best". Kathryn is currently the coordinator of the "Geospatial Semester" at James Madison University, and supervises hundreds of teachers throughout the Virginia region, who supervise and teach thousands of high school students in the Virginia region. Kathryn is also an instructor at the Esri's T3G institutes (Teachers Teaching Teachers GIS) at the Esri corporate campus located in Redlands, California. Kathryn knows her stuff. In addition, we were able to invite some other regional "power GIS users" to the workshop, and even more "in addition", we were able to invite some other newer NHEdGIS members, so as to introduce them to the power of ArcGIS Desktop. Hopefully, these new participants will be some of the first "borrowers" of these Google Nexus devices.
After each of us had successfully uploaded our own newly created fishnetted EFS, we spent some time talking about techniques for sharing empty EFS using the service definition files. KK generously made all her service definition files temporarily publicly accessible, and we found we could search ArcGIS Online for them and download copies of them, and then upload them to our own organization, therefore getting a blank copy of the EFS, ready to go and collect data. This seemed to work very well, and also offers real promise for allowing us to create "generic" EFS to share with teachers who do not have the necessary skills (yet) to create their own EFS.
And we filmed it! Four 30-ish minute videos are now available below! .
All in all... this was a highly successful workshop for team members and we are hoping to bring Kathryn back next summer as part of the NHEdGIS 2015 summer institute series.