March 9, 2013

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8:00 – 9:00– Breakfast and Registration. Please get your laptop plugged in and started up. Please connect to the wireless internet.

9:00- 10:15

  •   Hopes and Fears: What are yours? For this session only
  •   Getting Started with GIS
  •   Why Geotechnology is Important!
  •   Why GIS? Why now? – Head to this page:
    Read through some of these careers. Share with your neighbor. Tell us why we should be teaching and teaching with GIS now!
  •   Rope Activity
  •   GIS Basics

10:15 – 10:30 Break


Let’s look at some simple and neat webmapping tools created by ESRI.  How will you use one of these in your classroom? Head to  Take a look at the Latitude – Longitude Finder, Sketch-A-Map, Elevation Profile Map Tool, Landsat Viewers, and  Zipcode Lookup utilities.  Which one to you like the best?
ESRI has published a number of Story Maps – a way to tell a story with a map. Check this page out, along with a few maps. Share with your neighbor and then share with the group.

Quick Lesson Plan: What is a topic you teach that you could use one of these tools with next week?

11:00 – 2:30 (Lunch from 12:30 – 1:15)

Let’s Play for a Few Minutes

Geographic Inquiry Process & Instructional Use of GIS

Like Scientific Method?

Like 5 E Lesson Plan Model? Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate

Explore ArcGIS Online When landing on, we have a couple of options – sign in with an account, or scroll to the bottom of the page to get to the link for “maps for personal use” (Home). We will scroll down and explore a bit and then create a personal account.

  • Explore the Gallery
    • Maps
    • Web Maps
    • Explore the Map Viewer
      • Legend (Details)
      • Basemap_
      • Add Layer
      • Measure
      • Bookmark
      • Scale and Zoom
      • Shift and Drag


  • Create an account (click Sign In)
  • Username: _______________________   Password: _________________________________
  • Create an Editable Layer (Adding a popup window and a data point)
    • Add data collected from a GPS (This requires heading to
    • Download data file here, right click on derocho_wind and save to your computer.

Practice searching for data

Use ArcGIS as a student Complete the Exploring Africa “scripted” activity

Explore Instructional Materials at

  • ArcLessons
  • Mapping Our World
  • ESRI Ed Team You Tube Channel
  • ESRI Training (Teaching with GIS: Introduction to Using GIS in the Classroom)

2:30 – 4:00

You will now create a lesson plan of your own using  The lesson plan can be access here:

Email Completed Lesson Plan to Joey Wiseman,

Questions? Contact Erika Klose,


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