March 2, 2012 Intro

Leave a comment

Introduction to GIS For Social Studies Teachers

March 2, 2012

This agenda assumes all teachers come with ArcGIS 10.0 software loaded and registered on their laptops. We also assume that teachers have created an account at

8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast and Registration.

9:00 – 11:00  Geocaching – Robin Taylor (break 10:30am)

11:00 – 12:30- Intro to GIS

12:30 – Lunch

1:30 – 2:30 Topics covered: Introduction, GeoNews (with ArcOnline), Participant Introductions, What is spatial thinking? and How do we use GIS for problem solving? (Participant Laptops Off)  As participants introduce themselves, I will enter school and participant name into Excel, and then map in ArcMap (On map of WV schools, completing a spatial join of the data. (Break 2:30pm)

2:30 – 2:45  Break

2:45-End of Day

Breakout Groups

*Elementary                                           *Middle                            *High school

Each group will break into groups of 2-3 based on grade level or subject area and will:

  1. Look at CSO’s and brainstorm ideas of how to use GIS for instruction (both teacher delivered and student use in labs). Small groups will report back to larger groups.
  2. Visit to look at “arclessons” and download lessons; look at the resources that come with the lessons; and report back to larger group about lesson and how it can be used in the classroom.
  3. Come up with a list of data files that would be useful to have to teach specific topics and explore ways to acquire that specific data.

Last: . More information on where to find resources and help.

Leave a Reply