March 3, 2012 Intro

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Introduction to GIS for Science, Math, and Technical Subjects

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

March 3, 2012

8:00 – 9:00– Breakfast and Registration

9:00- 10:15  Topics covered: Getting Started with GIS; ArcGIS Basics

10:15 – 10:30 Break

10:30-11:00 We will explore how GIS data layers are stored, navigation, zooming and panning, adding, symbolizing, selecting and classifying data; buffering; and querying data. ArcOnline capabilities.

11:00 – 12:30 Topics covered: Mapping in data view vs. layout view (20 minutes), Participants will complete backward design of map of school age children in WV.


1:15 – 2:30 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.

2:30 – 2:45 Break

2:45 – End of Day  – Topics covered: Exploring the data DVD provided to teachers; visiting sites on the internet where data can be downloaded; introduction to importing GPS points; creating a project file on teacher’s computer (a map) to display in class the next day.

Last – Topics covered:  Introduction to the ArcGIS Online geomentor program. More information on where to find resources and help.

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