March 19, 2011 Bridgeport

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Introduction to GIS for WV Teachers

Agenda March 19, 2011 Martinsburg

This agenda assumes all teachers come with ArcGIS 9.3 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 – 10:00Topics covered: Introduction, GeoNews (with ArcOnline), Participant Introductions, What is spatial thinking? and How do we use GIS for problem solving?

Getting Started with GIS; ArcGIS Basics

We will explore how GIS data layers are stored, navigation, zooming and panning, adding, symbolizing, selecting and classifying data; and querying data.

10:30 – 10:45 Break

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


Breakout Groups

*Elementary                      *Middle                               *High school

Teachers will break into groups of 2-4 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

Topics covered: Visiting sites on the internet where data can be downloaded; introduction to importing GPS points;

Contact Information:

Erika Klose
Winfield Middle School

Introduction to the ArcGIS Online geomentor program.

More information on where to find resources and help.

Start a draft of individual Lesson Plan using ESRI products in the classroom.

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