March 23, 2013

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GIS Training, Bridgeport, March 23, 2013

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

9:00- 10:30

  • Geonews
  • Hopes and Fears: What are yours? For this session only. 🙂
  • Getting Started with GIS (ppt)
  • Telling stories with GIS (Sample My Life)
  • Rope Activity (Types of GIS Data)
  • Search for map – USA Territorial Acquisitions (cfitzpatrick)
  • Where are you all from?


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, 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 or lesson 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

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 use a personal account.

Explore the Gallery

  • Maps
  • Web Maps

Explore the Map Viewer

  • Legend (Details) – three options in legend – About Contents, Show Contents, and Legend
  • Basemap – click this to change the baseman
  • Add Button – click this to add data layers to your map
  • Measure – click and use tools to find, area, distance, and location
  • Bookmark – bookmark an area to return to
  • Zoom – slide the slider up adn down, or scroll with a mouse wheel
  • Zoom – hold the shift key and drag a zoom window

Practice searching for data

  • To add data from ArcGIS online, click Add > Search for Layers.
  • Search for data, example search national parks.
  • Find NPS-USFS Buildings and Structures in the list.
  • Click add.

Create Map Notes (Adding a popup window for a data point)

  • With a map window open, click Add > Add Map Notes
  • Name the layer you are creating (i.e. trees, historical sites, camping locations, etc.)
  • Leave the template as map notes, click create.
  • You now have an add features window. Click the type of data you’d like to add. (Start with pushpin)
  • Place your pushpin.  A popup window will appear.
  • Fill in the name and description.
  • If you have a direct link to a picture online (meaning the actual web address of the picture ends in .jpg), paste that into the Image URL.  If you’d like that image to link to a specific website, paste that website address into the Image Link URL box. Click Close and you’re done. Now, if you “unclick” the Edit button, you’ll be able to click your pushpin and see your popup box!

Add data collected from a GPS. (Download this sample file.)

  • Locate the text file that has your latitude and longitude data.
  • Click Add > Add layer from file
  • Browse to the file, click Import Layer. The data appear!
  • To see the data behind the points, click the small arrow to the right of the layer in the legend. Click show table.


Use as a student

Explore Instructional Materials at

2:30 – 4:00

You will now create a lesson plan of your own using The lesson plan format can be found at:

Email Completed Lesson Plan to Joey Wiseman,

Questions? Contact Erika Klose,

Ideas from Today’s Training!

Send a Geogreeting (via Lisa)

iPad App – Click

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