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General Resources for Using GIS and Maps in Class


ESRI’s Education Community website features many resources, including GeoInquiries and Spotlight on Higher Education case studies.  Of special interest is the Teach with GIS Implementation Guide, which includes an extensive Lesson Gallery.

ESRI assisted the State of Virginia in creating Historical GIS Projects - Using GIS to Teach History which are ten lessons, complete with downloadable data, to help students learn aspects of US history by using GIS.

In Time and Place “is a growing library of teaching materials for classroom, distance, or home use focusing on selected topics in American history. You will find many traditional reading, map, and photo related resources, but you will also find GIS (Geographic Information System) data and activities as well.”

The University Consortium for Geographic Information Science is "a non-profit organization that creates and supports communities of practice for GIScience research, education, and policy endeavors in higher education and with allied institutions."

Spatial@UCSB includes educational resources for integrating spatial concepts across the curriculum.  

Spatial Thinking in Education by Joseph Kerski (Education Manager, ESRI), includes a blog, resources, podcast, publications and other resources for teaching with GIS.

Hamilton’s own Barb Tewksbury presented a seminar on teaching GIS and Remote Sensing in 2010 at the On the Cutting Edge workshop. Although this program focuses on teaching geoscience, there are a number of tips and resources on teaching with GIS in general, including a list of ideal student outcomes.

Google Earth Outreach provides a platform for non-profits and public benefit organizations, helping them give geographic content to their stories. This site includes a Showcase of different topics, resources for organizations, and a number of excellent Tutorials.

Jeremy Donald and Mike Winiski of Furman University have put together a blended learning module on data classification to “show you how to understand and use classification when both interpreting and creating maps.” They include video tutorials, sample exercises, and a sample curriculum for this kind of work.

Last updated: June 11, 2020

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