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General Resources for Using GIS and Maps in Class


Research & Instructional Design

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.

ESRI’s EdCommunity website features many resources, including ArcLessons, GeoInquiries, and Spotlight on Higher Education case studies.

ESRI also 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.”

Teach GIS is a new online community and resource for educators, “because no one should face GIS alone.”  You might also be interested in the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, formed to support researchers but also of interest to instructors.

Spatial@UCSB includes educational resources for integrating spatial concepts across the curriculum.  The Center for Spatial Studies also hosts TeachSpatial, a site which includes modules for teaching various spatial concepts.

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.

The Learning Network blog at The New York Times provides suggestions on how to teach various topics, including Ten Ways to Teach About Geography. There are also map-related topics in the Year-End Round-Up 2016-17 (and in previous years' round-ups as well).

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.

The ESRI Spatial Roundtable for February featured a discussion on GIS in Education with contributions from dozens of educators.

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Last updated: September 25, 2017

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