Geography Awareness Week 2011

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With GIS, students investigate real issues that are critical to the community, on a daily basis. There are few issues that can't be explored through problem-based community studies and fieldwork.

Web Mapping
Explore your community with from ArcGIS Online.
ArcGIS Online

Go to ArcGIS Online ( and search for your community and issues that matter to you. You will find maps on water quality, climate, crime, business, ecology, biodiversity, and much more. Make your own maps by combining layers, save them for later use, and share them with others.


  • A great way to collect field data: Geotag Pictures!
  • Create Your Own GeoAdventure!
    Collect data to tell a story from around your community and map it, just like George did in his recent geoadventure to the Olympic Peninsula.
  • Planning a field trip using ArcGIS Online
    I have always used maps as the central planning tool for any trips that I take for a conference or to gather data with students, but my old method was to print an online map of the area I was interested in, and draw points with pen on that map that I was interested in visiting.
  • Siting a wind turbine on your school campus
    This activity uses ArcGIS Online, a Web-based Geographic Information System (GIS) as a tool for siting a wind turbine on a typical school campus, and your own school campus. Consider relief, proximity to buildings, wind speed, local access, and other variables, first by examining Platte Valley High School, and then your own campus.
  • Play Ball: The Intersection of Geography, Baseball, and Other Sports
  • Topo Match, Topo Bingo.
    >Topo Match, Topo Bingo Use topographic maps as an entry point into geography and GIS, by exploring landscapes locally, regionally, and nationally In this activity, class participants (youth or adults in a professional development workshop) will get to know each other as well as get to know about map and GIS concepts and features. They will match their own topographic maps with the map held by someone else in the room, and they will also play a topographic version of Bingo based on the calling out and identification of map features or attributes (such as boundaries, rivers, UTM zones, wells, and so on). Goals (1) Serve as an 'icebreaker' activity with students or adults in a GIS, geography, environmental studies, geology, or other Earth-related class. (2) Serve as a fun and useful way to get familiar with mapping and GIS concepts.
  • Exploring 10 Landscapes with ArcGIS Explorer Online
    Exploring 10 Landscapes with ArcGIS Explorer Online In this lesson, you will use ArcGIS Explorer Online to investigate 10 topographic map features and their surrounding landscapes. Objectives: Work with topographic maps, including features, elevation, measurement, and other aspects of these maps to understand physical and cultural processes and the results of those processes. Software: As ArcGIS Online runs entirely online, all you need is a Web browser. May be prompted for Microsoft Silverlight plug-in. Level: 5 Questions for 10 landscapes = 50 questions total. Students need to be familiar with topographic maps and some basics of physical and cultural geography to most effectively use this lesson. Table of Contents: Landscape 1: Sand Dunes, Landscape 2: Karst, Landscape 3: Eskers, Landscape 4: Swamps, Landscape 5: Glaciers, Landscape 6: Rivers, Landscape 7: Railroad-Influenced Towns, Landscape 8: Modified Coastlines, Landscape 9: Volcanoes, Landscape 10: Protected Areas.

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