Web GIS Syllabus For Educators

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This document was created for a 3-day Web GIS Institute for Educators. It is provided as a model and source of ideas for others conducting Web GIS institutes for educators and students. The goal of the institute is to equip the attendees with the skills needed to use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) technologies in their educational institution, with a particular emphasis on WebGIS, as connected to the Oklahoma Social Studies standards. Participants will be given a foundation in spatial thinking, spatial analysis, and a variety of activities in the field and in the laboratory across several disciplines to give them the confidence and skills necessary to apply these technologies to their own program, grade levels, and content areas. Participants will be connected to each other and the larger community so that they can continue in their GIS journey after the workshop concludes. Content 1. Understand what spatial thinking is and how it is fundamental to a variety of disciplines. 2. Understand the nature of spatial problems and how GIS can help make more effective decisions to solve those problems. 3. Understand how to apply geotechnologies (GIS, web mapping, and GPS) to solve spatial problems and how to use it in formal and informal education. 4. Understand the spatial nature and interconnections of population change, agriculture, land use, biomes, climate, watersheds, natural hazards, and other phenomena. 5. Know how to connect students to relevant geotechnology-focused career pathways. Technical Skills 1. Know how to locate, access, download, and use spatial data for use in GIS-based analysis. 2. Know how to find and use geotechnology-based lessons in an inquiry-based curricular setting. 3. Know how to use web-based GIS and desktop-based GIS to perform selected tasks such as select and query by attribute and by location, how to buffer, overlay, locate metadata, create layouts, and create graphs. 4. Know how to use GPS receivers in the field to collect tracks and waypoints, how to transfer that information to a GIS, how to map field-collected data, and how to hyperlink media (photos, text, URLs, video) to those points. Teaching Skills 1. Know when it is appropriate to teach with web-based GIS, with an educational GIS (AEJEE—ArcExplorer Java Edition for Education), and with a professional-grade GIS (ArcGIS). 2. Know how to incorporate GIS and GPS into disciplines such as history, geography, Earth Science, environmental studies, language arts, civics, and mathematics and into 4-H education. Disciplinary emphases for this institute: Geography, Social Studies. 3. Know how to use GIS-based lessons created by others. 4. Know how to author one’s own GIS-based lessons.

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