Geographic Information System Teacher Resources

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World Population History

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Six lessons challenge 21st-century learners to interpret maps, analyze real-world data sets, and use technology such as GIS to understand key global issues. The lessons, which can be used sequentially as a unit or individually, are...
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What is GIS?

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Is GIS the real manifestation of Harry Potter's Marauders Map? Introduce your class to the history of geographic information systems (GIS), the technology that allows for easy use of spatial information, with a resource that teaches...
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Water Quality and Watersheds: A GIS Investigation

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Requiring more than one class period, this resource takes earth science learners on a journey through a watershed. Using ArcGIS Explorer, an online geographic information system, they view maps of watersheds and surrounding landscapes....
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Analyzing Hurricanes Using Web and Desktop GIS

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students analyze hurricanes. In hurricanes lesson, students use the Internet and GIS to analyze hurricanes. Students view the National Atlas of Maps to discuss the direction hurricanes move. Students study the wind and pressure fields to...
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Applications of GIS

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Don't be concerned that the title slide of this presentation mentions Virginia's Geospatial Extension Program; this slide show is very informative for any technology-focused curriculum when considering global information systems. It...
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Introduction to GIS

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Today's teens love technology! Draw them into this lesson by finding out what they know about GPS. Use it as a starting point for introducing them to GIS (geographic information systems). Using yarn, your class outlines the United States...
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Exploring Energy with GIS

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students examine GIS technology as it is used to locate energy sources. In this GIS lesson, student access an assigned website to locate a series of lessons using the GIS software. They use the maps that are located on the primary lesson...
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Practical GPS Applications in Forestry & Agriculture

For Teachers 9th - 12th
An explanation of the Global Positioning System (GPS) and the Geographic Information System (GIS) is given in this presentation. Uses and applications are considered. How it works and sources of error are also touched upon. A large...
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GIS: Helping to Save the African Wild

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students use resources such as the National Geographic magazine feature Africa MegaFlyover to find out more about how GIS is used.
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Regional Layers: Low-Tech Geographic Information Systems

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore physical characteristics of a region through use of a low-tech version of a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) map-overlay analysis. They form conclusions about human development regions that emerge from physical regions.
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Exploring Ecosystems Using GIS

For Teachers 5th - Higher Ed
What an incredible lesson for integrating technology with ecology and geography! Discuss what a preserve is, and then use National Geographic's fabulous FieldScope tool to virtually explore the Barataria Preserve in New Orleans. A...
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TE Lesson: Habitat Mapping

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine the current technologies used in mapping resources in the marine environment. They look at remote sensing, sounding, and underwater vehicles. They examine image from the benthic habitat produced by the GIS in order to...
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Geographic Information Systems

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students examine the concept of geographic information systems (GIS) and its basic components. They explore an application program using GIS technology and list the various uses for GIS.
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Mapping the Mississippi

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Earth science classes can inspect the geography of the Mississippi River watershed by using National Geographic's fascinating FieldScope, an interactive mapping tool. Printable worksheets can be used to guide the exploration. This neat...
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Searching for Bigfoot and Others Like Him

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Individuals create a GIS data layer in Google Earth that displays information about where one might find seven different cryptids. The class members research to find data on cryptid sightings they can include in their data layer. 
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Investigating Earthquakes: GIS Mapping and Analysis

For Teachers Higher Ed
Students describes the technique of preparing "GIS-ready" data and shows how to map that data and conduct basic analyses using a geographic information system (GIS).They use latitude and longitude fields to plot the data in a GIS and...
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GIS and Agriculture

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners are introduced GIS systems and how they operate. Using a GIS system, they locate and map the various types of agricultural products grown in Oregon. They rank each county based on the amount of agricultural products produced and...
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Changing Planet: Permafrost Gas Leak

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Pair earth scientists up to use an amazing online arctic portal mapping tool and Google Earth to analyze permafrost changes. They compare changes to data on atmospheric concentrations of methane to see if there is a correlation. Then...
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GIS Mapping: Special Instructions for Using Digital Orthophotos

For Teachers 11th - Higher Ed
Students practice cartography using GIS technology. They create a map of Austin using GIS and aerial photos.
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GIS: Mapping Watersheds of the Edwards Aquifer in Travis County

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students manipulate existing GIS data to create and map a new layer of information that shows that watersheds in Travis County that are on top of Edwards Aquifer. They create and map that shows the watersheds in Travis County that are on...
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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Water Resources

For Teachers Higher Ed
Students demonstrate how water quality and environmental health issues can be analyzed together, how hydrologic information can be built up, and how decisions can be made using GIS.
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Using GIS to carry out Historical Investigation

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students should be able to compare and contrast changes in the local area over the last 150 years. They give reasons to these changes and real world applications for the use of GIS. Finally, they know how to hotlink digital photos.
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A Digital Reimagining of Gettysburg

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Why would Robert E. Lee order Pickett's Charge, an action that changed the course of the Civil War? Geographer and historian Anne Knowles uses digital technology to explain what she thinks is the missing piece in trying to understand...
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Data Processing

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in a variety of businesses and organizations. They present proposals, representing different businesses and organizations, that support how GIS technology could...

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