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Course Descriptions

GIS 2015 (Geographic Information Systems)

EDUC 600

Geospatial technologies have been identified by the current administration as one of the three highest growth industries in the US today. Learn how to incorporate the tools of this trade to support science, mathematics and geography! We’ll provide dozens of easy activities using Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and digital cameras. GIS is the common space to analyze all these data in a single interface. GPS and remote sensed imagery provide context for concepts from geometry to algebra, chemistry to physics, or agriculture to business. These technologies open worlds of investigation in your classroom, after school clubs or science fair projects. This workshop will enhance your confidence in using technology to teach. What better way to learn these technologies than a project-based institute using these tools. Teachers taking the course will be certified to offer student credit when teaching these technologies at their own schools.


  • Locate places on a world map
  • Identify major lines of latitude and longitude
  • Use cardinal directions to navigate from one place to another
  • Recognize the difference between small-scale and large-scale maps
  • Use latitude and longitude values to locate features
  • Work with tabular data
  • Query data to find answers and make decisions
  • Create a map legend for interpretation
  • Use classification and querying skills to derive information from the map
  • Describe different ways to classify the world – biomes and eco regions
  • Interpret map symbology
  • Compare different map layers and identify relationships between them
  • Identify spatial patterns and give reasons to explain them
  • Identify temporal patterns and give reasons to explain them
  • Compare the geographic extent of different layers
  • Understand the basic concept of GIS
  • Use a basic ArcMap skill set to build a map
  • Use the five-step geographic inquiry model
  • Manipulate map projections using GIS technology
  • Compare locations on a map to photos and satellite imagery using GIS
  • Use GIS to map data downloaded from the Internet
  • Use GIS to interpolate data into a grid format
  • Create online maps using GLOBE datasets and download map images into ArcView for analysis
  • Relate large list-based resources to shape file data bases readable by ArcMap
  • Join exterior sources of data to geographic files such as countries, states, or cities to extend their investigations

Required Resources:

All materials are provided. Bring smartphone if you have one.