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Enhance Your Geography Curriculum with 21st Century Technology
Geography in the Classroom: Using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) is a course where teachers can utilize technology to bring Geography to life. GIS will not only bring alive the geographic scope and sequence in the Grades 4-12 and community college classroom, it will provide a tool to understand data to solve real-world problems, hence increasing the rigor in class. This course is two-fold. One, to help bridge the gap between a lecture/teacher driven course and to put the information gathering and problem solving into the hands of the students. Second, GIS will help students bring in other core subjects into the geography lesson. These include measurement, charts and graphs, map algebra, patterns and writing.
- Able to discuss what GIS is and how it can be used in the classroom
- Produce maps in ArcGIS online or within Story Maps or use online GIS tools such as Gapminder or WorldMapper that parallel known state standards in Geography
- Demonstrate a field based scenario where GIS can be integrated in their classroom from data collected on one's own school campus
- Able to relate content in geography and formulate and construct a lesson plan using ArcGIS online and/or Story Maps
Number of Units: 2.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours
Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for teachers (Grades 4-12 and community college level) who want to enhance learning with the use of technology in their geography lessons.
Course Materials: No textbook required. Access to a computer to complete assignments.