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Beginning Geospatial Technologies: Workshop 2 – May 2012

The second, introductory-level geospatial technologies (GT) professional development workshop was held May 29-June1, 2012, at Stratford STEM Magnet High School, Metro Nashville Public Schools.  There were 7 participants in the workshop including 6 teachers from Stratford STEM Magnet High School and one from Glencliff High School.  Each teacher was provided with a three-ring binder of workshop materials, geospatial data for activities on thumb drives that had enough storage to save their work because they were using student materials.  The workshop materials included custom activities developed by the facilitators using local data and additional information about using GT in the classroom.  During the workshop, teachers participated in the following activities:

Day 1 – Overview, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and ArcGIS.com

  • Introduction to Geospatial Technologies
  • What is GPS? How to Use a GPS Unit?
  • GPS Hide and Seek
  • Introduction to ArcGIS.com
  • Outdoor Data Collection with GPS Units and ArcGIS.com

Day 2 – ArcGIS.com and ArcGIS Desktop

  • Data Sources, Types, and Formats
  • The Geographic Inquiry Process
  • ArcGIS.com Activity Development
  • Carousel Brainstorm
  • ArcGIS.com Activity Development Debrief
  • Introduction to ArcGIS Desktop
  • ArcGIS Desktop – Making a Reference Map

Day 3 – ArcGIS Desktop

  • ArcGIS Desktop – Getting Your Data Into the Map
  • ArcGIS Desktop – Beginning Spatial Analysis
  • Guest Speaker – GIS in the Real World (Rich Cochran, TDEC)
  • ArcGIS Desktop – What’s Your Carbon Footprint?
  • ArcGIS.com vs. ArcGIS Desktop
  • Standards Roundtable

Day 4 – Other Geospatial Technology Resources

  • Guest Speaker – MNPS GIS in Student Services
  • Introduction to the GLOBE Program
  • Other Geospatial Technology Tools (Google Earth, ArcGIS Explorer, etc.)
  • Concept Map Review
  • Geospatial Technology Activity Development – Any Tool
  • Activity Peer Review and Feedback
  • Additional Resources and Future Work

Sample activity done by teachers enrolled in the course.