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Intro. to ArcGIS and Maps

Chad Heinzel, University of Northern Iowa


Preparation for understanding the ArcGIS software and developing activities using local data.


Type and level of course
Entry level in-service teachers or undergraduate

Geoscience background assumed in this assignment

GIS/remote sensing skills/background assumed in this assignment

Software required for this assignment/activity:
ArcGIS 9.2 ArcView

Time required for students to complete the assignment:
1 hour and 50 minutes


GIS/remote sensing techniques students learn in this assignment
learn the basic tool within ESRI's ArcGIS

Other content/concepts goals for this activity
data management
how to download gis data from Iowa's DNR

Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
By activity 3 (the challenge) the student moves from basic skill development towards using the data interpret population trends through time

Description of the activity/assignment

These activities were developed to introduce students to the ArcGIS software package and help the begin developing their own place-based (Iowa) activities.

Determining whether students have met the goals

There are questions at the end of each activity that the instructor may use to gauge if the students are learning the material.
More information about assessment tools and techniques.

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