Teaching Notes

Example Output

Example Output
Map of surface temperature changes influenced by ground cover displayed in an example in My World. Click on image for larger view.

While the specific details of each local study will vary, this example shows what a completed GIS project may look like. This project shows how surface temperatures change as the type of ground cover varies on a school campus. While this study has been done on a small scale, the results allow users to form hypotheses about the larger-scale implications of their findings.

The My World Tour window provides a way for users to communicate their conclusions or introduce their GIS project. The map view contains a satellite image of the local area and the plotted data, which are visually represented according to a color, size and/or shape scale. The table(s) of data can be viewed and edited from within the project file. Additionally, projects can contain links to images, documents, and websites.

Grade Level

This chapter is most appropriate for students in grades 9-12.

Learning Goals

After completing this chapter, students will be able to:

Background Information

Before presenting students with this inquiry project, teachers may wish to view this website on geographic inquiry produced by ESRI, an established GIS company. The document provides information about the process of using GIS technology to explore geospatial relationships.

Learning Contexts

The example provided in the following set of procedures examines the relationship between land cover and surface air temperature. This could help students to understand the urban heat island effect. Here are some other investigation possibilities:

Science Standards

The following National Science Education Standards are supported by this chapter:

Grades 5-8

Grades 9-12

Other Standards

The following National Educational Technology Standards for Students are supported by this chapter

Time Required

A minimum of three 50-minute periods.

Depending on the instructor's level of experience with GPS/GIS and My World, preparation time will vary. The instructor should take time time to become familiar with My World functions and to practice collecting GPS data and importing into My World.

Other Resources

What is GIS?this website was developed by ESRI Schools and Libraries Program and was revised in April of 2007.
Geohistorical Perspective of GISthis brochure provides a historical account of GIS, excellent examples of starting points for GIS exploration and a list of websites and other resources for using GIS.

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