During the past decade the learning curve for using Geographic Information Systems in the classroom has decreased incredibly and accessibility to K-12 institutions is at all-time high! IN 2014 ESRI announced a $1 billion gift of ArcGIS Online software to support the Obama Administration’s ConnectEd initiative. Any public or private school in US can now have organization GIS for up to 500 users free of charge.
"Putting Social Studies in its Place", a free 5-week online course, introduces you to the power of using WebGIS in a Social Studies classroom. During this session we will model how you can begin using GIS to: compliment your existing instruction; map and analyze simple data sets; and to create community based PBL activities. Teachers will use geospatial technologies and spatial thinking to identify and explain three places where geography influenced their discipline. Topics may include: Jamestown Settlement and Colonization; American Revolutionary War; Constitutional Convention; Presidential Elections; Migration and Settlement patterns; Cooperation and Conflict (Civil War, WWI, WWII, Cold War); Cultural Processes (Language, Religion); World Population (Demographics, Development, Density). Lesson Plans, free software, and replication tips will be provided.
Registration Fee: $20 NCSS members / $40 NCSS nonmembers