GIS Weekly Briefings
Briefing - August 15 - 30, 2002 - Back to
Welcome back to school! Camp Internet has a new GIS Map Server, new tools
to let you enter data directly from school to your GIS map online and new
resources ready to take you through a year of exploration and learning.
Science, Math, Art and Technology all come together in the world of GIS
One of our main goals this year is to see each classroom have a GIS map
online. Whether it is a school garden, school resource or community GIS,
we want to see the Camp GIS Warehouse full of classroom projects by this
time next year.
Take a moment to review the GIS maps located in the Map Warehouse. The Student
Garden map is important to review and show your students because it represents
a map almost entirely made by middle-school students.
The artwork for the map which defines the garden is drawn by students, data
was gathered and put into an Excel spreadsheet by the students and then
the map was generated.
We will go through exercises this year which will guide you through the
making of maps in the classroom using PC and MAC based software as well
as production of an IMS GIS, an Internet Map Server based map, (such as
the Garden GIS).
History is one of the first areas we will study as school begins. It is
our goal to establish a good understanding of the history of mapmaking as
well as the history and uses of GIS.
Art becomes an important part of your GIS class project as you design the
background and other graphics for your GIS map.
Both Science and Math will be reviewed at the beginning of the year. Understanding
the scientific method, learning what a database and spreadsheet are and
how they work as well as learning the facinating math behind map making
will be part of our studies begining September 2
The GIS program is very Project oriented so be sure to register your class
project as soon as you are ready. There is a special form on the Camp homepage
called "School GIS Registry". Fill that out so we can begin building the
framework for your GIS map.
Be sure you have signed up for the listserv so you will receive the weekly
Briefing each Monday morning.
Any special questions: email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll work through
your project ideas with you to determine what is most feasible.