Give your students a real world geospatial education
Give your students a real world geospatial education
You use spatial technology every single day. Google Maps, GPS, location services on your phone - and that's just scratching the surface. It's an industry and an area of technology that is booming.
Map My School makes this technology accessible to students and allows them to experience a highly relevant real world application. The hands-on nature, and ownership that students take of the project, gives them a crucial taste of what a career in STEM might look like.
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What you will find inside
We know that trees not only perform an important aesthetic role on your school grounds, but they also help to keep us cool in the outdoors, protect us from sunburn, and contribute to clean air. So how cool is your school? We will guide you through using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and satellite imagery answer this question as you and your students learn how to create, analyse, measure, map, and communicate with geospatial.
In this course, you will learn how to guide your students to:
• Describe the benefits of using geospatial data for providing information relating to environmental challenges;
• Explain the difference between blue, green, and grey infrastructure;
• Use a GIS to display, create, and edit spatial data;
• Perform basic geospatial analyses;
• Communicate information using basic cartographic skills and essential map elements;
• Troubleshoot common GIS software challenges; and
• Determine how much shade you have on your school grounds compared to other features.
Karen explains in a video the course learning objectives and how it relates to real life applications. Karen will also step you through the software requirements, which are free for schools and other resources you will need.
Karen talks you through what a GIS is and how to use the GIS interface in ArcGIS Pro. You will also be shown how to set up a folder to store all of your geospatial data and correctly manage this, so that data is not lost!
This is where the fun happens with your students! You will be using satellite data from you school (Karen shows you how to get this for free) and to begin what we call digitising the data.
This is identifying different types of features on your satellite data and creating a digital shape around them to be able to measure the area they cover. In this case, we are looking at how much shade, both natural and man made, you have in your school.
In the last module you have created the data and put it into categories. Now we are going to analyse it and get the students to use their geographic inquiry skills. How much shade do you have on your school grounds? Where do students hang out? Is the shade in the right places or has shade recently been lost and need replacing?
Karen will teach you how to extract statistics from the GIS, calculate the amount of shade you have in your school and create graphs! All good geography and maths skills.
Good geographers communicate what they have discovered! In this module, Karen will guide you and your students through creating a map with all the essential elements.
You will be given step by step instructions on how to do this inside ArcGIS Pro.
Technology can be fun, but also frustrating at times. Karen has been teaching GIS for 20 years, so has come up against a few problems in that time.
We document the problems and solutions for you, saving you time.
Online PD can be frustrating if you don't have access to live support. So that is what we give you (live support, not the frustration!)
We have fortnightly Ask the Expert calls, where you can get on a video call with one of our team and ask questions. We also have a Facebook Group where you can get help too! We are never far away from being able to help, with real people!
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Frequently Asked Questions
If its not in here, just ask us!
Nope! This course is all about using online satellite data and geospatial analyses.
Not at all. While it is useful to have some level of geography training, we don't assume this knowledge and will be starting from scratch. We do expect a reasonable level of computer literacy.
You need to have a computer with a Windows operating system. The software we use will not run on a Mac without Bootcamp or Parallels installed. You also must be a teacher in a school to be eligible for the free software license.
Same company (ESRI), but no. ArcMap is being phased out and will eventually be replaced by ArcGIS Pro. Our industry colleagues are all moving towards ArcGIS Pro. But never fear - just contact ESRI and you can get a free license for this anyway.
All of the instructions and demonstrations are given using ArcGIS Pro, so while the concepts are the same in different software packages, it will be difficult to follow along when often the terminology for different functions is different.
This course is 100% online. For F2F options, please email us
Yes and no :-) While the curriculum is the same, in our F2F programs, you experience the learning from a students' perspective in a fairly intense full day session. Through the online portal you can also take your time and re-visit our learning points, videos, resources, and lesson plans as often as you like. You control when and where you want to do this, as long as you have wifi :)
We have tested the materials with people aged 7-70! No kidding :) How you implement it in your classroom will depend on how much hand holding you are prepared to do and the length of time you wish to take on the activity. Students in grades six and upwards should be able to follow through the materials using the how-to guide and videos for themselves. Younger students will need more attention. If you wish to stretch older students, then it's all about looking at the quality of work they produce, and their depth of analysis / understanding.
You can access all of the resources as soon as you purchase the course. We hold regular LIVE Ask the Expert calls so you can have your questions answered, no matter when you start the course.
This course will be open for you to explore, download the resources and attend the Ask the Expert calls for six months from the date of purchase.
Absolutely! Whenever you like, totally flexible.
We will schedule these for after school / early evening to accommodate our members both in Australia and overseas. If you submit questions ahead of time, the calls will be recorded so you can catch up if you miss the live chat.
We have structured the course into four blocks of one week each. We estimate that it's likely to take you about two hours per week to complete the materials. Having said that, it's self-paced, so this is entirely up to you. It will depend on your incoming level of expertise and the degree to which you explore all of the resources. For example, we have many optional suggested links and readings that might be of interest to expand your learning, but not necessarily mission critical.
This course goes far beyond a series of discrete lesson plans. The comprehensive how-to guide and extensive video demonstrations are designed not only to teach you how to use GIS to create maps, but to also support your students in doing so. The materials have been created and tested by our Education Director, Dr Karen Joyce, who has been teaching GIS for the past 20 years. She has also been teaching in the online environment for ten years, so she knows how to create resources that work! You will also have first hand access to her during our 'ask the expert' chats where you can join our online webinar to delve deeper or broader on any topic you need.
No extra fees, as long as you have a computer with Windows installed and you are a teacher in a school (software is provided free to schools).
Not at all - feel free to follow along as you like.
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