The maps shown above were created by the Lewistown Junior High GIS club that I sponsor. We made them for the city of Lewistown as a service learning project and the printing of the maps was funded by the Lewistown Watershed Committee. The maps are distributed at the Lewistown Chamber of Commerce and various other locations.
As a participant in the University of Montana GTEC project I developed a series of lessons utilizing GIS and GPS technologies.
Geographic Information Systems in Science: Google Earth Scavenger Hunt; ArcMap Activity; GPS Search Activity
This is a unit lesson plan designed to give students an introduction to Google Earth, ArcMap and GPS technology. The first lesson is a Google Earth scavenger hunt designed for an 8th grade science class. The second lesson is an ArcMap activity designed to guide students through the process of creating a map with layers of their community, county and state. The third lesson is a GPS activity designed to familiarize students with the GPS technology. These activities can be downloaded from the U of M spatialsci site at the following address.
Go to Download lesson and choose Flentie_GIS_GPS_Lesson.zip
The overall goal of GTEC is to contribute to a national model that improves the teaching and learning of science in grades 5-12 using geotechnologies. The emergence of geotechnologies (satellite imagery and Geographic Information Systems) has revolutionized how scientists interpret and use data. Because of its great analytical power, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is currently used as a research and planning tool in many applications of science.
Participants from across Montana were selected for participation in the GTEC Project based on demonstrated leadership roles within their schools in the use of geospatial technologies.
The mission of SpatialSci is to provide educators with a sustained environment for the integration of geo-technologies into classroom instruction.