Courses - GIS/GPS Projects

GIS/GPS Projects

Class Description:

This course is the next step for educators who have completed “GIS in the Classroom” and “The GPS Classroom”. Learn how to bring the two technologies, GIS and GPS, together to create projects to use in the classroom. Participants enhance their GIS skills and learn to incorporate data gathering, GPS, and other field work techniques into “real, rich and relevant” learning activities for their students.


REQUIRED: “GIS in the Classroom” and “The GPS Classroom”

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, participants will:

  • Have an understanding of the components in a successful GIS Project.
  • Learn advanced GIS and GPS skills.
  • Identify and develop a project-based experience for students using GIS and GPS software and tools.
  • Share projects among all participants.

Things to Bring:

Dress appropriately for weather conditions; much of the class will be outside conducting “field work”.

Optional: Participants are encouraged to bring their own GPS and Digital Camera (Be sure to also bring the cables and software that came with the GPS and camera). We can provide a few GPS units for practice (participants may have to share).


1 hours USBE credit
1 semester hours SUU credit


14 licensure points

This class meets the following NETS for teachers:
I.B, II.A, B, C, D & E, III.A, B, C & D, IV.A, B, & C, V.B, D, VI.A, B, C, D, & E


Within a month after the last day of class, try your classroom project with your students. In a reflective paper describe what activity you did and answer the following:

  • What curriculum standard and/or objectives did the project support?
  • What worked?
  • What didn't work?
  • What did you and your students learn from the activity?
  • What types of assessment did you use?
  • What are your plans for using spatial thinking, geographic inquiry and GIS tools in the future?
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