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Report on GIS-Based Educational Module Development
Technical Report 96-6
This NCGIA Technical Report titled "Critical Issues in GIS-Based Educational
Module Development: NCGIA's ArcView-based Color Your World Module"
provides a framework for the development of GIS based education modules for
K-12 schools and discusses critical design and process issues. It was developed
in conjunction with our ArcView Module development effort.
ArcView-Based Learning Modules
The SEP has created a series of learning modules utilizing ArcView 2.0. These
modules demonstrate the power of GIS software for creatively exploring data
and answering questions with the data. These modules require the user to have
ArcView 2.0. The mod ules are titled "Color Your World" (Technical
Report 95-5), "Know Your Neighborhood", and "Light Up Your Nation".
IDRISI African Data Viewer
Technical Report 93-11
The SEP has packaged a series of digital data sets on Africa on a 3.5"
diskette. The 30 data sets range from population density to average rainfall.
Many of the sets show soil characteristics (e.g., soils affected by overgrazing)
that were compiled as part of a United Nations Environmental Program study
of desertification. The data sets come with the display modules of the IDRISI
GIS software. This subset of the IDRISI package allows the data to be
displayed on an IBM or compatible computer, but will not perform advanced
GIS analysis and data manipulation. A suggested minimum configuration for
viewing this data would be a 80286-basedCPU and a color monitor. It is also
helpful, though not absolutely necessary to have a mouse.
"GIS in the Schools" Workshop Resource Packet
Technical Report 93-2
This is the report generated from the first SEP GIS workshop for secondary
school teachers (offered in July, 1992). This report has been bundled with
some additional resources that evolved from the workshop. This packet is
designed primarily to aid institutions with GIS expertise and technology
in their efforts to create outreach activities for their local schools. Much of
the material in the packet, however, would also be of use to secondary
school teachers and others who are looking for some basic GIS
instructional aids.

The packet includes a thorough outline of the workshop components, an
evaluation of the success of those components, and a suggested format
for future workshops. In addition, there is a section reviewing the status of
GIS in the secondary schools, a set of teacher project summaries (mainly
manual activities that could be adapted to GIS software), GIS short
course outline notes, a GIS for the schools resource list (software and
curriculum materials), and a plain language GIS glossary.

Although the resource list is not exhaustive and the teacher project
summaries only represent a starting point, the packet provides the first
collection of GIS instructional materials with the needs of the secondary
school as the focal point.