Teaching & Learning with Geospatial Tools (2018)

Summer 2018

Catalog description: Exploration of geospatial tools, including but not limited to global positioning systems (GPS), geographic information systems (GIS), and related visualization tools (e.g., Google Earth). Application of these tools and techniques to instructional settings, including appropriate pedagogy and assessment.

Course format: This class is a short-form course, meeting face-to-face for 8 days over a 9-day stretch (Friday, 6 July through Saturday, 14 July; no class on Tuesday, 10 July). Class begins at 8:30 am and ends at 1:00 pm.

Recommended equipment, software & web services

  • GPS unit or GPS-enabled smartphone. I have GPS units for students to borrow during the course that are very accurate. The compass on your iPhone is pretty good but not nearly as accurate as the GPS units. A relatively good iOS app is Spyglass but it costs a few dollars. A free iOS app is Gyro Compass – might be a good option for classrooms. Again, apps are not as accurate as GPS units.
  • Google Earth: http://www.google.com/earth/
    • There is a new web version of GE that will import kmz files but I don’t think you can edit places directly in the web version.
    • I believe the “Pro” version is still currently free! This is the more powerful tool that will allow you to build your own kmz files. Go here to download: https://www.google.com/earth/download/gep/agree.html
  • ArcGIS.comhttps://www.arcgis.com/home/signin.html– free web-based GIS from Esri. This will be our primary tool for this class. You can also use the Lehigh (Enterprise) account and sign in with your Lehigh ID/PW – it is accessible from lu.maps.arcgis.com
  • For those interested in augmented reality: ARIS (Augmented Reality Interactive Storytelling): http://arisgames.org/
  • A spreadsheet program; Microsoft Excel or Google Spreadsheets or an equivalent

Class location – We will be meeting in the Mac lab of Iacocca Hall (E106) each day however we will venture outside on occasion for activities. We may also visit Building C.

Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes.

Class sessions & topics – Each topic links to supporting pages. I will be posting as much material as possible on this publicly-available webpage and will make minimal use of CourseSite. Unless otherwise noted, assignments are due on the day in which they’re listed.

NOTE: This is a dynamic page and it WILL be updated regularly as our class progresses to reflect our enacted curriculum. So, please check it regularly for changes.