Teaching & Learning with Geospatial Tools (2019)

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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
    (Wednesday, 7/17 through Thursday, 7/25; no class on Sunday, 7/21).
  • Class begins at 8:30 am and ends at 12:50 pm.
  • Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
  • Eating/drinking in class is fine as long as it is not distracting to others

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 are 3 variations of GE – Pro, Web, and Mobile. Pro is the most powerful and so on.
  • ArcGIS.com
    • Free web-based GIS from Esri.
    • This will be our primary tool for this class.
    • Lehigh’s (Enterprise) account: lu.maps.arcgis.com
  • Augmented reality: ARIS (Augmented Reality Interactive Storytelling): http://arisgames.org/
  • A spreadsheet program; Microsoft Excel or Google Spreadsheets or an equivalent
  • Optional: Laptop, iPhone, iPad, or other mobile device

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.