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ERIC Number: EJ788436
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 8
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0022-1341
ArcAtlas in the Classroom: Pattern Identification, Description, and Explanation
DeMers, Michael N.; Vincent, Jeffrey S.
Journal of Geography, v106 n6 p277-284 Nov 2007
The use of geographic information systems (GIS) in the classroom provides a robust and effective method of teaching the primary spatial skills of identification, description, and explanation of spatial pattern. A major handicap for the development of GIS-based learning experiences, especially for non-GIS specialist educators, is the availability of spatial datasets that are not only inexpensive and easy-to-use, but incorporate a large array of topical and regional themes. ArcAtlas Our Earth is a possible solution to these dual problems. This article describes the composition and structure of this database that is designed for academic and educational applications. It also provides a workable example, links the exercise to Bloom's Taxonomy, and the National Geography Standards, includes a suggested grading rubric, and provides suggestions for additional exercises. (Contains 2 tables and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A