GIS Day TUgis2011 Presentation

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The Center for GIS at Towson University has been partnering with Professor Todd Kenreich on GIS Day projects that enhance local K-12 schools’ curriculum by introducing the practical application of GIS. In 2009 and 2010 we took GIS to the Crossroads School in Baltimore to help students build a mapping component into their “Newcomers Guide to Fells Point.” The project brought together GIS professionals and 7th grade students during a visit to the Towson University campus. This presentation will summarize the project and explore the way we were able to utilize freely available resources to create a map of places in Fells Point that the students think are important for newcomers to know about. The presentation will walk through the same steps the students learned, discuss improvements made to the previous year’s project, and provide views of the finished map.

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GIS Day TUgis2011 Presentation

  1. 1. GIS Day OutreachPractical Application of GIS in a 7th Grade Class Project
  2. 2. Previous GIS Day Outreach • 2007 – Ellicott Mills Middle School • 2008 – Dulaney High School – Pinewood Elementary School • 2009 – The Crossroads School
  3. 3. Waterville v Valleyview Contour interval = 10 feet Cultural Features Vegetation Zones Wildlife Dam Grassland Deer N City Swamp CranesW E Archaeological Forest Fish S Site Frogs Snake River
  4. 4. 2009 Year’s Project• Using MapMe.com, created a map of historic sites around Baltimore
  5. 5. 2010 Partners• Dr. Todd Kenreich – Department of Secondary Education, Towson University• The Crossroads School 7th grade Social Studies class
  6. 6. GIS Day 2010• A Newcomer’s Guide to Fells Point – From the students’ point of view, and inventory of important places around Fells Point – Print outs were placed at local points of interest
  7. 7. GIS Day 2010• Using Google Maps, CGIS helped create a mapping component of the Newcomer’s Guide – First we created a generic gmail account for the school – Then a document of simple step by step instructions for the students to follow to make the map
  8. 8. Creating a Simple Map
  9. 9. Newcomer’s Guide Map
  10. 10. Creating a Simple Map
  11. 11. Kierran SutherlandCenter for GIS @ Towson Universityksutherland@towson.edu410-704-4899www.cgis.towson.edu

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