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The Intersection of Science Standards and the Real World
Erika Klose, West Virginia Department of Education
GIS is increasingly being used in classrooms in the state of West Virginia, through a state-wide K-12 license through ESRI. While GIS most easily lends itself to geography and the environmental sciences, it is also a powerful teaching tool in other disciplines. GIS can be used in teaching traditionally non-spatial topics, by adding a geospatial slant to a chosen type of data. This presentation will include a series of lessons designed to teach core science knowledge with a geospatial slant, the end goal being the intersection of standards-based core science content and real world applications. This presentation will also showcase a partnership between a number of WV GIS professional organizations and classroom teachers seeking to add authentic GIS experiences to their student’s education.