IT'S ON THE MAP



My blog rant (introduction)







I went to a conference this summer and one presented said the three most in demand fields in the next 20 years will be: nanotechnology, bio-chemistry; and GIS. What the heck was GIS? It stands for Global Information Systems, and basically it means technology and engineering and research into the world as a unit. If you use a GPS (global positioning satellite) device, and your iPad has one bu the way, then you have an idea about GIS. Google Earth. Yup, that's GIS. It's not just about rocks and dirt. GIS is becoming an everyday part of our lives. Getting on top of it is a critical part of how you will become a better researcher and be more globally aware.

THE CONCEPT


Take advantage of ARC GIS by ESRI, one of the leading GIS companies in the world. You will explore their software and even conduct sophisticated research using the ARC GIS environment.

PRINT OUT THIS ONE PAGE ARC GIS GUIDE to HELP YOU



THE ASSIGNMENT


STEP ONE:
LEARN ABOUT ARC GIS ONLINE
DOWNLOAD THE PDF INTO YOUR iPAD iBOOKS PDF library



Complete the activities in the PDF, including the challenges:
  1. Challenge #1, Create your own map is ARC GIS
  2. Share your Map with the ARC GIS community

STEP TWO:
PRACTICE USING THE ARC GIS PRESENTATIONS
One of the aspects of ARC GIS online is the power behind the "presentation slides" that you can make. THey are more like interactive displays. VERY POWERFUL.

You will need to use a specific iMac for this with the proper software. Ask your teacher.

Dig into the adventure Weird Earth Lessons.



Explore the GIS slideshow. Choose at least 5 slides and answer as many of the questions as you can regarding each slide using only the tools in the presentation as a resource.

Your answers should be on a PAGES file and should include images (screen captures) from the slideshow.

Answer the following questions. OF COURSE, YOU MAY MAKE SPECULATIONS.

  1. Where is this?
  2. Describe the climate, landforms, and the vegetation here.
  3. Why does the landscape look the way it does?
  4. What human forces act on the landscape here?
  5. What physical forces act on the landscape here?
  6. What will this landscape look like tomorrow? In 1 year? In 10 years? In 100 years? Why?
  7. At what scale do the forces operate?

STEP THREE:
THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT
Now you have to use the software in the way it is meant to be used. Researching the human geography of the planet.

Download the PDF "aphg_online_course_population" and complete the tasks.
Use a PAGES document to record your answers.



STEP FOUR:
REFLECTION

Publish a blog post. hat have you learned about GIS. What was the hardest part of this assignment? Why do you think that GIS will become one of the most highly sough job skills in the next 20 years?