and Mapping Studies
For High School Classrooms
* NEW Tool Kits let
every classroom receive thier own GPS *
Camp Internet provides
a challenging online and in-the-field curriculum tool for high school
classrooms through its GIS/GPS and Mapping projects that span subject
standards in science, math and history.
Camp Outposts - as we call our participating classrooms - will be
equipped with the hardware and software needed to take on challenging
learning projects at their school or out in their community. Through
GIS and GPS (Geographic Information Systems and Global Positioning
System) technologies, students can measure and track, map and display
data they have collected and turn that information into a visual
completed GIS map of north SB County Oak Trees . A student lead
GPS tree mapping project.
For the Oak Tree project students used GPS units to gather the latitude
and longitude of Oak Trees, then took measurements of heights, canopy,
thickness, general condition.
This information was entered into a MS Access database and then
converted into the GIS map.
Subjects that can be incorporated into a GIS learning project are:
geography, geology, botany, zoology, water, soil quality testing,
anthropology, agriculture, ecology, meteorology, urban traffic patterns,
school technology holdings and school safety, community demographics,
The GIS/GPS tools Camp Internet provides to its Classrooms include
· Access to an Internet Map Server (IMS) that is an online map imagery
click here to
explore the GIS Internet Map Server
· A hand held GPS (one is provided per subscribing classroom)
here for a photo diary of teacher and gps in the field
· An online GIS portal with a library of GIS, GPS and mapping resources
· GIS software on CD ROM for use on the student's school computer
to create maps locally
· Teacher materials providing a breadth of information about GIS
applications for classrooms
here to explore some classroom map reading lesson examples
here to explore some classroom activities
· Guidance on how to build a local access database for each data
collection project, and how to upload this database to the Camp
Internet IMS team to become an online map visible to all Internet
· Opportunities to collaborate with or compare data between fellow
Teacher with GPS unit and computer,
in the field doing Oak Tree measurements
The Camp Internet
GIS studies assist teachers in delivering standards-based subjects
using an exciting new technology that brings information to life
in a colorful, visually and data rich format.
Map Project Examples
This Lewis and Clark Map is an example of how an active map can
be used to compliment a history lesson.
These work-in-progress examples of GIS for classroom use include
maps of several of the Channel Islands, and are being built as a
work in progress through cooperation with several of the Trail Guide
Partners who contribute information resources to Camp Internet :
Cruz Island GIS, in process
Island GIS, in process
Miguel Island GIS, in process
Santa Barbara GIS, in process
http://www.rain.org/gis is the main GIS study unit Portal.
- the Marine Educators Regional Alliance.
A major part of GIS and GPS studies involves learning to gather
and organize data. Whether it involves measuring and GPS reading
of each tree in the school year or a more complex project, students
and teachers learn to work together to identify a topic, gather
data and get that data into a database or spreadsheet format.
Beyond that Camp Internet involves students in special data gathering
throughout the year. Data gathered is used for GIS and database
Examples are on the main Camp Internet homepage under the "Interactive
Field Report Form" area. Special projects for Astronomy, Gardening,
Weather and GPS provide a tool for many different projects depending
on a classrooms main area of focus.
Camp Internet provides classrooms with a customized MAIN PORTAL
to GIS studies, maps of the schools participating, maps of the Trial
Guide Partners participating, and develops program and classroom
resources all year long to build an ever-expanding library of learning
resources. Your students will become responsible data gathers, experienced
map makers, and will publish their work online to contribute to
the body of knowledge that represents the combined efforts of the
Camp Internet classrooms across the United States.
The Camp program suggests forming teaching teams that cross disciplines
and that result in student-built maps that can cover multiple data
layers. For example, the science department could have a class divide
into teams - one will be collecting information on the trees on
the school ground and neighborhood, another will measure water and
soil quality in the neighborhood, still another will monitor the
presence of wild animals and insects - birds and butterflies for
example. Over in the history department, another map could be created
that notes the location of historic buildings, important historical
events, and the boundaries of the city over the last 100 years.
In the math department, students could track the traffic patterns
around the school, count the computers on campus and develop a user
per computer per bandwidth ratio map, or collect pollution emission
data to create a map noting air or water quality problem areas.
Camp will also connect your classroom to learners at other schools,
allowing them to share data across geographic boundaries and to
develop comparative studies. Schools in the same watershed can compare
their water quality; schools in different watersheds can compare
the source and direction their water travels - and compare what
it is used for - agriculture? industry ? residential ? commercial?
In order to build these maps, it is guaranteed that students will
gain skills in interagency data gathering (learning who holds what
data at your city and county levels), in how to organize the data
they gather so it can be communicated in a meaningful way, how to
turn that data into a visual map, and, how to interpret that data
as part of their research process.
Students around the world are using GIS and GPS data to build maps
that help them learn about the world they live in. Some schools
have also been instrumental in helping their local community come
to understand environmental challenges and to help them seek solutions.
Still others are serving their local community by developing historical
resources that lead to improvements in city planning and enhancement
of local community pride. These are just a few of the possible potential
outcomes of student data gathering.
What would you like YOUR students to use GIS and GPS technologies
to accomplish? Whatever your choice, Camp Internet will help you
gain the tools and expertise to develop empowering learning projects
with your students.