Maps in the Classroom – Free Resources & Training

Are you looking for ways to share information on music, history, science, the arts, or many other disciplines in new ways?  Are you looking for a way to “connect the dots” to present material to your students?  Are you in a profession where information silos are prevalent and you’re looking for opportunities to explore and integrate previously disconnected resources?

If you have answered “yes” to any of these questions, you need to take a look at this free webinar from ESRI called “Teaching with GIS: Introduction to Using GIS in the Classroom“.  You may be thinking, “I’m not a geographer” or even “maps don’t really relate to my subject area”.  Here are some ideas for maps and how they can be used:

  • Maps of composers and where they were born.  Links to famous concert halls where they performed, and hyperlinks to audio files on the web
  • History of famous battles and wars, showing chronological movement of troops on both sides of the war, showing how history unfolded
  • Volcanoes, earthquakes, tsunamis – where were some of the largest ones in history, and what do those areas look like today
  • History of famous voyages or discoveries.  Where were original settlements within colonies around the world and what do those places look like today?
  • Taking historical maps and showing today’s elevation, creeks, and other features to look at where historical events of significance are located in today’s context

These are just a few ideas, but I’m sure you can come up with so many more.  This isn’t a topic just for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) programs, but for everyone.  Get involved, share your ideas for maps and topics with others in your field or school.  This is a great way for teachers to get some in-service training with technology that can help collaborate with others across the country and the world.

Per the webinar announcement page, you will learn to be able to:

  • Find, explore, and create GIS maps using a free, web-based viewer application.
  • Help students visualize local, regional, and global data and make connections to their own environment.
  • Present questions and have students explore GIS maps to find answers.
  • Choose appropriate GIS classroom activities based on your instructional goals and students’ level of knowledge.
  • Guide students through a standard process for investigating a problem using GIS.
  • Prepare a GIS map presentation on a topic of interest.

The course uses the free web browser based map viewer and you will need to register for a free account in order to save your work, but since it is on a web browser, it can be shared with students in your classroom, saved for future use, and even used in an online environment.


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