Mapping Our World: GIS Lessons for Educators, Lyn Malone with Anita Palmer, and Christine Voigt

2003 Winner of the Geography Excellence in Media (GEM) Award from the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE), and a 2004 Finalist for the Software Information Industry Association (SIIA) Codie Award for Best Educational Total Comprehensive Solution.


Published by ESRI Press, Mapping Our World: GIS Lessons for Educators is the first complete resource for any teacher seeking to bring geographic information system (GIS) technology into the middle- or high-school classroom. In addition to nineteen complete GIS lesson plans, Mapping Our World: GIS Lessons for Educators includes a one-year license of ArcView 3.x, geographic data for all of the lessons, a Teacher Resource CD, and a companion Web site. This comprehensive educational resource gives novice GIS educators all the tools they need to begin teaching with GIS. Teachers with more GIS experience will find the lessons and data ideal points of departure for more complex and extended inquiries.


Mapping Our World: GIS Lessons for Educators, ArcGIS® Desktop Edition, Lyn Malone with Laura Feaster, Eileen Napoleon, Anita Palmer, and Christine Voigt

This book updates the original Mapping Our World for use with the latest GIS software, ArcGIS 9 Desktop. With the release of this book, teachers have the choice of using either ArcView3.x or ArcGIS Desktop to explore the lessons in Mapping Our World


Community Geography: GIS in Action Teacher's Guide, Lyn Malone with Anita Palmer, and Christine Voigt

Community Geography: GIS in Action, contributing writer


Community Geography: GIS in Action Teachers Guide, published by ESRI Press, is a companion to Community Geography: GIS in Action. It provides the “how-to” for teachers seeking to use the book in their classrooms. The guide includes lesson plans and tips for implementing community projects in the classroom and incorporating them within standards-based curriculum. Community Geography: GIS in Action Teacher’s Guide anticipates needs, issues, and questions that might arise when working with the GIS exercises and undertaking projects with a group of students. Middle school and high school lesson plans contain guides for the ArcView 3.x GIS exercises and "on your own" activities, correlation to national geography, science, and technology standards, authentic assessments, and evaluation rubrics.


Community Geography: GIS in Action, published by ESRI Press, contains seven case studies that describe innovative community GIS projects undertaken by students, teachers, and community partners in the United States and Canada. The case studies encompass vital community issues such as discovering and mapping landfills in residential neighborhoods, helping police to monitor hot spots of criminal activity, taking inventories of community trees, and more. Each case study includes a hands-on GIS exercise to provide appropriate practice in data preparation and analysis. A special “On Your Own” section in each module details how to approach a similar project in your own community.




The Historian in Cyberspace: Online Maps of the Lewis and Clark Expedition,” Lyn Malone, Connect, September/October 2003

This article describes potential classroom applications of the powerful GIS browser included on the David Rumsey Historical Map Collection web site. It focuses on the collection’s georeferenced maps and data pertaining to the famous Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1803-1805. Suggested exercises and illustrations demonstrate how the GIS interface enables students to gain enhanced appreciation of the accomplishments of that expedition.




“Everyone’s Guide to the Geography Network”

This is a set of four PDF documents containing detailed instructions for using the Geography Network. The Geography Network is a framework set up by ESRI for distributing GIS data and maps on the Internet. The exercises in the first two parts of the guide range from easy introductory activities to high level analyses. The third section of the Guide provides lesson plans for using the Geography Network in the classroom.
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“A New Look at Lewis and Clark With Online GIS”

This lesson introduces students to the David Rumsey Historical Map Collection site. Students use georeferenced maps from the Rumsey collection to examine the route of the 1803 – 1806 Lewis and Clark Expediton and evaluate its success or failure in achieving President Thomas Jefferson’s goals for that expedition.
(ArcLessons: Social Studies)

“Investigating Africa”

The goal of this lesson is for students to understand the patterns of living standards across Sub-Saharan Africa and to appreciate the value of thematic maps in comparing and contrasting demographic data among countries within that region.
(ArcLessons: Social Studies)

“Palestine: A House Divided”

Students explore a key 20th century boundary decision, the partition of Palestine by the United Nations in 1947. In the lesson, they role-play membership in a special U.N. commission established to determine boundaries for a Jewish state and an Arab state in the former British Mandate of Palestine. The students must consider a number of variables in making boundary decisions. These include Jewish and Arab population distribution, location of Jewish-owned land, physiographic features, and climate.
(ArcLessons: Social Studies)

“US Election 2000”

This lesson (update of 1996 election lesson) allows students to explore many variables which play a role in the 2000 election process: racial and ethnic composition of the voting age population by state, voter registration and actual voting history by state, electoral votes by state, and political party composition of both the House of Representatives and of the Senate by state.
(ArcLessons: Social Studies)