GIS in Your Classroom: Incorporate Mapping Activities with a Free Platform and Ready Made Lesson Plans

Link to resources:

What is ArcGIS Online?
ArcGIS Online Accounts/Use Strategies

ArcGIS Online: Not Logged In

Explore GeoInquiries
Example: U.S. History >> Dust Bowl >> click open
Map for Dust Bowl

Create a public account

Create a public ArcGIS online account
Allows one to create and save maps, map notes
Learn more: with the public account you can take the free "Teaching with GIS" online course

Maps We Love
Maps We Love

Lakota Language StoryMap
Exercises for GIS Guide to Public Domain Data book: Story Map

ConnectED ESRI: Free ArcGIS Online for your school
Which schools are signed up?
Sign-up for Free ArcGIS Online School Account (scroll to bottom of page)

Education resources from ESRI
ArcGIS Online Instructional resources


Maps we Love. A rotating collection of useful, intriguing ArcGIS Online maps:
Twister Dashboard:
(1) What is the pattern of tornadoes across the USA? How do they vary by season? By Fujita intensity?
(2) What is the predominant direction that most tornadoes move? Is the track really a straight line?
(3) Do the data from the 1980s have the same spatial accuracy as those of the 2010s? What are the implications?
(4) 8/11/99 – Yes, there are tornadoes sometimes in the mountain west. Why? What tornado was closest to YOUR community?

Zip Code Tapestry lookup:
  1. What are the top Tapestry segments for Redlands zip code 92373?
  2. Compare the income, age, and population density of this zip code in Redlands to county, state, and US (national) averages.
  3. What are the top Tapestry segments for the zip code where you work? Do you fit any of the top Tapestry segments?
  4. Compare the income, age, and population density for your chosen zip code to county, state, and US averages.
  5. What do you predict your zip code neighborhood demographics will be in 10 years? 20 years?

Real Time Weather:
  1. What is the current pattern of precipitation across the USA?
  2. Style the pressure data based on Altimeter Pressure. What is the current pattern of pressure? Does it have any relation to precipitation? If so, why?
  3. Style the wind data based on wind speed and direction with arrow symbols. Where is it windiest right now, and from which direction is the wind blowing?

South Dakota Resources
South Dakota GIS

Wyoming Resources
Wyoming Geographic Alliance
Lesson plans