GPS/GIS Mapping. A Workshop to Develop the Skills Required to Construct Maps in Arcmap. Presented by Neil Gray, Teacher-in-Charge, Columboola EEC, (EQ), HOD (Env Ed) Miles SHS, September, 2007. Sample ArcMap
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A Workshop to Develop the Skills Required to Construct Maps in Arcmap.
Presented by Neil Gray, Teacher-in-Charge, Columboola EEC, (EQ), HOD (Env Ed) Miles SHS, September, 2007.
Arcmap of student field work for Dulacca SS, Winner 2006 SSI-STiS award, primary school division
Map produced from student’s survey data, for a district mapping project.
Click on ‘Waypoint’ button to get waypoints.
GPS Data - building
GPS data –school grounds
The release of the DNR Garmin interface for Garmin GPS to Arcmap has revolutionised the nature of generating maps from field data, and its free availability means that even primary school students can now record the results of their field work as a quality map. Compare that to pencil and paper mud maps!
The Dulacca SS project required a term for the entire exercise, and only the map produced has been used here. The students produced a brochure including photos, information and the map for the surrounding major vegetation types. About 6 hours of class time was spent learning to use the GPS units, a day of field work, 1 full day to make the map and 6 weeks of timetabled class time to research and make the brochure. This project won the 2006 SSI award in the Primary School Division.
The reserve map is the result of about 3 days of intensive field and Arcmap work. The result is infinitely better than the old hand drawn map and useful too. ! In eastern Qld where quality base maps are available this map generation process is even easier. I can now project orienteering points onto the digital map and print individual course maps! The students use their GPS units to find each loaded waypoint in a rogaining style event and monitor the map screen to help claim a “find”. The GPS units track the students for every step that they take, and when this is downloaded to MapSource on their return, I can see the exact route taken on screen, as well as whether a waypoint was “found”. I can even print out the exact track that they walked on the map as a record of their achievement. Yuleba SS recorded the position of trees in the grounds and produced simple maps for inclusion in their multi-media presentation for the unit.
The GPS units and software have also been used in GPS orienteering in Yr 8, 9 & 10 HPE at Miles SHS, in Senior Maths A in the mapping and surveying section of the curriculum and during the Senior Biology Field trip to map the Tin Can Inlet and give a spatial reference to transects and profiles. Columboola EEC now “owns” a geocache and caching is included in our curriculum.
GPS and spatial ICT’s have revolutionised the way geographic information can be used in the HPE, Maths, Science and SOSE curriculum areas out here in the Miles Cluster.