Section 4: Other
quality web-based sources of advice and information.
This section of the
website provides other sources that you can look at for information about
GIS. Some are quite detailed and others provide a brief overview. Each
one has a slightly different perspective which should help to develop your
understanding about GIS and its possibilities in the classroom.
For the Curious - “This guide on GIS is for the curious. It is for those
who want to learn GIS concepts, use actual GIS software to obtain hands-on experience,
and gain an insider's view of how GIS software operates. We have provided exercises,
questions, and technical notes and animated demonstrations
to help you.”
Survey GIS Files – over 7MB of information from the people who make the
maps. A very comprehensive and user-friendly source of information. It is particularly
good on the technical side of GIS for those who want to know a little more. You
can download individual
sections of the information if you wish.
Systems – a well presented and detailed outline of ‘What is a GIS?’.
There are lots of excellent maps and graphics as used by the USGS. It is based
on a poster produced by the USGS to promote the use of GIS.
GIS.COM What is GIS? – a set of GIS tutorials outlining the main ideas behind
GIS. It includes a detailed and useful Powerpoint presentation on ‘What
is GIS?’. This Powerpoint could be used in the classroom as part of
CPD or with students when introducing GIS.
of Melbourne GIS Tutorial – part of a set of tutorials designed for
students at the University. It contains a fairly brief but useful introduction
to the concepts behind GIS.
GIS Basics – a brief introduction to GIS from the software
company that produces the world’s most popular GIS software package
What is GIS? - a nice straightforward account of the basics of GIS which leads
on to some links to other sources and to a brief discussion of the main software
University Presenting GIS – there are a number of good resources available
at this site for teachers looking for GIS materials. The materials provide
a wide ranging first look at the GIS concept.
The first resource is a set of three useful Powerpoint presentations which
deal with ‘An introduction to GIS?’, ‘Analysis in GIS’ and ‘Uses
of spatial data’:
The second resource is a Word document that covers Module 1 of the GIS Training
The third resource is an online introduction to ‘Understanding GIS’: