WI Teacher Training in GIS – July 14-16, 2014

A UW-Madison Geography Department & WIsconsin Geographic Alliance partnership eventMapU

This workshop is geared towards middle and high school public school teachers and administrators who would like to take advantage of the new statewide K-12 ArcGIS software license and use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as a tool for teaching in the classroom.

By taking the course participants will...

• become familiar with ArcGIS software
• perform practical and concrete applications of GIS and GPS technology
• learn how to find data, make maps, & perform some basic data analysis functions
• implement data representation best practices
• gain the confidence to replicate a GIS activity in the classroom
• obtain a lesson plan starter kit with data that can be used in the classroom
• develop a community of support for future collaboration/trouble-shooting
• know where to get additional resources


Science Hall (550 N Park Street) on the UW-Madison campus

Graduate credit
: There is potential for teachers to earn a graduate credit via an online follow-up session through St. Norbert College. Contact Mark Bockenhauer for details.

Registration instructions: Sign up here and send a check for $100 made out to UW-Madison to:

GIS Workshop c/o Karen Tuerk
UW-Madison Geography Department
Science Hall, Room 376
550 N. Park Street
Madison, WI 53706

Your seat is reserved upon receipt of $100 registration fee.


Scholarships are availiable from WIGA to cover the cost of hotel. Contact Mark Bockenhauer to request.

Workshop Schedule

Ahead of class there will be a brief reading assignment, providing an overview of the software. In addition you will receive a basic survey about the courses you teach and your familiarity with GIS.

12pm: Welcome & Hosted Lunch in Science Hall. Meet participants and instructors
1pm: Introduction to GIS Learn about GIS concepts and gain familiarity with ArcGIS software via lecture and hands-on activities. Instructors: Karen Tuerk, GIS Certificate Program Manager & Jaime Stoltenberg, Map and Data Librarian, Robinson Map Library
4pm: How to Access GIS Software How to get your software license installed at school and on personal computer. Instructor: Melanie McCalmont, GIS Statewide License Coordinator, DPI
5pm: Wrap-up
Dinner as a group for informal discussion, networking. Location TBD

9am*: GPS Theory and Application. In this session you will be introduced to Global Positioning Systems (GPS). You will learn to manipulate GPS devices, collect data, and integrate GPS data into a map. * Weather permitting, if the weather is very bad, we will swap this with Wednesday morning. Please be prepared to go out in moderate rain. Instructor: Karen Tuerk, GIS Certificate Program Manager
12pm: Lunch on your own
1pm: Data Discovery and Use In this session you will learn how to find and use publicly available authoritative data through various online sources. Additionally, you will learn what to look for in data, what metadata is, as well as the basics of saving your project and data for sharing with others and future use. Instructor: Jaime Stoltenberg, Map and Data Librarian, Robinson Map Library
5pm: Wrap-up

9am: Map Design and Visualization
Learn how to represent your data, and create a map, following cartographic conventions. Instructor: Tanya Buckingham, Assistant Director Cartography Lab
12pm: Lunch (formal program dismisses)
1-5pm: Optional session to stay and write your own lesson to implement
in your classroom next year, with the help of the instructors. MapU

Question? Email Karen Tuerk