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A guide for Geographic Information Science Instruction in Out of School Time Settings

A guide for Geographic Information Science Instruction in Out of School Time Settings

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This curriculum guide was developed to support an out-of-school time program called BITS, Building Information Technology Skills. The BITS Program
consists of three elements: an After School Program model that involves high school students in two-four hours per week of hands-on, field and computer
laboratory based experiences working with digital technologies, urban exploration, and social media. The Summer Program models include more in depth
experiences in field research methods in geography, examining local environmental problems, and learning about local landscapes in Philadelphia. More advanced students have opportunities to participate in Internship
experiences in research lab and library settings at Temple University where they learn how to conduct research using map and data archives, participate in teams of researchers on environmental and social problems of concern in urban settings, and work in teams to depict local environments and gain advanced
geographic information technology and social media experiences. M. Masucci, Temple University, 2011.
This curriculum guide was developed to support an out-of-school time program called BITS, Building Information Technology Skills. The BITS Program
consists of three elements: an After School Program model that involves high school students in two-four hours per week of hands-on, field and computer
laboratory based experiences working with digital technologies, urban exploration, and social media. The Summer Program models include more in depth
experiences in field research methods in geography, examining local environmental problems, and learning about local landscapes in Philadelphia. More advanced students have opportunities to participate in Internship
experiences in research lab and library settings at Temple University where they learn how to conduct research using map and data archives, participate in teams of researchers on environmental and social problems of concern in urban settings, and work in teams to depict local environments and gain advanced
geographic information technology and social media experiences. M. Masucci, Temple University, 2011.

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 A guide for Geographic InformationScience Instruction inOut of School Time Settings
 
Michele MasucciPrincipal Investigator Building Information Technology Skills Among Inner City YouthA Program Funded through the NSF ITEST Program2004 – 2008
 
 
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© Copyright 2010ITSRGTemple UniversityAll Rights ReservedThis curriculum was made possible with generous support from the NationalScience Foundation and Philadelphia Youth Network.
 
 
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Table of Contents
Overview of the BITS Curriculum Guide …………………………………….. 4Curriculum Matrix ……………………………………………………………… 11Lesson 1: Introduction to Geographic Information Technology ………….. 14Lesson 2: How do I define my community? ………………………………... 23Lesson 3: How do I find my way in my community? …………………….… 26Lesson 4: How do I find a Place on a Street Map of My Community? .… 28Lesson 5: Scavenger Hunt Field Exercise …………………………………. 30Lesson 6 Assessment of Student Learning about Community Maps …… 31Lesson 7: What is a map? ……………………………………………………. 32Lesson 8: What types of maps are there? ……………………………….… 34Lesson 9: The Basics for Taking Field Notes ……………………………... 37Lesson 10: Collecting Data for a Map ……………………………………… 38Lesson 11: Field Exercise: Mapping My Neighborhood ………………….. 40Lesson 12: Scale and Community Mapping ……………………………….. 41Lesson 13: How do I find a place on a street map of my community? ….. 43Lesson 14: Using Google Earth to Create Map Layers …………………… 45Lesson 15: Hands-on GIS Making Layers using Acetate ………………. 47Lesson 16: Organizing Geographic Observations …………………………. 49Lesson 17 Where does my food come from? ………………………………. 52Lesson 18: Food Mapping Exercise …………………………………………. 53BITS Glossary ………………………………………………………………….. 56Online Resources ………………………………………………………………. 63Appendix: Sample BITS Lesson and Student Work ……………………….. 69

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