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Title of Lesson Using Digital Worlds GIS to examine Traffic around the School

Class Classroom
Teacher Name Time
Aim Use the software package to record traffic around the School
Assessable Learning Objectives - to be able to insert drawing layers into the
software (points, lines & polygons)
- to understand how to create hotlinks to traffic
data that has been recorded & photos
- to know how to measure distances in the
-able to compare different types of map data
Assessment Pupils printed traffic maps & routes to school can
be graded. Ability to work in groups recorded.
Resources required P.P.Presentation / PC(s) / Digital Worlds GIS / Projector / (GPS)
SEN Provision (If Applicable)
Duration of lesson Approx 90 minutes
Teacher Activity Pupil Activity Timing
1. Register the class & get pupils settled Pupils get into their places and get out their books 5 minutes

2. Introduction: Explain to pupils how a Pupils asked to explain the differences between 15 minutes
GIS can be used to carry out a traffic different scale OS maps, Aerial Photography and
study of their local area. The Power Elevation data.
Point Presentation should be used.
Explain different map types will be used.

3. As a basic example show the pupils how Pupils watch, and then try for themselves with 5 minutes
they can insert a drawing layer to their own homes
illustrate a route to school.

4. Demonstrate how different colours and Pupils try and do this after watching the teacher 5 minutes
fonts can be used for the drawing. on the projector

5. Demonstrate how a point may be made Pupils can try for themselves hotlinking different 5 minutes
into a hotlink to a digital photo or file. file types

6. Using the measure tool show the class Pupils print graphs and charts comparing 10 minutes
how each route to school can be distances travelled to school
recorded and the distances compared in
Excel by means of chart or graph.

7. Pupils are shown how they can print Pupils print their individual maps of their routes 20 minutes
their map from Digital Worlds complete to school. Pupils are encouraged to try printing
with a legend for each route to school. using different base maps, and varying the way
the map is set out.

8. Describe to the students how the Pupils could be given made up data for the ten 20 minutes
techniques they have used could be used points or may collect real data in a previous
to record data from a more complex fieldwork lesson. Pupils plot the ten points on the
traffic study (e.g. 10 locations in the map and hotlink the data recorded. Photos are
local area) at different times of day and hotlinked also. Students may be asked to draw on
how traffic and environmental the map areas of noise, areas of pollution and
measurements would be used with areas where they believe the traffic should be
hotlinked digital photos. changed. Maps printed with legends. Graphs

9. Plenary: Review the skills that the class Pupils write their name on their completed work 5 minutes
have learned and collect in all of the and hand it in. Pupils think about the different
completed maps & graphs. skills they have learnt
Extension tasks: 1. Using symbol style fonts, the pupils can try to change the shape of the
points that they have inserted on the map. A house symbol may be
chosen for where they live. They may also try inserting other points on
the map for services such as the fire station, police station and hospital.
(Lower Ability)
2. Pupils are asked to look at the data they have collected for routes to
school. They are then asked to add a column to the data to show the
amount of time each journey takes. Pupils are challenged to use the
spreadsheet to calculate the speed of the journey and represent this in a
graph. (Average Ability)
3. Give the pupils a GPS and ask them to suggest how this may be used
when collecting data in a field study. Show the pupils how to read the
GPS and then get them to find the point on the Digital Worlds GIS.
(Higher Ability)
Homework tasks Ask the pupils to write up 500 words explaining what they have done in the
class and analysing how these GIS techniques have commercial applications.
What went well

What could have

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Website links: 1. (click on maps and directions and enter
your postcodes)
2. (click on directions and enter postcodes)
3. (type postcodes into the routefinder to check the
driving distance – is this the same as the distance shown above ?)
4. (use this to find your postcode by
entering your address – you can type in your road and narrow it down
from there )
5. (provides
information for teachers on digital mapping and Geographic
Information Systems - GIS)
6. (an excellent example
of the use of digital mapping, aerial photography and GIS to deliver
7. (similar to multimap)
8. (NASA – Remote Sensing)
9. (support and info on Digital Worlds GIS)
10. (ER Mapper)
11. (British National Space Centre)
12. (info about GIS)
13. (Monitoring Amazonia by
14. (NERC: Earth Observation Centre)
15. (Terraserver)
16. (Digital Globe)
17. Window on the UK2000
18. (Cyber Geography
19. (Atlas of Cyberspace)
20. (Geocaching)
21. (NOAA: Satellites & Info)
22. (The Great Globe
23. (University of Nottingham:
Meteosat weather satellite)
24. (Ordnance Survey)
25. (The Globe Programme)
26. (US Census Bureau -
Definitions of a GIS)
27. Get Mapping UK
28. National Statistics Office

Texts: • GIS in Secondary Geography (Freeman D, Teaching Geography,

January 2003)
• Using the Internet as a Teaching Tool, Three Gorges Dam, China
(Simm D, Teaching Geography, April 2002)
• Using Environmental Data on the Internet (Rennie S and Jackson D,
Teaching Geography, January 2001)
• Geography on the line (Ramsden S, Teaching Geography January 1999)
• Teaching and Learning with Geographical Information Systems
(Williams A, Teaching Geography January 2000)
Additional Background Reading:

Audet, R.H.(et al.) 2000 GIS in Schools

(ESRI Press)
ISBN: 1879102854

Chang, K. 2003 Introduction to GIS (McGraw-Hill: 2nd Ed)

ISBN: 0072861215

Davis, D.E. 2003 GIS for Everyone (ESRI Press; 3rd Ed)
ISBN: 1589480562

Gregory, I.N. 2003 A Place in History (Oxbow Books)

ISBN: 1842170368

Herzog, D. 2003 Mapping the News: Case Studies in GIS

(ESRI Press)
ISBN: 1589480724

Kennedy, M. 2002 The Global Positioning System & GIS

(T&F STM; 2nd Ed)
ISBN: 0415286085

Korte, G.B. 2000 The GIS Book (OnWordPress; 5th Ed)

ISBN: 0766828204

Malone, L. (et al.) 2002 Mapping Our World: GIS Lessons…

(ESRI Press)
ISBN: 1589480228