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One-Day Workshop
7.5 hours

Registration & fee required

Continuing education units (CEUs): 0.75

GISCI educational achievement points: 0.1875

King Street Center,
Computer Training Room

next date to be determined


This workshop covers the basics of how to acquire, explore, symbolize, and analyze GIS data. The workshop is hands-on. Attendees will use industry-standard ArcGIS software for workshop exercises. The introductory skills presented in the workshop are applicable to many lesson plans that involve a mapping component. The specific data examples and exercises were developed in conjunction with a mapping project in the Tahoma School District that involved displaying impervious surface and other stormwater-related data at school-campus, neighborhood, and district-wide scales as a means for teachers and students to visualize and communicate community issues related to stormwater management.


Educators who want to learn how to use GIS data and the powerful, industry-standard GIS software ArcGIS for Desktop (which is available free to schools, see below).

Topics Covered

  •  Fundamental ArcGIS functionality—the basics
  •  The geographic inquiry process
  •  How to create a geodatabase
  •  How to analyze GIS data
  •  How to use GIS data to make effective and meaningful maps

Prerequisites and Recommendations

Students should be comfortable using Microsoft Windows®.

What You Will Receive

  • 7.5 hours of instruction from a CompTIA Certified Technical Trainer (CTT).
  • Use of a student PC while in class, with appropriate GIS software and access to training data.
  • A copy of the workshop training materials.
  • Upon completion, a signed completion certificate which will indicate the CEUs (0.75) and GISCI points (0.1875) earned.

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