Using GIS in the Classroom, Presented by Anita Palmer

About the Workshop

In this workshop, participants will explore several of the 120 pre-built activities that allow teachers to cover required content using the free interactive mapping tool ArcGIS Online. The activities are standards-based and closely follow the map concepts taught in leading U.S. textbooks with collections that include: Earth Science/Physical Geography, U.S. History, World History, AP Human Geography, AP Environmental Science, Elementary, American Literature and Math. Participants will also get a view of the Texas GeoInquiries that are currently in development as well as the Apportionment and Redistricting app currently being tested across the country. All of these activities and tools are free.

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About the Presenter

Anita Palmer is a former middle and high school technology and social studies teacher, and she is currently the CEO of the “woman owned business” GISetc. Mrs. Palmer, and her husband, Roger Palmer, founded GISetc in 1999 to provide geospatial professional development and curriculum and support to K-12 and higher education teachers and students. Over the past nineteen years, they have authored and taught hundreds of geospatial technology institutes and classes for K-12 and post-secondary teachers focusing on integration of GIS technologies into the curriculum both in the U.S. and globally.

Mrs. Palmer is co-author of over a dozen books that provide activities for teachers and students to use geospatial technologies, including, the pre-service and in-service text GIS for Teachers: A Guide to Authentic K-12 Integration and Application. She has been on the teaching staff of Esri, National Geographic and the national GeoTech Center and works with multiple universities on teacher professional development. In her spare time, Anita works on their non-profit Geoporter that trains communities around the world how to use geospatial technologies to examine resources and solve local issues.


Using GIS in the Classroom, Presented by Anita Palmer,

Monday, February 26, 2018


Fondren Library, Red 109