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August workshop at MSU helps teachers learn to use GPS in the classroom

July 10, 2012 -- MSU News Service

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Teachers across Montana can learn about GPS (Global Positioning Systems) and GIS (Geographic Information Systems) at a free workshop set for Friday, Aug. 10, at Montana State University in Bozeman. Teachers who are selected for the program will receive a high-end GPS unit for their classroom, as well as educational resources, Office of Public Instruction renewal units and travel funds.

Ten teachers will be selected for the program via a competitive application process. Previous experience with GIS software and the use of GPS units is preferable, but not mandatory.

The workshop and materials are provided by Montana NSF EPSCoR, and participants will also learn about how researchers within the Montana University System and the new Montana Institute on Ecosystems are using GPS/GIS to study everything from noxious weeds to water quality to pine beetle infestations.

Workshop activities include how to use GPS units for classroom activities; weed identification training; a tutorial on the basics of ArcGIS Explorer desktop software; how to download points into Explorer from GPS; using add on (image geotagger) to download geotagged images from either GPS or a smart phone; and creating a presentation within Explorer.

The workshop is part of EPSCoR's Climate In My Backyard (CLIMB) outreach program, which develops hands-on classroom modules about climate science in Montana and the Rocky Mountain West.

Teachers of grades fifth through twelfth are eligible to apply and will be selected based on their commitment to incorporating the concepts they learn into their classrooms as well as their ideas for sharing the information beyond their own classrooms.

Interested teachers may apply online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MontanaGPS2012. The application deadline is July 25.

For more information, contact Suzi Taylor with MSU Extended University at taylor@montana.edu or (406) 994-7957.

Contact: Suzi Taylor, MSU Extended University, (406) 994-7957 or taylor@montana.edu