Who can help me use GIS in the classroom?
The following sources may be of assistance when starting your new GIS
Contacts at North Carolina State University
Alibrandi, Associate Professor Social Studies Education , North
Carolina State University, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
White, Doctoral Student, North Carolina State University, Department
of Curriculum and Instruction
Partnerships in Your Community
Often it is helpful to create partnerships with either local government,
business, or other organizations. Partnerships with outside agencies can
be a source of information, resources, and expertise.
The Urban Regional Information Systems
Association (URISA) is a non-profit, national organization that
is an association of government information technology management
professionals and others interested in applying information technology
in public agencies. (North Carolina has an active URISA Chapter with
statewide membership that has an interest in helping local teachers.)
Many colleges and universities have GIS departments or GIS courses
and workshops offered for educators. The
University Consortium for Geographic Information Sciences is an
organization that many of the colleges and universities belong to.
National Geographic has organized Geographic
Alliances in many states. This is a wonderful resource for teachers.
Many local governments have offices dedicated to GIS data collection,
distribution, and creation. Check with your local county, town, or
city website. Most states also have a clearing house for geographic
data. The Federal
Geospatial Clearinghouse is also a source for GIS data and GIS
Additional Internet Resources are available.