GIS for Social Studies GIS for Social Studies - from the University of Colorado in Boulder, This is a research website developed for promoting teacher adoption of web-based GIS. The research is aimed mainly at middle school social studies educators in Colorado, but the materials will be useful to a wider range of teachers.
The purpose of this research is to help teachers learn how to create and customize their own materials and lesson plans using web-based GIS (ArcGIS Explorer Online and Google Earth) that support the social studies curriculum. Through tutorials provided here, they will learn how they can use web-based GIS to teach social studies efficiently and effectively to the students. 

The GIS Guide to Public Domain Data - The GIS Guide to Public Domain Data gives users of geographic information systems (GIS) relevant information about the sources and quality of available public domain spatial data. Readers will understand how to find, evaluate, and analyze data to solve location-based problems.

  • Additionally, if you already own the book, there are 10 Free online exercises, along with data for use from ArcGIS Online.  Access this data by following this link.
  • Topics include assessing the impacts of potential climate change on coasts, ecoregions, population, and land cover, globally,  analyzing floods and floodplains along the Front Range, Colorado, and analyzing land use and sustainability in Brazil. 

  • Maps and the Geospatial Revolution - offered through Penn State, this course brings together core concepts in cartography, geographic information systems, and spatial thinking with real-world examples to provide the fundamentals necessary to engage with Geography beyond the surface-level.  Next session begins July 17th, 2013.


National Geographic Education

STEM Education from National Geographic - National Geographic Education's STEM resources are multidisciplinary and integrate subjects beyond science, technology, engineering, and math to include critical thinking, problem-solving, and 21st century skills.  Although STEM education typically focuses on science, technology, engineering, and math, the best STEM programs share a common characteristic-they are integrated and multidisciplinary beyond those four core subjects. Best practices in STEM education include a focus on critical thinking, problem solving, and 21st century skills such as communicating and collaborating. They combine hands-on learning with content learning. And they bring STEM content to life by showing students applications beyond the K-12 classroom, into the realm of work and careers.