LRT Support CD # 1

Intro to the CD.

This CD was originally released in August, 2000 and updated with the new ESRI schooltools version 2 in February 2001. That is the only minor difference in the two CDs and the new schooltools version 2 can be downloaded, if you have the original August 2000 version.

The CD holds many types of lessons and other helpful materials such as PowerPoint presentations for use in your classroom. This tutorial deals only with the pre-made lessons located in the directory NSgisv2\ARCVIEW\Cdn.    In exploring this directory, you will find the following lessons premade for your classroom collected from ESRI and other sources. Unlike the ESRI site, each directory on the CD holds not only the lesson in pdf format, but also any pre-made project file (.apr file) and all the needed datasets to run the lesson. So you need not go looking in the ArcCanada CDs for the needed files, as they are all organized and ready for your student's use.

All you need to do is copy the folder to your server, or a local hard drive, for student access and prepare the files for working by removing the read-only property that is on all files on a CD. That is what the ROM means, Read Only Memory, so we have to do a bit of teacher preparation. But it is easy !

Part One - Selecting the lesson do I want to Use

A. Insert your LRT Support CD #1 into your CD-ROM drive and open your Windows Explorer

B. Navigate to the folder ARCVIEW\Cdn and you will se all the folder lessons in the right window of Explorer.


C. Now select the folder with the lesson topic you wish to use. Click once to highlight in the right window as seen below.


Part Two - Copying the lesson I want to Use from the CD to the Server/Local Hard Drive

A. Ensuring that the correct folder is highlighted prior to clicking on the copy icon, now click on the "Copy" icon on the bar at the top of your Windows Explorer.

B. Now navigate to the destination directory on your server where the students will have access to the data for their projects. Highlight that folder (hopefully it is called GISdata as taught in the NS Professional Development Inservices) and then click "Paste".


C. The selected folder, in this example, Agricult, will now copy over to the new server location. In this example it goes to the server drive mapped as M, and creates the agric folder in the selected GISData folder. NOTE: Be sure that you have the network rights to do this. See the School Setup Guide for working with your school tech in this area.



Part Three - Making the files ready for student work (removing the read-only property)

A. Open the copied folder from the server or local hard drive. Select the "View" option of "details" to allow you to view the files as a list, as shown below. Now select all the files that are displayed. 

Note 1: You can select files by clicking one by one while holding down the ctrl key or click the top file, then hold down the shift key and click the bottom file in the list.

Note 2:  If you can't see the attribute column, you can have your tech set it up following the directions at the Microsoft Support Link.

            You don't need to see it...if you can trust that the attributes are really there and are willing to  just follow the next instructions anyway.


B. You notice in the image above that all the selected files have an "R" in the attributes column, which shows that they are read only. Now we have to change that property by right clicking the mouse (use the right mouse button clicking it once) while the mouse is located over the highlighted selected files (the blue area). This will allow the pop-up information box to appear as shown below. Select the "properties" option now.


C. Now we see that there is a check mark in the Read-only box. This is what we will remove by clicking in the check mark box beside the "Read-only" attribute.


D. Once we remove the check mark, we now need to apply the change by clicking the "Apply" button on the bottom right of the Properties Box.


E. Now the Read-only attributes are gone and the files are ready for work.  Your list should now look like the image below. If you are going on blind faith here and never saw the attribute column, then right click on any single file and look at the properties. The read-only check mark has been removed......hopefully. I'm going on trust with you too here !


F. The last thing is that this has now been done for all the files in the main folder "agricult", but not the other sub folders called "ab" or "tables". You need to open these folders and repeat steps A to D for the files located in those folders as well.  The folder "ab" is shown below with all its files selected ready for changing the properties.


Part Four - Printing out the Lesson for your Students

A. The prepared lessons all have instructions for both teachers and students as well as background information to work with to support the topic that you are using your GIS to teach. To locate the lesson, look for a file type called pdf  (Public Document Format) which you will find in the topic folder. Here in our example, it is called "Agriculture31.pdf" Select it and double click the file and your Adobe Reader will be launched.


B.  Now print out a single copy for photocopying and all your work is done. You only need to tell the students where their data is located in the "agricult" folder. If you always followed the same format by placing all GIS data in the same drive on the server always under a common folder such as "GISData", then students always only need to know the new folder name. This will reduce your stress immensely and is highly recommended.

HINT: Make one binder per computer in your classroom and insert your student instruction photocopies there for reuse. Keep the original printout in your binder as a master copy. Saves having to reprint and reduces the waste of paper and all good Geographers do !

Have Fun and enjoy your teaching with GIS.