Support to NS Schools
Resources & Technology has created several CD-ROM support CDs for use
in Nova Scotia classrooms.
should have the following as of 15 Oct 2001:
GIS Support CD # 1 dated 28 August, 2000 which has a collection of the
ArcCanada lessons with the required data sets organized for your use. It
also has PowerPoint presentations, satellite images, downloaded additional
free datasets, bookmark files for additional web resources, and other
useful additions for use in your classroom as you progress with GIS. All
ArcView school's principals were sent this CD in early Sept 2000. New
ArcView schools will receive this with their software K-12 bundle.
NSGIS Data CD#1 dated 28 August 2000 is available to Boards and ArcView
schools in NS that have signed their NS dataset agreement. The CD holds
detailed files in 1:10000, 1:50000 as well as 1:500000. This first CD
holds Nova Scotia provincial data layers such as county lines, road
networks, school locations, and a detailed watershed file for all areas.
It also holds detailed files for Sackville and Port Hawkesbury with
historic and current aerial photography. Those ArcView schools who
do not hold this CD should request an update from their Board as CEO's
were all sent this information in early Sept 2000.
third CD-ROM is being duplicated in early January 2001 for distribution to
all ArcView schools. It will be the DataScape CD produced by ESRI. It
holds several excellent projects with the datasets for world and global
studies. It will be sent under covering letter to your principal by mid
of Dec 2000, schools who received their ArcView k-12 bundles early in
rollout will also be receiving a new text resource with included CD-ROM
tutorial once LRT receives them from ESRI. The "Getting
to Know ArcView GIS" should allow you to use this as teacher
learning resource and assist in your GIS implementation.
series of three CD-ROMs containing major datasets for the the Halifax
Regional Municipality (HRM) has been put together by HRM GIS staff for all
NS schools registered as licensed NS GIS Data Agreement schools. These
datasets are ideal for urban geography, rural and exurb development
projects, historical geography due to the Robie Street transect imagery,
with support to all junior and senior high social studies applications.
This data was updated for schools from the original used in a summer CCGE
workshop and course at MSVU that resulted from excellent cooperation
between HRM and MSVU lead by James Rooney at J.L. Ilsley High School, a
geography teacher who is also the Atlantic rep for the Canadian
Council for Geographic Education.
schools who elected to order the ESRI 10x10 datasets under the IEI
received them in late November. Erin D'Alessandro at ESRI Canada
worked with DMTI, the data supplier, to enhance the options available for
those school orders. The final production was completed mid-Oct with over
66,000 business data sources available to support economic geographic
projects in NS classrooms. Contact for this order is with your
Board's IEI coordinator.
Geomatics Centre in Amherst has also worked on a sample dataset and
imagery for the Economy Falls area to support West Colchester Consolidated
School's GIS community initiative. This will be evaluated and become the
protocol for other school local projects once completed this school year.
Contact on this should be directed to the Provincial Social Studies
Consultant, Bruce Fisher.
Canada Support to Teachers
Samples of GIS use in School Projects
States K-12 Program samples
actual URL for the wolf project site: