ArcCanada CD Data in your own lesson


Intro to the CD.

The two CDs contain the Geomatics Canada data from NRCan included in ESRI's K-12 package for schools. Version 2 has now been shipping since summer of 1999 and is the one all Nova Scotia schools have since the start of the IEI project. 

All you need to do is copy the ArcCanada files 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 data do I want to use

A. Insert your ArcCanada CD into your CD-ROM drive and open your Windows Explorer

B. Navigate to the main folder and you will see all the data folders in the right window of Explorer.


C. Now select the folder(s) with the data you wish to use. Click once to highlight in the right window as seen below. I have selected both Canada and NS folders for this lesson.


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 In-services) and then click "Paste".

C. The selected folder(s), in this example, Canada and NS, will now copy over to the new server location. In this example it goes to the server drive mapped as M, and creates the two 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 "ns", but not the other sub folders such as "agri". You need to open these folders and repeat steps A to D for the files located in those folders as well.  This is why you may also wish to acquire a separate drive for GIS data on the server that will allow you to place the data there for all times.

Part Four - Student Instructions for Working with the data

A. Unlike prepared lessons that have all have instructions for both teachers and students as well as background information to work with to support the topic provided, you are starting from scratch. For you, you have to write up the directions yourself in a word processor as you create the steps in the lesson. To do this open your ArcView and start a new project. Work by doing a single step in ArcView and then switching to your word processor and recording the step as an instruction. BE sure and save your word processing document frequently as you go.

B.  If you wish to show screen shots in your instructions, then at critical points in the ArcView project, press your "Prnt Scrn" key on your keyboard.

C. Then switch to your word processor and click "paste". Adjust the image to the size and position you wish using your word processor's capabilities.

D. Print out your finished instructions or copy them to the director where the students will get their data from.

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.