ESRI is pleased to announce our "US Community Atlas" project. This project asks teachers and students to work together to create a vision of "their community" using text and maps, and post these on ESRI's web server. The result will be a searchable database of "community presentations."

In doing this project, students must investigate their home area and work together to present its nature in a series of web pages. They must decide what constitutes the boundaries of "their community." They must identify what it is like, and figure out how to represent that effectively and efficiently.

To complete the project, students and teachers can use existing GIS software, or they can request free "ArcVoyager Special Edition" software (built especially for school use), or they can use online mapping engines and a web browser. Schools submitting complete entries earn free GIS software to complement tools they may already have.

This project works well with the theme of the 1999-2000 Geography Awareness campaign, "Geography & Technology: Think the World of Your Community". It also can provide a focus for GIS Day (Nov.19, 1999). And it can be a great intro to the 2000 Census, taking place in April, 2000.

But it's not just for geography teachers. Teachers of science, language/arts, technology, and math will all find opportunity for real world application of their focal points. Defining and presenting the nature of the community can be a powerful learning opportunity in many areas.

For full details, go to this web site:

This is a product of the Florida Geographic Alliance and is part of the National Geographic Society's Geography Awareness Week.
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