Learn GIS with Esri's Handy, New Companion Guide to The ArcGIS Book

June 23, 2016

Instructional Guide to the ArcGIS Book emphasizes learning by doing, makes learning fun.

Redlands, California—Learning how to use geographic information system (GIS) technology just got a lot more fun, interactive, and engaging with Instructional Guide for The ArcGIS Book, published today by Esri.

The guide serves as a companion to Esri's The ArcGIS Book: 10 Big Ideas about Applying Geography to Your World, which came out in print and online in 2015. Written by GIS instructors Kathryn Keranen and Lyn Malone, Instructional Guide for The ArcGIS Book includes relatable activities and lessons to learn ArcGIS that correspond to each chapter of The ArcGIS Book.

GIS students and seasoned pros will hone their GIS skills while they build and publish web map apps; use live data feeds in apps; communicate information using maps; create and share Esri Story Maps apps, including the new Story Map Crowdsource app; answer complex questions using web maps and analysis tools; and make 3D map presentations. Some lessons require no software at all, while others call for using ArcGIS Online or Esri's cloud-based GIS apps such as Survey123 for ArcGIS, Explorer for ArcGIS, and Collector for ArcGIS.

Readers will work through dozens of interesting scenarios. They will get to create an Esri Story Map app that promotes a play in Washington DC, study earthquakes using the QuakeFeed Earthquake app, and map tree data with the Collector for ArcGIS app.

Whether you are a self-learner, currently teaching, or are planning to teach GIS, Instructional Guide for The ArcGIS Book provides the materials to explore and apply GIS concepts and Esri ArcGIS tools. "Each chapter includes activities and lessons designed to take the mystery out of using [GIS] software and web technology to solve real-world problems," Keranen and Malone wrote in the book's introduction.

The guide includes other interesting assignments, giving readers the opportunity to

  • Produce a map showing the location of farmers' markets.
  • Create an Esri Story Map that compares high school graduation and unemployment rates.
  • Analyze and map crime patterns and trends in an American city.
  • Use a virtual 3D globe to explore the Syrian conflict.
  • Create an emergency management map app to deal with the threat of windstorms known as derechos.

Instructional Guide for The ArcGIS Book is available in print (ISBN: 9781589484702, 272 pages, US$59.99) or as an e-book (ISBN: 9781589484719, US$39.99). The book is available at online retailers worldwide, at esri.com/esripress, or by calling 1-800-447-9778. Outside the United States, visit esri.com/esripressorders for complete ordering options, or visit esri.com/distributors to contact your local Esri distributor. Interested retailers can contact Esri Press book distributor Ingram Publisher Services.

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