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Spring 2008

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Our World GIS Education Books Help Educators

Teach Analysis and Spatial Thinking Skills with GIS

Our World GIS Education, the new book series by Esri Press, was created to give educators flexible and comprehensive resources to introduce and extend GIS education into primary, secondary, and postsecondary curriculum with ease while providing students with the tools to build spatial thinking, analysis, and decision-making skills.

Thinking Spatially book cover Mapping Our World book cover Analyzing Our World book cover Making Spatial Decisions book cover

Teachers are given the opportunity to combine global and regional geographic themes and issues, inquiry-based learning, and interactive mapping and analysis into the curriculum using modern GIS technology. Additionally, teachers are given the tools and confidence to educate their students about GIS, regardless of their level of experience teaching GIS.

The books include either ArcGIS Desktop trial software or ArcExplorer—Java Edition for Education, GIS lessons and exercises, GIS data for creating maps, lesson guidelines, tips, and more. The books are arranged in levels 1–4 to provide basic to progressively more advanced instruction.

Thinking Spatially Using GIS, Our World GIS Education: Level 1, helps students cultivate spatial thinking concepts. Basic GIS software skills are taught, including map reading and pattern recognition. ISBN-13: 978-1-58948-180-0, 120 pp., $49.95.

Mapping Our World Using GIS, Our World GIS Education: Level 2, dives into investigation and geographic inquiry while basic GIS software skills are solidified. ISBN-13: 978-1-58948-181-7, 200 pp., $49.95.

Analyzing Our World Using GIS, Our World GIS Education: Level 3, extends the geographic inquiry and analysis skill set to include data acquisition using a lesson in ArcGIS Spatial Analyst. ISBN-13: 978-1-58948-182-4, 200 pp., $49.95.

In Making Spatial Decisions, Our World GIS Education: Level 4, students analyze real-world challenges using GIS project workflows as they undertake more independent study. ISBN-13: 978-1-58948-183-1, 200 pp., $49.95.

More Information

To learn more about the Our World GIS Education book series or to purchase, visit or call 1-800-447-9778.

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