Educational Terms and Links

The intent of this page is to be a portal where anyone interested in GIS can quickly find GIS related information presented in an educational manner.  This page will be fluid and changing as new ideas, links, or information is submitted or found.  Anyone wanting to submit ideas, links, or material for the page, which inspire GIS learning, are encouraged to contact this office.

What is GIS?

A geographic information system (GIS) integrates hardware, software, and data for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information in a mapped format. GIS allows us to view, understand, question, interpret, and visualize data in many ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, online mapping services, globes, reports, and charts.


Examples of how is GIS used?

  • Finding the nearest restaurant on your mobile device and displaying the address and location on a map.
  • Displaying on a map 3 bedroom homes in your neighborhood.
  • Helping emergency vehicles route and respond quickly to 911 calls.
  • Determining if certain businesses are within 1000 feet of a school zone.
  • Using WAZE on your mobile device to avoid traffic backups.


Additional links to educate and inform those interested in Geography and GIS.

Many of the links listed below are intended for a younger audience, but others may find them educational too.

Wikiwand: Glossary of geography terms

National Geographic GIS Library

National Geographic Kids Page

Map Skills Song

PBS You Can Map This and That

NEA Teaching with Maps

Enchanted Learning Map Activities

BrainPop Map Skills

Interactive Sites for Education

Ducksters Geography for Kids

REI How to use a compass Map Scale Lesson for Kids

One Geology for Kids

GIS facts for kids

Crazy4Computers Map Skills Lesson