Helping Teachers and Professionals Access Technology
GIS 4 Schools offers a wide range of services, from custom designed lessons, mobile GIS/GPS lab, 24/7 technical support to onsite tech support. We know how difficult it is to keep up to date. We explore new GIS mapping options that meet your budget and skill level. Contact us for a free consultation on how we can assist you.
GIS 4 Schools has extensive experience in teaching computer mapping and GPS skills to students and non-GIS Savvy professionals. GIS 4 Schools founder, Ken Pekarek, has the ability to teach basic computer mapping skills to even the most novice user. Have a new mapping system you need to teach to your staff? Ken an develop custom lessons that can meet your agencies needs.
GIS 4 Schools knows how to simplify complex topics and make learning fun.
Mobile GIS Lab for Use in the Field
Mobile GIS/GPS Lab
GIS 4 Schools has a Mobile GIS Lab that can be brought to your school or office. The PCs have lessons and GIS/GPS mapping systems preloaded so that students can explore mapping options. The Lab has it's own Wifi Hotspot to surf the web.
DNR Garmin GPS software allows you to collect data from the field and upload the data to the PC for use with GIS mapping systems.
GIS Training and Data Collection
Whether you want to just learn the basics of GPS or to use GPS receivers to collect data from the field, GIS 4 Schools has developed simple lessons that make using GPS receivers fun. For the past 10 years, GIS 4 Schools has helped students involved with Firewise in the Classroom complete over 2,000 Home Wildfire Home Risk Assessments.
GIS 4 Schools provided technical support to the West Virginia Firewise Project. Working cooperatively with the Eagle Promise Charitable Fund and the West Virginia Divison of Forestry, GIS 4 Schools developed an interactive GIS application to identify homes at risk of wildfire. Students at Hedgesville H.S. used the system to rate all homes in the Woods Community. GIS 4 Schools analyzed the data to generate a Density Surface Map display on the left. The map identifies "High Risk Areas" and was the basis for prioritizing areas that need more analysis.
With this map as a guide, residents of the Woods Community conducted onsite assessments of homes in the "High Risk Areas". For more examples of analysis of Wildfire Risks look atFirewise at the Woods.
GIS 4 Schools has extensive experience in analyzing and mapping demographic data. Northwest Hennepin County Human Services Council contracted with GIS 4 Schools to identify and map the rapid influx of minority population in Northern Hennepin County. Existing demographic sources under reported the number and geographic extend of this trend. Using enrollment data from elementary schools, GIS 4 Schools was able to successfully tabulate the increases in minority enrollment . The map to the right is an example of the percent increase in enrollment in each of the school districts. It clearly highlights the high concentration of minorities in Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center.
To learn more about easy-to-use tools available to access Census data contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
GIS 4 Schools provides coordination and technical support for Firewise in the Classroom