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Homeless in the Badlands


In these lessons, students play the role of a GIS specialist for a North Dakota advocacy group. The group wants to alert state and federal officials to this negative effect of the oil boom in order to receive more resources for housing and shelters. Students first download tabular (table-based) data on homelessness. Then, they map the data in ArcMap by joining it to state geography. They publish their map layer to ArcGIS Online and make a set of online maps anyone can access. Finally, students present their maps in a single, easy-to-understand web app.

Learning Targets: 
Adding ArcGIS Online data to ArcMap
Joining tabular data to spatial data
Publishing a layer to ArcGIS Online
Creating and symbolizing web maps
GRACE Project
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Creative Commons Licence