Tarendra Lakhankar
PhD

RIWI – Digital Tools Module

Students will work with in-demand digital tools used for spatial information and analytics, including Excel, Google Earth, ArcGIS Pro, and Story Maps. They will engage in team-based project activities to develop essential communication, problem-solving, and digital literacy skills.

Microsoft Excel: This comprehensive Excel training covers vital aspects for effective data management and analysis. It includes formatting cells and text, utilizing essential formulas (e.g., SUM, AVERAGE) and functions, sorting and filtering data, creating diverse charts and graphs, applying conditional formatting, mastering PivotTables for large dataset analysis, and utilizing line charts for trend forecasting. By mastering these components, you’ll enhance your Excel proficiency, enabling you to make data-driven decisions more efficiently.

Geographic Information Systems (GIS): The GIS module offers students a hands-on experience with spatial data analysis using GIS as a computer-based tool. Its core objective is to familiarize students with the foundational principles and techniques of GIS, fostering an understanding of geographic space and map representation. By module completion, students will proficiently interpret maps, extract meaningful insights, and craft maps using both graphical and tabular data within ArcGIS Pro. Emphasizing data collection and map creation, this module equips students with valuable spatial data analysis and map-making skills applicable across diverse fields and disciplines.
Download the install the ArcGIS Pro on your Windows Desktop/laptop (Step-by-step)

ArcGIS Story Maps: This module is focused on teaching students how to use ArcGIS Story Maps, a powerful tool that can enhance any curriculum. Story Maps are web-based applications that allow educators to present information in an interactive and engaging way by combining maps, multimedia, and text to create a dynamic narrative. This tool can be used across a wide range of subjects, such as geography, history, and environmental studies, providing students with a unique opportunity to explore complex topics in a visual way and develop their analytical and critical thinking skills. By creating their own Story Maps, students can showcase their understanding of the subject matter and communicate their ideas in a creative and engaging way.

Lectures/Modules Slides Sample Data and Assignments Step by Step Instruction
Module 1: Introduction to Excel (Statistics and Data Plotting) Excel Exercise Data Download See the presentation slides
Module 2: Google Earth Mapping Follow the instructors instruction Google Earth Exercise – Instruction
Module 3: StoryMaps Project Examples of Past StoryMaps StoryMaps Project Step by Step Instruction
Module 4: ArcGIS – Introduction and Application of ArcGIS ArcGIS Exercise Global – Data Download ArcGIS Pro Step by Step – Instruction
Module 5: Mapping NYC Food and Water data (Optional Practice)
Sample Food and Water Data for Mapping  

GIS Project (For Interns only): Students will undertake an independent project based on their area of interest, limited to the New York City area. The instructor will assist students in acquiring and processing data for import into the GIS framework.  Here is the source for GIS data for NYC area.

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