Whether you're collecting water quality, weather, or species distribution data, there are often patterns that are only visible in a geographic context. Geographic Information System (GIS) software can help students visualize data spatially but is often expensive and complex. With ESRI's ArcGIS online you can visualize data in seconds with a FREE account! Here's how to get started visualizing your geographic data!
Step 1: Collect your data using GPS sensor
Step 2: Export the data to a text file
- Open the share menu
- Select export data from the available options (connect a flash drive to export from the SPARK science learning system)
Step 3: Edit your data
Open the tab separated text file in a spreadsheet editor to manipulate heading names. It's important to remove any special characters like degree symbols from the headings.
Step 4: Login to ArcGIS Online
Sign up for a free public account or login to an existing account and go to the MAP tab.
Step 5: Drag the exported data onto the map
Step 6: Map the data fields for latitude and longitude
Step 7: That's it!
Now you can edit the layer to visualize the data for different sensors.