Beginner Question

Discussion created by Rigwald on Mar 19, 2014
Latest reply on Mar 20, 2014 by ressinger-esristaff

I am a Global Studies teacher in Minnesota and this year we received a state license for using ArcGIS.  I have had no formal training, but taught myself how to use ArcGIS Online and have been using it with students.  Through much trial and error, I created a map for students to use that had all the country polygons and embedded the 2013 CIA World Factbook data for students to access.  I even included several columns of blank data, so students could input their own data through the year.  (We currently have them researching and adding GDP per capita and government types, so they can visually see the data.  We also have them add symbols to an economic layer, so they can see the main resources and industries.)  To be honest, I made the map last July with the demo version of the desktop program and I don't remember how I did it, hehehe.  I give this information purely as background to my question.

Since I have had no training, this question might be seem silly to expert users, but I am intrigued by some of the story maps and wonder how advanced one needs to be in order to make one, say similar to the Crimean Conflict ( http://storymaps.esri.com/stories/2014/crimea/ ).  I am willing to seek out permission from my district for training, but I need to have an idea of what kind of training I will need.

Your insights would be greatly appreciated, as any sort of training like this will require me to have get clearance from my school district at the end of this school year or early in the next.  (Training money tends to be swallowed very quickly.)

Thanks in advance!

Brian Rigwald
Century Junior High
Forest Lake, MN