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Mapping out possible career options with professional technology

Students who like their technology skills better than their art skills received keen insight into a professional opportunity. 

In years past, social studies teacher Shiela Sievert had her geography students draw world maps with icons representing places they've visited and want to visit. 

This year, with the help of a free software program from ArcGIS (geographic information systems) students created their lists in a spreadsheet, then imported the information into the software. 

Once the locations are pinpointed on a map, students could color code the icons by categories, change the icon look, add text, and upload pictures. 

"I think because kids are tech savvy today this is a way to show that geography is not old-school curriculum, but there are opportunities for some really amazing employment options," Sievert said. 

A local professional, Jeff McReynolds, the GIS Program Manager with the City of Lincoln, helped train the teacher and students on the software possibilities. He told the classes the city has recently used this technology to help plan for new fire stations, examine the possibility for a new school safety zone, among other projects.  

An online gallery on the ArcGIS website shows maps being created to track wildfire, weather patterns, crime and more. 

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