So last week marked my first ArcGIS II Class. It was three days of learning for the teacher and 11 students. Here is a bit of the fun experienced:
- No matter what you plan – if you get fancy it will fail. I brought a printer so people could print out their maps. The printer wouldn’t work. I had hooked it to one of the laptops in the lab and shared it out. It worked great in the office. Failed miserably in class. Plus I dropped it.
- The Internet ceased working for one day in the training facility (the network was down but saying the Internet stopped working sounds more dire). That wasn’t a show stopper – but everyone gets nervous if they can’t check email.
- Coffee is a necessity. I don’t drink coffee – but I went out and bought a coffee maker. I brought bagels two days.
- Not that I’m a genius – but I do use ArGIS almost every day – or talk about – or read about it. I forget how much I do know and must consistently tone down what I am saying. I ran off on a 5 minute tangent only to have everyone in the class look at me like I had a third arm growing out of my head. I need to learn to slow down.
- I have decided I don’t like the order of chapters in the ESRI Training Materials – so I might start by changing it up.
- My Laptop went down. I had to reload everything. It was in the reload that I had an epic failure with ArcToolbox that didn’t get fixed till Friday afternoon. Long after the class was finished. So I didn’t get to properly show the analysis tools in Arctoolbox.
- The one thing that worked exceptionally well in my opinion was bringing up and walking through a working project and showing the practicality of what we were doing.
Actually, A little more on 5. I had read back over the material before I started teaching it. The second Chapter starts off discussing Geodatabases. It really isn’t until Chapter 12 or 13 that you really get to create a geodatabase (Actually I don’t remember which chapter – but the point is it is one of the last things you cover). Most everyone in the class voiced an opinion that this should be first. So I’m going to change up a littel on how Chapter two operates – I’m not sure how I”m going to do that since Projections to play a part in Geodatabases and projections show up on the second day.
Anyway – everyone was very complimentary – much nicer than they should be. My one problem student – or actually who I thought would be the problem – turned out to be my first certificate and probably one of the most interesting and nicest people I have met in a very long time. Once again I am reminded to not judge to quickly.
So there was a whole pile of learning last week on both ends. I did enjoy myself though – much more than I thought I would. Kudos to my first class.