Presentation on theme: "Raising achievement in Geography Adding value with GIS Dave Hassell, Associate Director, Becta."— Presentation transcript:
Raising achievement in Geography Adding value with GIS Dave Hassell, Associate Director, Becta
Adding value to geography ICT must add value - it can offer a safe non-threatening environment access to resources /data /information a way of making difficult ideas more concrete options for encouraging analytical and divergent thinking opportunities for extending communication - between people and of ideas
Why now? or Why at all? The use of ICT and GIS in society The changing climate for ICT KS3 vs subject activity Technological development –NGfL and Curriculum Online –increasing quality of equipment –more appropriate software –access to data, both map and other attribute data e.g. statistics The change in expectations for higher order skills
Geography and GIS Fundamentally about spatial relationships GIS can help students question and understand data enable multiple interrogation of complex data illustrate difficult abstract concepts in a dynamic visual way use 3D representations provide opportunities for modelling and decision-making
GIS approaches Mapping information Searching and analysing spatial data –Internet based mapping –Integrated GIS functionality Field or project work –Full GIS software –GPS Examples Safe journeys to school Enquiries using existing data Locational and planning issues Fieldwork analysis
GIS on legs GPS (maybe with computer/PDA) can be used to change perspective of the landscape –A - to relate data/information to reality –B - to analyse relationships record information develop a view of a landscape ensure people know where they are
Evaluating ICT activities Non trivial and enhancing Effective means of delivering outcomes Efficient use of time Opportunities for evaluation and reflection Learning in ICT & Geography
There are issues Cost of packages Finding appropriate software Access to relevant data –the whole range, map and other data Access to digital data and copyright issues Training for users The need to share practice so we do not all reinvent the wheel
The future Imagine a device with GPS rugged e.g. waterproof appropriate software linked seamlessly to computers at school a wide range of data - all sorts wireless connectivity telephone possibly other data capture –camera –temperature –data logging
The challenges for education What role does the use of ICT in society have for schools? and how is it integrated? Finding a realistic place for GIS in the curriculum Effective links in examination subjects Raising awareness in the profession Providing access to good practice and disseminating it What do you need to do to make a difference?
What should you do DON’T re-invent the wheel! Using existing ideas –LEAs, e.g. Staffordshire –Becta and QCA –OS, etc. Share what you find works –GA publications –LEA/RBC communities –Teacher Resource Exchange
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