Integrating Geospatial Technologies: New Dimensions to Curricula
Marsha Alibrandi, Fairfield University, United States ; Elizabeth Langran, Fiarfield University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Diego, CA, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-78-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
As the ubiquity of geospatial technologies such as Google Earth, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), GIS, GPS-enabled digital cameras and cell phones provide easy access to geo-tagging and adding geo-location to digital stories and social network media, in-service and pre-service teacher education instruction must incorporate and model their use. With new web-based applications, ease-of-use and accessibility thresholds have become more accessible for schools. In a combination summer offering of graduate and/or Continuing Education Units credit, participants moved from community-based games such as geocaching to constructing geo-located digital archives for a school-museum partnership. Expanded web-based resources and tutorials have facilitated geospatial technology integration. Direct curricular integration in middle and high school settings are discussed.
Alibrandi, M. & Langran, E. (2010). Integrating Geospatial Technologies: New Dimensions to Curricula. In D. Gibson & B. Dodge (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2010--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 3968-3969). San Diego, CA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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