GIS (Geographic Information Systems) in Teacher Education
Marsha Alibrandi, Shannon White, Rita Hagevik, North Carolina State Univ., United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Norfolk, VA ISBN 978-1-880094-41-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
This paper introduces Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology as a useful addition to other technologies being introduced in K-12 classrooms in the context of an experimental teacher education course. In the iterative course design, graduate students (classroom teachers) provided email feedback and input to inform instruction. An in-service teacher and two graduate student teaching assistants were part of the instructional team, as was a middel school student. Students in the process of learning GIS mastered many other related technological applications. From a wide range of backgrounds entering the course, all students were able to design original GIS projects, importing data from a variety of sources for integration with existing map projections. The projects relate to Social Studies and Science curriculum frameworks, and lesson plans accompany the map products. Qualitative data from email, quizzes and evaluations is presented along with student products and preliminary findings. The course runs again in Spring 2001.
Alibrandi, M., White, S. & Hagevik, R. (2001). GIS (Geographic Information Systems) in Teacher Education. In J. Price, D. Willis, N. Davis & J. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2001--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1524-1525). Norfolk, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).