Ideas for using GIS in Geography

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Ideas for using GIS in Geography

  1. 1. GIS <ul><li>Outline the principals </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate some examples </li></ul><ul><li>Share “Free” GIS online </li></ul>
  2. 2. Principals <ul><li>GIS as a tool to integrate spatial and other data (numerical, graphical, images etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Use of base maps and layers </li></ul><ul><li>Association with databases/spreadsheets </li></ul>
  3. 4. Area data: Measurements Attributes for an area Point Data: Specific Attributes for a Single location A B Vector data: Measure distances Base Map
  4. 5. Classroom application <ul><li>Advantages: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Immediacy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engaging </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Manipulation of data </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Disadvantages: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Access </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Time to “learn” the programme </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cost </li></ul></ul>
  5. 6. AEGIS <ul><li>An application used in many schools. </li></ul><ul><li>Basic GIS </li></ul>
  6. 7. Google Earth <ul><li>Simple GIS </li></ul><ul><li>Has applications beyond looking at your house/school </li></ul><ul><li>San Francisco example </li></ul>
  7. 9. Google Earth Websites <ul><li>www.juciygeography.co.uk/googleearth </li></ul><ul><li>www.Gearthhacks.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.Earth.google.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.gearthblog.com </li></ul><ul><li>A frighteningly comprehensive data set of the 2000 US census: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://gecensus.stanford.edu/gcensus/ajax/gcensus.php </li></ul></ul>
  8. 10. Other Online Freebies <ul><li>Google maps Microsoft Live Earth offer simple tools, without downloading Google earth </li></ul><ul><li>Hurricane Katrina resources </li></ul><ul><li>Environment Agency flooding “GIS” </li></ul><ul><li>Hertfordshire maps </li></ul>
  9. 11. GIS summary <ul><li>Is a powerful tool for teaching and learning </li></ul><ul><li>Has pitfalls </li></ul><ul><li>Cost needn’t be an obstacle </li></ul><ul><li>Is engaging and forward looking </li></ul><ul><li>But… </li></ul><ul><li>How best to integrate into the curriculum? </li></ul>

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