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GIS for GA Conference


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Introductory slides to be used in April 2007 at the Geographical Association Conference at the University of Derby

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GIS for GA Conference

  1. 1. Future Fieldwork GIS for Beginners GA Conference Saturday 14 th April 2007
  2. 2. Objectives
  3. 3. What are we going to do ? What are you going to do ? <ul><li>Explain what GIS is, and what it can be used for </li></ul><ul><li>Introduce a range of GIS software </li></ul><ul><li>Experience using GIS software </li></ul><ul><li>To provide a range of ideas and resources for immediate use & give you the motivation to use GIS in your schools </li></ul><ul><li>Collect data and produce an outcome </li></ul><ul><li>Think of how you might be able to use GIS in your geography teaching… </li></ul>
  4. 4. What is GIS ? <ul><li>“ GIS has the ability to store, retrieve, manipulate and analyse a range of spatially related data” </li></ul><ul><li>The user can: </li></ul><ul><li>ask questions of data related to the map </li></ul><ul><li>search for patterns and distributions </li></ul><ul><li>investigate the underlying relationships between different sets of data </li></ul><ul><li>Article in Geography Review: March 2007 </li></ul>
  5. 5. Who are we ?
  6. 6. Potential benefits of GIS <ul><li>Spatial Understanding </li></ul><ul><li>Enquiry learning </li></ul><ul><li>Identifying relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Vocational element </li></ul><ul><li>Motivation </li></ul><ul><li>(Thanks to Tom B) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Barriers to GIS use <ul><li>Perceived complexity </li></ul><ul><li>Cost of software/availability of hardware </li></ul><ul><li>Time </li></ul><ul><li>Access to data in appropriate formats </li></ul><ul><li>School level issues </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of compulsion </li></ul><ul><li>Limited evidence of impact </li></ul><ul><li>(Thanks to Tom B) </li></ul>
  8. 8. New National Curriculum <ul><li>Referred to specifically in the new PoS </li></ul>
  9. 9. New National Curriculum <ul><li>Referred to specifically in the new PoS </li></ul>
  10. 10. OCR Pilot GCSE <ul><li>GIS an optional unit in Year 11 of Pilot GCSE </li></ul><ul><li>Can e-mail some documents produced by Rob Clemens of West Exe Technology College for recent day for 3 rd cohort centres for GCSE Pilot </li></ul>
  11. 11. Quality Mark / Conference <ul><li>One of sections involved in the criteria for meeting the Quality Mark (see other SPC workshop…) </li></ul><ul><li>GIS @ Conference </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher to Teacher sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Exhibitors </li></ul>
  12. 12. Continuums FREE EXPENSIVE EASY TO USE COMPLICATED Often web based BASIC SOPHISTICATED Sometimes a ‘cut-down’ version
  13. 13. Some suggestions <ul><li>Web based </li></ul><ul><li>Mouseprice </li></ul><ul><li>Maplecroft Maps </li></ul><ul><li>OS GIS Zone </li></ul><ul><li>MAGIC </li></ul><ul><li>Google Earth Version 4 </li></ul><ul><li>Dakini Project </li></ul><ul><li>Commercial packages </li></ul><ul><li>AEGIS3: “an educational GIS” </li></ul><ul><li>Digital Worlds </li></ul><ul><li>Infomapper </li></ul><ul><li>High end </li></ul><ul><li>ESRI ArcGis / ArcVoyager </li></ul>
  14. 14. Data ideas <ul><li>Environmental Quality Index (EQI) </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile phone reception: Sitefinder </li></ul><ul><li>Noise levels </li></ul><ul><li>Pedestrian counts </li></ul><ul><li>Many more at site of King Edward VI 5 Ways </li></ul>
  15. 15. ACTIVITY <ul><li>This will involve: </li></ul><ul><li>AEGIS </li></ul><ul><li>GPS Visualiser / GE Graph </li></ul><ul><li>Web based ‘GIS’: Infomapper </li></ul><ul><li>Over to Tom and Alan… </li></ul>
  16. 16. Next steps… <ul><li>Some ideas from Fred Martin… </li></ul><ul><li>Also try new Google Maps feature (FREE) </li></ul>
  17. 17. Plenary <ul><li>Feedback on activity </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing concerns / barriers to use </li></ul><ul><li>Ideas for further development ? </li></ul>
  18. 18. Other sources <ul><li>GA GTIP Page </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  19. 19. Other sources <ul><li>RGS GIS Page </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  20. 20. To take away Delegate Packs Infomapper: spatial filing system (not a true GIS, but very interesting…) – go for a demo with Charles Worth and ask about a special deal… Check out the full details at