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PaikkaOppi - webbased learning environment for GIS studies


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Finnish innovation PaikkaOppi is an open web-based learning environment of GIS for schools in Finland.

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PaikkaOppi - webbased learning environment for GIS studies

  1. 1. - from a learning environment project to a digital tool supporting new pedagogy in national education PaikkaOppi
  2. 2. More information of PaikkaOppi -map application from technical point of view: • Houtsonen Lea, Sanna Mäki, Juha Riihelä, Tuuli Toivonen & Jukka Tulivuori: “PaikkaOppi: A Web Based Learning Environment for Finnish Schools”. In: Innovative Learning Geography in Europe: New Challenges for the 21st Century, edited by Miguel González & K. Donert, 2014. • Juha Riihelä & Sanna Mäki: “Designing and Implementing an Online GIS Tool for Schools: The Finnish Case of the PaikkaOppi Project” in Journal of Geography. The article is published online: 27 Jun 2014. Download this presentation:
  3. 3. • Financed by The Finnish National Board of Education. • The service has been used in education of biology and geography in Finnish high schools throughout the 2000s. • Status and aims of current projects: • the usage of PaikkaOppi has increased in schools nationwide making PaikkaOppi an essential part of e-learning materials in Finnish schools at all levels. • develop pedagogical materials which support the idea of an integrated curriculum alongside. The emphasis is on student-centered and problem-based or project-learning. Vision for the future: the service could be developed as a tool for science education, inspiring creativity and innovation in students. New research information and open data will be utilized in learning. Projects: PaikkaOppi Plus and Plus2
  4. 4. • The Finnish National Board of Education • Universities of Turku and Helsinki • Arbonaut Ltd • National Land Survey of Finland, Finnish Geospatial Research Institute, Lounaispaikka, Arbonaut Oy • Education arranged cities: Turku, Kaarina and Joensuu • The coordination is now in the Centre for ICT in Learning, City of Turku. Developed in co-operation of several actors in the 2000s
  5. 5. • Datasets, pedagogical tools and learnign materials are free for users. • All Finnish schools have equal possibilities to use them. • Schools don’t need to invest in separate GIS-programs and maps. Equality of education
  6. 6. PaikkaOppi as a tool for integrative studies • Already according Finnish core curriculum 2004, under education legislation, the teaching of GIS were provided in all upper secondary schools in connection with the optional specialized course entitled “Regional Studies”. It also introduced core-curricular themes such as active learning, technology and society, active citizenship and media skills, which were able to connect to GIS education. Finnish core curriculum has been revised and put into practice in August 2016 • Core curriculum reform 2016 opened opportunities to examine the state and the content of GIS education in Finnish schools, while integrative learning is an essential part of learning in primary education. • For that purpose PaikkaOppi is now provided as a tool for integrated curriculum or integrative learning for teacher in various subjects and for class teachers. Integrated curriculum will help students to perceive things as entities, and to see things learned in different subjects connect to each other and the various phenomena of life.
  7. 7. What is PaikkaOppi like?
  8. 8. Finnish innovation PaikkaOppi is an open web-based learning environment of GIS for schools. It consists of: 1. a web-based GIS application that can be used to view and produce GI datasets. 2. a set of ready-made exercises and project frameworks.
  9. 9. Base map and terrain models of Finland. PaikkaOppi offers a diverse selection of map data presentation including: • Orto-, aerial and satellite photos • Hydrology (water systems) • Geology and topography • Land use and traffic • Environmental research • Nature protection areas • Community structure and planning • Cultural, environmental and historical maps • Geographical grid systems • Local names and administrative maps Various map themes in the PaikkaOppi map application
  10. 10. Functions of PaikkaOppi map application
  11. 11. For exercising the usage of PaikkaOppi map application. For example map reading, orientation, navigation and easy exercises for producing own spatial data. Short GI-exercises for stimulating students in the beginning or in the end of lesson or study period. Outdoor learning and observation of own neighborhood with PaikkaOppi mobile application. Production of students own spatial data in a field. Classroom projects are mini research projects. Includes analysing spatial data, reflecting and evaluating spatial presentations, production own spatial presentations etc.. Pedagogical models for various school subjects and for integrated curriculum ABC of GIS Tiny tasks Mini research projects Act out of doors
  12. 12. Mathematics. Pictures of symmetrics in nature of the city are positioned on the map. l Geography and home economics. Local food project. Where does the food coming from? Dinner is prepared from local ingredients. Information is collected of local farmers’ food production practices and the effects they have on humans, animals and environment. Local history. Traditional knowledge is collected as a text, audio or video format. For example, intervewing people that have lived in an area for a long time. Videos are presented in a map and then shared with residents of an area.. Biology, environmental studies. Mobile herbarium. Images and descritions of plants on the map. Chemistry and geography. Study of water systems. Samples from various waters are compared and results are presented on the map. What differentiates the samples from one another? Mathematics and geography: estimation of geometric shapes in a vicinity. Create and calculate routes, their length and areas on the map. Students find many kind of information from their surroundings, which can be presented in a map format
  13. 13. New pedagogical models of integrated curriculum in PaikkaOppi
  14. 14. Finnish, english, and german languages and geography are integrated. Students present with images and texts or videoclips their favourite places in many languages. Map presentation is shared with other classes in Finland as a class trip tip . The development and testing of the model: Class teachers Sirkku Alin and Kati Andersen Puolala school, 4th class, Turku Class trip -maps
  15. 15. Study of winter plants Excercise in a primary education. It integrates biology, geography, physical training and visual arts. Students studies various winter plants and animals using them in winter as a nourishment. Students collect them, take pictures and save images on a map. They have also sporty ”food chain” –games and they make drawings of winter plants. Development of the model: Class teacher Maritta Tammio School Piispanlähde 2nd class, Kaarina Integrated research of chemistry and geography. Analysis of water samples taken from lakes, rivers, sea. pH of the water, opacity, conductivity of electricity and oxygen saturation are analysed. Results are visualised on the PaikkaOppi map application. Results are discussed together, for example is water drinkable? Are people able to swim or fish in it? Arguments for own opinions are given: why or why not? Development of the model: Teachers of biology and geography: Ari Kalske, Minna Hämäläinen, Luostarinvuori School 9th class, Turku and MobiLuma –project from the University of Turku Hydrological research
  16. 16. Project coordinator Virpi Hirvensalo City of Turku, Centre for ICT in Learning Senior lecturer Sanna Mäki Department of Geography and Geology, University of Turku Contact: