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Knowing their Place: Improving the Spatial Literacy of Tomorrow’s Workforce [Digimap for Schools]

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Presentation given at Scottish Learning Festival
24–25 September 2014 by Anne Robertson, EDINA, University of Edinburgh; Lisa Allan, Barrhead High School and Murdo MacDonald, Bellahouston Academy

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Knowing their Place: Improving the Spatial Literacy of Tomorrow’s Workforce [Digimap for Schools]

  1. 1. Knowing their Place: Improving the Spatial Literacy of Tomorrow’s Workforce Scottish Learning Festival 24th – 25th September 2014 Anne Robertson, EDINA, University of Edinburgh Lisa Allan, Barrhead High School Murdo MacDonald, Bellahouston Academy
  2. 2. Presentation overview • What is spatial information? • What do we mean by spatial literacy? • Which industries use it and for what purposes? • Spatial literacy & Curriculum for Excellence • Getting started with Digimap for Schools • Examples from Barrhead High School & Bellahouston Academy
  3. 3. Spatial information…….. • Spatial or ‘geographic’ information links location to people and events • It is information that can visually illustrate what’s happening, where, how and why, and shows the impact on people and infrastructure at that location • Provides insight into what happened in the past, what is happening now and what is likely to happen in the future
  4. 4. Spatial literacy…….. The ability to use the properties of space to communicate, reason, and solve problems Can this 4-bedroom property be marketed at a higher price because it falls within a particular school catchment? Which town of population greater than 10,000 have we not yet opened a branch in? Should we merge two smaller branches and relocate where we know our customers spend more? What could be the effects on local tourism if a new wind farm is located in a village? How can a particular bus service attract the most customers but still journey from A to B on main straight roads thus reducing fuel costs? Which health centres require most help from government when targeting healthy lifestyle campaigns? If a river running through an urban area experiences a 100 year flood, what are the furthest properties to be affected by flood waters?
  5. 5. Sector use
  6. 6. Ensuring a well prepared workforce • Young people should be trained in the use of geographic information and geographical information systems (GIS) to avail themselves of employment opportunities • GIS leads to critical thinking and inquiry-based teaching • This should be happening at school not waiting until tertiary education and it’s in CfE …… • SOC 3-14a I can use a range of maps and geographical information systems to gather, interpret and present conclusions • SOC 4-14a I can use specialized maps and geographical information systems to identify patterns of human activity and physical processes
  7. 7. The first step – online mapping
  8. 8. Getting started
  9. 9. Simple analysis
  10. 10. Simple analysis
  11. 11. Map overlays contemporary mapping
  12. 12. Map overlays historic mapping
  13. 13. Change over time
  14. 14. Digimap for Schools Examples from Lisa Allan, Barrhead High School Murdo MacDonald, Bellahouston Academy
  15. 15. Using Digimaps in (and out of) the classroom Barrhead High School
  16. 16. Looking at land use change
  17. 17. Planning/Decision Making • Relief • Landscapes • Land use • Measuring
  18. 18. Rural Land Use Mapping
  19. 19. Urban Land Use Mapping Figure 6: Land Use Map - Dunlop Red
  20. 20. Calculating Building Density
  21. 21. Flow Line Maps
  22. 22. Proportional Circles
  23. 23. Adding photographs
  24. 24. Using Digimaps in (and out of) the classroom Bellahouston Academy
  25. 25. THIRD LEVEL PEOPLE, PLACE AND THE ENVIRONMENT I can use a range of maps and geographical information systems to gather, interpret and present conclusions and can locate a range of features within Scotland, UK, Europe and the wider world. SOC 3-14a
  26. 26. S1/2 GEOGRAPHY
  27. 27. S1/2 GEOGRAPHY
  28. 28. S1/2 GEOGRAPHY
  29. 29. S1/2 GEOGRAPHY
  30. 30. S1/2 GEOGRAPHY
  31. 31. S1/2 GEOGRAPHY RESEARCH
  32. 32. N4 Added Value/N5 Assignment
  33. 33. N4 Added value/N5 Assignment
  34. 34. ASSESSMENT MAPS
  35. 35. WHOLE SCHOOL
  36. 36. BELLAHOUSTON RECAP S1/2 : Digimaps in classroom and at home, use with John Muir award S3/4 : Support for N4/5, fieldwork, assessment maps Whole School : DoE Outside school : Use in home, on tablet…
  37. 37. Thanks Questions? Lisa Allan Murdo MacDonald Anne Robertson, EDINA, University of Edinburgh Stand E25 today & tomorrow a.m.robertson@ed.ac.uk

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