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GI-Learner: developing progression in spatial thinking

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Gi Learner workshop presentation at Sheffield Hallam University demonstrating Gi Learner resources, activities and the work of pupils. The project examines the integration of spatial thinking into the curriculum through the establishment of learning lines based on spatial thinking competences.
The workshop provides links to resources and materials developed by the project

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GI-Learner: developing progression in spatial thinking

  1. 1. http://www.gilearner.eu Developing progression in spatial thinking GI-Learner Karl Donert President EUROGEO
  2. 2. http://www.gilearner.eu GI-Learner in figures •Three years, EU funded project •Seven partners •Five countries – Belgium, Austria, Romania, Spain, UK •Four high schools (including coordinating organisation) •Two universities •One association, EUROGEO
  3. 3. http://www.gilearner.eu GI-Learner partners
  4. 4. http://www.gilearner.eu Project Aim help teachers implement learning progression lines for spatial thinking in secondary schools, using GIScience https://cnr.ncsu.edu/geospatial/wp-content/uploads/sites/12/2015/08/DukeTIPCollage.png
  5. 5. http://www.gilearner.eu Action steps 1. Summarize research literature  report 2. define geospatial thinking competencies 3. develop an evaluative tool to analyze the impact 4. create learning lines translating them into learning objectives, teaching and learning materials for the whole curriculum (K7 to K12)
  6. 6. http://www.gilearner.eu GI Science  Spatial Thinking Spatial Thinking dimensions and related terms (Michel & Hof, 2013) Michel, E. & Hof, A., 2013, Promoting Spatial Thinking and Learning with Mobile Field Trips and eGeo-Riddles, Jekel, T., Car, A., Strobl, J., Griesebner, G. (eds.), GI_Forum 2013: Creating the GISociety, 378-387. Berlin, Wichmann Verlag Key Literature Literature Review
  7. 7. http://www.gilearner.eu The situation •Schools have better ICT equipment • Cloud-based developments •Students bring their own devices • More openly available data • Web-based platforms reduced / no costs •Networking and communities are available Literature Review
  8. 8. http://www.gilearner.eu Content already exists … • iGuess  www.iguess.eu • I-Use  www.i-use.eu • EduGIS  www.edugis.nl, www.edugis.pl • PaikkaOppi learning environment  http://www.paikkaoppi.fi/ …but materials are not structured or coordinated by the age or ability of the pupil … Literature Review The situation
  9. 9. http://www.gilearner.eu Bednarz and van der Schee (2006) •GIS not compulsory in teacher training •Subject is taught by non-specialists •Curriculum does not include GIS •Non-availability of data and easy-to-use software. •Attitudes of teachers difficult to persuade What is still blocking it? Literature Review
  10. 10. http://www.gilearner.eu Bednarz and van der Schee (2006) •GIS not compulsory in teacher training •Subject is taught by non-specialists •Curriculum does not include GIS •Non-availability of data and easy-to-use software. •Attitudes of teachers difficult to persuade What is still blocking it? Literature Review
  11. 11. http://www.gilearner.eu Recommendations Bednarz and van der Schee (2006) • address key issues related to GIS implementation: • teacher training, • availability of user friendly software, • ICT equipment in schools. • use a community of learners approach • institutionalize GIScience into curricula Literature Review
  12. 12. http://www.gilearner.eu Learning progression line • construction of knowledge and skills throughout the whole curriculum • reflect a growing level of complexity, ranging from easy to difficult
  13. 13. http://www.gilearner.eu Learning progression line example Learning lines Field- work Working with images Working with maps Working with statistics Creation of knowledge Level 1 Perception – knowledge of facts Level 2 Analysis – selection of relevant geographic information Level 3 Structure – look for complex connections and relationships Level 4 Application – thinking, problem solving
  14. 14. http://www.gilearner.eu Learning progression line certain spatial thinking skills are higher order than others and build upon previous, less complex skills Concept = the region
  15. 15. http://www.gilearner.eu GI Science  Spatial Thinking Michel, E. & Hof, A., 2013, Promoting Spatial Thinking and Learning with Mobile Field Trips and eGeo-Riddles, Jekel, T., Car, A., Strobl, J., Griesebner, G. (eds.), GI_Forum 2013: Creating the GISociety, 378-387. Berlin, Wichmann Verlag Key Literature Literature Review Spatial Thinking dimensions and related terms (Michel & Hof, 2013)
  16. 16. http://www.gilearner.eu Key Literature Literature Review Based on the review: 10 GI-Learner geospatial thinking competences, each with a progression inside from easy (A) to more elaborated (C)
  17. 17. http://www.gilearner.eu Geospatial thinking Based on a review, ten geospatial thinking competences are proposed for GI-Learner: 1. Critically read, interpret cartographic and other visualisations in different media 2. Be aware of geographic information and its representation through GI and GIS. 3. Visually communicate geographic information 4. Describe and use examples of GI applications in daily life and in society 5. Use (freely available) GI interfaces
  18. 18. http://www.gilearner.eu Geospatial thinking Based on this review, ten geospatial thinking competences are proposed for GI-Learner: 6. Carry out own (primary) data capture 7. Be able to identify and evaluate (secondary) data 8. Examine interrelationships 9. Synthesise meaning from analysis 10.Reflect and act with knowledge
  19. 19. http://www.gilearner.eu Based on the review, ten geospatial thinking competences are proposed
  20. 20. http://www.gilearner.eu Based on the review, ten geospatial thinking competences are proposed
  21. 21. http://www.gilearner.eu Geospatial thinking competences
  22. 22. http://www.gilearner.eu Translate competences into curriculum learning materials • K7: local area • K8: tourism • K9: economic disparities • K10: refugees, migration • K11: plate tectonics, tsunami risk • K12: globalisation + for each year extra exercises to come
  23. 23. http://www.gilearner.eu More than mapping Linking geospatial thinking to GIS http://www.eurogeography.eu/gi-learner2018/
  24. 24. http://www.gilearner.eu Spatial Thinking Examples • New football stadium FC Bruges – alternative: https://arcg.is/SazXb
  25. 25. http://www.gilearner.eu • Plate tectonics: https://arcg.is/1X0zqX Spatial Thinking Examples
  26. 26. http://www.gilearner.eu • Go to www.gilearner.eu  Course  Acces to pilot materials of the course Spatial Thinking Examples
  27. 27. http://www.gilearner.eu More than mapping Literature Review Contextual diagram for geographic information literacy (Miller et.al., 2005) Linking geospatial thinking to GIS
  28. 28. http://www.gilearner.eu http://www.eurogeography.eu/gi-learner2018/ Material course: http://moodle.eurogeography.eu/course/view.php?id=47 example • K12 exercise globalization https://arcg.is/SC0vy • Task paper: https://tinyurl.com/ybhxfufv Spatial Thinking Examples
  29. 29. http://www.gilearner.eu Pupils at work during mobility week Madrid, March 2018 • Creating city tour for younger group (K12) • Evaluating the project (K9, K12) • Evaluation Test C (K12) • Presenting Madrid (K9)
  30. 30. http://www.gilearner.eu GI-Learner Pupil Work City Tour http://bit.ly/2CRgqlP
  31. 31. http://www.gilearner.eu Making Story Maps http://bit.ly/2FYY1FO
  32. 32. http://www.gilearner.eu Evaluation: what did we learn? https://dotstorming.com/b/5a97b52ed7a291e445d57365
  33. 33. http://www.gilearner.eu
  34. 34. http://www.gilearner.eu Final conference Friday 15 June, Ghent location Het Pand (centre Ghent)
  35. 35. http://www.gilearner.eu Price: 50 EUR - Including all materials, coffee breaks & lunch International grants available: 20 grants of 150 EUR (first come – first serve) Interest: info on our website of mail luc.zwartjes@ugent.be Friday 15 June - 1 day conference: - Background of the project - Outcomes of the project: - Literature review - Learning line competencies - Curriculum opportunities - with the developed materials - Material using the comptencies & curriculum - Hands-on working - developing own materials
  36. 36. http://www.gilearner.eu Project Timeframe: September 2015 – August 2018 More info : www.gi-learner.eu Twitter: @GILearner Project coordinator: luc.zwartjes@ugent.be Karl Donert: eurogeomail@yahoo.co.uk

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