Bioscience

Use GIS and Geographic Inquiry in your classroom

April 22, 2008

By Flinn Foundation

Visit the GIS and Geographic Inquiry Educator Resource Center today and discover how to:

  • easily teach spatial learning and thinking
  • help students land top jobs
  • enhance planning and decision making
  • add to your arsenal of teaching tools!

When most people hear of geospatial technologies such as geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning systems (GPS), and remote sensing (RS) tools, they often think about car navigational systems or mapping tools. But these applications can be used as learning tools in the classroom, too. Educators are using geospatial tools to help students think spatially, an increasingly important skill used in hundreds of today’s jobs in fields such as law enforcement, environmental management, and public safety.

School leaders, too, are using geospatial technologies to help with planning and decision making. These tools can help districts make more informed decisions related to facilities planning, student transportation, school safety, and more. To help educators integrate GIS and other geospatial technologies into classrooms and district offices, eSchool News has assembled this invaluable collection of stories, best practices, and other resources to further enhance your arsenal of teaching tools.