Learning to Think Spatially

The National Research Council has just released its report on GIS use in classrooms, Learning to Think Spatially: GIS as a Support System in the K-12 Curriculum. The report examines how spatial thinking could be incorporated into existing standards-based instruction, using support systems such as GIS. You can purchase the report from the NAP website or read it online for free.

One of the report’s key findings is this:

GIS should be redesigned to accommodate the full range of learners and school contexts, to be more developmentally and educationally appropriate, to be easier to teach and to learn, and to accommodate the current levels of computing equipment.

Sounds to me a lot like the My World GIS software, developed at Northwestern University. Inquirium is currently contracted to the My World GIS Project to assist in the design, evaluation, and implementation of the software in and for classrooms.

posted January 17, 2006 by matt

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