Author Archives: Sara Price

Project blog stats [to 12/12/11]

Here is a summary of our blog stats for the duration of the project, from initial blog development in January 2011 to December 12th 2011. It details blog posts per month, per week, per day and a detailed summary table. GeoSciTeach … Continue reading

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A Teacher Toolkit for Integrating Geospatial Concepts into Science Learning

Science learning goes geospatial with GeoSciTeach! GeoSciTeach is a teacher toolkit for integrating geospatial concepts into science learning. It is designed to be used by  PCGE science tutors, pre-service science teachers, qualified science teachers and other science educators, and provides a comprehensive guide and … Continue reading

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What is GeoSciTeach?

GeoSciTeach is an application for android smartphones. It provides opportunities to make sense of scientific phenomena through the collection, manipulation and visualisation of data. Its strength lies in how it helps support student geospatial and spatial thinking, ideas that are … Continue reading

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Going geospatial in science – a framework for teachers

The following framework aims to offer indicators of how geospatial learning can be integrated into science. The framework is not meant to be exhaustive, but to provide a starting point from which pre-service teachers and teachers can begin to come … Continue reading

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Geospatial in science

Teachers found that the app required students to link the ‘here and now’ – the starting point for geospatial thinking – to other places. The app was very effective at making visible, students’ lack of inclination to think more widely … Continue reading

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Learnability (of using app)

Teachers said that student’s familiarity with the technical aspects of mobile smartphones was an important part of its use. Several of the teachers and students thought that the app was ‘easy’ to use, and easy to learn to use. For … Continue reading

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Comparing bananas and coffee

Comparing bananas and coffee (example of use in Kew Gardens) Mark designed a task which related to the question ‘How and why do humans use plants?’: specifically how do people use plants to make money. In the first part of … Continue reading

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Thinking geographically and spatially

Thinking geographically and spatially (example use in Kew) The app supports students in rethinking and engaging with aspects of clear geospatial thinking and classification in new ways. Sophie is studying the Mangrove swamp in one of the glasshouses at Kew … Continue reading

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Other contexts of use

Biology Evolutionary (e.g. investigating how species adapt and change both in space and time) The teacher wants students to answer this question: What is the distribution of banded snail in the local environment and how can this be explained? The … Continue reading

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Thoughts about linking the use of ‘GeoSciTeach’ with the classroom

When teachers used the app it got them thinking and conversing about geospatial layers, envisaging possibilities for layered representation, as this interview with a fully qualified teacher shows:  Interviewer: So what did you think of it? Teacher: I really liked … Continue reading

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