Tag Archives: GIS. Geo-Spatial skills

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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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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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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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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Understanding patterns using data linked to geospatial representations

The transcription below is interesting as it shows that patterns of understanding are broadened and simplified using data linked to geospatial representations. Interview 3: School Pupil. Girl aged 12/13. Interviewer: So what did you think then of using the app? … Continue reading

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Customise an activity: Here’s a walkthrough

Using GeoSciTeacher:

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Interviews…with participants – more early themes

Interviewing participants on the project has suggested a number of themes which can be broadly split into two categories: Usability Knowledge acquisition Interviews with participants so far suggests that the app is still in a pilot phase (not surprisingly) as … Continue reading

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