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Who this course is for

Secondary geography teachers

Course date and location

Leeds - Thursday 22 May 2014 (online booking closed)
London - Thursday 5 June 2014 (online booking closed)

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Course overview

GIS is a requirement from KS3 upwards, and many schools are looking for ideas and guidance on which software to use and how to embed it within the curriculum.

This practical course, with some short theory sessions, will provide delegates with several options for working with geographical information to explore patterns, tell stories, investigate change and help students to geo-locate data.

A short piece of experiential fieldwork will form part of the day, which will also cover options for mapping data that has been collected in the field. There will also be a chance to consider how mobile devices can be used to support learning.

Delegates will leave with a pack of useful materials, as well as access to an extensive online folder of materials. Ongoing support will be provided via a blog.

Delegate review of this course

“Practical, supportive and given plenty of ideas for use in classroom”

“Content and pace catered for all levels of experience. Superb!”


Registration fees include all course materials, refreshments and lunch.


GA Personal/Group/Concessionary Member: £160
New Member Package*: £262
Non-member: £285


GA Personal/Group/Concessionary Member: £180
New Member Package*: £282
Non-member: £305

*Includes course fee and one year's GA membership for your school to Teaching Geography.

Aims and outcomes

  • Update knowledge of latest GIS and visualisation resources, including free software and web tools, as well as GIS on mobile devices
  • Introduce advanced ideas for using Google Earth for classroom and fieldwork activities
  • Introduce ArcGIS Explorer Online as a tool for visualising data and telling stories
  • Provide opportunities to access some subscription GIS services including Digimap for Schools

Course programme

09.00-09.30: Coffee and registration

09.30-11.30: Session 1 - The difference between GIS and Visualisation
Practical Session 1: Google Earth - the killer app for Geography teachers – a run through of the main elements of the tool, and some ideas for extending its use in teaching

11.30-11.45: Refreshment break

11.45-13.00: Session 2 - Practical Session 2 - Going beyond Google Earth
Google Earth – pushing the limits and new features
Practical Session 2: A short field trip and discussion on the use of mobile devices for mapping and data collection

13.00-13.45: Lunch

13.45-15.30: Session 3 - GIS in the curriculum
Practical Session 3: ArcGIS Explorer Online - mapping earthquake data, and sourcing data online, and demonstration of Edina Digimap for Schools
Ideas for future fieldwork back in school
Discussion on networks and further support

15.30: Close


Alan Parkinson, Teacher of Geography, King’s Ely School, Cambridgeshire, and freelance author and geographical consultant.

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Contact the GA's Events Manager Lucy Oxley (0114 296 0088) who will be happy to help.

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Vicky Hinde-Taylor


12:38 - 21/10/13

Hi, I have selected for my school to be invoiced but have not received a confirmation email and the page is still asking for a card payment. How do I proceed?

Milan Recknagel

Milan Recknagel

GA Staff

15:23 - 21/10/13

Hi Vicky,

Please email our events manager Lucy ([email protected]) who will be able to manage your booking.


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