GIS: Getting It Sorted
Embedding GIS use in your Geography Department
GIS: three letters that could make a difference to the way you teach geography, offer students a new view of the world and enhance their understanding of natural and physical processes.
GIS stands for 'Geographic Information System', and refers to the use of a computer, a digital map and associated geographic data, along with a range of tools to help visualise, explore and question the data.
Introducing GIS poses a challenge for many subject leaders and teachers. The perceived complexity and high cost of GIS can be off-putting, as well as the technical issues of installing software on school networks.
About this course
This course aims to take you on a journey through a number of different tools for fulfilling the requirements of using GIS, and offers several entry levels. It will also support you through the curriculum making that will need to take place within your school in order to embed the use of GIS into your schemes of work in a way which enables progression for students.
You should set yourself the target of making some sort of learning breakthrough, which might be using a specific piece of technology for the first time with a group of students, or a particular pedagogical approach to a specific element of geography.
Working through the course
Most units will provide a few short activities and questions to encourage you to think about how you can develop an understanding of GIS and the benefits that its use can bring.
As with all of our online CPD courses, you may choose to work through the entire course or select the units that seem most useful and appropriate to you.
This course will clear up any confusion that you might have and take you to the 'next level' in your appreciation and use of GIS in the classroom. It will also go some way towards removing the current bias towards online material being mainly technical support and advice, rather than specific guidance for teachers.
It would be helpful to identify a colleague who you might want to share some of your thinking with as you work through the sections.
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The Teacher Learning Academy (TLA) is the first national system for teacher learning and has been set up to support, recognise and celebrate the professional achievements of teachers. It actively encourages teachers to share knowledge, ideas and best practice.
The GA is a TLA Support Partner which means that if you are working towards TLA Stage One or Two verification you can use this course to provide the focus for your learning journey.
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