Old Fashioned Geography Teaching in Colorado and other Education GIS News

The second graders in Frederick, CO are recieving postcards from the U.S. and abroad and attaching them to a large map in the hall. Why?

Revised geography guidelines and a lack of social studies textbooks left [teacher Theresa] Rudolph searching for a way to teach the curriculum in a fun and interactive way. She immediately thought of the postcard project, which she developed while teaching in Seattle.
She uses the project to teach about cardinal directions and maps but other teachers at Legacy Elementary use it for their classes, too.
A kindergarten class used the map to learn about where they live, while a fourth-grade teacher talked to students about countries outside of the United States, using the postcards to illustrate cultural differences in other countries, she said.

Kathleen Weessies, Vice-Chair of the American Library Association's Map and Geospatial Information Round Table (MAGIRT) announces:

MAGIRT members have been hard at work creating an online resource guide for the geospatial librarianship world.  The information is free for you to use on topics ranging from geospatial data, geospatial technologies, a professional development toolkit, and recent MAGIRT activities on these subjects.  Check it out at http://magirt.ala.libguides.com/resources

MAGIRT contracted with the popular LibGuides platform by Springshare.  The goal is for this guide to be useful to the profession.  We invite your input and your proposals for future MAGIRT Libguides, because it is you that will make it the best resource it can be.

- ALA Connect via @MAGIRT

At University of the Fraser Valley (British Columbia, CA) GIS is being used to document stories of land taken from First Nations and how to help get it back.


[Geography professor Dr. Ken] Brealey, for example, sets up his part of the program by discussing ways western mapping has been used to take away indigenous lands and resources in the past and then shows students how maps can be used today to get some of those things back.

Using geographic information systems (GIS) software, students learn to turn people's stories about their experiences on the land into maps that can be used to establish land claims.

"By putting individual map biographies together into a digital database, you can come up with a fairly thorough and expansive and, in some cases, exceedingly impressive visual record of land-use and occupancy by the people that mapped that stuff and also what they know or have learned from their parents and their grandparents and their great-great-grandparents."

- Chilliwack Times

Published Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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