Wisdom Wednesdays – At Aspengrove School, we participate in a school-wide Pro-D event three times a year, called Wisdom Wednesday. Here, we share practice, ideas and applications that we think are relevant and will impact positively upon our everyday teaching. At the most recent session, I decide to present on using ArcGIS StoryMaps in the classroom.
Why use a GIS in the classroom?
Following on from previous blog posts concerning what a GIS actually is, a classroom that integrates geospatial problem-solving tools across all its teaching and learning practices is a GIS-enabled classroom.
I believe that teachers should make this their goal because a GIS-enabled classroom:
- Develops problem-solving skills
- Cultivates critical thinking skills
- Fosters data literacy skills
- Employs cutting-edge technology to address real-world problems
- Supports collaborative learning
- Encourages the transference of learning across a range of academic disciplines
- Produces active and engaging learning experiences for students
- Is lively and fun
I have used ArcGIS StoryMaps in many of my classes as a means of presenting a particular unit of work, and my students have used StoryMaps for a variety of reasons:
- Mapping global distributions | Grade 8 | Social Studies
- Creating a timeline or narrative for WWI| Grade 10 | Social Studies
- Creating a living resume | Grade 10 | Career Life Education
- Showing the results from a project or experiment | Grade 8 | Social Studies
Below is the StoryMap presentation that I used in the two workshops. This outlines information regarding:
- What StoryMaps are.
- How they can be used.
- Examples of StoryMaps used in other schools.
- Examples of specific features such as Express Maps, Guided Flyover Tours, and Thematic Maps.
- Links to other useful Esri resources.
Wisdom Wednesday StoryMap Presentation
March’s GIS Ambassador for Esri Canada
To find out more about I used the Wisdom Wednesday Program to promote GIS at my school, and to see some examples of StoryMaps created by my students, please click on the link below: