GIS in Education
|February 10, 2012||Posted by karmadsen under blog, GIS, Groundwater Education|
GIS has emerged as powerful and widely-used educational tool, allowing students to improve their spatial reasoning skills and understand the world around them.
Students are learning about GIS, but they are also learning with GIS. GIS is especially useful in analyzing spatial relationships in the subjects of geography, environmental sciences, history, and mathematics.
Michael F. Goodchild, professor of Geography at the University of California, estimated that over 100,000 students worldwide were studying GIS in 2006. He suggested that spatial literacy may soon emerge as a new educational yardstick.
This is because technologies such as GPS, Google Maps, and Google Earth are changing the way that society conceptualized the world. Students who can understand maps and communicate with spatial literacy are better positioned for the modern world.