Tuesday, October 09, 2012

GA CPD Course: Google Earth and beyond

A chance to explore some of the free GIS tools that are out there....

Join me in London on the 25th of October.

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 give you 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 Mission:Explore-style experiential fieldwork will also form part of the day, which will provide opportunities to map data collected in the field. There will also be a chance to consider how mobile devices can be used to facilitate learning.
You will leave with a pack of useful materials and access to an extensive folder of materials online. 
Ongoing support will be provided via a blog - this blog....

Delegate reviews of similar courses

'Great hands-on and practical course, perfect to get started.'
'Very informative with lots of ideas'


Registration fees include all course materials, refreshments and lunch.
GA Personal/Group/Concessionary Member: £180
New Member Package*: £279
Non-member: £300
*Includes course fee and one year's GA membership for your school.

Aims and outcomes

  • Update your knowledge of latest GIS and visualisation resources, including free software and web tools as well as GIS on mobile devices
  • Introduce some 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 trial some subscription GIS services including Digimap for Schools
  • Explore ways of embedding GIS within the curriculum

Course programme

You should bring your own laptop and some preparation will be required before the course to ensure that particular pieces of software are installed and that free accounts have been created - further information will be provided nearer the time.
09.00-09.30: Coffee and registration
09.30-11.00: Practical Session 1 - The difference between GIS and Visualisation
  • Google Earth - the killer app for geography teachers
11.00-11.15: Refreshment break
11.15-12.45: Practical Session 2 - Going beyond Google Earth
  • Activities involving a short field trip and the use of mobile devices
12.45-13.30: Lunch
13.30-15.30: Practical Session 3: Embedding GIS in the curriculum
  • ArcGIS Explorer Online - mapping earthquake data, and sourcing data online
  • Ideas for future fieldwork back in school 
  • Discussion on networks and further support
15.30: Close

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