Teaching with interactive maps will make learning easier. If you are teacher, you might consider using GIS in your classroom. But what is GIS and how it can help you be a better educator?
GIS is a geographic information system which helps us visualize, question, analyze, and interpret data to understand relationships, patterns, and trends. Data is presented through interactive maps.
Such informative maps provide a deeper understanding of specific topics and helps learners to better face challenges and solve problems.
There are two main beneficial reasons to use GIS while teaching:
One of the most common use of GIS in classrooms today is the use of Google Earth, an open source program that offers location searches and 3-D orbits around those locations.
Start teaching your students about GIS through things they already use and know about. For example, GIS is used when we blend real and virtual environments in games such as Pokémon Go, the mobile app which made the whole world go crazy in 2016.
One of the most obvious example is the use of interactive maps while driving. Students who use Google Maps or Waze have experienced how the data from GPS and analyzed by GIS can blend their real world with a virtual world.