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.
- Visualizing Data: The geographic data that is stored in the databases are displayed in the GIS software.
- Combining Data: Layers are combined to form a maps of desire.
- The Query: To search the value in the layer or making a geographic queries.
There are two main beneficial reasons to use GIS while teaching:
- Spatial thinking – Spatial thinking is greatly enabled by using interactive maps. Digital maps are everywhere and spatial thinking helps us see the world as a system of systems, understands this interconnected and complex world to be better at solving particular problems we are facing today.
- Using maps while teaching can improve understanding of material and thus help students in learning
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.