Thursday, September 27, 2007

The Spatial Worlds Project


Welcome to my Churchill trip blog on spatial technology in education. During my trip to Hong Kong, the US, Canada and the UK I will be investigating the following project brief:








2007 CHURCHILL FELLOWSHIP PROJECT BRIEF
SPATIAL TECHNOLOGY AND ASSOCIATED SPATIAL LITERACY IMPLEMENTATION IN SCHOOLS


Spatial Worlds website

The focus of the project is to investigate the use of spatial technology in education at the system and school level. The project involves the exploration of materials used and methodologies employed to ensure successful classroom implementation of spatial technology by teachers. It is hoped by visiting spatial education experts and stakeholders in Hong Kong, the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom that an awareness of how spatial education implementation has been successfully undertaken in schools. The project aims to develop templates of good classroom and system practice to use in in-service activities and teaching materials in Australia.

For more information on the Churchill Fellowship: http://www.churchilltrust.com.au/


The following questions are an expansion on my project aims. I hope to explore these questions and find some answers which will help us back in Oz to implement spatial education in schools. I will be visiting Hong Kong, Dallas, Washington, New York, Toronto and London. More about who I visit as the trip proceeds through the blog.

SOME QUESTIONS TO PONDER FOR THE PROJECT

1.How widespread is the use of spatial technology in schools in your country.
2.What type of software is most commonly used?
3.What teaching resources are available using spatial technology in schools?
4.Have local curriculum materials been developed for schools to use spatial technology to enhance spatial literacy?
5.Can schools access local, regional and national data easily?
6.What are the major impediments to the implementation of spatial technology at the school and system level?
7.What teacher training models are employed? What resources are available to train teachers in the area of spatial technology and spatial literacy? Who undertakes the teacher training?
8.Has the inservice of teachers in spatial technology been taken up positively by teachers and schools?
9.How has the education system supported the implementation of spatial technology in schools?
10.How have students responded to the technology?
11.Is there school based evidence and research that spatial technology significantly enhances the spatial literacy of students?
12.Is the term spatial literacy widely used in your country and if so what resources are available to help teachers delineate and comprehend the concepts involved?
13.Has the vocational aspect between the teaching of spatial literacy and use of spatial technology been linked with the opportunities in the spatial industry in your country i.e. vocational education programme in schools.
14.Is there a general awareness and acceptance by educational authorities of the need for spatial literacy and the use of the associated spatial technologies in schools? Moreover do the authorities and schools see the opportunities such technologies provide for student employment and classroom practice?
15.Is there a sense of frustration by the spatial industry and teacher’s presently using spatial technology in schools on the rate of uptake of the technology and the priority placement of spatial thinking in schools?
16.Is the use of spatial technology limited to geography or is it employed across the curriculum?
17.Are there ‘model schools’ demonstrating good spatial technology practices in your country which could be used as implementation templates for other parts of the world?
18.What is planned in your country to enhance student spatial literacy and/or the comprehensive use of spatial technologies in schools for the future?
19. I am sure I will think of others as I travel around!!

4 comments:

Alister said...

Looking good Malcolm. The Blog looks excellent

Emmy said...

Hi Malcolm
Congratulations - your work is fantastic and demonstrates your commitment to spacial technology and education.
Regards
Emmy

Ryan said...

Hello Malcom. Great reading your blog is. Your world travels are very interesting, and full of rich detail.

Interesting to note that Fairfax County incorporated GIS as a keystone technolgy tool, what a fantastic idea.

As silly as it may sound, I use the game 'Simcity' first of all to get my students used to the idea of data layering.

All the best, Ryan

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