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Spatial Technologies in the classroom

Workshop 9: Sunday 9.00-4.00 Trinity Bay SHS REGISTER NOW!

Spatial Technologies in the Classroom a preconference workshop and field activity

Cost: $55 including GST

What are spatial technologies? How can we implement them into our classrooms? What resources are available to us? What worthwhile learning experiences do they allow for our students?

These questions will be answered while developing skills in a curriculum context with the use of GIS (Geographic Information System). An intro to GPS will allow participants to undertake a geocaching activity (GPS treasure hunt).

This full day preconference workshop will take place at Trinity Bay SHS, Cairns and be conducted by Meegan Maguire, Jan Carr and other leading GIS teachers from Smithfield SHS and Bentley Park College. Presenters from the spatial industry will support the workshop to answer questions about the use of spatial technologies in the spatial industry.

Meegan Maguire, Spatial Technologies in Schools (STiS) Project Officer, Education Queensland and QLD Spatial Information Office (QSIO)

Meegan has been implementing the use of GIS in her classroom at Coolum SHS since 2000. In 2003, Meegan became the first ESRI Australia GIS in Schools Coordinator and accredited educator. Meegan is now coordinating the implementation of spatial technologies across QLD schools for EQ at the ICT Learning Innovation Centre on the Sunshine Coast, and QSIO in Brisbane. She established the QSIC Education Working Group (QEWG) and works with the SSI Spatial Education Advisory Committee QLD (SEACQ) to align education pathways into the spatial industry.

Jan Carr, Teacher, Trinity Bay SHS

Trinity Bay High School students were first introduced to spatial technologies in 1999 when the school participated in the State Governments Urban Renewal Project of the West Cairns suburbs of Manoora, Manunda and Mooroobool. The students under Jans guidance carried out a number of data surveys of residents and presented their findings to the Queensland Department of Housing. Since then students at Trinity Bay have been involved in a host of projects ranging from the location of tree kangaroo communities on the Atherton Tablelands to the effects of a storm surge on a hypothetical development at East Trinity. At the present time students are prioritizing the susceptibility of roads to erosion in the Wet Tropics Area for the Wet Tropics Management Authority.

The projects have meant that strong links between the school and Industries that use GIS have been established. Jan is also a member of FUNGIS the Far North GIS Users group.

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