Geospatial Learning @ Primary School

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Jun/11

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Study Project – ArcGIS Server – More

In addition to my earlier post.
Esri has just released the new Issue of their quarterly Journal Arc Aktuell. You can find coverage about the on page 42 of the pdf.

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Today, Thomas Bartoschek presented the current state of our initiative within the GIROST workshop at the AGILE 2011 in Utrecht. The GIROST workshop, hosted by esri, covers the new reality of mixed source deployments of geospatial technology, not only in industry but in GI research and instruction as well.

The work of GL@PS combines software and frameworks, both open source as well as commercial (e.g. within the teaching activities) and was therefore choosen to serve as an example for this workshop.

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The study project ArcGIS Server – Client/Server Setup and Development for Geospatial Learning (introduced here) finished with some nice developments and results. The groups developed different applications and conducted usabillity-testing at a school in Muenster. The results of these tests were incorporated into the applications.The individual applications were developed as lightweight web based applications and were based on different frameworks. Topics that were covered by the developed applications were:

If you are interested in the individual implementations of the projects, get in touch with us, we will put you in contact with the authors. The magazin Arc Aktuell by esri will also feature this study project in their upcoming issue.

The new issue has just been released, more on this here.


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The ESRI Development Center (EDC) program is an initiative by ESRI to support university departments with outstanding teaching and research in the GIS area. The Institute for Geoinformatics (ifgi) at the University of Münster got the first EDC in Germany in 2009 (see arcaktuell article 2/2010) . One of the main pillars of this cooperation is the “Geospatial Learning@Primary School” – initiative.

The focus of spatial learning is one important part of research, teaching and cooperation at the ifgi since some years. The research initiative “GeospatialLearning@PrimarySchool“  in cooperation with esri develops systems that can be used to foster spatial learning of children, starting at the age of primary school. This development is strongly intercultural and multi-platform based. (Read the full article in english or german)

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During the winter term 2010/2011, the Institute for Geoinformatics offers a study project where students will setup a Client/Server – Architecture, based on ArcGIS Server. The aim of the study project is the development of different modules for special target groups. i.e.:
– simple location based games
– public participatory planning tools
– web-based editing (digitizing) tools

Those tools, designed to to foster Geospatial Learning will be developed, tested in a school environment and later on published.

Results are to be expected around April 2011.

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The papers we submitted to the ESRI International User Conference 2010 (July 12–16, San Diego, California) and the ESRI 2010 conference (April 27–29, Darmstadt, Germany) were accepted. Furtheron, the results of our first usability tests are going to be presented at the Second Workshop on Geographic Information Usability taking place on March 23rd in London, Great Britain.

Additionaly, there is a new job opportunity for students, sponsored by ESRI, dealing with the development of an ESRI- and OLPC-based GIS environment. This will enable teachers to prepare geo-games and to analySe data collected in the field in order to support the children’s perception and understanding of their environment at local, regional and global scale. Schools will be enabled to communicate and exchange geospatial data on their respective local environment. The job will be combined with a Bachelor thesis.

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