Using GIS as a Cross-Curricular Vehicle for Student Learning
Abstract: With the introduction of hand-held digital devices in the classroom, project-based learning (PBL) has evolved into more than just a teaching method. In a PBL classroom, students engage in real-world scenarios, challenges, and problems that require a unique set of skills, knowledge and collaboration to solve and master concepts. Critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, time management and creativity are the process skills used in both technology-based and project-based environments. Through summer technology academies, elementary and middle school students have engaged in projects that implement Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in a PBL environment as a cross-curricular vehicle for student learning. Pre- and post-surveys have shown increases in history, geography, science and math content, problem-solving skills, and positive attitude for science and math as academic subjects. The PBL projects were designed for small group activities where students practiced layering data upon data, and building maps for geography, history, science, math and technology.
Presider: David Brown, The University of Tulsa