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Flexibly Adaptive Professional Development for Teaching Science with Geospatial Technology

, Cornell University, United States ; , Hobart and William Smith Colleges, United States

AACE Award

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-64-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA


Geospatial technology holds great potential for enabling students to learn science through exploration of environmental issues from local to global scales. However, implementing classroom projects that make effective use of geospatial technology is a daunting process. Teachers must become comfortable with use of various technological options and adept at deciding how to use them to meet their pedagogical goals. They also must troubleshoot a wide range of problems related to installing software, downloading data, and acquiring administrative approval for uses of technologies that have not yet become mainstream in U.S. schools. Effective professional development in support of teacher-designed geospatial technology curriculum projects must provide the flexibility necessary to meet individual teacher needs while providing technological skills and curricular support. This paper presents approaches implemented in the GIT Ahead project along with evidence of teacher success in gaining needed skills and applying geospatial technology in their science teaching.


Trautman, N. & MaKinster, J. (2008). Flexibly Adaptive Professional Development for Teaching Science with Geospatial Technology. In K. McFerrin, R. Weber, R. Carlsen & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2008--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 4791-4805). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved March 21, 2019 from .


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