Building teacher capacity for teaching about climate change with geospatial data and visualization technology
Dan Zalles, SRI International, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Austin, Texas, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-92-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
Geospatial information technologies provide powerful vehicles for furthering student skills and understandings of geographically situated scientific phenomena. However, researchers dedicated to exploring GIT instructional affordances are challenged to come up with criteria for differentiating best practices for training teachers to use it effectively. Two projects about climate change education will be described that in their own contrasting ways are providing teachers with geospatial data, tools, and forms of professional development and are looking at changes in pedagogical content knowledge and classroom practice. The projects provide interesting contrasts in the nature and foci of the professional development activities, which include variations in curricular and pedagogical adaptability, different software applications, and data and data visualization options.
Zalles, D. (2012). Building teacher capacity for teaching about climate change with geospatial data and visualization technology. In P. Resta (Ed.), Proceedings of SITE 2012--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 4151-4153). Austin, Texas, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).