Spatial technologies for educators
The spatial sciences relate to where things are. They are about measuring and representing the world around us.
Spatial technologies encompass:
- satellite technology that collects data
- GPS systems that tell us where we are
- mapping systems like Google Earth that turn this data into useful information
- information analysis for specific purposes.
The Australian Curriculum: Geography recognises the rising importance of spatial knowledge and makes teaching with spatial technologies mandatory for students from Year 4 onwards.
Probably without even knowing it, you are familiar with spatial technologies. These are crucial technologies for our modern world and the spatial industry is booming. Spatial tools are now more likely to be found on a smartphone or personal computer being used by someone like you, than in a specialist laboratory being used by a technician.
We are developing resources for educators interested in teaching about or teaching with spatial technologies. The Queensland Spatial Information Council (QSIC) is committed to developing spatial education in Queensland. The Queensland Spatial Educators' Toolkit has been designed for teachers using the Australian Curriculum: Geography. Science will be supported in the near future.
- Incorporate spatial technologies into your classroom using the Queensland Spatial Educators' Toolkit.
- Find out using spatial technologies in fieldwork.
- Use our mapping, data and imagery resources including Queensland Globe.
- Explore Queensland's topography using QTopo.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about spatial education in the classroom.