Vol. 5 No. 1 (2014)
Research Article

THE INTRODUCTION OF GIS AND GPS THROUGH LOCAL HISTORY TEACHING IN PRIMARY SCHOOL

Nikos LAMBRINOS
Hellenic digital earth Centre of Excellence, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Dept. of Primary Education, Greece
Fani ASIKLARI
Hellenic digital earth Centre of Excellence, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Dept. of Primary Education, Greece

Published 2014-03-01

How to Cite

LAMBRINOS, Nikos, and Fani ASIKLARI. 2014. “THE INTRODUCTION OF GIS AND GPS THROUGH LOCAL HISTORY TEACHING IN PRIMARY SCHOOL”. European Journal of Geography 5 (1):32-47. https://www.eurogeojournal.eu/index.php/egj/article/view/508.

Abstract

Taking into consideration the fact that every place has a number of sites which are
worth visiting because they are connected to the local history, we decided to motivate
the pupils of 4th, 5th and 6th grade of a small village in Western Macedonia, Greece, in
a kind of a treasure hunt (fieldtrip) enriched with the use of compass, GPS and GIS
generated maps. The results of the project show that the use of high technology is
feasible even from the age of 10, provided that the lesson plan is well designed. High
technology applications, like GIS and GPS, can be easier implemented through
interdisciplinarity. Finally, a geography related questionnaire was provided to the
pupils at the end of the project which showed that the improvement in geography
issues was up to 94% among the pupils and in some cases approached the ultimate
success compared to the lack of previous knowledge

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