This is a roundup of the presentations given at last week’s event in Birmingham focused on the importance of geographical information and systems. The event was targeted mainly at primary school teachers, though many delegates from the public sector attended.
The event which was chaired by Shona Frost from Staffordshire County Council.
Brian Higgs – an introduction to geographic information
Brian Higgs, Corporate GIS Manager at Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, started the day with his presentation introducing what geographic information (GI) is, why it’s important and examples of how GI is used within local councils. Here’s a video of Brian’s presentation:
Helen Young – geographygeek.co.uk
Helen Young from the Friary School, Lichfield talked about the geographygeek.co.uk website and its resources for geography teaching. Here are Helen’s slides:
Ruth Totterdell – Geographical Association resources for teachers
Ruth Totterdell highlighted the Geographical Association‘s resources for teachers to further teaching and learning of geography at Key Stage 3 and A Level. Here are Ruth’s slides:
Tim Martin – OS OpenSpace
Judith Mansell – support for GIS and other resources
Judith Mansell from the Royal Geographical Society talked about ongoing work to enhance teaching and learning of geography in schools. Here are Judith’s slides:
Andy Robinson – OpenStreetMap
Andy Robinson of OpenStreetMap explored how individuals can get involved in creating their own street maps. Here are Andy’s slides:
Sophia Ireland – mapping our world
Sophia Ireland from Oxfam gave the final presentation. She talked about the Mapping Our World website, which enables pupils to flatten a globe, turn a map into a globe, and merge different map projections. Here are Sophia’s slides:
We would like to thank all of the speakers who attended the event. Based on early feedback many delegates were pleased with the topics discussed. We’ll post again on this blog shortly with more information on the delegate feedback.