Learning and Teaching with Geomedia
Learning and Teaching with Geomedia provides a theoretical and practical introduction to a field explicitly aimed at secondary education. The first section consists of three scientific papers introducing the dimensions of the emerging geoinformation society. The second section of the book is specifically dedicated to teacher trainers and teachers.
The introductory section provides an overview of the development of geomedia and envisions a roadmap of technological development ahead; a discussion of everyday geomedia applications and geomedia use; and, finally, pedagogical approaches using geomedia in secondary education. This section provides a broad foundation that does not argue in favor of a technological paradigm, but suggests that geomedia use in secondary education should be oriented at everyday life applications.
The main section is devoted to exemplary learning environments that are ready to use, and easily transferable to local schools. While geoinformation technology is the basis of these learning environments, care has been taken to clearly identify conceptual approaches to these learning environments, and, therefore, make them less reliant on technology locally available. Many of these are easily applied without any further software or hardware other than a web browser and a mobile phone.
The pedagogical background of these learning environments leads from science education and spatial thinking to learning environments that support an education for spatial citizenship, reflected geomedia use and communication with maps to successfully participate in society.
The book is aimed at academics in the fields of pedagogy, geography and citizenship education, as well as those working in science education. The professional audiences addressed are teacher trainers at university departments, teachers in secondary schools and students in teacher training.
Thomas Jekel is Senior Scientist for Geography and Economics Education at the Department of Geography and Geology at the University of Salzburg. He co-chairs the annual GI_Forum and has been involved in research projects on citizenship and science education.
Eric Sanchez is currently Professor at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, Institut Français de l'Éducation. His main research interests include information and communication technologies in geography education, and game based learning.
Inga Gryl is Professor for Primary Education and Media Education at the TU Chemnitz. Her fields of research include reflexion and reflexivity of geomedia use, spatial citizenship, and human-environment interaction.
Caroline Juneau-Sion is teacher at a French high school and is affiliated to the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, Institut Français de l'Éducation.
John Lyon has been a teacher at Rotherham Comprehensive School, and now works as Programme Director for the Geographical Association, London.
"Geomedia is clearly an integral part of the redeveloping image of geography in schools. For this reason, a more detailed definition of geomedia in the context of secondary school education is needed. This book gives geographers, pedagogues and teachers the tools to define it, and this book is especially recommended for upper secondary school and high school teachers as well as teacher educators."
Markus Hilander Department of Teacher Education, University of Helsinki Terra 127: 2 (2015)
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