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GIS-T to be disseminated at EGU24 and EUROGEO Conferences

EGU logoCrina Elefteriiu project coordinator from the Technical College UNIREA Pascani has had her poster abstract accepted for presentation at the European GeoSciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2024 which will be held in Vienna 14-19 April. It will be presented in session EOS 5.2 “Teaching Climate Change in Schools”. The poster will present the objectives and outcomes of the GIS-T project.

EGU imageThe EGU General Assembly 2024 brings together geoscientists from all over the world covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary, and space sciences.

The conference aims to provide a forum where scientists, especially early career researchers, can present their work and discuss their ideas with experts in all fields of geoscience.

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porto photoKarl Donert and Luc Zwartjes from the European Association of Geographers (EUROGEO) and Rafael de Miguel from the Universidad de Zaragossa will participate  and present the e-learning platform and training organised by the GIS-T Project at the Annual EUROGEO Meeting in May 2024. The conference theme “COMPROMISED GEOGRAPHY: SPREADING A NEW WORLD”, will be held in Porto, Portugal.

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Later in 2024, partners will also participate and present GIS-T at the 35th International Geographic Union conference, “Celebrating a world of difference“,  to be held in Dublin, Ireland in August, sharing the outcomes and achievements of the GIS-T project.

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Second GIS-T training event held in Bruges

photoThe GIS-T project held its second face-to-face training event  on 1-4 February 2024 at the Belgian school partner Sint-Lodewijkscollege. The school has approximately 1350 students.

The school  is a general secondary school located in Bruges, with a long tradition in European projects, with projects already underway before the start of the European Commission programmes in 1988. The school has exchange projects and projects related to content on art, language and science with almost every European country.

Sint-Lodewijkscollege has two main pillars in its field of study: languages (classical) and science. The teachers are very motivated, many of them are also pedagogical advisors, textbooks authors and lecturers in higher education.

photoTeachers at Sint-Lodewijkscollege organised two lessons that the participating teachers from the project were able to attend.

The first lesson had as a target group for class 6B students, the equivalent of grade 12, the class was divided into two groups. The two main themes were “Exploring a new city in Bruges” for teams of four students, and the “Flemish Plan for Energy and Climate.” Wind energy turbines for groups of two students. Concerning  the energy plan, pupils worked using the ArcGIS program, using data to create maps and visualisations to propose the placement of wind turbines in places where they are missing.

photoThe  second lesson emphasised a virtual exploration of the largest port on Earth, Rotterdam. The Netherlands was chosen because it has a much larger database in ArcGIS than that available for Belgium. The students worked practically in EduGIS, completing various worksheets, both in the program and with the help of the atlas or geographical materials.

The focus of the rest of the training  of the GIS FOR GIST OF EUROPE project was for the teachers involved to  prepare case studies on using GIS to teach about climate change. The main task of the participating teachers was to write such a study in their own language, respecting the structure established during the discussions in the training.

At the end of this activity the participating teachers re viewed the work and undertook an analysis of case studies proposed by teachers, concerning their applicability in the classroom.

The third training event will take place later in 2024 at the University of Zaragossa in Spain.

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Climate games and simulations for education

EUROGEO as a partner in the GIS-T project has identified different interesting visualisations that help present climate change issues and a created a gallery of innovative games and simulations related to climate change and teaching the future. games image

Recent research by Imperial College, London has shown that young people aged 16-24 are most likely to be particularly concerned about the impacts of climate change. This is partly because climate information is often hard to understand and follow, especially when suggested actions require changes in lifestyle.

study on climate change anxiety published in the Lancet found that children and young people demonstrated climate anxiety and widespread dissatisfaction with government responses in countries across the world. This is partly because because the climate crisis is so complex and lacks a clear solution. Education clearly has a role to play in dealing with this.

Games on the subject of climate change are well-suited to address the challenge of dealing with the complex issues involved, engaging people in the challenges involved.

Games can help communicate climate change in a manner that spurs involvement and motivates participants to take action. This is partly because many innovative design features of games can be integrated to blur the boundaries between reality and the virtual world.

The integration of game thinking and game mechanics in education has been described as gamification. One of the central advantages of gamification is the enjoyment created by making tasks more engaging, fun and interesting to complete. In turn, that increases people’s motivation to complete them.

Research carried out by Yee (2016) identified six different game elements that motivate gamers and encourage participation.

Action (e.g., objectives)
Social (e.g., competition)
Mastery (e.g., scoring)
Achievement (e.g., awards, rewards)
Immersion (e.g., role playing) and
Creativity (e.g., customisation)

It is important to realise therefore that games and game-based learning are valuable approaches to teaching the complexity of addressing climate change and part of the toolbox that educators can use to engage young people.

Visit the gallery to ty out the innovative simulations and games.

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First GIS-T Learning and Teaching Event takes place

online training photoThe first GIS FOR GIST OF EUROPE Project’s Learning/teaching/training activities under the Erasmus+ programme took place online between 20-24 February 2023.u

The training was carried out online,  organised by members of the European Association of Geographers  (EUROGEO) and hosted by  the coordinating partner , Technical College UNIREA Pascani.

Teachers from each of the school partners were invited to participate in the training  about Learning Management Systems.

In terms of the learning management system a hosted Moodle platform was used to develop the training – called “GIS for the Future”, the following LMS aspects were covered
– Introducing the Learning Management System
– Understanding the functionality (and limitations) of the LMS – what can we do?
– Demonstrating the the LMSLMS course screengrab
– registration and access
– Content, tools and activities
– Assessment and monitoring

The GIS and climate topics covered included:
– Partners’ presentations of focus group results – teacher needs, concerns
– Climate curriculum check: what are the similarities and differences?
– The importance of local data and collaboration with ESRI
– Identifying GIS needs of teachersonline training photo
– GIS and the tools it offers
– Some GIS resources
– Approaches to teaching climate change – what does the academic literature suggest?
– How could GIS be used?
– Teaching practices, needs, approaches etc.
– Introducing GIS and Climate Change

The second learning and teaching event of the GIS-T project will take place in Belgium in August 2023 hosted by EUROGEO. Find out more