GIS Champions are educators who use spatial technologies in their teaching and foster inquiry and critical thinking in their students.
It’s always exciting to meet educators who are using GIS in their teaching because they’re usually people who understand that it’s a valuable tool students can use outside the classroom, too. One such teacher is Susan Aliphat from Park View Education Centre in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia. She's been teaching Geography, Geomatics and Canadian History with GIS for at least 10 years at a high school level and she believes the technology is important because of its wide applicability to many post-secondary and career opportunities.
Susan’s students collect data using GPS units in the field and when they return to the classroom, they can analyze the data and create maps in ArcGIS for Desktop. The biggest benefit she sees with her students using GIS is when they experience that eureka moment that allows them to make connections in their data that cannot be made with a spreadsheet. Thank you Susan for inspiring your students with spatial technologies and for giving them skills they can use beyond high school.
About the Author
Angela Alexander is a K-12 Education Resource Developer on the Esri Canada Education and Research team. She has over six years of experience working with educators across Canada. Angela is responsible for producing geographic information system (GIS) and curriculum specific resources, conducting and creating custom workshops for educators and judging and developing the question for the annual GIS Skills Ontario competition in Waterloo, Ontario. Angela has a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Sociology from the University of Western Ontario and completed the Applied Digital Geography and GIS certificate program at Ryerson University.More Content by Angela Alexander