The Value of GIS in Education

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What is GIS? A geographic information system (GIS) allows students to capture, manage, analyze, and display all forms of geographic information so that they can question and interpret relationships, patterns and trends in real world data. Just as reading and writing are hallmarks of a quality education, spatial literacy is critical to understand today's economic, environmental and social issues. By manipulating geographic data through the creation and use of maps, students can move quickly from visualizing where things occur to analyzing why things occur where they do. GIS enhances critical thinking, collaboration and analysis skills, allowing both students and teachers to build a framework for synthesizing information about the world. It promotes geographic inquiry while equipping students with highly sought after technical skills. How do I get started? Esri Canada offers a wide range of resources for educators, including curriculum-related GIS lesson packs that help teachers integrate GIS into their teaching quickly, effectively and creatively. Get started today at Find a lesson at: Contact for more information The Value of GIS for Education

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