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Bring Spatial Skills to Canadian Children: Become a GIS Ambassador

Do you have a passion for geographic education and recognize the importance of understanding maps, GIS and spatial thinking? Then you should consider becoming a GIS Ambassador

“Spatial thinking involves understanding the relationships between objects based on location and learning the importance of answering the question “where” to understand “why” things occur. GIS technology helps develop spatial thinking by enabling people to visualize information as maps and see patterns and trends from within the data. To help bring spatial skills to children in K-12 schools across Canada, Esri Canada invites professional GIS users, educators and university and college students to volunteer their skills and knowledge through the Program.” [Esri Canada]

Bring Spatial Skills to Canadian Children, Become a GIS AmbassadorEsri Canada’s GIS Ambassador program was designed to inspire geospatial minded people to work together with educators and youth organizations to help them better encourage young people to understand, use and do more with geographic information.

As of April 2016, more than 930 schools have registered into the GIS Ambassador program and more than 125 volunteers have signed up to become GIS Ambassadors (including Esri Canada staff, university & college students, geospatial professionals and many more) – see the map below …

Who can become a GIS Ambassador?

Anyone who recognizes the significance of geography and has an interest in helping young people can join. As a GIS Ambassador you volunteer to work with a school, classroom or a club / organization and provide support that can help educators and youth develop geographic thinking skills.

The program is always looking for new people, so consider volunteering some of your time to help engage the next generation of GIS specialists allowing them to develop a deeper understanding of the world around them. For more details visit http://esri.ca/en/content/gis-ambassador-program or contact k12@esri.ca

Get involved in your community by supporting schools and local youth groups as they explore their world using GIS.

Mount Royal University Unveils New-Age Mapping Tool

 

Mount Royal University Unveils New-Age Geospatial Software

Calgary-based experts are charting a bold new course in geographic education by introducing geospatial software designed for the next generations of tech-savvy learners.Mount Royal University Geospatial Software

During an event at Mount Royal University on Thursday, TECTERRA was honoured to partake in the unveiling of a new-age mapping tool known as WorldView Studio™. This software package, developed with support from TECTERRA, creates 3D maps combining multiple data streams (such as traffic flows, wildlife migration patterns and watersheds) on one digital platform to see how they interact with each other.

The WorldView software is fuelled by geospatial data provided by Canadian Geographic, and was adapted for classroom-based settings based on extensive research from Mount Royal Associate Professor Dr. Lynn Moorman.

“This is an easy-to-use tool that empowers students to better understand the world around them,” said Dr. Moorman, who teaches Earth Science at Mount Royal. “We know that geographic education is at a crossroads right now and it’s vital for educators to find new approaches to teaching geography in Canadian classrooms.”

TECTERRA contributed to this project through its Alberta Applied Research Funding Program.TECTERRA & geospatial software

“We believe that this project offers a great deal of societal value by building interest and curiosity about science and technology in school-aged children,” said Dr. Mohamed Abousalem, Chief Executive Officer at TECTERRA. “These children will be the future contributors to the Canadian economy, and science and technology represent a key factor in the future growth of our economy.”

WorldView Studio™ is a classroom version of The PIXYS Innovation’s WorldView™ digital Earth software.

“Canadians have always been leaders in the field of geographic information sciences and mapping,” said PYXIS Chief Executive Officer, Perry Peterson. “We are defined by our geography. So it’s not surprising that a breakthrough in technology — we call Digital Earth — will allow children of a very young age to search and explore their world,”

Dr. Moorman’s efforts to make geography accessible to our video game savvy kids is important, said Gilles Gagnier, Chief Operating Officer and Publisher of Canadian Geographic Enterprises. “We look forward to the day when we can deliver Professor Moorman’s GeoLiteracy Project to our 14,000 teacher members across Canada. Our students will only benefit from her trailblazing efforts.” View children interacting with WorldView™