How would you explain to fellow educators, to students, parents, or the general public why Geographic Information Systems (GIS) matters in education and in society? One idea is to start with a document entitled “Why Maps Matter“.
While spatial thinking is much more than “maps”, I aimed at a phrase that would attract people to this workshop. I frequently choose similar presentation titles depending on my audience, such as “Mapping Your Educational Research” or “Mapping The Social Studies.”
Themes of this workshop include: Maps foster understanding, tell stories, and enable decision making. I included my favorite maps and map books for a personal touch. Topics include population, land use, urban, economics, health, and natural hazards, with frequent mention of scale, systems thinking, critical thinking, time and space, and place. The workshop is taught through an inquiry-driven, hands-on, problem-based format.