Students in Utah are looking at themselves from a whole new perspective — from space.
Students and teachers throughout Utah are getting hooked on the latest satellite technology using GIS to pinpoint locations from space. That technology is now hitting Utah school districts through a statewide grant, allowing students to become mapmakers from start to finish using geographic coordinates and state data.
The GIS technology is gaining steam in Utah’s education system with teachers and students using state coordinate data to create authentic maps. The growing interest, is largely because the mapping software can be used in virtually every subject. The benefits of using GIS mapping as part of the curriculum also extend beyond education basics. Many students are more confident, speak more in class and are more engaged in lessons since using the mapping technology.