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New Zealand promotes GIS education in schools

New Zealand: Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) has partnered with CORE Education and its LEARNZ project to develop an interactive learning experience for school students focusing on ‘How Geospatial Information is supporting the Canterbury Recovery’.

Through the use of multi-media and web technologies the students get to interact with inaccessible places and people via a Virtual Field Trip (VFT). The VFT is an engaging curriculum rich e-learning opportunity for students where the real world comes to the classroom. During the field trip the students stay at school but visit places they would never otherwise go to and interact with people they would never otherwise meet. The participation of students is enabled using live audio-conferencing, web board and diaries, images and video clips.

The geospatial VFT looks at how the use of geospatial information and tools are being used in the response, recovery and rebuild following the Canterbury earthquakes.

Talking to personnel involved in the recovery the students investigate real life deployments of GIS in local authority utility mapping and organising the response of emergency services and council utility repair crews. They also get to see how GPS was used to capture land damage and then plot this information in relationship to housing and roads, understand the social outcomes of the natural disasters, and see how GIS mapping, visualisation and augmented reality technologies are being combined to plan for the Christchurch City rebuild.

The geospatial VFT was produced by LINZ and CORE Education, with the support of the Christchurch City Council, the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (SCIRT), the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) and Ngai Tahu Property.

Source: Geospatial Strategy