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Provides e-learning materials to support the use of remotely sensed data in core subject areas such as Mathematics, Biology, Physics. Geomatics and Geography. The aim is to inspire pupils interest in the natural sciences and engineering with fascinating satellite images used as a tool to bring factual information to life. The e-learning content has kindly been supplied through The FIS-project.

What is the FIS-Project?

Fernerkundung in Schulen (FIS) is a German acronym for “Remote Sensing in Schools”. The project aims at a more intensive use of remote sensing in school lessons. The project consider this important because not only is remote sensing of growing relevance in the modern information society, but it also offers a range of possibilities to get pupils interested in natural sciences or engineering by employing fascinating satellite images and modern technology.

The project is carried out by the Geographic Institute of Bonn University (Germany) together with partners from secondary schools. FIS is funded by the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) and the German Federal Ministry for Economics and Technology (BMWi).

Existing results show that many teachers are interested in remote sensing and, at same time, motivated to integrate it into their teaching. Despite the good intention, in the end, the implementation often fails due to the complexity and poor set-up of the information provided. Therefore, the FIS-Project developed a new didactical concept, which bases upon the principles of intermediality, interactivity and interdisciplinarity for more information please download the FIS Project Information Sheet PDF (5.90 MB).

Especially the preparation and implementation of digital learning materials takes the center stage of FIS. These interactive materials consist of tools for image analysis embedded in tasks, background information and explanatory animations. They aim at an independent disclosing and solving of problems.

Cross-linked thinking is one of the underlying principles of the learning appli­cations produced in the project. Consequently the subject matter will be dis­cussed in different classes. The basic principles of remote sensing are covered in the natural sciences like math, physics or computer science, while in the more applied sciences, like geography or biology, satellite data is analysed to answer a certain research question.

Geography

geography

A range of courses are available to explore natural hazards and the formation of coal. Satellite images, photographs and maps are used to help you further explore the course topic area.

Courses Available

Images to Maps [Age 9-12], Haiti [Age 9-14], Oasis [Age 12-16], Tsunami [Age 12-14], Brown Coal [Age 16-18], Floods [Age 12-14 & 14-16].

View Geography Courses

Biology

biology

Explore the world of bird life, forest fires and vegetation.

Courses Available

The Lesser Spotted Eagle - Up, Up and Away! [Age 9-12], Traces of Fire [Age 16-18].

View Biology Courses

Mathematics

mathematics

Course Available

Pixel off the right path [Age 12-14]

View Mathematics Course

Physics

physics

Courses Available

Tracing the invisible [Age 12-15]
Atmospheric Circulation [Age 16-18]

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Geomatics

geomatics

Course Available

Contrast [Age 13-17]

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Spatial Science for Schools

Provides e-learning materials for schools to support the use of remotely sensed data in core subject areas such as Mathematics, Biology, Physics, Geomatics and Geography. The aim is to inspire pupils interest in the natural sciences and engineering with fascinating satellite images used as a tool to bring factual information to life.

News

19 - 22 March 2013: The Landmap service are participating in the National Science and Engineering Fair at The University of Manchester. Activities for the children include: Spot the Difference & UKMap Augmented Reality App.

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Use Case

As part of the Tracing the Invisible activity, Dominic Taylor from the Landmap team describes to school children how a satellite image is acquired at the National Science and Engineering Fair, The University of Manchester.

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The e-learning content has kindly been supplied through The FIS-project.

Geography

The following courses are available for Geography:

Images to Maps

Topics

  • Maps
  • Land surfaces
  • Satellite images
  • Thematic maps
  • Classification

Age: 9-12

Time required: 2 hours

Materials include:

  • Learning module (computer based)
  • Didactic commentary

Download (12.5 MB)

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Haiti - Catastrophe Management from Space

Topics

  • Earthquakes
  • Disaster management
  • Mapping
  • Change detection
  • Satellite images
  • Damage assessment

Age: 9-14

Time required:1-2 hours

Materials include:

  • Google Earth KMZ-file
  • Didactic commentary
  • Worksheet
  • Google Earth tutorial

Download (1.1 MB)

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Oasis

Topics

  • Different oasis models
  • Characteristics of satellite pictures and its diagnostic use
  • General basics of remote sensing

Age: 12-16

Time required: 1-2 hours

Materials include:

  • Learning module (computer based)
  • Worksheets
  • Didactic commentary

Download (14.8 MB)

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Tsunami

Topics

  • Natural hazards
  • Tsunamis
  • Catastrophe prevention and effects
  • Visual comparison of satellite images
  • Classification
  • Change detection.

Age: 12-14

Time required: 3-4 hours

Materials include:

  • Learning module (computer based)
  • Didactic commentary
  • Background information
  • Homework

Download (8.7 MB)

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Brown Coal - Land Use Change through Surface Mining

Topics

  • Formation of brown coal and brown coal seams
  • Economic relevance and social and ecological effects
  • Surface mining
  • Optical satellite imagery
  • Digital Elevation Models (DEM)
  • Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

Age: 15-17

Time required: 5 hours

Materials include:

  • Worksheets
  • Didactic commentary
  • Foils
  • Photographs

Download (25.6 MB)

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Floods

Topics

  • Flooding as the result of physiogeographic situation and human actions
  • Natural hazards and location choices
  • Application of Digital Elevation Models
  • Fundamentals of GIS

Age: 12-14 & 14-16

Time required: 2-3 hours

Materials include:

  • Maps
  • Didactic commentary
  • Worksheets
  • Sample solutions
  • Additional learning module

Download (17 MB)

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Introduction - Spatial Science for Schools

Landmap - Spatial Science for Schools

Provides e-learning materials to support the use of remotely sensed data in core subject areas such as Mathematics, Biology, Physics. Geomatics and Geography. The aim is to inspire pupils interest in the natural sciences and engineering with fascinating satellite images used as a tool to bring factual information to life. The e-learing content has kindly been supplied through The FIS-project.

What is the FIS-Project?

Fernerkundung in Schulen (FIS) is a German acronym for “Remote Sensing in Schools”. The project aims at a more intensive use of remote sensing in school lessons. The project consider this important because not only is remote sensing of growing relevance in the modern information society, but it also offers a range of possibilities to get pupils interested in natural sciences or engineering by employing fascinating satellite images and modern technology.

The project is carried out by the Geographic Institute of Bonn University (Germany) together with partners from secondary schools. FIS is funded by the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) and the German Federal Ministry for Economics and Technology (BMWi).

Existing results show that many teachers are interested in remote sensing and, at same time, motivated to integrate it into their teaching. Despite the good intention, in the end, the implementation often fails due to the complexity and poor set-up of the information provided. Therefore, the FIS-Project developed a new didactical concept, which bases upon the principles of intermediality, interactivity and interdisciplinarity for more information please download the FIS Project Information Sheet PDF (5.90 MB).

Especially the preparation and implementation of digital learning materials takes the center stage of FIS. These interactive materials consist of tools for image analysis embedded in tasks, background information and explanatory animations. They aim at an independent disclosing and solving of problems.

Cross-linked thinking is one of the underlying principles of the learning appli­cations produced in the project. Consequently the subject matter will be dis­cussed in different classes. The basic principles of remote sensing are covered in the natural sciences like math, physics or computer science, while in the more applied sciences, like geography or biology, satellite data is analysed to answer a certain research question.

geography

Geography

A range of courses are available to explore natural hazards and the formation of coal. Satellite images, photographs and maps are used to help you further explore the course topic area.

Courses Available

Images to Maps [Age 9-12]; Haiti [Age 9-14];
Oasis [Age 12-16];
Tsunami [Age 12-14];
Brown Coal [Age 16-18];
Floods [Age 12-14 & 14-16];
Brown Coal [Age 16-18]

View Geography Courses

biology

Biology

Explore the world of bird life, forest fires and vegetation.

Courses Available

The Lesser Spotted Eagle - Up, Up and Away! [Age 9 - 12];
Traces of Fire [Age 16-18]

View Biology Courses

mathematics

Mathematics

 

Course Available

Pixel off the right path [Age 12-14]

View Mathematics Courses

physics

Physics

 

Courses Available

Tracing the invisible [Age 12-15]
Atmospheric Circulation [Age 16-18]

View Physics Courses

geomatics

Geomatics

 

Course Available

Contrast [Age 13-17]

View Geomatics Course

News

Thanks to a collaboration with the University of Bonn and DLR, Landmap is now able to provide e-learning content aimed at secondary school level to support the national curriculum in the subject areas of Geography, Geomatics, Biology, Mathematics and Physics.

Use Case

Chipping Norton High School, Oxfordshire

 

Biology

The following courses are available for Biology:

The Lesser Spotted Eagle - Up, Up and Away!

Topics

  • Migrating birds
  • Species extinction
  • Seasonal change of vegetation
  • Biomes
  • Vegetation in satellite images
  • NDVI

Age: 9 - 12

Time required: 2 hours

Materials include:

  • Google Earth files
  • Google Earth tutorial
  • Worksheet
  • Didactic commentary

Download (13.7 MB)

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Traces of fire

Topics

  • Natural disasters
  • Forest fires
  • Stability and dynamics of ecosystems
  • Photosynthesis and Light
  • Electromagnetic spectrum
  • Satellite images
  • Vegetation indices (focus on NDVI)
  • Time series analysis

Age: 16 - 18

Time required: 3 hours

Materials include:

  • Learning module (computer based)
  • Didactic commentary

Download (17.6 MB)

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