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About Landmap - Spatial Science for Schools

Accessing Landmap - Spatial Science for Schools

Learning and Teaching

Technical Requirements

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About Landmap - Spatial Science for Schools

Q. What is Landmap - Spatial Science for Schools?

A. Landmap - Spatial Science for Schools is a partnership initiative with the Geographic Institute of Bonn University (Germany) to encourage more intensive use of remote sensing in school lessons. Increasing usage of the materials is a target of the project and by delivering the English version of the tutorials through Landmap it is hoped that there will be greater exposure of the e-learning content to a greater English speaking audience.

Q. Who originally produced the materials?

A. FIS is a German acronym for "Remote Sensing in Schools". The FIS-Project was 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).

Q. What kind of datasets/materials are used in the tutorials?

A. There is a great range of datasets and materials used in the tutorials to make them as interactive and interesting for pupils as possible e.g. Weather maps, Pressure maps, Flood maps, Photographs, Graphs, Thematic maps, Flow diagrams, Animations, Satellite images, Interactive exercises, Google Earth KMZ files, Aerial photographs, Newspaper clippings and articles.

Q. What learning possibilities does Landmap - Spatial Science for Schools offer?

A. There is a diverse range of learning possibilities. The tutorials require pupils to use their investigative skills evaluating different pieces of evidence to try and solve problems in topic areas such as disaster management and change detection in the landscape. Satellite and aerial photograph interpretation skills will be developed when using the tutorials. For satellite imagery specifically the following learning possibilities are:

  • Pupils will have the ability to describe and explain the set-up of satellite images
  • Pupils will be able to explain the terms data depth (radiometric resolution) and data format
  • Pupils will be able to explain how satellite data is displayed by a computer monitor
  • Pupils will possess the ability to explain a histogram stretch
  • Pupils will have an insight on the principles of visual image processing

Q. Is there a helpdesk for any questions that may arise?

A. Yes, please contact the main Landmap Helpdesk

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Accessing Landmap - Spatial Science for Schools

Q. Is access to the tutorials free-of-charge?

A. Yes, there is no charge for accessing any of the materials within Spatial Science for Schools.

Q. Who can access these materials?

A. The materials are open to all and have a licensing arrangement equal to the Creative Common BY-NC-ND license (Attribution, Non-Commercial and No Derivatives).

Q. What do I need to do in order to access the Landmap - Spatial Science for Schools tutorials?

A. You need to check that your schools PC's adhere to the technical requirements for the specific tutorial you have chosen to use for your class. To access the materials you need to click the Download link found for each tutorial from within the subject pages. Once you have downloaded the data you will need to right-click and extract the data to see the contents of the folder. There is a didactic commentary for each topic which teachers should read before using the materials for a lesson.

Q. What are the terms and conditions of use?

A. Please use the data as you would for materials licensed under the Creative Common BY-NC-ND license (Attribution, Non-Commercial and No Derivatives). This license allows you to download the materials and share them with others as long as they are credited fully, but these materials must not be changed in any way or use for a commerical purpose.

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Learning and Teaching

Q. How do the materials support the national curriculum in secondary schools and colleges?

A. Certainly in the discipline of Geography many of these tutorials support the national curriculum. Natural hazards is featured in the national curriculum so to address this learning requirement the Haiti, Tsunami and Flooding tutorials would be appropriate to use as part of a lesson or for homework. For Mathematics the Pixel off the right path tutorial gives pupils a practical application of geometry, measures and coordinates. For Physics the Tracing the invisible tutorial supports the learning of key physics parameters such as radiation, reflection, absorption and light. Whereas the Atmospheric circulation tutorial would support both Physics, Chemistry and Geography subject areas. The themes of environment and pollution in the subject area of Biology would be well supported using the Traces of fire tutorial.

Q. What are the benefits of the tutorials?

A. These tutorials will bring subject areas to life making lesson times more interactive and fun, plus developing some basic computer skills and concepts for using satellite and airborne data not only in the traditional subject area of Geography but also in other subject areas such as the sciences and mathematics. There are also exercises and quizzies to check the learning outcomes with immediate feedback to the pupil given of whether they answered the question correctly or incorrectly.

Q. What subject areas are addressed?

A. Geography, Biology, Geomatics, Physics and Mathematics

Q. What age range are the tutorials suitable for?

A. The target age range of the materials varies. The majority of materials are targeted at the high school/ college level. However the Haiti tutorial which uses Google Earth could be used at the primary school level for junior classes.

Q. Can pupils directly use the tutorials at home/school?

A. Just as long as they have the software necessary for running the tutorial on their home PC/ laptop then they can be used at home/school. There is no authetication required, the materials can be downloaded straightaway, decompressed and used!

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Technical Requirements

Q. What equipment and software do I need?

A. A video player software such as QuickTime Player, Adobe Media Player, Adobe Flash Player v.9, Google Earth, Adobe Reader and MS Word.

Q. How do our school computer and security settings affect the use of the tutorials?

A. This is hard to say as it will vary for every school depending on the operating system used (Windows/Mac) and what the administrator for your computers allows to be installed on them. The best advice would be to check that you can download, extract and run all elements of the tutorial materials prior to using them for a class. If you are having difficulities in the first instance check the technical requirements page and then contact your computer administrator. If there are still difficulties then please contact the helpdesk and we will try to advise the best we can.

 

Finding Help

Q. Is there a helpdesk?

A. Yes, please contact the main Landmap Helpdesk

Q. What is the didactic commentary to be used for?

A. The didactic commentary should be used by the teacher not the pupil. The commentary provides further information and suggestions of how to use the tutorials in a class environment. The commentary provides clear aims and learning outcomes for each tutorial.

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