Infuse Spatial Thinking in Your Curriculum
Keywords:GIS, Story Maps, Spatial Thinking, Maps
What do maps have to do with storytelling? Everything! Come learn how Story Maps, a powerful digital platform, integrate spatial thinking with storytelling to present information in a compelling, interactive and easy to understand format. Story Maps are multidisciplinary applications that require students and instructors to move past a basic text-based project with an instructor as the only audience, to one that requires exploration of multiple means of demonstrating their knowledge, incorporating visuals, spatial information and relationships and digital delivery. Creating a Story Map requires students to think in multiple dimensions of pursuing creative storytelling, combined with innovative use of geospatial technology. Students are given the opportunity to not only apply spatial thinking to their course content, but also by creating Story Maps, they demonstrate their knowledge and understanding in an innovative media that moves students into 21st century learning technologies. These geospatial technologies are accessible at many levels of learning; from K-12 to higher education, to novice and expert, and can be applied to all subject areas.