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Fieldwork technology

Ideas and resources for fieldwork techniques that can be adapted to suit your students and the site you are visiting.

Hand Held PDA, © Steve Dunn, GSAL

The key is to generate inspiring and innovative fieldwork, that doesn't always involve measuring pebbles or counting cars.

How about introducing your students to GIS in the field, or maybe they could film their experiences? Have you considered twinning with a school in your fieldwork area? Maybe you are just keen to get your students to feel geography.

The articles in this section, written by teachers for teachers, outline actual case studies of how GIS and new technology can be incorporated into fieldwork activities. Articles include ideas for using free online resources such as Google Earth, as well as software programs such as ArcGIS and Infomapper.



Some ideas to get you started

Steve Dunn's article, Using GIS and Handheld Technology to enhance Fieldwork (PDF), puts forward the case for adopting GIS in the field using equipment ranging from mobile phones to data loggers. It is more simple than you think.

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