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Title: Using Geographic Information Systems to Support Student Learning through Urban Ecology
Authors: Barnett, Mike
Houle, Meredith
Issue Date: Jun-2008
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences, Inc.
Citation: Barnett, M. & Houle, M. (2008). Using Geographic Information Systems to Support Student Learning through Urban Ecology. In Kanselaar, G., Jonker, V., Kirschner, P. A., & Prins, F. J. (Eds.), International Perspectives in the Learning Sciences: Cre8ing a learning world. Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference for the Learning Sciences – ICLS 2008, Volume 1 (pp. 93-100). Utrecht, The Netherlands: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: This paper describes our urban street tree curriculum project in which we engage students in an ecological and economic evaluation of trees in highly populated areas through the use of Geographic Information Systems and modeling technologies. In particular, students conduct a tree inventory of the grounds surrounding their school and then use an urban tree modeling extension in ArcView called CITYGreen to evaluate the value of their neighborhood trees. Using these technological tools students are able to ask "what if" scenarios and evaluate the impact of redesigning the green space around their school. Using a mixed method approach we have found that students show significant increases in learning outcomes and express considerable interest in becoming caretakers for their urban environment.
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