Share Paper: Designing with and for Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge: The Evolution of GeoThentic

  1. Aaron Doering, University of Minnesota, United States
  2. Charles Miller, University of MN, United States
  3. Cassie Scharber, University of MN, United States
Thursday, March 10 5:45 PM-6:15 PM McGavock's A

Abstract: How should a K-12 geography teacher use a geospatial technology such as Google Earth in the classroom? Should they have students pinpoint a series of locations and measure the connecting distances, essentially using the technology as a mere digital representation of the traditional globe? Or, should they encourage learners to harness the powerful data-driven affordances of the technology to make and justify decisions on contemporary issues (for example, where to build a hospital in downtown San Francisco based on factors of seismic activity and population density)? We believe it is the latter scenario – this is the foundation of GeoThentic. ...