Teaching for Global Citizenship with Geospatial Technology

ID: 33068 Type: Brief Paper
  1. Elizabeth Langran, Fairfield University, United States
  2. Ajara Beishembaeva, The American University of Central Asia, Kyrgyzstan

Thursday, March 10 12:10-12:30 PM

Presider:
Elizabeth Langran, Marymount University, United States

The Internet can be a powerful tool for global citizenship and civic engagement. It can provide knowledge and insights about rights and duties in the 21st century. This may in turn lead to greater empathy with others, a sense of a global political community, and the ability to solve more effectively the global problems that challenge our shared future. An essential building-block in global citizenship education is geospatial technology literacy—the understanding of the importance and interconnectedness of places and the ability to analyze their relationships. This paper explores the connection between global citizenship education and geospatial technology, citing the role technology played in civic engagement during political unrest in Kyrgyzstan in 2010 as a model of geolocated cyberactivism.

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