Resources and Useful Links


There are many articles and curriculum resources available - both in print and online - outlining the role of satellite navigation and spatial information management systems in modern society.  The links below are a sample of some of the informatio​n available.  New resources, articles and links will be added as they are identified.


The following presentation was used in the initial Professional Learning sessions for Tasmanian senior secondary teachers conducted by DPIPWE staff in December 2014.

​​​​​   Overview - Spatial Information in Senior Secondary Courses 2014   (3Mb)​

GPS resources and useful links

The following resources have been developed by the University of Tasmania for the GPS in Schools program:

  Worksheet Summary   (133Kb)
  Worksheet 1 - How GPS Works   (883Kb)

  Worksheet 2 - Basic Receiver Operation   (1Mb)
  Worksheet 3 - Applications of GPS   (2Mb)
  Worksheet 4 - GPS in Earth Sciences   (2Mb)

In​​formation for educators on the official GPS page, including background about the range of GPS applications.
U​​NAVCO is a non-profit university governed consortium- the University of Tasmania is an Associate Member.
​Includes a variety of resources on the use of high accuracy GPS in earth sciences, including a worldwide map of GPS stations with time series plots indicating their changing location associated with tectonic movement.
GPS ideas for geography teachers – from the UK.
Examples of lesson ideas using GPS for 5th to 8th grades in the USA.

USA sit​​e with interesting observations about GPS and farming.

Mapping and Geographic Information System (GIS) resources and useful links

Sites explaining why spatial science is important.
​Article with examples outlining how spatial thinking enables the populace to better understand and act upon the big issues facing planet earth  
Guideline document providing useful advice and tips for educators and spatial industry professionals teaching spatial technology concepts.

A spatial analysis example relating access to play facilities with demand - determining the "playability" of ​​cities.

The Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping (ICSM) has prepared this comprehensive overview on mapping concepts, principles and practice for use by educators in Australia.
Provided by Esri through their ArcGIS online service, Story Maps use geography as a means of presenting information to tell a story.  Users can create their own story maps using a variety of Apps or browse the gallery of shared stories.

A narrative of the Burke and Wills Expedition told using a Story Map is an example in the Australian context​​, whilst the historic Sharland Map of Launceston​ from 1826 ​is an historical narrative overlaid on a map of the current City of Launceston. Cradle Coast NRM has developed a collection of natural resource manageme​nt themed maps​ over the Tasmanian north west coast.

Spyglass Tool - Taroona then and now

Land Tasmania has utilised a number of apps to create the following Story Maps highlighting the value of Tasmania's historical imagery and plans.

​​Es​ri Insider, a blog site, features a continually updated blog  Speaking the "Language" of Spatial Analysis via Story Maps of interesting global story maps.

Self-paced online course developed by Esri​'s Education Manager to highlight why and how the Story Map library can be used and also indicate how you can make your own Story Maps to communicate your message.​​​

A collection of free resources for teaching and learning with GIS aimed at the USA, including ​​​​​​​​​free ​less​ons​ that may be used as examples for the Australian context​

An Australian repository of teaching resources, images, commentary and website links.

A w​ide variety of spatial resources for educators- years K-12.

National Geographic celebrates the importance of geography every year by creating new resources around a particular theme.  In November 2015 the focus is  "Explore! The Power of Maps".

​​An international celebration of geospatial technology featuring a variety of ebooks and resources.
Fun sit​e with resources about mapping and GIS including games for younger students.

A free and open source GIS.
Edu​cational sharing site about GIS, including information about QGIS.

​​​​​An awesome site that displays man-made transportation, communication and energy infrastructure globally on a single map. ​ ​Despite the map only visualising these services there is enough infomration to readily see the world's geography.

​​A stunning map that shows the movement of the entire global merchant fleet during 2012. Once you hit the play button the site will be described including ​​how the information is used to calcuate the exact CO2 emissions of the fleet for the year.

​​​​Spotify has created a map showing a playlist of music distinctive to a region for nearly 1,000 cities around the globe.  Saying it has analysed approximately 20 billion plays for each playlist, this map provides a fun example of spatial analysis​ of "Big Data".

An anima​ted map of global wind, weather, and ocean conditions.​​​​​
Live ma​​ps i​ndicating the emerging use of real time information - in this instance to plot the locations of registered planes and boats worldwide.
These particular maps of over 6 billion tweets and 10 years of photos from Flickr respectively illustrate how open source information with a location attribute can be readily obtained and overlaid with open source background maps, in these instances resulting in a powerful visual impact.​​