Encyclopedia of Education and Information Technologies

2020 Edition
| Editors: Arthur Tatnall

Educational Resources, Geographical Information, Geomedia, and Learning

  • Thomas JekelEmail author
  • Inga Gryl
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-10576-1_34


Learning with geomedia encompasses all forms of learning that use implicit or explicit geospatial referencing using a coordinate system across a wide variety of topics, subjects, pedagogical aims, and learning environments. Technically, this is nowadays mainly based on Geographical Information Systems (GIS) that allow to digitally collect, to store, to analyze, to visualize, and to communicate spatial data. The relevant GIS nowadays are ubiquitous and immersive, implemented in online services and cloud databases and often accessible through mobile handheld devices, e.g., smart phones and tablets.

Within the field of geoinformation/geomedia and learning, four major strands of thought can be identified that follow distinctly different pedagogical aims. These are a technical/industry argument fostering the development of a geospatial workforce, a Spatial Thinking argument that supports the development of Spatial Thinking skills along the paradigmatic settings of the spatial...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Geography and Geology, School of EducationUniversity of SalzburgSalzburgAustria
  2. 2.Humanities, Institute of GeographyUniversity Duisburg-EssenEssenGermany

Section editors and affiliations

  • Eric Sanchez
    • 1
  1. 1.CERF, University of FribourgFribourgSwitzerland