GI Pedagogy Kick Off Meeting

For the last 11 years that I've been writing this blog, there have been regular reports of overseas travel to take part in ERASMUS projects, and lead training in venues across Europe on behalf of Comenius or Erasmus+ funded courses in places like Salzburg and Vidigueira in Portugal.

Last week, I packed my case for another ERASMUS kick-off meeting, but this time it was only a train journey down to London.

I was working with people I have worked with many times previously, which is always comforting, but also working with a new Partner: St. Mary's University in Twickenham.

We met up for meal at a nice pub called the Railway in Teddington (recommended), and the following morning after breakfast, walked over to the University to start two full days of meetings.
The project is called GI Pedagogy. It's a follow up to our very successful GI Learner project.

We don't have a logo or website yet, but that will come in due course.
Here's a summary of the project from the bid.

Innovative Pedagogies for Teaching with Geoinformation

The goal of this project is to provide teachers with the skills and resources they need to embed
Geographic Information System technology into their geography teaching. GIS technology exists and
is freely available to many schools, but implementing effective pedagogical methods requires
communication between universities, teacher training institutions, and teachers themselves.

This innovative and collaborative project allows for the free exchange of knowledge and best practice
ideas between these groups, supporting high-quality and innovative teaching that will equip students
with the skills they need for a digital future.

We already have quite a lot of resources for those using GI, but we need to develop some innovative pedagogies, based on educational research.

We are going to start by exploring the research on what makes effective pedagogies for using GIS, about which there has been little work so far, compared to other classroom pedagogies. If you have some ideas for what that might look like, please let me know. 
Are the strategies we read so much about from Rosenshine etc. also applicable when teaching about and with GIS?
What does the research say in this area?

At the end of the first day of meetings, we headed for the Waldegrave Drawing Room, which is a beautiful and historic venue, based in the grounds of Horace Walpole's Strawberry Hill House.
We had drinks, and met the Vice Chancellor Ruth Kelly, who was the Education Secretary for a while, and attended the St. Mary's Feast Day Dinner.

A 2nd day of meetings followed, where we set up a research methodology to keep us busy for several months, identified roles for each partner around the ouputs, and also sorted out the date for our next meeting in Belgium, by which time we will have plenty to discuss.

Official photo:
Back row: Brendan, Luc, Me, Karl, Rafael, Miguel Angel
Front row: Diana, Sophie, Anca, Michaela and Maria-Luisa

Representing five European countries between us.