Welcome to TeachSpatial Version 2. TeachSpatial is a prototype and a work-in-progress. It is intended to seed discussion, and hopefully, directly assist those who wish to develop spatial learning objectives that span disciplines, or who already have and are looking for teaching resources that might help their instruction.
Thanks to a small one-year grant from the National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education (NSF-DUE 1043777), we have been able to significantly expand and upgrade the site. Some highlights so far include:
- We are now a spatial portal to National Science Digital Library. Our Resources section is now an interface to several hundred of the ~140,000 teaching resources cataloged in the NSDL that have been identified as relating particularly to spatial concepts, principles and learning objectives.
- Our directory of spatial Links and reference publications (Bibliography) has been expanded and better organized. Registered visitors to the site are invited to suggest additions using a simple form.
- Our indexing of resources, links and publications is standards-based.The lexicon used to identify spatial resources was derived from an examination of 150 U.S. National Science Education Standards in the Physical, Life, Earth, and Space Sciences, as well as the 70 U.S. Geography Teaching Standards for grades 9-12. That lexicon is used to tag other kinds of content on the site.
- Registered visitors to the site are invited to contribute in other ways:
- Submit a "Disciplinary Perspective on [spatial concept]". We have gathered over 300 definitions and assertions about core spatial concepts and principles from authors and researchers in several disciplines, but we want more! Further details are available on the Concept Browser page.
- Rate teaching resources and submit comments on their use.
- Post a blog entry
Please have a look around and get back to me with your comments, critiques, and questions.
Karl Grossner, karlg[at]spatial[dot]ucsb[dot]edu