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Description of the GlSAS project:



The GISAS project is carried out under the EU SOCRATES/MINERVA program and the funding period is 36 months. Its main purpose is to develop and promote GIS- based education in Europe. The GISAS project introduces Geographical Information Systems (GIS) into European secondary schools. The objective of the project is to create a model on how to incorporate GIS into secondary school geography and environmental education in Europe. The project develops ways and methods in which GIS technology is incorporated into scbool education and into both pre- and in-service teacher training. The project partners will co-operate with BSCW groupware and use existing GIS software and develop an integrated web-based GIS application to collect, visualize, manage and share local GIS data on water and river basins. The produced digital educational materials, maps and locally collected GIS data, form the basis of the web­based learning environment created by the project. This learning environment contains data from different European countries and focusses on the educational needs of secondary school teachers and their students, the target groups of our project. The web-based GIS leaming environment, printed publications, digital maps and the integrated web-based GIS application form the main outputs of this project. The University of Helsinki and Josef Stefan Institute will develop, test and use these outputs in real classroom situations with the help of the teachers and their pupils of the seven partner schools in five European and in two candidate countries. The Finnish National Board ofEducation will disseminate the results and products so that these can be used in secondary school and teacher education in Europe.


 Link http://gisas.ijs.si/