[OSGeo Africa] Fwd: [Ica-osgeo-labs] free webinar: gvSIG Educa/Batoví, An Educational Tool for Teaching GIS in Schools

Gavin Fleming gavinjfleming at gmail.com
Tue Jun 3 11:27:55 PDT 2014

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Subject: 	[Ica-osgeo-labs] free webinar: gvSIG Educa/Batoví, An 
Educational Tool for Teaching GIS in Schools
Date: 	Tue, 3 Jun 2014 10:31:44 -0300 (UYT)
From: 	SERGIO ACOSTA Y LARA <sergio.acostaylara at mtop.gub.uy>
To: 	ica-osgeo-labs <ica-osgeo-labs at lists.osgeo.org>

The ICA-OSGeo Lab Network and MundoGEO are now pleased to inform the eighth webinar of the ”Open Geospatial Science & Applications” webinar series on June 11th. The webinar will be open and free to all on first come register basis.

This webinar will be  gvSIG Educa/Batoví, a customization of the gvSIG Desktop Open Source GIS, adapted as a tool for the education of issues that have a geographic component. It is based on gvSIG and it was originally developed to promote the use of GIS in educational settings around the Plan Ceibal initiative (Uruguay).

The aim of gvSIG Educa/Batoví is to provide educators with a tool that helps students to analyse and understand space, and which can be adapted to different levels or education systems. gvSIG Educa/Batoví is not only useful for the teaching of geographic material, but can also be used for learning any subject that contains a spatial component such as history, economics, natural science, sociology. gvSIG Educa/Batoví facilitates learning by letting students interact with the information, by adding a spatial component to the study of the material, and by facilitating the assimilation of concepts through visual tools such as thematic maps.

This webinar is suitable for anybody related in some way with teaching GIS, specially those that work with children and teenagers. The speaker will be Sergio Acosta y Lara, from the National Direction of Surveying of the Ministry of Transport and Public Works of Uruguay.

Attendees will be able to interact with the speakers by sending their comments and questions through chat. All attendees of this web seminar will receive certificates for their participation.

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