Enable spatial thinking using GIS and Satellite Remote Sensing – A teacher-friendly approach

Yick Cheung Matthew PANG, Hui LIN, Chi Kin John LEE

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The New Senior Secondary (NSS) curriculum has been implemented in Hong Kong since September, 2009. One major objective of this initiative is to help students acquire critical thinking, information technology and life-long learning skills through the Independent Enquiry Learning (IEL) approach. Geographical Information System (GIS) and Satellite Remote Sensing (RS) can be very effective tools for multiple subjects in the NSS curriculum, particularly in Geography and Liberal Studies. However, there exists a huge technical barrier for teachers to apply the technologies in the ordinary classrooms. Hence, this project, funded by the Quality Education Fund of the Hong Kong SAR Government, aims to support the teachers of Hong Kong using GIS and satellite remote sensing in their classrooms. The implementation approach is designed totally from a practitioner's perspective; hence, the fundamental brief of this project is to develop useful resources for teachers and the products shall be; 1.) Teachers and Students - Friendly; 2.) Encourage students to practice critical thinking and spatial thinking skills; 3.) Encourage students to apply knowledge / experience acquired through the learning activities to the other field of interests; 4.) Lowering the barrier of transforming teachers’ / students’ creativity to practical GIS / Remote Sensing projects and learning activities. Products of this project include a comprehensive resources pool of GIS Data and Remote Sensing Images; a teacher-friendly GIS and satellite image processing software; teachers’ training workshops and mostly important, school-based supports. This paper will highlight the first batch of achievements and products, evaluations, successful cases of classroom implementation as well as the feedback from the frontline teachers. Copyright © 2011 Published by Elsevier Ltd. Selection and/or peer-review under responsibility of Yasushi Asami.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)130-138
JournalProcedia: Social and Behavioral Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 2011


Pang, Y. C. M., Lin, H., & Lee, C. K. J. (2011). Enable spatial thinking using GIS and Satellite Remote Sensing – A teacher-friendly approach. Procedia: Social and Behavioral Sciences, 21, 130-138.


  • Geography Education
  • Spatial Thinking
  • Geographical Information System (GIS)
  • Satellite Remote Sensing


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