Spatial technologies for educators

Spatial information

The spatial sciences relate to where things are. They are about measuring and representing the world around us.

Spatial technologies encompass:

  • remote sensing technology that collects data from satellites, aircraft, UAV/drones and scanners
  • Global Navigational Satellite Systems, like GPS, that tell us where we are
  • Geographic Information Systems or mapping applications like the Queensland Globe or Google Earth that turn spatial data into useful information.

The Australian Curriculum: Geography recognises the rising importance of spatial knowledge and makes teaching with spatial technologies easy for students from Prep onwards.

Spatial technologies

Probably without even knowing it, you are familiar with spatial technologies. These are crucial technologies for our modern world and the spatial industry is booming. Spatial tools are now more likely to be found on a smartphone or personal computer being used by someone like you, than in a specialist laboratory being used by a technician.

The Queensland Spatial Educators' Toolkit was designed for teachers using the Australian Curriculum: Geography.