Digital Geography Education in the Twenty-First Century: Needs and Opportunities

  • Joop van der ScheeEmail author
  • Henk Trimp
  • Tine Béneker
  • Tim Favier
Part of the Advances in Geographical and Environmental Sciences book series (AGES)


The introduction of geospatial technologies is changing geography education very fast. Google Earth, web atlases and many location based services are available from the Internet and offer the opportunity to study almost every place in the world anytime anywhere. This opens up a great perspective for geography education in a way not known before. Nevertheless also in geography life is not just a bed of roses. The introduction of geospatial technologies is not always simple, due to technical problems and fast changing devices, a lack of experience in teaching with geospatial technologies and a huge amount of information that may prevent learners to see the wood for the trees. However, the advantages of using geospatial technologies in geography education far outweigh the problems if geographical thinking is involved. This contribution discusses briefly the needs and opportunities of digital geography education in the twenty-first century.


Geography education Geospatial technologies Geospatial thinking 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joop van der Schee
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Henk Trimp
    • 3
  • Tine Béneker
    • 1
    • 4
  • Tim Favier
    • 1
    • 4
  1. 1.Faculty of GeosciencesUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Faculty of Earth and Life SciencesVU University AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  3. 3.AnaximanderAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Geography DepartmentFontys University of Applied SciencesTilburgThe Netherlands

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