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Information Technologies in Teaching Geography from the Teacher’s Point of View


Nowadays we consider information technologies to be an essential part of material teaching tools, i.e. tools which the teacher and student use to achieve given educational goals. The use of visual, auditory and audiovisual media has become necessary in contemporary educational practice. The first section of the chapter deals with the options of using cloud tools in teaching geography (e.g. Google Drive, YouTube, forms, advanced search and easy publication of information, online cooperation in teaching, etc.). At the same time, there is presented a practical example of using mobile technology, social networks and infographics in teaching geography. The second section introduces a tool called ArcGIS online for creating maps and map applications, which is a great help in the creation of interactive learning. The following part of chapter is based on a case study, exploring the possibility of using geocaching to teach geography at Czech schools.


  • Geoinformation technology
  • Geospatial technologies
  • Geographical education
  • Cloud tools
  • GIS education
  • ArcGIS online
  • Global Positioning System (GPS)
  • Geocaching

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    Wearables or wearable technology – a term for small electronic devices designed to be worn on the body or clothes (e.g. watch, bracelet, glasses, etc.).

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    Uniform resource locator.

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    Augmented reality is a term used to describe a real-world environment augmented by computer created objects.

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    Open data are most often data of public administration, university researches and also individuals. They have to be available online with the least technical obstacles possible (e.g. geographical data, charts, documents), and they have to fulfil the condition of machine readability.


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Blažek, M., Lána, M., Blažek, V., Dvořák, J. (2017). Information Technologies in Teaching Geography from the Teacher’s Point of View. In: Karvánková, P., Popjaková, D., Vančura, M., Mládek, J. (eds) Current Topics in Czech and Central European Geography Education. Springer, Cham.

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