What Happens After the Professional Development: Case Studies on Implementing GIS in the Classroom

  • Robert KolvoordEmail author
  • Michael Charles
  • Steve Purcell


Case studies illustrate teachers implementing geospatial technologies, such as geographic information systems (GIS), global positioning system (GPS), and remote sensing in the classrooms. Each of the teachers had participated in one of a series of professional development workshops at James Madison University. We analyze the classroom implementation using the framework developed by the Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow (ACOT) project. We find that teachers with a background and interest in project-based learning are effective in implementing geospatial technologies with their students. We discuss our findings and suggest possibilities for further research.


Case studies GPS Project-based learning Apple’s Classrooms of Tomorrow (ACOT) 


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Copyright information

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Kolvoord
    • 1
    Email author
  • Michael Charles
    • 2
  • Steve Purcell
    • 3
  1. 1.James Madison UniversityHarrisonburgUSA
  2. 2.Pacific UniversityForest GroveUSA
  3. 3.James Madison UniversityHarrisonburgUSA

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