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ERIC Number: ED307219
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
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Microcomputers in Geography.
Snaden, James N.; And Others
Geographers in the United States rely heavily on microcomputers. They employ microcomputers to enhance three general categories of tasks: word processing and other productivity needs, geographic instruction, and discipline-specific applications. Word processing and desktop publishing continue to be the primary uses of microcomputers by geographers. Creation of charts and graphs is common, and increasingly, spreadsheets, database management systems, and gradebook programs are being used. The effectiveness of instruction using computers is difficult to determine as the medium is relatively new and evolving rapidly. Computer-assisted instruction and computer-assisted learning are discussed, as are examples of each: tutorials, simulations, games, and databases. Microcomputer uses essentially unique to geography include the acquisition and display of digital data, digital image analysis, computer mapping, geographical information systems (GIS), and statistical analysis of spatial problems. Software packages are described for applications such as digitized XYZ terrain data, databases, statistics, digital satellite image analysis, computer cartography, GIS, and spatial analysis. Four examples of computer-generated contour maps and demographic maps are presented. Geographers must be active participants in the development of geographic software. Geographic curriculum should incorporate more computer training so students can go beyond the boundaries of users and become developers. Unless geographers become developers, geographic software will be produced by others, thereby limiting geographers' control over content and quality. A 20-item bibliography is included. (GEA)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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