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ERIC Number: EJ1158070
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2146-0353
Teachers' Perceptions of Esri Story Maps as Effective Teaching Tools
Strachan, Caitlin; Mitchell, Jerry
Review of International Geographical Education Online, v4 n3 p195-220 Win 2014
The current study explores teachers' perceptions of Esri Story Maps as effective teaching tools. Story Maps are a relatively new web application created using Esri's cloud-based GIS platform, ArcGIS Online. They combine digitized, dynamic web maps with other story elements to help the creator effectively convey a message. The relative ease associated with using and creating a Story Map as well as the simple, non-technical interface makes them ideal for use as an educational technology. Survey data were collected at several teacher professional development events where a total of forty-two participants were introduced to the concept of a Story Map and then given a hands-on demonstration on how to create and use the web application. Analysis revealed that the participants perceived Story Maps to be user-friendly, interactive, and engaging, however, as noted in previous studies several obstacles stand in the way of successful implementation. These include inadequate technology resources at schools, a need for additional training, and a lack of time. We recommend that teacher preparation programs begin using GIS and Story Maps as teaching and learning tools for pre-service teachers and that professional development for in-service teachers focus on the specific pedagogical applications of the educational technology and not just the technical skills required to operate Story Maps.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: South Carolina
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