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Singapore school kids are using smart mapping technology: Esri

Zafar Anjum | Jan. 15, 2015
The technology allows students to not only create and share maps, but also uncover interesting facts and information about Kampong Glam.

Students at Singapore's Kranji Secondary School are using state-of-the-art smart mapping technology to pinpoint interesting elements that make Kampong Glam a tourist destination, geospatial solutions provider Esri Singapore said in a statement today.

 The technology allows students to not only create and share maps, but also uncover interesting facts and information about Kampong Glam.

 According to Mdm Rosmiliah Kasmin, a senior teacher at Kranji Secondary School, students were very receptive to their new approach of doing research and fieldwork. "None of us had prior mapping experience, but we took it in our stride and with the help of Esri Singapore's team on-site, we eventually learnt how to navigate it on our own," she said.

 "While using new tools such as Esri Singapore's ArcGIS Online made the class more engaging, I think the real value we gained is the students' sense of ownership towards their data and the satisfaction they felt when they saw all their data coming together on a map," she added.

Esri Singapore CEO Thomas Pramotedham said geography pervades many aspects of our lives, with most day-to-day decisions concerning the aspect of "where". "While maps have been mostly used in subjects like geography, today we have intuitive smart mapping tools that enables us to truly understand the world around us and the issues that matter to our communities," said Pramotedham. ""By using tools such as ArcGIS online in the classroom, students are able to adopt a spatial thinking mind set allowing them to take learning and problem solving to new directions." 

 

 

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