GIS and ICT in Norwegian schools - report from the workshop of the EduGIS Working Group in Gjøvik
04 March 2011

From the beginning of December, the EduGis Working Group went for searching of winter to cold Norway. On 5-9 December 2010, we was a guests on workshops, at a partner institution of the "EduGIS Academy",  at the University of Gjøvik. We also visited a high school in Gjøvik. The main objective of trip was to exchange experience with geospatial technologies and ICT in science education.

According to the itinerary (. pdf 0.1MB) first workshop meeting was held in high school in Gjøvik. Members of the Working Group had the opportunity to familiarize with the organization of work in the Norwegian school, which largely determines the availability of appropriate equipment and teaching aids: every pupil at the beginning of education receives the notebook computer, in the classroom is a permanent access to the Internet, each lab is equipped with in an a multimedia tablet.

We have also participated in the lesson. Teacher of natural sciences  Henning Urdhal led classes about the opportunities and risks associated with the extraction of petroleum. During the workshop, students worked with the Viten portal and Kartiskolen mapping application - the tools being developed at the national level. The portal Viten educational materials are available in the form of multimedia presentations, animations, and crosses, to assist teachers in planning and conducting lessons with the use of GIS and ICT. Lesson summed up the discussion, which was also attended by Norwegian students. Then Gausdal Karsten Johansen (geography teacher in high school), presented an overview of possible geoportal tools to be used in educational activities with youth. We also had an opportunity to learn Geogebra software, which is mainly used in teaching mathematics (algebra and geometry). It is also useful in the performance of statistical analysis.

We spent the second day of workshops at the University of Gjøvik. We discussed on the record on issues related to GIS and ICT in the Norwegian and Polish natural science curriculum core (geography, biology, geo-information and a list of skills that students should develop and improve during the school day). Agnieszka Chrząstowska-Wachtel and Joanna Poręba-Kwiatkowska (EduGIS Working Group members) presented lesson scenarios using GIS and ICT. We have discussed a plan of classes according to which they plan their lessons in Polish. For the Norwegian colleagues it was brand new and very interesting issue. The recapitulation was the presentation of sample fieldwork, organized by teachers of both countries. EduGIS Working Group had the opportunity to boast of the experience we have gained during the workshop EduGIS Rabka in June 2010.


Photo 1. EduGIS Working Group during a visit at the University of Gjøvik.

Workshop of the EduGIS Working Group in Gjøvik was an excellent opportunity to exchange experiences in implementing ICT and GIS in education. It beared fruit in many new ideas for organizing activities that are both interesting and intriguing for pupils. We look forward therefore  for visit the Norwegian colleagues (and pupils) in Poland, which will be held from 7-11 March 2011.

Please, take a look at the photos from the visit in the gallery.

The EduGIS Working Group workshop  was attended by:
- teachers and methodologists (EduGIS Working Group Members): Ewa Bryndza, Agnieszka Chrząstowska-Wachtel,
Urszula Depczyk, Hanna Habera, Anna Janowska, Joanna Poręba-Kwiatkowska, Mirosława Rogala,
Renata Sidoruk-Sołoducha  
- teachers from high school in Gjøvik and Gausdal Karsten Johansen, Henning Urdahl,Trond Henriksen
- expert of the project: Dr. Witold Lenart
- University staff in Gjøvik: Rune Ødegård, Sverre Stikbakke
- Representatives of the Centre UNEP / GRID-Warsaw: Monika Rusztecka, Magdalena Machinko-Nagrabecka,
Elżbieta Wołoszyńska, Piotr Mikołajczyk


gridw Project partners: mscdn hogskolen grants
Project implemented with support from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area and Norwegian Financial Mechanism under the Scholarship and Training Fund