Using geospatial technologies in Queensland Senior Geography (2019): Unit 2

Welcome to our series of videos designed to
introduce some simple spatial tools to teachers for use with the Queensland Senior Geography
syllabus 2019 version. This video will focus on Unit 2: Planning sustainable places. Guardian Australia have made viewing census
data easier for teachers by placing much of the 2016 Census into an easy-to-use interface.
Users can select their data layer from the drop down menu and view the results across
Australia at Statistical Level 2. The map is interactive so students can zoom in and
view data for their local region. The tool contains fantastic community
level data for many locations and local councils across the country. There are a number of
tools here, the Community profile and the Economic profile provide summary information
while the Social atlas provides access to very comprehensive social information across
each location. This data can be interrogated and viewed a
number of ways while on the site, before being exported as an image for use in other tools
such as word processing or presentation tools. The Queensland Police have provided an online
portal to view the location of crimes across the state. Note though that the exact location
is not presented on the map, for anonymity, so please don’t judge your neighbours or workmates
for crimes that may be placed on their location. The tool lets the user refine crimes by location,
crime type, by date and even by time of day. The results are presented on a map and can
also be shown as a heat map for ease of interpretation. The Queensland Globe is a resource created
by Queensland’s Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy to act as a portal to Queensland’s
spatial data. The tool has over one thousand layers of spatial data so its application
is very broad, but in the sense of being able to examine place, the Queensland Globe provides
the user with lots of data and tools. Users could examine land use, geology, vegetation,
infrastructure and even government services like health and education facilities. Users
can create, respond to and recommend changes using the drawing tools that come with the
Queensland Globe. Users can also import their own data, including GPS data, to view in the
Queensland Globe. The Goolge Timelapse tool is an interactive
map for the world that contains a Landsat image for each year from 1984 to 2016 for
everywhere on earth. This means that students can navigate to a location and view how that
area has changed over the past 35 years. In Queensland, have a look at Stradbroke Island
or Weipa to see how these places have been affected by natural and human impacts over
that period. The Urban Observatory is an interactive exhibit
that allows the user to compare and contrast different data for some cities of the world,
including Brisbane. Students can examine three locations at once, comparing one layer of
data, or theme. The data ranges from population, to transport, to flooding, demographics, development,
land use and much more. The locations are linked so that when you move one, the others
follow in order to be able to appropriately compare each location. Google Maps is a fantastic tool to introduce
students to spatial concepts, mainly because it is an environment most people are comfortable
working in. Students could search for some simple features of a place to determine where
those features can be found. Examine the location of different features in the local area such
as parks, banks, shops, cafes, schools, transport and health facilities. Simply search for each
in the search bar to see the resulting pattern. For instance, if you lived in Gladstone you
could search for different terms like cafe, bank or mining to see where these industries
tend to set up in that location. As you will see, there is usually a distinct pattern to
the distribution of businesses in a place; see if you can spot any for your local area. Thanks for watching, you can find more information
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Be sure to watch the other videos in our series for Queensland Senior Geography teachers.

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