From Satellite Images to Maps

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Maps as a basis for spatial orientation play a key role in geography teaching. To use maps as important devices, maps as such are dealt with in class with pupils aged 10-11. A main subject in geography teaching for pupils aged 10-11 is “mapping”. This subject area contains the question how maps can be derived from aereal or satellite images. Through this, it is referred back to national standards in education because the following competences are included: • Competence of spatial orientation: The pupils learn to orient themselves in space and therefore gain topographic orientation knowledge. • Map competence: The pupil’s spatial perception is trained. The pupils learn how to deal with maps adequately and are able to create sketches of topographic overviews and simple maps theirselves. The aim of the teaching unit „From Satellite Images to Maps” is to put the pupils in a position to derive thematic maps from digital satellite images with simple analysis tools and to formulate statements regarding landscape composition. This teaching unit makes use of computers to teach the topic in an effective manner through animations and interaction. The work with this complex of themes is done through a computer-aided and interactive learning module. The analysis tools within the learning module are implemented in flash in an illustrative design suitable for pupils. Furthermore, the computer-aided learning module takes the following requests to teaching and learning into account: • The module’s structure is science-oriented and thus encourages science-propaedeutic learning in general. • The learning module encourages lesson organisations which depend on individual activity and self-responsibility of the pupils. • The learning module takes the pupils‘ real life into account. • The medium computer is used as working equipment; thus the pupils experience the computer not only as a mere source of information and entertainment but also as a tool. Moreover, the use of new media and therefore media competence is promoted.






Sekundarstufe I; Sekundarstufe II


Audiovisuelles Medium; Audiovisuelles Medium; Grafik; Karte; Text; Arbeitsblatt; Simulation; Unterrichtsplanung


keine Angabe



freie Schlagwörter:

Maps; land surfaces; satellite images; thematic maps; FIS




Schule; Sprachen und Literatur; Fremdsprachen
Schule; Sprachen und Literatur; Englisch
Schule; sozialkundlich-philosophische Fächer; Geographie
Schule; sozialkundlich-philosophische Fächer; Geographie; Geographische Arbeitsmethoden und Darstellungen
Schule; sozialkundlich-philosophische Fächer; Geographie; Siedlungsgeographie
Schule; sozialkundlich-philosophische Fächer; Geographie; Städtische Strukturen und Prozesse
Schule; sozialkundlich-philosophische Fächer; Geographie; Bilingualer Unterricht

Geeignet für:

Schüler; Lehrer