System puts the world at students' fingertips

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 08 November, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 08 November, 2003, 12:00am

Schools will be encouraged to adopt the computerised Geographic Information System (GIS) as a teaching and self-learning tool at an upcoming seminar.

The GIS, which combines layers of information about a place, is widely used in schools, companies and governments in the US, Europe and Singapore. It can produce a digital map based on the variables input by users, such as literacy, land use, air quality or any other areas that they would like to explore.

The system could also be applied in economics, history and culture studies, said Yip Chee-tim, vice-principal of Pui Ching Middle School and director of the Pui Ching Education Centre.

David Brian, who is applying GIS in his geography lessons at the Chinese International Schools, said the system was useful in converting raw data into useful information.

'Students can input data and information at any level into the system, and create their own map to see the spatial relationship between different variables,' said Mr Brian.

'For example, they can gather information on the land-use of their neighbourhood, and come up with a map showing how the land use evolves as it gets further away from the MTR station. The system challenges them to make their own analysis on different variables.'

The GIS day will take place at the Pui Ching Education Centre from 9am to 5.30pm on November 19. For details: centre/gisday2003hongkong or tel 2332 6611.