NERCVirtual 2020: Developing Digital Citizenship Using Open Street Mapping (OSM)

Presenter: Celeste Reynolds, & Steven Johnson
Mashpee Middle-High School

Date/Time of Session: 

  • Part 1: Tuesday, October 6, 2020, 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
  • Part 2: Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
  • Part 3: Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

It is necessary to teach students technologies that will empower them to become strong digital citizens. As this pertains to mapping, OpenStreetMap (OSM) provides educators and students a platform that allows them to become part of the global OSM community and help communities around the world. 

Today there is a global initiative to map vulnerable communities, using open source software and data, to save lives. Introducing OSM to students in the classroom will not only teach them citizenship but also to be engaged in  service learning opportunities locally as well globally.  Incorporating OSM into the classroom provides an effective, low-cost, easy-to-use, and hands-on technology that will reinforce geographic concepts, spatial thinking skills, digital citizenship, and methods to use geospatial data to help solve problems. Today there is a global initiative to map vulnerable areas around the world to save lives because there are communities around the world who have inadequate or incomplete maps.  

Students can become involved in providing spatial data in these areas which, in turn, unlocks the ability for communities to create maps which ultimately helps these communities make better decisions for their community. Using OSM in the classroom will provide a comprehensive approach to the technology that allows students to interactively learn about the geospatial system, plan a data collection effort, and integrate the collected data into a map that will be used by various organizations such as Red Cross, USAID, the United Nations and many more. 

The three part session  will provide proper training for teachers to learn about how they can use OSM in their classroom to improve student spatial thinking skills, empowering students to contribute to the world around them as digital citizens and ultimately saving lives.

Video to explain what is OpenStreetMap:



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