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Using GIS to investigate World Development

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Geographic Information Systems are an extremely powerful tool that can be used for a number of applications; from making maps to determining evacuation routes out of a city. This computer based practical session will introduce your students to the ever growing world of Geographic Information Systems. Your students will use a free, open source, web-based GIS to visualise real life statistics and learn the advantages of using a GIS for data visualisation and analysis. This session has been designed to fit into the World Development topic and is simple and easy to follow. 

Simply download the hand-out and ask your students to follow the instructions. They will soon be visualising life expectancy, infant mortality and GDP across the globe. A fun and easy way to incorporate GIS into your syllabus!

If you would like help running the practical, a member of the GIS teaching staff can run the session for you, simply send an enquiry using the form on the right hand side of the page. 

Length of workshop : 1 - 2 hours

Enquire about this workshop : 

Please contact Tom Bramald on or 0191 208 6350.



An easy to follow GIS practical to help you incorporate GIS into your syllabus.

Introductory powerpoint slides for the GIS world development practical.

Relevant subjects Type of activity Suitable audiences
  • Computing and ICT
  • Geography - GIS
  • Resources
  • Y 13
  • Y 12
  • Y 11
  • Y 10
  • Y 9
  • KS 4
  • KS 5