On the Way with GIS – Teacher’s Edition (Print)


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Teacher’s Edition

by Toni Fisher

You already know that Geographic Information Systems are about much more than geography.

GIS encompasses all of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and adds the Arts (STEAM).

GIS offers your students an interdisciplinary approach to learning that unites computer technology, computer assisted design, digital design, and analytic problem solving.

On the Way with GIS builds on the introduction to GIS, established in Open the Door to GIS, featuring more advanced topics. Students will strengthen their skills and increase their confidence in a digital environment, while you guide and support them with pedagogy, not technical expertise.

On the Way with GIS inspires students to construct inquiry based learning techniques, developing transferable skills, by using applications of GIS in a variety of scenarios. Don’t just teach your students how to use GIS, encourage your students to learn how to be part of the global community creating QGIS through understanding how it is constructed, how it works, and what can be done with it.

Using one of the oldest forms of teaching in the world, storytelling, each chapter offer students an entertaining and engaging way to learn about GIS, with a weekly story and activity, covering one semester. Students will work with different characters in each chapter ranging from those working in the field of GIS, or using GIS to solve problems, to students such as the reader using GIS for school. Other chapters take a more fanciful approach and feature non-human personalities. Students are supported throughout with easy to follow instructions that encourage their creativity and reflection.

On the Way with GIS is recommended for students age 10 to 15 years and is available as both a Teacher and Student edition.

About the Author

Toni Fisher has been on a lifelong adventure beginning in Canada and settling, most recently, in Scotland via the US, Switzerland, Fiji and Wales. Toni has gathered experience while working in government, industry, and education fueled by her continued interest in trying to empower and encourage learners to be able to learn anything and everything.

Toni holds undergraduate degrees in Philosophy and Environmental Studies and Master’s degrees in GIS and Education. She is a Certified Technical Trainer, a Certified Member of the Association of Learning Technologists, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a GISP.


  • Foreword to Teacher in Teacher’s Edition/Foreword to Student in Student Edition
  • Chapter One: Resolutions about Metadata and Resolution
  • Chapter Two: A Turn of the Tale
  • Chapter Three: Over the Hill or Over the Top
  • Chapter Four: When Heat is not Enough
  • Chapter Five: Lost and Found
  • Chapter Six: Turning Data into Information
  • Chapter Seven: Rooting for Web Mapping
  • Chapter Eight: The Ins, Outs and Overs of Working in GIS
  • Chapter Nine: Transformations
  • Chapter Ten: The Three Challenges

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Toni has a background in both GIS and Education, in several different countries and on different continents, in GIS planning, development and implementation, as well as in teaching.

She also has a strong interest in storytelling as a method of learning and proposes this as both a way of teaching GIS to students and as a way for them to learn GIS effectively.

Toni believes that GIS software is exciting and fun to learn about and to learn with. Everyone should give it a try!

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