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TeachOSM for School

This TeachOSM for School project under the TeachOSM project umbrella provides educators with scale-able OpenStreetMap (OSM) geography-based educational modules developed to integrate with the United States AP Human Geography curriculum, exposing students to 21st century mapping technology.

  • Everyone is invited to collaborate to produce this meaningful organization of secondary education-level materials.
  • All materials and knowledge available within this project is shared widely and freely.

Contributing

Thanks for your interest in contributing to the TeachOSM for School project! There are many ways to contribute. To get started, take a look at CONTRIBUTING.md.

We welcome contributions and involvement from anyone interested and ask that you please send a short note of interest to info@teachosm.org if necessary.

Background

A number of members of the TeachOSM community have been working with high school educators, most specifically AP Human Geography instructors, and students in the United States over the past four years leveraging the OSM software to familiarize students with web maps, geospatial data / map features and projects connected to course sections. This kind of work has been documented thus far.

This project is also one of Mozilla's Open Leadership Training Round 3 cohort projects. The Open Leadership Training is a 14 week online mentorship program on working open in the Mozilla Network. The project is one of 39 selected from a pool of over 100 applications for this cohort.

Project Purpose/Summary

Thus far, TeachOSM for School materials have not been organized and provided in a readily available, central and in an on-demand implementable state to educators. This project will achieve just that.

Upon it's completion, TeachOSM for School will equip high school educators with a module-arranged, scale-able content, providing seamless incorporation into their existing geography curriculum, sensitive of the AP Human Geography schedule. This will not negatively impact instructor workload and student education.

In turn, this project will ultimately provide students the opportunity for hands-on exposure with 21st century geospatial mapping software and database structure, ultimately contributing to a global project having significant positive social impacts.

The design of the modules allow teachers to teach the basics of the OSM project, what the map is comprised of, how to efficiently and appropriately edit the map, tools to edit the map and how it ties into their curriculum.

OSM Contribution

Once completed, these resources will be made available on the TeachOSM site, free of charge in a web-based fashion for use by anyone and will be continually updated by contributors.

Long-term, it is the hope that an increase in exposure to and contributions from a younger demographic will result in many benefits including an increase in sustained OSM contributors, greater accuracy of contributions and innovation within and around the OSM project.

Roadmap

  • Connect and engage interested members of the TeachOSM community. [Begun, ongoing]

  • Connect and engage interested educators. [Begun, ongoing]

  • Collect, organize & add value where necessary to TeachOSM modules. [Begun, ongoing]

Modules

1. Develop "Module 1 | Field Papers"

  • Summary: This module will guide teachers in easily using Field Papers to create aerial photograph base map(s) of a teacher-identified property which the teacher will take students to map features in the field.
  • Format: Students work in groups to map a section of the property using aerial maps in the field
  • Duration of module: 1 class
  • Suggested Implementation: 1st quarter of course
  • Obvious AP Human Geography Link(s):
    1. Interpret maps and analyze geospatial data
    2. Geography: Its Nature and Perspectives | C, D, E
  • Student Assignment: Read learnOSM | Introduction with suggested questions formulated around the reading.
  • Module to be completed by 4/14/17

2. Develop "Module 2 | Introduction to OpenStreetMap"

  • Summary: This module will organize introductory level resources with that provide the teacher with a simple but comprehensive overview of the OSM project with content that covers:
    1. the history/stats/facts of OSM from beginning to present day
    2. the importance of OSM with connections to map applications from social good to industry and in between (e.g. HOTOSM, MissingMaps, Craigslist, Foursquare, Wikipedia, etc.)
    3. a connection to local map features found in the student's community
    4. a visualization of live edits using
  • Format: Lecture-based presentation
  • Duration of module: 1 class
  • Suggested Implementation: 2nd quarter of course
  • Obvious AP Human Geography Link(s):
    1. Geography: Its Nature and Perspectives | E
  • Student Assignment: One page paper describing an OSM news article and the reason the student chose it
  • Module to be completed by 4/21/17

3. Develop "Module 3 | OSM Contribution Onboarding"

  • Summary: Teachers will be guided to:
    1. showcase OSM map features using OSM Wiki | Map Features
    2. describe and give examples of good mapping practice using OSM Wiki | Good Practice
    3. sign-up students with OSM accounts using learnOSM | Getting Started
  • Format: Lecture-based presentation followed by student OSM account sign-ups
  • Duration of module: 1 class
  • Suggested Implementation: 3rd quarter of course
  • Obvious AP Human Geography Link(s):
    1. Interpret maps and analyze geospatial data
    2. Geography: Its Nature and Perspectives | C, D, E
  • Student Assignment:
    1. Create a student journal to use to describe with text and screen shots contributions, issues, questions, etc. when making contributions to the map
    2. Use the learnOSM | Getting Started page to contribute their first edit(s) to the map within the High School's municipality
    3. Make first entry into the student journal
  • Module to be completed by 4/28/17

4. Develop "Module 4 | OSM Mapping Practice"

  • Summary: Teachers will be guided to:
    1. introduce and familiarize students with the iD editor
    2. cover common iD editor shortcuts with students
    3. use the LearnOSM Beginner iD Editor Guide to teach students about the correct fashion to contribute to the project
    4. conduct a live walk-through with students using the iD Editor walkthrough
  • Format: Interactive, hands-on teacher-led workshop
  • Duration of module: 1 class
  • Suggested Implementation: 4th quarter of course
  • Obvious AP Human Geography Link(s):
    1. Interpret maps and analyze geospatial data
  • Student Assignment:
    1. Complete the HOTOSM Introduction to iD Editor and capture screen shots indicating completion to enter into the student journal
    2. In the journal, students also describe their comfort level with using the iD editor. What remains unclear at this point?
  • Module to be completed by 5/5/17

5. Develop "Module 5 | Mapping Population OSM Map Features"

  • Summary: Students will map population and migration-related map features anywhere in the world. Specific map features and an example implementation approach will be described.
  • Format: Map features will be introduced by the teacher, then student mapping contributions will commence.
  • Duration of module: 1 class
  • Suggested Implementation: 4th quarter of course
  • Obvious AP Human Geography Link(s):
    1. II. Population
  • Student Assignment:
    1. Enter contributions in student journal
    2. Add a one paragraph summary of a news article covering a population-related application of OSM being sure to cite sources
  • Module to be completed by 5/12/17

6. Develop "Module 6 | Mapping Cultural Patterns and Processes OSM Map Features"

  • Summary: Students will map cultural patterns and processes features anywhere in the world. Specific map features and an example implementation approach will be described.
  • Format: Map features will be introduced by the teacher, then student mapping contributions will commence.
  • Duration of module: 1 class
  • Suggested Implementation: 4th quarter of course
  • Obvious AP Human Geography Link(s):
    1. III. Cultural Patterns and Processes
  • Student Assignment:
    1. Enter contributions in student journal
    2. Add a one paragraph summary of a news article covering a cultural patterns or process-related application of OSM being sure to cite sources
  • Module to be completed by 5/19/17

7. Develop "Module 7 | Mapping Political Organization of Space OSM Map Features"

  • Summary: Students will map political organization of space features anywhere in the world. Specific map features and an example implementation approach will be described.
  • Format: Map features will be introduced by the teacher, then student mapping contributions will commence.
  • Duration of module: 1 class
  • Suggested Implementation: 4th quarter of course
  • Obvious AP Human Geography Link(s):
    1. IV. Political Organization of Space
  • Student Assignment:
    1. Enter contributions in student journal
    2. Add a one paragraph summary of a news article covering a political organization-related OSM story being sure to cite sources
  • Module to be completed by 5/26/17

8. Develop "Module 8 | Mapping Agricultural and Rural Land Use OSM Map Features"

  • Summary: Students will map agricultural and rural land use features anywhere in the world. Specific map features and an example implementation approach will be described.
  • Format: Map features will be introduced by the teacher, then student mapping contributions will commence.
  • Duration of module: 1 class
  • Suggested Implementation: 4th quarter of course
  • Obvious AP Human Geography Link(s):
    1. V. Agricultural and Rural Land Use
  • Student Assignment:
    1. Enter contributions in student journal
    2. Add a one paragraph summary of a news article covering an agricultural or rural land use-related OSM story being sure to cite sources
  • Module to be completed by 6/2/17
  • MOZILLA GLOBAL SPRINT DAY 2017 (June 1 - 2, 2017)

9. Develop "Module 9 | Mapping Industrialization and Economic Development OSM Map Features"

  • Summary: Students will map industrialization and economic development features anywhere in the world. Specific map features and an example implementation approach will be described.
  • Format: Map features will be introduced by the teacher, then student mapping contributions will commence.
  • Duration of module: 1 class
  • Suggested Implementation: 4th quarter of course
  • Obvious AP Human Geography Link(s):
    1. VI. Industrialization and Economic Development
  • Student Assignment:
    1. Enter contributions in student journal
    2. Add a one paragraph summary of a news article covering an industrialization or economic development-related OSM story being sure to cite sources
  • Module to be completed by 6/9/17

10. Develop "Module 10 | Mapping Cities and Urban Land Use OSM Map Features"

  • Summary: Students will map cities and urban land use features anywhere in the world. Specific map features and an example implementation approach will be described.
  • Format: Map features will be introduced by the teacher, then student mapping contributions will commence.
  • Duration of module: 1 class
  • Suggested Implementation: 4th quarter of course
  • Obvious AP Human Geography Link(s):
    1. VII. Cities and Urban Land Use
  • Student Assignment:
    1. Enter contributions in student journal
    2. Add a one paragraph summary of a news article covering a city or urban land use-related OSM story being sure to cite sources
  • Module to be completed by 6/16/17

11. Develop "Module 11 | An Introduction to OSM Mapping Projects"

  • Summary: Teachers will be guided how to give an overview of all OSM Mapping Projects. Students will "sign-up" for a project they will complete the year making contributions.
  • Format: Lecture of mapping projects overview by the teacher, then student's will select a project to contribute towards and mapping contributions will commence
  • Duration of module: Completion of academic schedule
  • Suggested Implementation: 4th quarter of course
  • Obvious AP Human Geography Link(s):
    1. All encapsulating
  • Student Assignment:
    1. Enter contributions in student journal
    2. Add a one paragraph summary of a news article covering an OSM mapping project story related to the student's selected OSM mapping project being sure to cite sources
  • Module to be completed by 6/23/17

12. Develop "Module 12 | Let's Organize a Mapathon"

  • Summary: Teachers will be guided in best practices related to the organization of mapathons with the assistance of students. Students will promote the event, reach out to interested public members and will participate in the mapathon.

  • Format: All will seek community involvement, then student mapping contributions will commence.

  • Duration of module: 1 day to 1 week

  • Suggested Implementation: 4th quarter of course

  • Obvious AP Human Geography Link(s):

    1. All encapsulating
  • Student Assignment:

    1. Enter contributions in student journal
    2. Add a one paragraph summary of a news article covering a mapathon-related OSM story being sure to cite sources
  • Module to be completed by 6/30/17

  • Compile feedback from educators and those involved in TeachOSM on module content, then incorporate feedback into content. [Following initial development]

  • Provide grading approaches for teachers to implement. [Following initial development]

  • Provide a rewarding mechanism for instructor/program/individual involvement in TeachOSM. [Following initial development]