Datorer och geografi i mellanstadiet : Pedagogiska dataprogram i undervisningen
This essay is about the use of computers during geography lessons in elementary schools. To what extent do teachers have to meet the demands of controlling documents like Lpo 94 and what kind of resources must the schools provide to get this education to work?The aim of this study was to investigate the use of geographical computer programs in some Swedish elementary schools and to what extent they could be useful in the education. The results show that this new technique is necessary for the students to learn how to be a driving part in our future society. At the same time it shows that most of the students are not ready to take responsibility for this kind of education at this young age. There are two special requirements for education whit computer programs that is problematic and can not always be fulfilled in Swedish state schools; teachers need to be familiar with IT and they must be able to have the whole class in the designed computer classrooms.Another problem for this kind of education in Sweden is that there are not many geography programs in Swedish. Two computer programs have been tested in this essay, one freeware and one licensed paid. The licensed program “En resa i Sverige” (A journey in Sweden) had more educational features but included a lot of “bugs” as well. The other “Seterra-Geografi” focused more on maps in general and had a worldwide perspective. Both these programs could work as a complement to the ordinary geography classes but not instead of.
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:e learning it and elementary school studies lärit seterra geografi en resa i sverige lpo 94 educational computer programs
Date of Publication:02/02/2007