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Learning with Digital and Participatory Maps

In the digital era, maps are everywhere -from large-scale displays within galleries and museums, to mobile smartphone screens. Not only do maps allow us to navigate the places where we live, they also have great potential as educational tools, especially when learners engage in their creation. In this panel, presenters discuss the use of maps in educational and cultural settings and how they can foster multiliteracies and 21st century skills. Discussing projects developed in Montreal, New York and Austin, panelists will illustrate the life cycle of digital participatory maps. They will discuss how the making of digital maps provides unique opportunities to share data, persuade, and tell stories about local communities, allowing learners to connect with their cities and neighborhoods. Furthermore, they will talk about how digital participatory mapping generates an appropriate pedagogical context for critical thinking and the application of academic concepts across the curriculum.

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Andres Lombana-Bermudez, Phd Candidate / Researcher, University of Texas at Austin

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