Opportunities for developing invative approaches in teaching and learning geography have been rapidly increasing in recent years. This is in part because of the spread of new techlogies that allow access to geographic information and geographic geo-media resources. These new tools offer broad access to information and open data sources. They have revolutionised the way in which teachers of geography can work with pupils and students. Education for Digital Earth is w possible. As such, the exclusive use of traditional approaches to the teaching of geography is longer reasonable today. The European Commission-funded network initiative, digital-earth.eu, promotes invation and best practices in the implementation of geo-media as a digital learning environment for school learning and teaching. This book, supported by EUROGEO, analyses the main challenges facing geographical education - curriculum, methodology, teacher education and training and geospatial techlogies - and illustrates different examples of the use of geoinformation in geographical education in several European countries.
Rafael de Miguel Gonzalez received his PhD in Urban Studies and Planning from the Institut d'Urbanisme de Paris, University of Paris, and is Associate Professor of Geographical Education and Teacher Training at the University of Zaragoza's Faculty of Education, where he is Vice-Dean for International Relations. He is a member of the Spanish Geographers Association and the Royal Geographic Society of Spain, where he is co-manager of the RSG-digital-earth accredited Centre of Excellence. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Academy of San Luis. Karl Donert is a consultant and education specialist. He is currently the Director of the European Centre of Excellence, digital-earth.eu, based at Paris Lodron University Salzburg, Austria. He is a UK National Teaching Fellow and an elected member of Academia Europaea. He was coordinator of the HERODOT Network for Geography in higher education and is President of EUROGEO (the European Association of Geographers). He is a member of the Council of Europe Education Group, an expert for the European Commission in Brussels and former Honorary Vice President of the Geographical Association.