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Title of Initiative / Project
Name of Organiser
National Technical University Of Athens
Start and ending date of the Initiative
Was the initiative carried out in the framework of a funded project?
Funding Programme
Title of the project
GeoThink-Semantic Pathways for Building a Spatially-Thinking Society
National Technical University Of Athens
Project number
Type of deliverables
Online course, Teaching Methodology, Didactical resource
Thematic area
ICT, Science
Language of the deliverable
Target Group
Teachers, Students
Description of the initiative
The main aims of the project are:
1. to enhance spatial thinking through an innovative ICT-based approach and an open, collaborative educational environment. Spatial thinking will be enhanced by fostering its three fundamental components: (a) geospatial concepts, (b) representation tools, and (c) reasoning processes.
2. to offer a methodological approach which allows the interdisciplinary organization and semantic linkage of knowledge.

These aims will be achieved through the following specific objectives:

Development of a pedagogical framework that will introduce essential strategies for the development of an innovative learning approach towards effective spatial thinking.
Design of the GEOTHNK learning pathways based on the proposed framework that will focus on the organisation of a core set of learning components (concepts, representation tools, reasoning processes, and learning activities) according to the specific needs and characteristics of each target group.
Development of an open, collaborative educational environment, the GEOTHNK Platform that will enable:
a. access to various thematic resources and to learning pathways
b. creation of new learning pathways
c. semantic linkage of the learning components and relative information for the enrichment of learning pathways.
d. formulation of a rich semantic network to provide a dynamic structure facilitating knowledge visualization and exploration.
Piloting the project approach and tools with the user communities
Development of a systematic evaluation and validation approach of the proposed activities in order to identify their impact and analyse these approaches through real life pilots in various learning contexts, in terms of their effectiveness and efficiency
To ensure that the GEOTHNK products are communicated to a wide range of audiences
More Information
The project GeoThink aims at develops a methodological approach that will support learners (students, university students and adult learners) to apply spatial thinking and purposefully address spatial concepts, across all curricular areas and at any developmental level. The idea of the project is very good however currently it is in its beginning and not many resources are yet available. Some of the resources, which can support teachers in their teaching practices are:
- The pedagogical framework – available at:
- The exemplary scenarios – available at
- The strategies for developing spatial thinking as part of scientific literacy – avilable at:
Teachers’ Opinion
Developing spatial thinking is a process that could improve the level of understanding and applicability of scientific knowledge students receive in schools. In my opinion it refers to functional literacy and I was very happy to see there is such an initiative. I find the resources with high pedagogical quality and their implementation in the teaching practice could be very easy.
Students’ Opinion
I do not really understand how spatial thinking is related to science education. I do not find the website interesting and the documents that are available are only written documents, there are no experiments of virtual labs.

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Dissemination Seminar in Florence

31 October 2015 The seminar has been held in ITIS “A. Meucci” one of the schools involved within Goerudio project activities. Its main aim was to promote the results of the project toward a broad sample of stakeholders even overcrossing the number of people directly involved in the production of project outcomes. This purpose has been totally achieved especially thanks to the participation of students and teachers coming from different schools or from other classes instead of those ones directly involved within the project activities.