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Spatial skills, maps and graphicacy

Graphicacy is the ability to understand and present information in the form of graphic images – this includes maps. Every time a geographer uses a map, they are thinking spatially.

Geography teachers have a responsibility to develop students’ spatial skills and graphicacy so they are able to understand and communicate spatial information and to use maps, and other geographic representations, such as globes, diagrams and aerial images.

Maps are the geographer’s most important tool. You must teach students how to use and interpret different types of mapping, including OS maps, atlases and thematic mapping. This includes using digital mapping and geographical information systems (GIS) since geospatial technologies are the 21st century way to produce and use maps.

Start by looking at these topics about teaching both geographical skills and general skills through geography.