A new approach to teaching & learning geography

Geographers have embraced the relatively new technology of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in order to enhance our understanding of geographic topics around the world. Esri South Africa believes that by simplifying our world view, through the use of GIS and spatial solutions, we can enable teachers and learners to master key Geography and mapwork skills. Through the use of exciting technology, Esri South Africa have created a means of explaining fundamental Geography, mapwork and GIS concepts to learners from grade 10 to 12.

Esri South Africa has studied the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) document relating to the Geography grade 10 -12 curriculum and, with the help of experienced Geography teachers and being industry leaders in GIS, have developed an application, called FundaLula.

FundaLula has been designed by South Africans for use within the South African market, covering all of the Geography mapwork curriculum. With FundaLula, we combine short interactive lectures, videos, hands-on exercises, brainteasers and demonstrations to keep learners alert and learning. FundaLula’s use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) creates an engaging and dynamic learning environment for both educators and learners.

 

Spatially Empowering the Future Generation

A new approach to teaching & learning geography

Geographers have embraced the relatively new technology of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in order to enhance our understanding of geographic topics around the world. Esri South Africa believes that by simplifying our world view, through the use of GIS and spatial solutions, we can enable teachers and learners to master key Geography and mapwork skills. Through the use of exciting technology, Esri South Africa have created a means of explaining fundamental Geography, mapwork and GIS concepts to learners from grade 10 to 12.

Esri South Africa has studied the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) document relating to the Geography grade 10 -12 curriculum and, with the help of experienced Geography teachers and being industry leaders in GIS, have developed an application, called FundaLula.

FundaLula has been designed by South Africans for use within the South African market, covering all of the Geography mapwork curriculum. With FundaLula, we combine short interactive lectures, videos, hands-on exercises, brainteasers and demonstrations to keep learners alert and learning. FundaLula’s use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) creates an engaging and dynamic learning environment for both educators and learners.

 

Spatially Empowering the Future Generation

The learning areas are divided into the following sections:

The learning areas are divided into the following sections:

The package includes:

The package includes:

Lesson Framework

Videos

  • Supporting videos which assist
    with the explanation of complex
    sections.

Images

  • Visual content for selected activities
    which open within the application.
    Extra Content
  • Additional resources providing
    supplementary material for lesson
    discussions or activities.

Teacher & learner notes

Teacher notes

  • Designed to provide teachers
    with all the required background
    information to present a specific
    lesson.

Learner notes

  • A summary of all the important
    concepts covered during the lesson.

Variety of maps

The program provides digital maps that are used in the Mapwork curriculum including base-, global-, continental-, South African-, topographic and orthophoto maps.

Interactive activities

Practical paper and map based assessments designed to test learner understanding whilst developing spatial and critical
thinking skills.

Powerpoint slides

Visual material to assist teachers with the lesson presentation as well as enhancing understanding of the concepts by the learners.

Lesson Framework

Videos

  • Supporting videos which assist
    with the explanation of complex
    sections.

Images

  • Visual content for selected activities
    which open within the application.
    Extra Content
  • Additional resources providing
    supplementary material for lesson
    discussions or activities.

Teacher & learner notes

Teacher notes

  • Designed to provide teachers
    with all the required background
    infromation to present a specific
    lesson.

Learner notes

  • A summary of all the important
    concepts covered during the lesson.

Variety of maps

The program provides digital maps that are used in the Mapwork curriculum including base-, global-, continental-, South African-, topographic and orthophoto maps.

Interactive activities

Practical paper and map based assessments designed to test learner understanding whilst developing spatial and critical
thinking skills.

Powerpoint slides

Visual material to assist teachers with the lesson presentation as well as enhancing understanding of the concepts by the learners.

FundaLula teacher notes

The FundaLula Teacher notes have been formulated to provide teachers with all the required background, resources and preparation to present specific lessons.

FundaLula activities are designed to challenge our learners. We aim to teach our learners to think critically, to solve problems and to be analytical in the way they go about reading and interpreting maps.​ Each lesson consists of the following components:

FundaLula teacher notes

The FundaLula Teacher notes have been formulated to provide teachers with all the required background, resources and preparation to present specific lessons.

FundaLula activities are designed to challenge our learners. We aim to teach our learners to think critically, to solve problems and to be analytical in the way they go about reading and interpreting maps.​ Each lesson consists of the following components:

Lesson Framework

1.1. Lesson Time
1.2. Lesson Resources
1.3. Lesson at a glance
1.4. Lesson Preparation
1.5. Lesson Objectives

Lesson Content

3.1. Topic 1: Introduction to map features
3.1.1. Natural Features
3.1.2. Artificial Features
3.2. Topic 2: Map symbols
3.2.1. Symbol shape
3.2.2. Symbol size
3.2.3. Symbol colour
3.3. Qualitative and Quantitative symbols
3.3.1. Qualitative symbols
3.3.2. Quantitative symbols

Introduction

As we get a better understanding of maps, we also need to understand the objects drawn on the
map i.e. map features and the use of map symbols to allow us to differentiate between map
features.

Homework

Using the conventional sign sheet, create a table with the headings Point, Line and Polygon and
insert each sign under the appropriate heading.

Activities

4.1. Activity 1: Map Features
4.2. Activity 2:  Map symbols: Shape, Color and Size (Funda Lula)
4.3. Activity 3: Importance of colours in symbols
4.4. Activity 4: Qualitative and Quantitative symbols (Funda Lula)

Lesson Framework

1.1. Lesson Time
1.2. Lesson Resources
1.3. Lesson at a glance
1.4. Lesson Preparation
1.5. Lesson Objectives

Activities

4.1. Activity 1: Map Features
4.2. Activity 2:  Map symbols: Shape, Color and Size (Funda Lula)
4.3. Activity 3: Importance of colours in symbols
4.4. Activity 4: Qualitative and Quantitative symbols (Funda Lula)

Lesson Content

3.1. Topic 1: Introduction to map features
3.1.1. Natural Features
3.1.2. Artificial Features
3.2. Topic 2: Map symbols
3.2.1. Symbol shape
3.2.2. Symbol size
3.2.3. Symbol colour
3.3. Qualitative and Quantitative symbols
3.3.1. Qualitative symbols
3.3.2. Quantitative symbols

Introduction

As we get a better understanding of maps, we also need to understand the objects drawn on the
map i.e. map features and the use of map symbols to allow us to differentiate between map
features.

Homework

Using the conventional sign sheet, create a table with the headings Point, Line and Polygon and
insert each sign under the appropriate heading.

FundaLula Support & Training

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FundaLula Support & Training

For support and training please fill out the form below and we will be in contact with you.