Reflection: Online Resources FIELD STUDY: Community Food Survey and Aquaponics (3 of 3) - Section 3: DATA VISUALIZATION: Food desert or solution oasis?


Mapping is an example of technology allowing classrooms to complete activities that are simply not possible with paper.  In this example it is possible to work with a single paper map highlighting initial understanding of Sunset Park as a food desert, but it would be impossible to efficiently incorporate changes made by student group or to widely distribute the final project.  As such, much of this work requires use of a digital map platform.  This course has relied on the Google maps engine, but apparently support for this map platform will end some time in 2016.  When (or if) that happens, here are some alternative resources that might be considered.  Whatever map platform is used, the basic framework for this activity remains unchanged.  In summary, here are the steps:

  1. Develop a map that reflects the "food desertness" of a the local community
  2. Save this map digitally
  3. Distribute the digital map to student groups during the debrief of the food survey and farm tour
  4. Have students suggest edits to the original map.  These edits should include changes to be made as well as the addition of solution ideas.
  5. Save this map as a reference to be used by students throughout the rest of the unit.

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FIELD STUDY: Community Food Survey and Aquaponics (3 of 3)

Unit 5: Food (biosphere and geosphere)
Lesson 8 of 24

Objective: Students will be able to 1) develop a claim about collected evidence; 2) create an annotated map of food availability and sustainable food production practices in Sunset Park; 3) use criteria developed over this three lesson sequence to determine whether or not Sunset Park is a food desert; 4) develop solution ideas to the problems posed by limited food resources in Sunset Park; and 5) describe potential barriers to successful implementation of a sustainable food production program in Brooklyn.

Big Idea: Food deserts are a persistent feature of many urban environments. How might we interact with our local community in order to develop real-world solutions that address the problems created by food deserts?

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