Spaceborne teaching resources: Critical evaluation of Remote Sensing software packages for upper primary and secondary education
Remote Sensing applications are at the core of our modern technologies and its data is valuable in most human activities. Due to its vast impact in everyday life, several projects consider importing Remote Sensing in compulsory education. By its nature, Remote Sensing is strongly depended on software and Information Technology in general. Since the commercial software is too complicated for teachers and students and too expensive for the average school budget, serious projects have been published so far referring to specially designed software solutions for upper primary and secondary education students. The main goal of this work is to evaluate educational software packages presented in published papers in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters and conference proceedings that aim to help teachers integrate Remote Sensing in their lessons. These packages have certainly enriched teacher’s inventory but, despite the high quality of the offered solutions, more effort is needed towards the Remote Sensing integration in schools. This framework may provide teachers and educational decision-makers with a guide for selecting the Remote Sensing educational software that meets their requirements and needs.