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Alex Trebek Medal for Geographic Literacy

2009 Recipient - Eric Kramers

Eric Kramers (centre) with RCGS President Gisèle Jacob and Gilbert Grosvenor of the National Geographic Society. (Photo: David Barbour)

Map and learn

While the web was still in its infancy, Eric Kramers realized its potential for raising the level of geographic instruction in Canadian schools. Since then, the Ottawa-based cartographer has applied his technological savvy to promote the use of digital mapping and online resources in the classroom.

Kramers, winner of the Canadian Geographic Education’s 2009 Geographic Literacy Award, has been involved in educational outreach since 1986. He is well known among teachers for his role in launching the Canadian Communities Atlas Project, which gave students the opportunity to research their local geography and present their findings online.

He also developed electronic resources and learning tools for The Atlas of Canada online, where he works as a senior project officer. “It is important for Canadians to be geographically literate,” says Kramers, “because it gives them a better understanding of the world and events that occur within it.”

— Emma Lehmberg

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