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Format: DVD | Streaming | Download
Length: 15:40
Grade Level: 5-12+ | Price: $ 15.00
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Streaming/DVD: English

How do you contribute to ever-evolving technology to improve the lives of others?

In the national forests of Gujarat, India, the tribal people have been seen as encroachers, thieves who dare to produce food for their families on land claimed by the government. Rama Bhai and his family have worked land in the Sagai village for generations.

Sagai has no electricity, no running water. No one kept records of who was farming which plots of land. So when the laws changed and they were allowed to claim the land, they faced a challenge—how could they prove they'd been farming specific plots in the past?

The technology we use to find our way to unfamiliar places came to their rescue. Learn how GPS operates, and how it, along with Google Maps, saved the day for the poorest of the poor in India.

As Seen on Public Television!

Subject Areas



Science & Technology

World History / Geography




Property Rights

Rule of Law


Area & Perimeter

GPS & Satellites


Map Skills

This was a fantastic video! My students were mesmerized, and since they are familiar to some extent to GPS, it sparked a lot of interest in other ways their navigation systems could be possibly used.

Karen Binger
Knoxville, TN

This is an awesome video and the accompanying materials are great!

Joan Pewett
Lancaster, VA

Very useful video. Peoples rights, land ownership, big government and modern technology combined to work together to help the people keep their land. Thank you Google Maps.

Joann Isernia
Seaford, NY

This video stimulated great discussions about the rule of law and the importance of property rights.

Mary Peak
Colorado Springs, CO

I thought this was a great video! Who could imagine that GPS could be used to benefit tribal peoples who have never had an opportunity to even map their property. I was amazed that the electronics and GPS worked without electricity even. This seemed to be a giant step for mankind!

Phyllis Wright
Wichita Falls, TX

This was a really good video. It really helps show how modern technology can be used to strengthen a cultural base, instead of always hindering.

Salena Wakim
Wildomar, CA

This video is a wonderful resource in my Geometry classes. I used the viewing guide and the Integration Activity to connect the information we are learning in class to a real-world application of GPS.

Christie Sander
Victoria, KS

This was useful for both my high school students and the volunteering college students who were working with them last semester. With GIS becoming a growing field and with the race to close gaps in privilege and need around the world it was great to show students how much influence and say every individual can have when heshe realizes how to protect or fight for higher rights. The concepts of initiative and self-starting were really important takeaways for both age groups.

Laurel Ransom
Chicago, IL

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