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GIS Education News Weekly: Another MOOC, Colleges Take on FAA Regarding Drones, FOSS4Geo

Thursday, July 31st 2014

Open Online Academy Announces GIS MOOC for the Fall Introduction to GIS and Mapping starts this fall from the Open Online Academy.  More details at All Points Blog. And, no, I'd not heard of Open Online Academy before, but its focus in on design education (architecture and related...

GeoTech Center Wins HI-TEC Award

Wednesday, July 30th 2014

On July 23 the GeoTech Center was awarded the Innovation Award, one of four awards presented as part of 2014 High Impact Technology Exchange Conference (HI-TEC) held in Chicago.  HI-TEC is a national conference on advanced technological education where secondary and postsecondary educators,...

Private and Public Colleges Urge FAA to Allow Researchers to Use Drones

Monday, July 28th 2014

Tiny Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts took the lead on an open letter (pdf) sent to the Federal Aviation Administration last week to protest that researchers don't have access to the same hobbiest model planes that ten year olds do. Current regulations prevent commerical users and...

Update 2: Esri Announces MOOC: Going Places with Spatial Analysis

Friday, July 25th 2014

More info via various sources. Suggestion to Esri: It'd sure be nice if all of this information was on the MOOC home page. Start date: Sept 3 (via Learn ArcGiS) MOOC guest lecturers: (via @esrimooc):   David Gadsden - Esri Nonprofit Program coordinator. Geographer. Humanitarian. GIS...

GIS Education News Weekly: Geotech in PhysEd, TSA Geographic Literacy, Map Projections

Thursday, July 24th 2014

Geospatial in Phys Ed? Danielle Grant, a Potsdam, NY elementary school physical education teacher has been named the 2014 New York State Physical Education Teacher of the Year. She's high tech: Grant uses pedometers, pulse sticks, GPS units, gaming systems, iPads, PowerPoint, the...

MOOC from Open Online Academy Starts this Fall: Introduction to GIS and Mapping

Thursday, July 24th 2014

Introduction to GIS and Mapping starts this fall from the Open Online Academy. The course page suggests it's either four weeks or eight; it's not clear. Until recently cartography skills where hard to learn. Today, new technologies allow us to download geographical data, use cartographic...


Tuesday, July 22nd 2014

Yet again I found an article where GIS expanded as Global Information System. Falkowski is a graduate of Valparaiso University in planning and building and with global information systems, or GIS. Falkowski worked for Lake County Planner Ned Kovackevich and had also been active in trades in...

GIS Education News Weekly: Certificate of Competency, Geo for All grows, MS Students Win

Thursday, July 17th 2014

Certificate of Competence in GIS from Hawaii Institutions Starting this August, UH Maui College, Hawai‘i Community College and Kaua‘i Community College will offer two accelerated, eight-week credit courses in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) leading to a Certificate of Competence in...

What You Need to Know About GeoNet

Tuesday, July 15th 2014

Esri announced its new community connection environment, GeoNet, during the plenary on Monday. Here's what you need to know: It's for everyone interested in discussing geospatial challenges and solutions, not just Esri users. It's more than forums, although the Esri forums now live under...

The Future of Education: Geography Matters - but so Do Other Things

Monday, July 14th 2014

Opportunities and Challenges in K-12 Education Chris Swanson, the Vice President of Education Week, Cindy Marten the Superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District, and Dr. Helen Soulé Executive Director of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills addressed “Opportunities and Challenges...

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