The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a grant to the Association of American Geographers to conduct collaborative transatlantic research initially by geography educators in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Finland. There are two components:
- The first component is an international comparative analysis of national geography standards, teacher preparation curricula and practices within the U.S., U.K., and Finland to determine how standards address the capabilities of students.
- The second project component will design and implement a workshop convening geography professors and recent graduates from pre-service teacher education programs in the U.S. and the EU.
No word on the value of the grant.
Mingo is a new app, currently in open beta, developed by PeoplesApp, a group of University of British Columbia students and alums. It's a school focused location based messaging/broadcast solution designed to better integrate students into the community.
So far there are 2000 users and Twitter and Facebook intergration are on the list for the future. Also on the list: expanding the app to other schools. The app is free.
@CanGeoEdu tweets to me:
The event is Nov 7. What is it? Well Guerilla Geography...
It’s about making irregular, alternative, unexpected and abnormal geographies happen.
In an education context it’s about being creative in the way geography is taught, including the subject matter, learning environment and methods.
The aim is for (young) people to (re)think about the world through geography and (re)consider what geography is.
Exactly what is to occur on Nov 7? Per the webpage (for educators):
Guerrilla Geography Day 2012 challenges learners (that’s all of us) to discover and share “No” signs and discuss their meanings, relevances and importances. Where appropriate we may decide to go guerrilla by contesting current “No” signs or creating our own. Challenging these signs does not mean illegally removing them, but considering what actions could be taken that come up to but do not cross permissive lines and starting a conversation with the relevant authorities to have them changed.
With support from Esri, the Association of American Geographers (AAG) has reprinted 2,000 copies of the Geographic Information Science and Technology Body of Knowledge (BoK). AAG will distribute these new copies at no charge to attendees at its national events in 2013. In addition, AAG and the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS) have granted permission to Esri to distribute a free digital version of the BoK. Download the digital version as a PDF here.
It's 162 pages, 8 Mb.