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Esri Canada Supports Geography and other Education GIS News

Friday, December 13th 2013
By Adena Schutzberg

Esri Canada announced support for the St. John’s Declaration (pdf), a national agreement and action plan for advancing geographic education for Canadians.

The press release notes first that the company is the first private-sector organization in the country to sign the agreement, and then notes it's the only private-sector organization to do so. I hope other GIS companies will follow suit.

- press release

Sinclair Community College, Dayton, OH, is offering a new course on obtaining permission to fly unmanned aerial systems.

The course will concern obtaining a Certificate of Authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly UAS, or drones. Currently, operating such unmanned aircraft is done under tightly controlled conditions using these COAs.

The course is $650. Dayton is among those cities hoping to be a test site for drone exploration for the FAA. The school plans other drone related courses: Introduction to UAS, Precision Agriculture for UAS, UAS and the Law, UAS Standards and Regulations, and Geospatial Information for UAS. 

- Dayton Biz Journal

A Flash-based map created by the Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University called Community Profiles 2.0 lets users compare Grand Rapids neighborhoods using a database of housing and economic data that’s linked to a clickable online map." If you dig into the menus you can find a tutorial, but I found no "help" or "about" links.

- via MLive

There's a new book from Diana Stuart Sinton with Sarah Bednarz, Phil Gersmehl, Robert Kolvoord, and David Uttal titled The People's Guide to Spatial Thinking.

About: Spatial thinking is an activity that we do throughout our lives and across many settings, to understand problems and seek solutions. The practice can be so automatic that it becomes deceptively obvious, but when it is not done carefully, it can lead to chaos and confusion. In this brief and accessible guide, we see how spatial concepts help us think across the geographies of our life spaces, physical and social spaces, and intellectual space. This volume draws from knowledge of the Natural Research Council, as well as from many scholars and educators with expertise in this topic. Spatial thinking may be particularly essential within the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math, but the practice is also fundamental to the knowledge, skills, and practices of geographers. This book will help you understand what spatial thinking is, how it works, and why it is important for the world. As an important part of everyone’s living experience, spatial thinking is a form of learning how to learn. 

It's available throught NCGE store.


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