Teaching high school stduents and elementary students about GPS and having them use it to make maps is not a new idea. What is new in Urbana, IL is that the older students are teaching the younger ones. And, both groups are English as a second language students and the teaching and learning is occurring in English. My head spins considering how much learning could be going on in these hands on sessions.
West Potomac High School students from Frances Coffey’s Advanced Placement Human Geography class were treated to a visit from Cathi Hoefler and Steven Keating from the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency recently. Hoefler and Keating discussed the importance of using data to better predict and respond to natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the 2011 earthquake off the coast of Japan and tsunami.
California State University, Fresno's Division of Continuing and Global Education has just announced a new online certificate program focusing on Geographic Information Systems (GIS), a field that uses digital technology to manage, map, analyze and display spatial information.
Classes in the 12 credit sequence begin in August. It's Esri-based (included in tuition).