Grant for High Schools to Map Hydrants and other Education GIS News

The Greenbrier EAST lab received an “EAST After Hours” grant funded by the Enhancing Education Through Technology grant made possible by the Arkansas Department of Education and is done in cooperation with the Southeast Educational Service Cooperative and the EAST Initiative. 

The high schoolers will map the fire hydrants for the volunteer fire department. They create the map, then train the fire fighters to use it via mobile devices. No details on the amount of the grant.

- The Cabin

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College [VA] announce several new courses for the Spring Semester that begins the week of January 9, 2012. Here's how the new GIS course is described:

Geographic Information Systems ( GIS 101 ) Whatever field interests you personally or professionally, GIS can likely be beneficial in some way. Whether you want to locate a piece of property anywhere in the world, or monitor pedestrian traffic patterns to select the spot for a new store you want to open, GIS can help. Learn the basics of this ever-growing field with instructor Brian Keiling in this three-credit late afternoon course. Meets on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-5:30 pm. Call 540-863-2894 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

- Rockbridge Weekly

Marion County [FL] school officials have ordered specialized mapping of the three largest sinkholes that opened during last month's rain deluge to determine if they are connected to large underground caverns.
Robert Knight, the district's supervisor of facilities, said the St. Johns River Water Management District must approve all repair plans and tests. He said the minimum cost to repair all nine sinkholes will be $65,000 total.
Electrical resistivity tests, basically an MRI of the ground, will map out underground caverns in the area of two Howard Middle School sinkholes and another at Ward-Highlands Elementary.
I wonder if officials will work with the schools to teach students about remote sensing??

But the Stanford Human Rights Education (SHRE) Initiative hopes to fill this gap with a “fresh and surprising” approach to human rights education.

Teaming up with community colleges, the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE), which has partnered with the Program on Human Rights, the School of Education and the Division of International Comparative and Area Studies (ICA), aims to create a human rights curriculum and build a network of support among educators.

“It’s an outreach effort through Stanford University by a coalition of departments,” said Robert Wessling, associate director for the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, which is also partnering with SPICE. “We’re finding out that there are so many different ways to include human rights into a classroom and into so many different kinds of disciplinary studies. So, there’s not really a one size-fits-all, like a master curriculum of human rights.”

It'd be great if there's some geographic or GIS education in there, too.

- Stanford Daily

Published Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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