The University of New Hampshire Department of Education has received a $1.2 million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to implement a science-based afterschool program and to research whether the program improves science achievement in traditionally underachieving groups.
The project will engage more than 2,000 rural and indigenous youth in afterschool programs across New England in which they will map sustainable practices (MSP) within their communities. The goal is to strengthen the connection for youth between science and their home and community lives.
Interestingly, there is no mention of the youth using GIS, though I suspec they will. What is mentioned? Sharing of results via GIS.
The researchers plan to share the results of the project — effective MSP approaches and descriptions of the learning contexts and student products — with science educators through a project-sponsored conference and interactive geographic information system (GIS) websites.
The now famous "cave club" from Bigfork High School may get some new recruits at the GIS program garnered some new funding.
• Mr. Bodenhamer’s GIS classes received a $3,236 Montana Great Classroom Award from the Plum Creek Foundation and a $1,287.84 donation from the Flathead Conservation District.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, released an interactive “tracker map” today to help citizens understand where their school districts are in designing new teach evaluation plans.
The map lists every school district in each county and indicates whether the district has submitted a plan to the state Education Department and whether that plan has been approved.
By state law, districts must have their plans approved by Jan. 17. If they fail to do so, they will be ineligible for a state aid increase for 2012-13.
Tech? Not GIS so far as I can tell.
Check out the picture; it's really nice.