Using Google Earth to Visualize an Ancient City’s Influence and other Education GIS News

The University of Cincinnati's Kristina Neumann, a doctoral candidate in the McMicken College of Arts & Sciences Department of Classics can use her finger to follow the boundaries of ancient Antioch during the beginning of Roman takeover. Here's a video. She's using Google Earth which taps a databse she created.

Here' the interesting part to me:

Neumann's high-tech spin on ancient history supports the UC2019 Academic Master Plan by producing new ways of understanding and transforming the world through research and scholarship.

- U Cinncinnatti News via @manomarks

Tom MacWright  introduces a new GIS teaching resource/method (not quite sure) called mapschool (source on GitHub, under CC license). 

MacWright argues:

mapschool was inspired by frustration with existing learning materials. The field of GIS is cursed by being both product and discipline: Esri and others popularized techniques and terms related to doing things with geospatial data, which is a benefit. But in this process they branded basic ideas and turned education that could be engaging and creative into rote memorization of products and terms.


The increasing demand for GIS technicians in the workforce has led the Computer Integrated Technology department at Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, IL to add curriculum geared toward educating and developing individuals for employment in the geospatial workforce. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the field of GIS will grow between 16 and 35 percent from 2010 to 2020, depending on the specific job title and area of employment. Many of these areas are expected to experience growth much faster than the average for all occupations.

The funding is from the NISGTC grants.

- press release

Published Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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