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Thursday, September 3, 2015

GIS Education Weekly: Situated Learning, Certification, Data Science

Your Kids are not Geographers, That's Exactly Why They must to Know How to Think Spatially

I think that article needs to be written. It parallels one titled Your Kids Aren't Robots, And That's Exactly Why They Must Know How To Code in Forbes this past weekThe argument is that younger students need to learn computational thinking when young in the context of other learning. Some geography educators have similar ideas about integrating spatial thinking into other subjects like history, social studies, science and math. Only later, in high school, suggests author Muhammed Chaudhry, should the formally learn to code.

GIS Careers Infographic

A bit of the infographic
GIS User shared an infographic on GIS careers a few weeks ago:
The University of Southern California’s GIS Program and Pearson Education have put together an infographic titled “Common Career Paths for the Student of Geographic Information Science & Technology”.
The resource is not dated, but the source page is (c) 2013. I was surprised the infographic does not include data from Oxera or Boston Consulting Group reports from 2013. I was curious how Pearson was involved, so I contacted USC.

Associate Director of the Spatial Sciences Institute from Susan H. Kamei responded.
This infographic was prepared by Pearson for our online USC Graduate Programs in Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIST) in 2013, with the sources that were identified at that time.  Pearson provides certain recruitment and student support services to our online programs.

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Monday, August 31, 2015

The State of the U.S. Cartography Business

Map of large underwater features. (1995, NOAA)
When I read the title The next hot job: cartographer and saw a picture of three people from CartoDB, I expected to read an article about the company. Why? Because the article appeared in Crain's New York Business! It's one of two articles about the growth (re-growth?) of geography and cartography as disciplines and  businesses in 2015.

Hot Jobs

The "hot job" article suggests that as the number of geography departments declined and the number of undergraduate geography graduates declined during the 1970s and 1980s, cartographers had to come from other disciplines. Alyssa Wright, now at Mapzen, but well known for her work at Boundless, studied a host of things are not cartography. In the last twenty years 15 colleges have added geography departments. The article notes the demise of geography at Harvard, and its re-birth.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

GIS Education Weekly: APHG Exam Infographic, Geo for All Renewed, Resources for Esri-focused Educators

2015 Edition ~ AP Human Geography Free-Response Questions and Exam Breakdown

Bit of the infographic
This excellent infographic from Human Imprint details current and historic data on the AP Human Geography exam scores, test taker numbers, topics covered and more. via @professordixon 

NSF Renews Spatial Archeology Program 
The National Science Foundation has renewed its funding for the Spatial Archaeometry Research Collaborations Program, an initiative at the University of Arkansas that acts as a national hub for geospatial research in archaeology.
The $277,264 grant allows the program, known as SPARC, to continue...

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