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Thursday, September 12, 2019

GIS Education Weekly: Award-Winning Geography Open Educational Resources

Resources for Teaching and Learning
Bloomberg: Here’s Who Owns the Most Land in America - "The 100 largest private landowners in the U.S. own 40 million acres—an area the size of Florida." Via Pitney Bowes staffers on LinkedIn. This is an interesting interactive map with a very detailed explanation of how the data was gathered and verified. The project includes data from Pitney Bowes and the use of QGIS. 

Thursday, September 5, 2019

GIS Education Weekly: Tips for GeoMentors and New Mentoring Program

Resources for Teaching and Learning

NY Times: Those Hurricane Maps Don’t Mean What You Think They Mean - Alberto Cairo wrote this opinion piece. It's getting lots of play in the geo and cartography space.

Twitter: Regional pronunciations that immediately out you as a newcomer - Ryan Beckwith from Bloomberg and others provide examples. I'll share one: Milan, Illinois.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

GIS Education Weekly: Can Carmen Sandiego Fix America’s Geography Woes?

Education News
The spread of automated essay scoring

Vice: Flawed Algorithms Are Grading Millions of Students’ Essays - "Essay-scoring engines don’t actually analyze the quality of writing. They’re trained on sets of hundreds of example essays to recognize patterns that correlate with higher or lower human-assigned grades. They then predict what score a human would assign an essay, based on those patterns." Via Audrey Watters. The article includes an interactive map; screen capture at right.

TES: GCSE results: 'A tectonic shift in geography entries' - "Geopolitical and environmental crises help to explain why more students are choosing geography GCSE" There's a quote from Sir Michael Palin.