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Thursday, April 28, 2016

GIS Education Weekly: Winners of Visualize Your Water Challenge

Winners of Visualize Your Water

USGS announced the winners of the Visualize Your Water High School Citizen Science Challenge last Wednesday, the day before Earth Day. It was also National Environmental Education Week. As the post goes to press, the original press release is no longer on the USGS website due to a technology change; here is the Google cached version. Yesterday, Esri announced the winners.

All of the winning products were story maps, mostly map journals, but I saw one map series. Students could use any software on their projects, despite some initial confusion. Emily Read, at the USGS  Office of Water Information shared further details on the compeititon:
  • There were just over 100 submissions
  • All of them used Esri technology

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Prince's Death, Global Marketing and Geography

Two companies were criticized for their social media reactions to recording artist Prince's death last week. This tweet, since deleted, came from General Mills' Cheerios account:



This one, which is still posted, came from 3M.


Communications savvy Scott Monty (one time social media lead at Ford) points out that those who responded negatively might not be aware of some geographical facts.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

GIS Education Weekly: Free and Discounted Resources for Teaching and Learning

Resources

The GI Learner program, funded by the Erasmus+ program and the European Union, offers two reports of note:

There's an update to Learning QGIS and a deal to encourage purchases: 100 copies of the book are available at 30% off for print and 50% off for eBook.

ArcPy exercises, including course data and a 200 page PDF, are free to download from Esri. These are the course materials for Paul A. Zandbergen's ArcPy (Python) book.