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Sunday, February 12, 2017

GIS Education Weekly: Geography Instructor Finds VR Wanting, Maps MOOC Finds New Home

Teaching and Learning Resources

Exploration Remote Sensing Webinar: What Every Geologist Needs to Know About Technology and Trends for 2017 - From DigitalGlobe, Wed Feb 22.

TES: The virtual geography field trip versus learning outside the classroom? - A year 7 geography instructor in the UK offers candid thoughts about the value of Google Expeditions as a substitute for field trips. Bottom line: It was cool, but students didn't seem to learn much from experiences with a VR version of the seven wonders of the world.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

GIS Education Weekly: Spatial Supports Math, Geography Organizes History

Articles and Resources

KQED Mindshift: Why Spatial Reasoning Is Crucial For Early Math Education - "The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) recommends that spatial reasoning should be a large focus of preK – 8th grade math education." h/t @dianamaps.

The History of the World in 40 Objects - The site is story map that manages a set of related story maps. The application was presented by Kate M. Craig, Assistant Professor of History at Auburn who developed it with her students, at the American Historical Association’s Annual Meeting! She shares a guide for historians on how to replicate the structure of this project along with her assignment templates and rubric. 

Friday, February 3, 2017

GIS Education Weekly: Drones are Fun!


In and Out the Classroom with Drones

Smith students have fun with drones.
Instructor Jon Caris, director of Smith's Spatial Analysis Lab, offered "Fun With Drones," an Interterm class to generate excitement about the technology on campus.

The Purdue Drone Club hosted the first ever intercollegiate indoor drone races in January 2017. Ohio State and Illinois participated.