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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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ICA and OSGeo Renew MOU

During FOSS4G Europe conference at Como, Italy, the president of the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) Jeff McKenna and International Cartographic Association (ICA) President Georg Gartner renewed and edited the original memorandum of understanding (MOU) from 2011. Expect to see more Geo for All projects and partners.


Fulcrum Adds Education to its Industries List

There's a page assigned to detail how Spatial Networks data collection tool can be used in education. There's a free trial offer, too. I wrote about educators using the platform earlier this year.

Latest Esri Education License Overview

The new PDF, dated August 2015, is five pages long. It's not clear what's different from the previous version. I think a "changes" focused document would be helpful.

Online Professional Master’s in GIS/Cartography at UW-Madison

This is a new program. How do I know? The head of it, Ian Muehlenhaus, just followed me on Twitter and posted a comment to Justin Holman's blog about it. Part of that comment is below.
...a new Online Professional Master’s in GIS/Cartography at UW-Madison is about to go live. It will be completely online (32 credits) and include all of the department’s existing graduate visualization/cartography, database management, geocomputing, GIS programming, and mobile app development courses. (Though they are, of course, completely revamped for the online learning environment.)
The program is geared toward professionals or recent undergraduates who took cartography and/or GIS courses in college but want to delve into web mapping, GIS programming, and database management. Basically, it is a one-stop shop for open-source GIS on the Web. (Plus, we will teach you everything we know about visualization and web mapping, areas in which, as your polls point out, Wisconsin is solid!)
The first cohort for the one year program is expected to start in Fall 2016. It's getting very crowded in the online professional masters degree space!

Urban Atlanta Geospatial STEM Academy Does Community Mapping

National Geographic published a short interview with Tim Hawthorne about this summer teaching at the Urban Atlanta Geospatial STEM Academy. Hawthorne is the former coordinator of the Georgia Geographic Alliance and is now on the faculty at the University of Central Florida. Some of the projects are documented here. I wrote about the Academy earlier this year. The post is part of series called Educator of the Week from NatGeo.

USGIF Changes Membership Options; Students and Academics: $35

The changes were introduced at GEOINT 2015, but are now rolling out. The important information for students (press release):
Individual Membership dues for industry are $99 per year and $35 per year for government, military, first responders, law enforcement, academia, full-time students, and young professionals. There are multi-year discounts as well as a Lifetime Membership option that offers individuals special recognition.
Previously, employees of USGIF Organizational Members occasionally experienced certain member benefits as it related to their company’s membership. In order to continue receiving USGIF membership benefits, Organizational Member employees and anyone in the community must now join USGIF as an individual.
There's an FAQ here.

Indoor Navigation comes to University of Oklahoma Library and other Buildings

Aruba Networks, an HP company, (NYSE:HPQ) today announced that the University of Oklahoma (OU) has deployed Aruba Beacons and the Aruba Meridian Mobile App Platform to deliver a new mobile app that helps students, faculty and visitors navigate the OU Libraries, exhibits and other Norman Campus landmarks. The OU NavApp provides turn-by-turn directions and location-based and educational content for more than one million visits annually.
I didn't expect universities to be early users of indoor mapping and navigation, but it's good to know they are.

ASPRS LiDAR Certification

There's a new certification in town (press release):
The American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) certification program announces the launch of a Professional and Technologist LIDAR Certification, the Certified Mapping Scientists, Lidar (CMS, Lidar) and the Certified Lidar Technologist (CLT).
Details here.

New Remote Sensing e-Book: Remote Sensing Analysis in an ArcMap Environment

Three Virginia Tech College of Natural Resources and Environment geospatial practitioners have authored an e-book called Remote Sensing Analysis in an ArcMap Environment. It aims to make imagery and its analysis more accessible. How?
Written for students and professionals who have access to the new software [ArcMap 10.x with Image Analysis extension] through their employers or educational institutions, the new e-book teaches them how to use it.
The e-book of tutorials is $2.99 per the press release. Another option for those without access to the software: Esri's Essential Earth Imaging for GIS is $59.99 in print and includes a trial version of the software.

Esri Partners with San Bernardino School for Career Pathway
San Andreas High School is launching its Quakes Technology Innovation (QTI) career pathway in partnership with Esri and the city of Highland.
Students who complete the QTI program will earn a GIS certificate. The San Bernardino School District aims to have every student in career focused learning by 2017. The pathway is one option.

Esri Virtual Courses for Educators and Students

From Esri's Michael Gould (@0mgould)
GIS instructors: a plan for Esri web-based courses to start off your semester: https://geonet.esri.com/docs/DOC-6187
The document is from May.

Help Fund Students/Event in Nigeria for GIS Day

Kim Mensah (@girlswhogis) is looking for funding for a GIS Day "project."
In celebration of International GIS Day, help me sponsor three (3) GIS students pay for school fees as well as fund a seminar event November 18th, 2015 at the University of Calabar, Nigeria.
Academics: Northern Indiana Municipalities Can Benefit from GIS

Indiana University Northwest professors spoke to representatives from eight Lake County (home of Gary) cities and towns about GIS. Bottom line: GIS is a powerful tool for boosting economic development in Northwest Indiana communities.

The goal is to convince attendees to come together to develop such a system. The arguments are typical of economic development GIS offerings: the ability for businesses to find available properties, rent, traffic, and crime statistics.

Ranjan Kini, professor of management in the school of business, spoke about the history of GIS and its return on investment.
GIS started in public only in the last 15 years. It’s been in the private sector (but) GIS is changing. Big boxes (companies) spend millions of dollars before putting up a store. Now small cities and towns can do this on a shoestring budget. GIS is available through ‘the cloud’ to businesses, chambers and outsiders. ... [ROI] is not 100 percent, but a couple thousand percent...
Previous regional initiatives, developed with grants, have been successful. This one will require participating municipalities to contribute funds.

Geology MOOC

Coursera just suggested this course for me, but it's probably valuable for other geography educators and students, too:
Planet Earth...and You! 
Planet Earth, an overview of selected geological topics, discusses how earthquakes, volcanoes, minerals and rocks, energy, and plate tectonics have interacted over deep time to produce our dynamic island in space, and its unique resources.
The University of Illinois course starts Sept 14.

NMSU to host GIS professional development workshop for K-12 teachers

It's Sept 4-5 in on the New Mexico State Campus. The purpose?
The purpose of this training is to fulfill the requirements of a small ConnectED grant from the Environmental Systems Research Institute.
I appreciate the transparency.

Three Rivers College, Missouri, Doubling Down on Precision Ag
Another course [Mike] Barrett [project director at Three Rivers College] is really anxious for is the newly approved Precision Agriculture program. "That is a one year certificate program in Precision Agriculture," he said. "That covers driving a tractor using the guidance (GPS), and the GIS (geographic information systems)." That course will be available for spring, and he already has some students lining for it.
The curriculum?
Barrett has a farmer lined up to teach the course, and he will teach what he expects someone to know when he hires them to work on his farm.
There are also plans for a 24 hour short course.

Safety on Campus in Lancaster County, PA

The customized Elizabethtown
College version of LiveSafe
The three Lancaster County schools, Millersville University, Franklin & Marshall College and Elizabethtown College. are the first three higher education institutions in Pennsylvania to purchase LiveSafe.  About 100 schools use the app nationwide. The app, free for download by students offers tracking by campus security, the ability to request an escort, reporting of mental health concerns or broken windows.

The tricky part is getting students to download and use the app. Freshman are quick to do so with 80 or 90 percent rates. Upper level students use is not as high.

Schools pay for the app based on enrollment. At Millersville, the cost is $15,000, and the Student Senate paid for half of the fee.

Muscle Shoals first Dual Credit High School Course: Geography

Muscle Shoals High School are taking a University of North Alabama world regional geography class right in their school building this fall. The juniors and seniors get elective credit at Muscle Shoals High, and three hours of college credit at UNA. Interestingly, part of the course involves how to use geographic information systems.

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