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Thursday, July 6, 2017

GIS Education Weekly: Esri EdUC, Teaching Math with GIS, Balloon Mapping Expansion

Esri Education GIS Conference

I'm involved with two sessions at the event, which starts Saturday, that might be of interest.

On Saturday at 8:30 am (first session of the conference), I'm hosting a workshop exploring how to leverage Esri's MOOCs within existing courses and programs. (Disclosure for new readers: I manage Esri's MOOC program.)

On Tuesday I'm hosting the education conference's "self organized sessions," basically a mini-unconference. This is a chance for attendees to set the agenda and cooperatively explore topics of interest. One topic is already on the agenda: GIS Course Improvement. Want to get warmed up? Here's a post I wrote after my first education "unconference."

And, since I'll be full out at conference next week, expect the next issue of this newsletter on July 20.

Articles and Resources

AP: Colorado Woman Creates Map Updating Business in Tech Era - Small company updates old local maps and sells them.

USGS rolled out topoView 2.1 an update that lets users discover, interact with, and download historical USGS maps ​free of charge. "TopoView provides tools that let users easily compare historic maps with maps of modern day to reveal changes in the landscape throughout history.​ Access nearly 180,000 maps from the USGS Historical Map Collection published between 1884 and 2006." Via press release.

GIS Lounge: Teaching Math with GIS - Liam Oakwood collects resources including exercises using Google Earth, SketchUp and other platforms.

Education News

Diane Ravitch's Blog: “Democracy”: What Does Research Say About AP Courses? - Some research and thoughts on AP courses is quite timely as we ponder possible AP GIS&T classes and exams.


Registration is open for Cartography., Esri's newest MOOC. The course name is pronounced "cartography period" or "cartography full stop." The free online course runs for six weeks and begins November 1. Registration closes November 15.


Harvard University selected “Redlining Louisville: The History of Race, Class and Real Estate” as its Map of the Month. It's the first selection by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in its effort to recognize “best-in-class data visualizations created by all units of government as well as nonprofit organizations.” Via Insider Louisville.

Dirga Imam Gozali Sumantri, a student at ITB's school of geodesy and geomathics engineering, received the Esri Young Scholars Award (EYSA) 2017 for his project, the Bandung Reliable Geospatial App (BRaGA). The app crowdsources citizen issues directly to the local administration. The prize? A trip to the Esri International User Conference. Via Jakarta Post.

In and Out of the Classroom

Bethany Jackson, a PhD student in the School of Geography at the University of Nottingham, is studying the scale and impact of the brick kiln industry - using satellite imagery. Via NottsTV.

Give if You Can

Public Lab is in the midst of a Kickstarter Gold effort to grow its Balloon Mapping Kit use. "Our goal is to greatly expand our worldwide community of people who are equipped, practiced, and ready to document environmental threats, damage, and remediation efforts." These kits are widely used in formal and informal geography/GIS education. As I write, the effort needs just a few thousand more dollars with two weeks to go.

Certification News

MAPPS Emerging Leaders sessions will qualify for the continuing education requirements for earning and maintaining GISP certification as a result of an agreement between MAPPS and the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI). Via press release (pdf).

You can register on site at the Esri International User Conference for the Universal GEOINT Certification Program Exams from USGIF. Via LinkedIn.