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Thursday, August 31, 2017

GIS Education Weekly: The NY Times and a Teacher in Harlem Tackle Geography Education

An animation shows the spread
of covenants across the city.

The Star Tribune (MN): Massive project works to uncover racist restrictions in Minneapolis housing deeds - As many as 10,000 or more Minneapolis homeowners have property deeds with so-called "racial covenants." A team of University of Minnesota researchers is determined to find them all. Wow, that's what made such a mess in Chicago!

StateScoop: GIS industry remains at odds over Geospatial Data Act - "Some say existing language in the legislation designed to support the geospatial technologies industry would unfairly exclude many firms from bidding on federal contracts." Others suggest nothing will happen with the legislation until at least Oct 1.

StateScoop: Top 25 Coolest GIS Visualizations - Another list. How were they determined to be the coolest? "...collected through a combination of independent research and collaboration with the state and local government community"


New York Times: Announcing a New Feature to Build Students’ Geography Skills
- "Our new “Country of the Week” feature celebrates this abundance to help build students’ geography skills. A weekly interactive quiz will first introduce students to a country via a recent video or photograph, then ask them to find that place on a map. Next, the quiz will focus on the demographics and culture of the country. Finally, we’ll include links to recent reporting from that place in case they, or you, would like to go further."

BuzzFeed: This Teacher Remixed "Bodak Yellow" With Geography Facts And Saw Her Kids' Grades Improve - This is a different approach than the New York Times. It comes straight out of Harlem.

How would you rewrite this headline more accurately? "EU Sends Satellites to Help Map Harvey’s Devastation"

Esri: Esri User Conference Tech Sessions on YouTube - There are 51 of them.

New Media Consortium: Horizon Report: What is on the five-year horizon for K-12 schools worldwide?

The Cult of Pedagogy Blog: The Big List of Class Discussion Strategies - Jennifer Gonzales offers many ways to get students talking and learning.

National Geographic: Current Event Connection - "We have a daily study guide to help support "current event connections"! Via #worldgeochat

Programs and Funding

Spatial Source: Esri stumps up $100 M to put GIS into every Australian classroom - Esri extends the "ConnectEd" idea into Australia.

Auburn Pub: Auburn-based geospatial technology institute's future is unclear - The future of the Institute for the Application of Geospatial Technology at Cayuga Community College, NY is in question following the resignation of its president and CEO, Bob Brower who led it for the last 15 years.

University of Arkansas News: NSF Continues Support for Program in Spatial Archaeometry -
The National Science Foundation has renewed funding, more than $150,000, for the Spatial Archaeometry Research Collaborations program, an initiative through the University of Arkansas, Dartmouth College and the University of Glasgow that acts as a national hub for geospatial research in archaeology.

Boundless: Boundless Donates $100,000 to LaunchCode in Support of CoderGirl Education Program - The company donated $100,000 to LaunchCode, a nonprofit that places aspiring technologists in apprenticeships and jobs in technology. The new donation will be used to support and expand its CoderGirl program throughout the St. Louis area.

Tweet of the Week

From @DylanMoriarty
One immediate thing you can do to help efforts in Texas is ensure the data aid workers are using is accurate