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Thursday, September 7, 2017

GIS Education Weekly: A Houston Geography Teacher Takes on Harvey on the First Day of School

New colors on the NWS maps were prompted by Harvey.

The newsletter is a bit late and a bit short this week. I'm sure you would agree that my students should come before this "recreational" activity.


EagleView captured and shared imagery from Harvey. Interestingly, it has a trigger warning. Woolpert's imagery does not.

WaPo: The Intersect: Thanks to Harvey, Snapchat’s map feature went from being kind of creepy to really useful - SnapMap because a solution during the disaster, rather than a solution in search of a problem.

The Day: Cadets create maps to help Coast Guard with Harvey rescues - Two cadets at the Coast Guard Academy helped map social media requests for aid.

NPR: Early Data From Harvey Shows Epic Flooding - NPR covers maps made by Nick Santos at the team at University of California, Davis Center for Watershed Sciences. Nick teaches the GIS Specialization on Coursera.

On and Off Campus

Chicago Now: More Brains Needed to Promote Healthy Earth/Focus on STEAM Education - Bronzeville Urban Development (BUD) is a STEAM project on the South Side of Chicago, tapping ArcGIS. (I just read Natalie Moore's book on the South Side.)

Trajectory: Expanding Geography Education Dr. Camelia Kantor joins USGIF as director of academic programs - The article introduces to the new director.

The Sentinel: Drones deliver high hopes - Colorado Mesa University students explore drone use for oil and gas sites.


Quiz question for students: What about this article does not make sense? Bronx parks get GPS call boxes after 3 deaths

Feedspot: Top 60 GIS Blogs and Websites about Geographic Information Systems - A list of blogs,  ranked based on following criteria:
  • Google reputation and Google search ranking
  • Influence and popularity on Facebook, twitter and other social media sites
  • Quality and consistency of posts.
  • Feedspot’s editorial team and expert review 
Press release: "The ArcGIS Book: 10 Big Ideas about Applying The Science of Where, Second Edition, and its companion website offer all the information and interactive education resources needed to jump in and start to use web-based geographic information system (GIS)..." 

Chalkbeat: I’m a Houston geography teacher. This is my plan for our first day back — as soon as it arrives - Alex McNaughton, who teaches history and geography at YES Prep Southeast in Houston ponders geography's role during this unique back to school situation.


A few researchers are working on a project about the solar eclipse on 21 August.They are looking for stories of those who witnessed the event via this survey.