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Thursday, November 9, 2017

GIS Education Weekly: GAW and GIS Day are Upon Us!


This is the edition I have; It was
assigned in my Cartography
course circa 1985.
How to Lie with Maps: The 3rd edition with the new chapters, which "look good," per @undertheraedar, is expected in May. Via @undertheraedar.

New York Times: Where the STEM Jobs Are (and Where They Aren’t) - "What recent studies have made increasingly apparent is that the greatest number of high-paying STEM jobs are in the “T” (specifically, computing)."

The Guardian: Gerrymander 5K: run highlights absurdity of Republican redistricting - At the event in Asheville, North Carolina runners zigzagged the boundaries of two districts that were redrawn in order to seize control of a liberal enclave.

Ready to do a little augmented reality with your ArcGIS Online data? Check out AuGeo app (from Esri Labs, not supported). Here's a tutorial and an example of use in Cleveland State University's tree inventory.

Geography Awareness Week/GIS Day/Computer Science Week

News-Gazette: Map riddle + four colors + UI math department = celebration - Forget GIS Day, celebrate the anniversary of proving the four color theorem at the University of Illinois.

Pitney-Bowes hosts four webinars for LI360 Geography Week which runs during Geography Awareness Week. I know some of the speakers; even worked with a few of them!

The AAG offers a story map with Geography Week activities. There were five when I last visited.

The Kansas GeoAlliance has lesson plans for this year's Geography Awareness Week theme: Geography of Civil Rights Movements. Esri offers this story map on MLK.

Computer Science Week is Dec 4-10. Here are some K-12 resources from Esri.


In August, the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) partnered with NVIDIA to offer an essay challenge to individuals at USGIF accredited universities. Three challenge winners wrote essays about what they would do with a supercomputer with  the company's GPU chips.
  • University of Southern California: Weiwei Duan
  • University of South Carolina: Zhenlong Li, Huan Ning, and Cuizhen “Susan” Wang
  • U.S. Military Academy at West Point: Chris Oxendine and William Wright

Courses and Degrees

University at Albany: Mapping Their Future - This spring, students seeking a future in using technology to help solve a wide-range of social and environmental challenges can pursue a Master of Science degree in Geographic Information Science (GIS) at SUNY Albany.

GISPO Learning, based in Finland, now offers online QGIS courses in Finnish.

GeoTech in Schools

Journal Sentinel: South Milwaukee says student's GPS issue resolved; parent says 'it's not' - The South Milwaukee School District says it has resolved the issue in which a student was suspended for using a GPS device in school. The six year old autistic boy wore the device; his mother felt it would keep him safe. The school was concerned about it being used a as a listening device.

Phi Delta Kappan: Gerrymandering educational opportunity: "The extent to which school boundaries foster or hinder efforts at enhancing school diversity depends on the motivation and political will of district leadership. "

Daily Progress: WMMS sixth-graders use robot for Lego competition, research on local reservoir - Three William Monroe Middle School sixth-graders, called the The Hydroterminators, are competing in a FIRST Lego League robotics competition. Their project explores a planned reservoir in Greene County, VA. Their first milestone: building a story map.