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Thursday, June 28, 2018

GIS Education Weekly: Mapping Migrant Children


The Washington Post: Where are the migrant child facilities? Scattered across America - The paper is crowdsourcing locations. (map at right)

Wired: 'ICE Is Everywhere': Using Library Science to Map the Separation Crisis - "Torn Apart / Separados visualizes the vast apparatus of immigration enforcement in the US, and broadly maps the shelters where children can be housed."

ProPublica: About the Immigrant Children Shelter Map - The organization is also crowdsourcing data.

The Verge: Google Earth's new tool lets you measure the distance and area of anything on the map - "The Measure tool is available now on Android and Google Chrome, and an iOS version is said to be 'coming soon.'" Educators are very excited about this, based on comments in my Twitter feed.  

OER GIS Book: Fundamentals of GIS: Applications with ArcGIS - The book is licensed under Creative Commons.

On and Off Campus

Clarksille Now: APSU Drone Club’s machines zip, dip and dive for Governor’s School students - "APSU’s GIS Center and the University’s Drone Club brought out the drones on this sweltering June day to give students like Misra and her Governor’s School of Computational Physics classmates a chance for hands-on learning." An APSU student used the drone to map a new disc golf course.

Stratfor: Statfor and World Geography Class at LASA High School - The company offers a podcast of what happened when it provided its geopolitical analysis and forecasting data available through its Stratfor Worldview product, to all the freshmen at a high school in Austin, TX.

WGME: $100 million rare map collection donated to USM - "A rare map collection estimated at $100 million was donated to University of Southern Maine’s cartography library on Friday. The Osher family donated their private collection to expand the Osher Map Library. It includes 450,000 maps and historic artifacts dating back to 1475."

The Southern (Illinois): Meet the Map Guy, a retired Benton principal who's painted hundreds of playground maps - "Alexander recently finished his 381st map on the playground at The Night’s Shield, a nonprofit children's shelter that provides emergency housing for abused, neglected or abandoned children from around the state." Check out the map in the photo; there's some very interesting generalization going on!

Cornell: Giant map gives ‘foots-on’ education about NY geography - "Two copies of the map, which measures 17-by-21 feet, were gifted to the New York Geographic Alliance by National Geographic in 2016."

NJ.com: Giant map provides student-centered approach to geography - A National Geographic giant map of Europe traveled to intermediate schools in New Jersey.

Programs and Courses

Tulane: Tulane Offers Region's First GIS Certificate - "The School of Science and Engineering currently offers the 13-hour GIS Certificate program for undergraduate students, graduate students and professionals, ensuring that participants learn the complex organization, management and visualization of geospatial data." There's more information in this PDF.

Wired: Cities are Watching You - Urban Sciences Students Watch Back - "But in the fall, the university [MIT] will launch a novel sort of program, an undergraduate major called Urban Science that combines data analytics training with the sort of informed policy knowhow offered in typical Urban Studies programs." Via @seangorman.

UW: GPS and other technology help athletes find fitness faster - "Sports Science & Athlete Monitoring,” is a new three-week course taught by David Bell, an assistant professor of kinesiology at the UW–Madison and the director of the Wisconsin Injury in Sport Laboratory. It's an IoT sensor and data analysis course.

Open source GIS courses on Udemy: Mike Miller is offering all of his courses (QGIS 3.0, PostGIS, Leaflet, Web GIS, etc.) for $15 each (regular price is $20) until the end of July. Via @millermountainl.


Esri Canada's 2018 Student Story Map Competition: The top submissions are, of course, provided in a story map.

Esri Education Summit and User Conference

User Conference 2018 Q&A: The full Q&A is available; here's the education section.

Plenary Live Stream: UC Plenary live on Facebook - This is the first time it's available to anyone, anywhere, live. Put it on your calendar: Monday, July 9 at 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM PDT.

Esri Certification Exams: Attendees who sit for an exam at this year’s conference in San Diego will receive a 20% discount. Exams will be held Tuesday through Thursday, from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., at the Omni Hotel-Gaslamp 1 room.

Esri Young Scholars: This story map highlights their work. They will be at the Education Summit and User Conference. Look for them!

The Smart Campus SIG: Tuesday, July 10 11:45 am - 12:45 pm Marriott - Mission Hills 

GeoMentoring Meetup: Tuesday July 10 11:30-12:30 SDCC RM 28D

Esri MOOC Meetup: Tuesday, July 10 11:30-12:30 SDCC RM 25A - Come meet MOOC students and the MOOC team (my team) and learn about what's ahead. There'll be games and prizes.