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Thursday, July 12, 2018

GIS Education Weekly: Esri Education Summit Highlights


Robot Development in the United States
City Lab: America’s Robot Geography - A recap of a paper in Regional Studies dives into the geography of robot development in the U.S.

USGIF: USGIF introduces its own interactive, educational map - "USGIF’s Portable Planet is a 35-by-26-foot map designed for children and teachers to walk on and explore its many features. Additionally, USGIF created cross-disciplinary, hands-on activities for educators to conduct on the map. The lessons not only teach geography, mapping, and the basics of GEOINT, but also allow students to practice skills in critical thinking, spatial analysis, teamwork, and more." Shipping and handling fees run from $200-$500 for rental.

GIS Addressed - A new podcast from NSGIC and State Scoop shares the perspectives of state government GIS staffer on key issues. The first episode features Cy Smith, GIO of Oregon, speaking to the value of a GIO.

For Students

University of Wisconsin: Alumni Profile: Alex Tait - This month's alumni profile is with Alex Tait, a graduate of the Master's in Geography program who now works at National Geographic. Via @dianamaps.

Directions Magazine: Young GIS Professionals' Perspectives on Professional Organizations - The podcast, with transcript, discusses "the benefits of professional organizations for young professionals as well as their seasoned colleagues."

Programs and Courses

News Herald: Lake Erie College adds a new minor in geospatial technology - Lake Erie College (Painesville, OH) will offer students a new minor in geospatial technology this fall. This area of study will fall under the environmental science major.

Esri Education Summit/Esri User Conference

University of Minnesota: Mapping Prejudice - Check out this User Conference video featuring this and other U-Spatial efforts. The rest of the plenary videos are here.

Jack Dangermond presented Mariana Ramirez & Alice Im with the Making a Difference award for inspiring the passion of GIS in the students of Math, Science, and Technology Magnet Academy at Roosevelt High School.

As usual, Shannon White provided the most detailed coverage of the Education Summit on Twitter.

The highlight of the Ed Summit for me was the standing room only session with David DiBiase and Karen Kemp titled "Stop Teaching GIS" based on the ideas in the article of the same name.