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Thursday, March 07, 2013

Seth Dixon writes:

It is with great pleasure that I can announce to you that a Graduate Certificate Program specifically for AP Human Geography teachers is about to be launched.  Offered through the Elmhurst College Online Center, the program will to taught fully online in 8-week sessions. The APHG graduate certificate program curriculum correlates directly with the College Board AP Human Geography established curriculum.  This 5-course program can be completed in less than one year.  The full announcement is available in this PDF.

- ScoopIT

A research fund has been created in honor of Dr. Darrick Danta [Cal State University, Northridge], associate dean for the college of social and behavioral sciences, who died Feb. 15 in a mountain climbing accident.

A memorial service will also be held for Danta Friday at the Eternal Valley Memorial Park Mortuary at 1 p.m. The date for the university’s memorial service for Danta is still undecided.

In honor of Danta the geography department created the Darrick Danta Fund for Field Research for students in the department.

- Daily Sundial

In the U.S. National Geographic distributes (for an $800 fee) huge floor maps to schools for educational purposes. Canadians took the idea and twisted it a bit. The maps are just outlines of territories and provinces, wtih no landmarks or labels. The map is made from cotton, rather than plastic for the Nat Geo ones.

The tool was an idea derived from an original National Geographic map and was simplified by the Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario to help students across the province gain a better understanding of the geography that encompasses the country in which they live.

- DurhamRegion.com

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/07 at 06:26 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Dewberry, a leading professional services firm, has been selected by the State of Hawaii to assist in the transition of public websites into the public cloud. As an authorized Amazon Web Services (AWS) Partner, Dewberry offers the full suite of AWS products along with expertise in architecture and migration strategies.

The services will be provided through the Western States Contracting Alliance (WSCA) contract that Dewberry was awarded in 2012.

While the Western States Contracting Alliance (WSCA) contract seemed to be about GIS in the cloud originally, it was broadened to general cloud issues (APB covereage of final contract), Therefore, it makes sense that the detail of Hawaii's deal does not seem to include GIS at all. Intead it says Dewberry will:

plan, design, and implement cloud infrastructure to support the hosting of 25 public websites. The main components of the system will include:

§  Testing and production of AWS EC2 cloud instances to store and serve all existing web pages, scripts, and other non-database-related content;

§  Testing and production of AWS MySQL Relational Database Service to host all of the supporting databases; and

§  Replicated failover systems for quick disaster recovery.

This is the first use of the WCSA contract that I've seen

- press release

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/07 at 05:14 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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