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Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Islamic Republic News Agency of Iran has reported that three earth obseravation satellites will be launched in the coming year. According to the report:

Three Iranian remote-sensing satellites of Zafar, Tolou and AutSat are slated for launch using Simorgh Launcher in the coming year (to start March 21, 2015), deputy head of Iran Space Agency said on Wednesday. The satellites are designed to gather data from the environment and forecast natural disasters ... The satellites can provide more accurate images from the earth in times of natural disasters such as flooding, tsunami and arson, he said, while comment of the applications of images of the satellites.

by Joe Francica on 05/29 at 06:19 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Registration Open for Goodall Roots and Shoots MOOC

It's been talked about for some time, but now registration is open for the course which runs July 7 - Aug 3. You'll need a Google account to register and everyone is welcome (including non-educators).

Here are the learning objectives:

Through participation in this course students will:

  • Be able to identify how mapping plays a role in JGI's conservation initiatives;
  • Be able to define community mapping and explain the concept of place-based education;
  • Be able to explain how community mapping fits in to the seven elements and five phases of service learning;
  • Feel comfortable making a community map using Google Maps Engine Lite;
  • Be confident teaching their learners about community mapping, defining a community need and planning a service project to address this need; and
  • Feel comfortable integrating the Roots & Shoots formula into their lessons.

Esri Commits to President's ConnectED

In continuing its support of education, and in line with the President’s ConnectED vision of opening new opportunity through technology in the classroom, Esri will provide to every U.S. K-12 school in America free access to ArcGIS Online Organization accounts — the same GIS technology as used by government and business. These allow users to map and analyze data, create and share content, and collaborate in the cloud -- via computers, tablets, or smartphones, anytime, anywhere connected.  This commitment expands on Esri’s successful program in pilot schools at all levels across the country, and will allow students to do projects of unlimited content, from global to local, building community, as well as knowledge and skills for college and career.

The commitment was announced in conjunction with the White House Science Fair. I hope Esri has some way to manage credits and accounts for all those students. I know university educators have had a very hard time with that. See more at this blog post. And, there's a video of a Bloomberg News person asking Jack Dangermond some really good questions.

Map: Compare State Medals in the Best High School Rankings

The map below, [based on U.S. News and World data] which can be sorted by year, provides a national view of Best High Schools rankings distribution as well as a peek into state data across two years of rankings. The data reveal a few overarching trends. 

Tops in 2014? California, Maine and Connecticut. But, see the methodology...

Continue reading...

by Adena Schutzberg on 05/29 at 03:32 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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