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Tuesday, August 07, 2012

AAG Signs AOL to Geography Ed Resolution and other Education GIS News

The Huffington Post recaps the AAG's effort to get federal funding for geography eduction. The money quote:

"If students are not exposed to spatial thinking in K to 12 education, they will be challenged at some level to use GIS, GPS and other tools; this is a workforce development issue," John Wertman, AAG's senior program manager for government relations, told HuffPost.

The news (at least to me):

Note: AOL, the parent company of The Huffington Post has endorsed the AAG campaign for geography education.

GIS and cartography students at UW Madison like the topic so much they set up their own course. It meets twice a week and now includes faculty and guest speakers from the state cartographers office. It even has its own webpage which documents the topics covered.
... the Spatial Information Design Lab (SIDL) at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP), [...] translates data into beautiful and compelling maps to communicate statistical information.
Among its projects are analysis of Foursquare check-ins (equaly by population across NYC regardless of wealth) and the cost to the public by block of housing inmates. Columbia Magazine did a profile, which was recapped in SmartPlanet.
by Adena Schutzberg on 08/07 at 03:23 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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