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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Anzac Recalled in School GIS Project and other Education GIS News

Using state-of-the-art Geographic Information System (GIS) technology, the Year 10 Society and Environment students [at John Calvin School] have combined a map of Albany’s [Western Austalia] “Avenue of Honour” with images and stories of the 178 soldiers it commemorates.

The project will be enterred in the national 2011 Spatial Technology in Schools (STiS) competition, coordinated by the Western Australian Land Information System,

That's great. I wonder what sentences like this do for the general public's understanding of GIS. I am concerned about the term "sophisticated":

John Calvin School is partnered with Esri Australia, an organisation that specialises in GIS - a sophisticated spatial technology that visually represents information on maps.

- Albany Weekender

GIS technologies allow students to tackle real-world issues while developing critical thinking skills. And, as the work of the students and teachers in Virginia who participate in James Madison University's Geospatial Semester program seems to indicate, it might just revolutionize project-based learning in K-12 schools.

- THE Journal

Edge Hill University in St Helens received a grant from the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation – a charity that supports closer links between Britain and Japan - to help forge new links with the country and improve GIS learning.

As part of the new collaboration, the University’s Natural Geographical and Applied Sciences department will visit the University of Tokyo and the Japanese Center for Spatial Science on GIS learning in September to cement the partnership.

Creative Boom

A writer on the Opinion Blog in the Michigan State newspaper criticizes the campus map. 

- The State News

by Adena Schutzberg on 09/14 at 04:19 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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