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Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Indian State Using GIS for Schools and other Education GIS News

Here are the interesting bits from an announcement of India's Mainpur state using GIS for school mapping in remote areas.

With the introduction of GIS, effective monitoring can now be done whether or not funds sanctioned for development of school infrastructure have been properly utilised which are otherwise physically inaccessible due to bad transport infrastructure or because of security reasons.

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This GIS was used for school mapping for the first time in the world by France in 1963 .

I'm guess the first statement implies using remote sensing in some way and I'm trying to guess what system was in use in France in 1963. My GIS history does not go back that far.

Sangai Express

I wrote about the NAEP Geography test two weeks ago. Now an experienced educator is questioning the format of one of the sample questions, which may in turn suggest others were not well articulated. The question in question:

Which of the following is an accurate statement about the American Southwest?

a) Alternating areas of dense shrubbery and sand dunes often make travel difficult.

b) Arid conditions make access to water an important public issue.

c) Generally fair weather means that most people rely on solar energy in their homes and businesses.

d) Easy access to Mexico has led to a strong manufacturing sector.

One of the points being made is that multple choice questions should have a clear answer without having to read all the answers. This does not qualify.

- WaPo

 Daniel P. Larson is president of Cayuga Community College, with campuses in Auburn and Fulton, NY and touted some of his school's programs.

For example, in July, our Geographic Information Systems program and the Institute for the Application of Geospatial Technology, located on our Auburn campus, received a Special Achievement in GIS Award at the ESRI International User Conference in San Diego, Calif. This award acknowledges our vision, leadership, hard work and innovative use of geographic information system technology. We were just one of seven organizations so honored from around the world. Our GIS students have numerous opportunities to do hands-on research with projects around the globe. Last year, three of them worked in Panama with a collaborative GIS project on the effects of climate change in Latin America. We know that this program provides our students with hands-on experience that will serve them well in their chosen careers.

- Auburn Pub 

by Adena Schutzberg on 08/02 at 03:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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