NAU Gets Three Year NSF Grant for Geo Pathways and other Education GIS News
The $447,670.00 grant funds a collaboration between Northern Arizona University and Mesa Community College.
This collaborative project by Mesa Community College and Northern Arizona University is developing career and educational pathways in geospatial technology (GST) from secondary schools through two-year colleges and universities. Components include a) course and curriculum development that integrates GST and project-based learning as components of a broad range of courses within colleges and secondary schools, b) sustained professional development and support for college faculty and secondary teachers to implement the curriculum, and c) increasing awareness of and training for GST-related careers through internships, outreach and industry involvement. The curriculum is aligned with the Geospatial Technology Competency Model and informed by industry representation on the project's advisory board. The intellectual merit of the project lies in its comprehensive approach to infusing geospatial technology and data-processing and analytical skills within a pathway model aligned with workforce needs. Broader impacts include building technological and instructor capacity in GST within both urban and rural schools across the state, engagement of students from groups traditionally underrepresented in GST careers, and contributing to the development of the future GST workforce in Arizona.
National Geographic Learning (NGL), part of Cengage Learning and a provider of quality educational materials for the PreK-12, higher education, adult education and ELT markets, today announced that more than 21,000 sixth and seventh grade students in Oklahomawill be using the National Geographic World Cultures and Geography program beginning this fall. Students in the districts that selected the program will learn social studies curriculum that not only aligns to the newOklahoma College, Career, and Citizen (C3) Standards, but also brings learning to life with rich multimedia and graphics, engaging content and real-world accounts from the famous National Geographic Explorers.
The future of teaching geography? Is there aligmnet with Geography for Life? No, but there is with the Common Core.
Esri responds to a query from Aaron Addison, Director of Data Services & GIS at Washington University in St. Louis in an blog post titled, Making the Most of the ArcGIS Platform in Higher Education . The question, posetd to Esri’s “highered-l” listserv (a valuable resource, registrated required) was essentially “What to teach from ArcGIS platform?” Esri provides a starting point for an answer and requests feedback on the blog and its Higher Ed Facebook page (also valuable). Look for a webinar series on the topic in October.
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