New STEM Geo High in Miami and other Education GIS News
Miami-Dade County Public Schools is using a $10.7 million federal grant to create two high schools focused on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
iTech @ Edison will prepare students to work in geospatial information studies, enterprise resource planning and Microsoft Applications.
Twenty students at Auburn Junior High School were given a hands-on college experience last week when they visited Cayuga Community College and were taught the art of map-making from a campus professor.
On Sept. 26, eighth-grade technology teacher Matt Drastal took his class next-door for the day for a lesson in geographic information systems, the technology used in GPS calculation and mapping. Led by CCC professor Abu Badruddin, who teaches GIS courses, the students spent their school day learning how GPS signals work and the different uses of the technology before venturing out into the field to complete their own mapping project.
Sounds like a great program. I think the reporter on the story should join the next batch of students!
Esri has announced the call for papers for the 2014 Esri Education GIS Conference, July 12-15. The event also seems to have the name 2014 Education Summit; I don't know why. Proposals are due November 1. (Do not expect that to be a hard date!)
The theme is "Education's Grand Challenges—GIS Opportunities," and the event aims to explore the big issues currently confronting K–12 schools, higher education, and informal education and the relevance of GIS to those challenges.
Suggested Topics include:
• Impacts of the Common Core and other standards
• The uncertain future of higher education
• Assessment, badging, and alternative credentialing schemes
• Online learning and the object formerly known as "textbook"
• Equitable access and affordability GIS Opportunities
• Relevance of GIS to new education standards
• GIS massive open online courses (MOOC) and online programs
• What works in teacher professional development
• Successes and challenges in adopting ArcGIS Online
• Assessing core competencies in GIS
• Increasing operational efficiency with GIS