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Monday, December 03, 2012

Universal Wayfinding at UC Boulder and other Education GIS News

In a new set of way-finding maps, planters at the University of Colorado Boulder are more than decorative containers. The concrete vessels serve as directional prompts for people to navigate central campus.

New, detailed and universally designed routing directions are now available for 74 routes on campus. They are divided into "basic" for new user/visitors, "detailed" for those who use canes or guide dogs and "stair free" for those who travel with wheels. The text of the directions are dry, but very detailed using a variety of landmark types including visual and auditory cues. Best of all, they can be downloaded in text or MP3.

- press release

Karl Zimmerer, professor and head of the Department of Geography, received the honor of being chosen as one of six Penn State faculty members named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). New inductees are elected by the current Fellows in recognition of “efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications that are scientifically or socially distinguished.”

- press release

I've noted before the proposed changes to the social studies standards (including geogrpahy) in the state of Nebraska. The state Dept of Education opened a survey for input on the proposed documents and recieved more responses than on other more mundane topics like math. In particular, large portions of existing geography standards were highlighted as “undergoing continuing revision or possible removal.” That prompted local geography advocates to bring in the big guns to advocate for geography. Among those sending input:  the National Geographic Society, the National Center for Science Education, the Association of American Geographers, the National Council on Geographic Education.

What's next?

Over the next week, the committees that drafted the standards will review the public comments and make further revisions. Then the board committee will take a crack at it. On Thursday, the state board of education will discuss it, and it is scheduled for a vote on Friday.

- Lincoln Journal Star

by Adena Schutzberg on 12/03 at 04:00 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

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