UW Students Help Map State Economic Dev and other Education GIS News
University of Wisconsin students helped develop an online interactive map that shows the economic impact of investments in counties and legislative districts throughout the state. Whole lot of Esri in the map, but it looks so elegant!
UW-Madison's Cartography Lab; the State Cartographer's Office, which operates at the university; and UW-Whitewater's Pangea Studios collaborated to create the map, which allows users to see the number of grants and funding awarded throughout the state by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).
- UW News
The University at Buffalo, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Life Technologies and Praxair made their sites available for the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Partnership (ISEP) this pas summer.
The goal of the $10 million program is to improve the quality of science education in Buffalo Public Schools. Participating teachers get training and resources, including regular, in-class help from UB graduate and undergraduate students during the school year.
And yes, GIS was on the menu.
Michael Gallisdorfer, a PhD student in geography who works in Buffalo schools through ISEP, said the best summer projects provide teachers with skills and resources they can actually use in class.
Toward that end, Gallisdorfer spent the summer helping middle school teachers from Southside Elementary develop lessons that incorporate geographic information systems (GIS), which scientists use to map, analyze and display data. The team designed exercises asking sixth-graders to use Google Earth and Google Maps to explore local geography and take “virtual field trips” to locations around the world. These projects will teach kids about topography, map-reading and other concepts in cartography.
A few hundred teenagers in Rwanda are about to walk out of their science classrooms and map their world using smart phones and tablet computers provided by two scientists from Rochester Institute Technology.
...RIT professors Brian Tomaszewski and Anthony Vodacek are implementing high school science curriculum centered on geographic information systems (GIS) technology. Their two-year pilot study is funded with £294,712 ($473,000) from the U.K. Department for International Development in support of the Innovation for Education, a national initiative the Rwanda Ministry of Education launched earlier this year. The project is one of 26 programs the ministry will consider adopting as national models.
- RIT News