Where am I Wearing and other Education GIS News
The University of Kentucky is connecting geography with its common book.
After the paint has dried [on an 8' x 5' map of world], anyone is invited to place a pin on the map to show where their clothes are from. Once pinned, it will be presented to Kelsey Timmerman, the author of this year’s common reading experience book, “Where Am I Wearing,” when he comes to campus on Oct. 15.
Event coordinator Laura Greenfield said The World Map Project was designed by the Peace Corps in the 1980s. Volunteers gathered to paint a giant world map with the goals of promoting geography literacy and building community.
UK’s World Map Project, which is sponsored by the Center for Community Outreach, aims to bring students together and help them become aware of the source of their clothing.
The professional development MOOC for educators to explore using GIS for STEMx teaching (APB coverage) will be running again October 7. Details and registration are here. I spoke with the course author back in July in this Directions Magazine interview.
The Natrona County School Board (WY) is finding that one-to-one computers and software packages are not enough to make technology integration a reality in the high school classroom.
“I’m a little discouraged that we’re five or six years into having one-to-one [one computer per student], and where we are in terms of professional development — wanting to get teachers comfortable with using software — and we’re not at curriculum integration,” said Trustee Dave Applegate. “Here we are four years into this and I’m trying to see … from my own kids, are they doing Excel spreadsheets, are they creating or involved in GIS applications? I’m just pointing out that with where the teachers want to go, it’s not keeping up with my expectations, which is curriculum integration.”