Passion for Education and GIS

Education professionals will gather to explore the power of spatial thinking from 11th to 14th July at the 2009 ESRI Education User Conference (EdUC). The conference, to be held at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront in San Diego (CA, USA) will provide a forum for collaboration among educators, administrators, researchers, librarians, and museum professionals with all levels of geographic information system (GIS) experience.     Attendees will kick-start their conference experience during the Plenary Session as ESRI education team members explore the latest applications and resources in the ESRI education community. Keynote speaker Dr. Henk Scholten will talk about the... (read more)
2009-05-11 10:20:24

Mapping Education in UK Schools

Children at state and independent schools across the UK have begun learning with the most highly detailed Ordnance Survey digital maps under a new ‘mapping on demand' agreement. Local studies, field work and controlled assessments are all being supported by the move which widens an existing map-subscription service to include all schools, academies and teacher-training establishments in the country.   The Advisory Unit: Computers in Education, which supplies geographical and ICT products and training services, has joined forces with leading location content platform emapsite to make the mapping available.   Under the agreement, schools pay a small annual subscription that... (read more)
2011-11-08 09:26:19

Free Dragon Software for Education

Goldin-Rudahl Systems (MA, USA) has launched a project to produce a free version of its Dragon/ips Academic Edition for education in development countries. The goal is to provide RS/GIS software for use in educational organisations within lesser developed countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and other regions. The Thailand project referred to be Mr Rudahl is known as the Open Dragon project, currently supported by King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT), Bangkok, Thailand. The project has already released the initial version of the internationalised remote sensing system. This system is available free upon request to schools or universities in... (read more)
2006-05-30 12:00:00

Importance of GIS in Education

A new report from the National Research Council (NRC) stresses the importance of spatial thinking in everyone's life. Learning to Think Spatially: GIS as a Support System in the K–12 Curriculum recommends embedding spatial thinking across the K–12 curriculum. According to the report, GIS technology can play a powerful role in promoting spatial thinking. The study, supported by grants from the USGS, NASA, National Geographic Society Education Foundation, National Science Foundation, and ESRI, began in 2000 and brought together experts in geographic education and educational psychology. The panel heard from key organisations and individuals active in GIS education and outreach... (read more)
2006-04-19 12:00:00

URISA in Demand for in Education

Ten years after announcing that electronic copies of the URISA Journal would be made freely available to teachers and learners everywhere via the World Wide Web, the Journal’s electronic archives have become one of the richest collections of open educational resources in the geospatial field. As of December 2009 there are 196 peer-reviewed articles in 40 issues of the URISA Journal freely available. The Journal is one of only three journals listed by the Directory of Open Access Journals  under the keyword “gis,” and it is the only one to be ranked among 46 leading geographic information science (GIScience) journals by Caron... (read more)
2009-12-18 03:07:11

Tele Atlas and ESRI Support GIS Education

ESRI (CA, USA) and Tele Atlas (MA, USA) are working together for the sixth year in a row to offer five educators scholarships to attend the ESRI Education User Conference (EdUC). The grants awarded will give each recipient $400 for travel expenses and complimentary admission to EdUC, being held August 2-5, 2008, in San Diego, California, at the Marriott Hotel & Marina.   EdUC is an inspiring forum for discovering how GIS technology enhances learning and provides solutions throughout the education community. Educators, administrators, researchers, librarians, and museum professionals are invited to explore the power of spatial thinking at this... (read more)
2008-04-01 08:30:42

Open Source Geospatial and Education Laboratory

OSGeo has announced the establishment of the Open Source Geospatial Research and Education (OSGeoREL) Laboratory at the Faculty of Civil Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague. The laboratory is one of the members of a worldwide network developed under the auspices of the ICA-OSGeo Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). In 2011, the International Cartographic Association (ICA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo) with a view to develop global collaboration opportunities for academia, industry and government organisations in the field of open source GIS software and data. The MoU aims to provide expertise... (read more)
2012-11-30 01:29:29

State-wide GIS License Supports Technology Education

The Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) has signed an agreement that provides all K-12 schools, districts, and formal youth clubs in the state with free access to Esri's ArcGIS software. The agreement aligns with OSPI's approach to technology integration as a multifaceted way to support effective instruction and deepen student understanding of standards-based curricula.   "We've got to teach kids how to analyse information and solve problems," says state school superintendent Randy Dorn. "These are the skills that count in today's world. And we know in the classroom or when students get to do real fieldwork,... (read more)
2011-01-25 09:13:25

Prague Geo Summit Focuses on Education

On Saturday 1 June and Sunday 2 June the Prague Google Geo Summit is taking place in the International School of Prague, Czech Republic. This event is a professional development experience designed to help educators get the most from Google’s geo products and technologies. The summit focuses on the use of Google Earth and Google Maps in education and attendees are a mixture of directors, administrators, geography teachers and other teachers. During the intensive two-day event participants get hands-on experience. Various sessions are on the programme, lead by some of world’s leading Google Geo experts. Attendees will learn about innovative... (read more)
2013-02-12 03:01:49

Leica Announces New Education Product Program

Leica Geosystems (CA, USA) has launched a new Education Product Program (EPP), a formalised purchase program for educational institutions teaching or performing research in the area of 3D laser scanning. The program offers a new set of laser scanning products for universities, colleges, trade schools and other institutions of higher education. These products feature Leica’s 3D laser scanning technology and its Cyclone and CloudWorx software licenses. Institutions can purchase packages with up to ten additional seat licenses. The program also includes extensive training on hardware and software. In order to qualify, educational institutions must teach at least two classes per... (read more)
2005-03-10 12:00:00
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