In my second GIST course we are teaching the students the techniques of doing georeferencing and doing heads up digitization of maps. We are using the historical Sanborn fire insurance map of their communities. The students select a map that they will georeference, and a year. Most of these maps from the early 1900s and older are available at no charge, we have used maps from both Kentucky and Indiana. The Kentucky maps are presented in a pdf format and we use free software (IrfanView) to convert them into a jpg file before georeferencing. The students then digitize streets, buildings and building types (construction materials such as wood, brick, etc.), water mains, parcels, and cisterns; as well as city blocks. Many features on these maps have disappeared and this gives the students a historical insight into their communities as well as learning an important geospatial technique. The completed maps are then stored, to provide a vector based historical record of the community. Please contact me at email@example.com if you would like access to the lesson.
Say that your students are working on a capstone project for their GIS class and are looking for data when they discover a great example on the Internet of a visualization of data that supports their project. Will they know how to evaluate that data source and conclusions the visualization presents or will they use it assuming “if it is on the Internet it must be true?” And when they go to present their project findings visually, will they include what others need to evaluate their conclusions? One of the great little books for helping students with evaluation of maps is How to Lie with Maps by Mark Monmonier. With Big Data and more types of online visualizations, this online article Infographics Lie by Randy Olson may provide some key points on evaluating online infographics http://www.fastcodesign.com/3024273/infographic-of-the-day/infographics-lie-heres-how-to-spot-the-bs
GeoEd’14 will be June 11th at Jefferson Community and Technical College on the Southwest Campus in Louisville, KY. The paper will be approximately 20 minutes in length. Preconference workshops will be held on June 9 and 10. Workshops can be anywhere from a half of day to two days in length. If you would like to present a paper or workshop please complete the form. Paper/workshops form. Stipends will be available for educators. For additional information please contact Vince.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The expertise and contacts of a MentorLinks mentor within the geospatial technology (GST) community invigorated Kaskaskia College to build an up-to-date GST program that meets employers’ needs. For complete details go to http://www.ccdaily.com/Pages/Workforce-Development/Illinois-college-startsexpands-geospatial-tech-program.aspx.
Don't miss the due date to recognize those you feel have made a difference in Geospatial Education! Geospatial educators and partner organization focused on two-year colleges have largely gone unrecognized for their hard work in creating programs and supporting student success. The GeoTech Center’s National Excellence in Geospatial Education Awards program will recognize them, but we need your help! Three Awards have been created that will provide recognition for Excellence in Geospatial Education or support for Geospatial Education focused on two-year college programs. The three Award categories are: (1) Lifetime Achievement In Geospatial Two-year College Education; (2) Distinguished Geospatial Educator Award; and (3) Distinguished Geospatial Education Partner Award. Awardees will be announced at the GeoEd conference in June in Kentucky and at Esri Educators Conference in July in San Diego. Please nominate educators or organizations that you feel have made a significant contribution to geospatial education. Your nominations are due by January 15, 2014. For more details on each Award category and how to submit nominations please see the Award Button on the GeoTech Center Web page.
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