The BBC is reporting that NASA has put out a Request For Information for any groups or agencies who might want o create a NASA MMORPG. The idea is to create a virtual world that simulates science experiments that students can explore. Hopefully whoever gets to make the final products will include a significant geospatial portion. Look for Very Spatial to follow this fairly closely in the coming months, as it dovetails nicely in Jesse, Sue, and I’s research interests!
Attention college faculty, you may be interested in the following announcement:
The Integrated Geospatial Education Technology and Training (iGETT) project offers two-year college faculty professional development opportunities that will enhance existing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) programs by integrating remote sensing and Global Positioning System (GPS) data in ways that support workforce needs. iGETT focuses on moderate-resolution (30 m, 250 m), readily available federal land remote sensing data, such as that from Landsat, MODIS, and ASTER sensors. Topical applications include: forestry, agriculture, disaster management, natural resources management, and urban planning. Faculty who currently teach GIS at two-year colleges located in the United States are eligible to participate in iGETT.
APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY: FEBRUARY 15, 2008
Letters of acceptance will be mailed by March 15, 2008.
Apply on line at http://igett.delmar.edu
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Even if you aren’t up for Mexico, this is still a great project that is definitely worth the support if you can afford it.
The folks over at Geospatial Training Services have focused their last couple blog posts on their GeoChalkboard blog on Arc2Earth. The most recent was spurred on by James’ post from April titled “The Day ArcIMS Died” and focuses on rolling out web content with Arc2Earth, the other from last week looks at using Arc2Earth to create extruded data in Google Earth. You have to love free tutorials.
I ran across this amusing video from a US game show. The real bright spot here is of course that the 3rd grader got the geography answer in like 10 seconds. Of course the other contestant had a…. well… a tad more trouble.
Today is a travel day so Day 4 of the Geography standards will be Thursday, but I did want to point out the efforts of various organizations such as the AAG who are calling on their membership and others to support recognition of Geography as No Child Left Behind is before congress for reauthorization. To learn more head over to the AAG website.
It never rains but it pours, so while I wait for ArcMap to finish export yet another map, I wanted to let you fellow grad students out there know about the 2008-2009 Yahoo! PhD Student Fellowships. They are looking for people in a number of areas of research related to developing/programming, but check out the announcement, as there may be some creative ways to play up your work. The benefits include full tuition and fees for 2 years, $1000 gift to your academic department, and invitations to research events. The deadline for applications is December 14, 2007, and you can find the full details here.
The New Media panel for the AAG in Boston (April 08) is turning out nicely and we are going with an education theme. I would like to get one more person on the panel so that I can just moderate (yup, I am that lazy) so if you are going to be at the AAG and you are interested in New Media in Geography Education (formal and informal) send me an email. Also, I will be in the Geography Education student paper competition with a paper on basically the same topic as the panel if you are interested in my spiel.
Over in the UK a new movement has popped up…Guerrilla Geography. So far there has only been one activity so far where they have taken Geography education to the streets in Birmingham. The next event is planned for London in mid-October and future events already planned including a food fight event that I am waiting to hear details about. We hope to talk to Daniel Raven-Ellison about Guerilla Geography and Give Geography its Place. Hopefully we can extend Guerrilla Geography to the US around AAG or Where 2.0.