Yahoo Research PhD Student Fellowships

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.

AAG panel participants

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.

Guerrilla Geography

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.

Guerrilla Geography

BBC NEWS | Virtual lessons stimulate students

The BBC reported on a new teaching system in Singapore that utilizes ‘mixed reality’ technologies, a combination of real world information supported through visualization using head mounted displays. They use the HMDs to interact with planets, plants, and other objects. While I think this is a great idea, I am a little confused when it comes to k-12 education as it seems to have a significant tech trend that reaches from neat toys in the classroom to entire curriculum being taught online. Either way, kudos to the folks who are rolling out this technology. I hope to see better implementations of augmented reality find their way into consumer hands in the not too distant future.

BBC NEWS | Technology | Virtual lessons stimulate students

Zula Patrol kids’ show to get its own virtual world

The creators of the kids’ show Zula Patrol, which airs on PBS stations, are partnering with IBM to create an online immersive virtual world. Called Zulaworld, it will be targeted toward 4-8 year olds, and will be aimed at both home users and schools. According to the press release: “The large site will have multiple points of entry and layered content to correspond with the needs of kids at different stages of development. At the same time, educators and teachers will have access to a virtual world that supports lesson planning and global communication, while parents can access a host of different website controls.”

Not much detail is available right now, but it will be interesting to see how the IBM partnership helps shape the development of Zulaworld and whether it sees significant use in the classroom.