This site offers a searchable list of over 1000 Geography departments from around the world. WVU is on it, is your school (or alma mater)?
I just read an article about a teacher in Maine who has had her students participating in projects based on NASA’s ISS EarthKam project. EartKAM is Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle School Students, an education program that is centered around a camera currently mounted on the International Space Station. EarthKAM has actually been around since 1996 and has also flown on shuttle missions, so there is a pretty nice archive of images on the website. The images are taken by students themselves, who request specific areas via the Web. It’s a pretty cool program, and is a way to get students interested in geography and the applications of remote sensing.
Check out NASA’s EarthKAM website
Although definitions vary, most agree that human geography focuses on the interactions between humans and their environment, and the spatial relationships that define and are defined by those interactions. Human geography has many sub-disciplines, from cultural geography to urban geography to historical geography and many others (Wikipedia lists 18 fields of Human Geography, and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not even all of them).
I was waiting for my ride to campus this morning and I stumbled across a program on the History Channel called Battlefield Detectives. This episode was about the Battle of Hastings in England in 1066. But what was interesting was a discussion and demonstration of the use of GIS in historic landscape interpretation and reconstruction. It was pretty strange to see the GIS up on a monitor in the background and the closeups of aerial photos draped over terrain as the researchers explained how the reconstruction is generated. It’s next airing is today at 2pm, but I don’t know after that.
History Channel Battlefield Detectives webpage
This is an interesting list of audio made available by MIT ranging over many areas of study. Check that out at MIT World on LearnOutLoud.com – Your Audio and Video Learning Resource.
If you would like to view some of the content as video head over to the MITWorld site at http://mitworld.mit.edu/.
John Krygier pointed us to Hopeworks, a program in Camden, NJ whose mission includes reducing the dropout rate and to create hope for the future. They attempt to do this by engaging students through web and GIS services. The site is impressive and the concept is great.
They also have a position open for their GIS Director, a great GIS and society position for those interested.
An article on the use of podcasts in the classroom, primarily on their use in schools such as Duke and Perdue to act in support of classroom lectures. Fairly interesting.
Glenn over at GISUser spoke with Bob Samborski, Executive President of GITA, on the DOL funding workforce readiness. Mr Samborski outlined 5 key steps for conducting this study.
“1. Getting a grip on understanding geospatial and defining it
2. Communication and public outreach Ã¢â‚¬â€œ this approach will serve to identify what kinds of skills are needed for professionals. A number of partners will be used to help secure feedback and communication.
3. Development of a web-based portal to access curricula information. This will also serve to help explain and communicate to academia what they need to be teaching to better prepare students for careers in geospatial technologies.
4. Use the portal as a live test site. This will involve a live pilot project with a goal of replicating the effort based on the outcome.
5. Making the project results sustainable.”
For more information head over and read the full article at GISuser.com