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A compilation of blogs on GIS education.

Harsha Vardhan,
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Abstract
Instead of starting with a regular yada yada, what a blog and blogging is all about, lets jump in to the world of geospatial blogs. With this issue, the team at GIS Development will bring to you a compilation of blogs to keep you abreast with the latest development which cannot be covered in a single issue of this magazine. The aim is to bring to our readers, the contributions that others are putting up through their blogs.

In this issue we have brought out some blogs on education, and it was also interesting for us to learn about how various people, including teachers are using GIS tools to teach Geography at Primary/ Secondary education level.

infinite thinking machine
This blog is aimed at K-12(North American designation for primary and secondary education) educators and students, “to show how today’s digital tools can impact student learning in meaningful ways”.

The blog has been designed to help teachers and students thrive in the 21st century. It showcases innovative instruction methods through content in the form of ideas from leading experts, internet TV shows, and other media resources. One of the several posts in this blog is by Mr.Steve Hargadon titled – ‘A Great “Mashup:” Mapping Literary Journeys’ . Mr.Steve is from California, United States and he is actively working in the promotion of Open Source technologies in K-12 education. He writes about the site ‘GoogleLit Trips’ in which Google Earth has been used in explaining the classical literature like The Grapes of Wrath, Candide, Macbeth, The Aeneid and others to the students by plotting out three-dimension versions of the journeys made in those novels.

He also writes “In addition to the Google Earth file that has been created for each book, there are short podcasts and screen shots for each one that give a brief description of what you will find when you open it in Google Earth…”.We call this real education……. Interested? visit :
https://www.infinitethinking.org

This blog also features a video on the important role that “maps” play in the 21st century. The video can be viewed or downloaded in Quicktime format at the following link

Geography Matters
Geography matters is a blog from ESRI, to discuss how geography and GIS can improve many facets of our lives from sustainability to education to business and economic development. Under the Education Tag, we have posts on the importance of GIS for Librarians and Museums, and GIS Education in Marine Exploration. The most important point has been placed in the post “Geography Matters Visually: Why Not Use Videos in the Classroom” which explains that Geography teaching is no more confined to paper maps and textbooks;Videos are excellent resources as “Geography is by its nature a visual discipline and the prudent use of movies in the curriculum can make geographic issues, technologies, and careers come alive for your students.”

Visithttps://blogs.esri.com/roller/ for more information

juicy geography
Juicy Geography is a blog that has resources for educators. The Google Earth blog highlights projects like “San Francisco: Visualizing a Safer City”.

This project is about making the students to use a variety of spatial data to carry out a planning exercise to make San Francisco safer during major earthquakes.

More details on this project can be found at
https://www.juicygeography.co.uk/googleearthsanfran.htm

The “GPS for Geography Teachers” post, targets primary/ secondary school teachers – to know what is GPS and teach students about it. The post also suggests some topics of interest within GPS along with relevant links to other useful resources.

This blog has much more to explore, so visit the link
https://www.juicygeography.co.uk/ for some juicy education stuff!!

Digital Geography
This is a blog about ICT for Geography teachers, using new technologies in the Geography curriculum. A variety of tags include 3D visualization, Google Earth, Google Earth lessons, ICT, Student work, Teaching resources and videos. The post “BBC Bitesize podcasts” leads you to a range of Geography revison “audiobite” podcasts that have appeared at the BBC Bitesize site.

Visit at https://www.digitalgeography.co.uk/

All Points Blog
This already popular blog within the Geospatial community has a lot of posts to dig in to. One thing we find interesting is a post on “LBS on Campus” which talks about how students are tracking the location of the shuttle bus on their cell phones through the implementation of location-aware services (LAS). Here is a quote from the article— “Shop around. If the difference between a $60 book and an $80 book is a nice map, students would rather buy the cheap book and Google a map.”

Visit All Points Blog at https://www.allpointsblog.com

ANYgeo
There is a digest of information in the GISuser blog AnyGeo by Mr. Glenn, the Founder & Managing Editor of GISuser.com. The education section in this blog can be considered as an important information on conferences, scholarships, awards etc. for students at secondary schools/colleges/universities. Apart from this, there are a variety of articles arranged in categories. Users can select the category of their choice to browse through related posts.

Visit the link for more information.

https://gisuser.blogspot.com/search/label/education

Geotechnologies in Education
This blog tries to relate the news on spatial data, training events, books, ideas, curriculum and the benefits to the education segment. It discusses the challenges, benefits, spatial data, training events, books, ideas, curriculum, and other topics related to the use of Geotechnologies (GIS, GPS, Remote Sensing) in education. The author of this blog is Joseph Kerski from United States. He works as a Geographer at the USGS and is also an instructor for primary and secondary schools as well as universities. He conducts research on how and why teachers implement GIS into their curricula, and the effectiveness of GIS in teaching and learning.

Visit him at https://geotecheducation.blogspot.com/

GIS in Education
This blog has regularly updated feature stories, articles, updates in GIS and Remote Sensing. A compilation of University/College/Academic sites offering courses on Geographic Information System (GIS) is also available. The universities list has been categorised according to the regions, namely, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and the Americas. It has some other sections like Conferences and Seminars, Software updates, NASA News, Remote Sensing updates etc.

Visit the blog https://gis-education.blogspot.com