|Course focuses on geospatial technologies|
GEOG 900: Geospatial Technologies for Implementing National Geography Standards, will be held June 13 and 20, at Lake Region State College. Those taking the class will learn how to make geospatial technologies part of the classroom diet.
These two days will be used to introduce in-service educators from all grade levels about the basics of map reading and interpretation, global positioning systems (GPS), remote sensing, and geographic information systems (GIS) in the context of the National Geography Standards. Space is limited to only 20 in-service educators because the credit fee, tuition, and textbook costs (a copy of the latest edition of Mapping Our World) are being absorbed by NDView.
This workshop is sponsored by NDView, a federally-funded program for promoting the use of geospatial technologies in pre-college, college, and post-college settings. Housed at UND under the direction of Bradley Rundquist, this program has awarded a grant to the Dakota Science Center (DSC) to work in collaboration with the North Dakota education group of the Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium and academic professional geographers from UND to provide this two-day program. It is spread over two Wednesdays deliberately on the premise that a person needs some time to absorb being introduced to certain aspects of GPS and GIS in order to avoid “brain freeze” from the amount of necessary instructional details while starting to learn these geospatial techniques. Then, too, having the week between sessions allows the learner a chance to identify problems and to develop questions that can be handled and answered on the second meeting date regarding the exercises from Mapping Our World.
Dr. Vandeberg is the lead instructor and is noted as a dynamic, learner-centered individual. Laura Munski from DSC will be one of the on-site coordinators and hopes that teachers will consider follow-up activities with DSC during Geography Awareness Week 2007. The off-site coordination will be handled by UND's Division of Continuing Education’s Office of Professional Development for Educators with the assistance of Dr. Munski (777-4591). To register, please contact Kim Jones at Gustafson Hall at 777-4282 or 1-800-261-3677 (toll free). -- Doug Munski, geography.