Monthly Archives: July 2007

Education User Conference

ESRI EdUC 2007 LogoWhat an
event for GIS Education!  The 2007 ESRI
Education User Conference was “simply fantastic” as one participant put
it.  With over 700 educators from dozens
of countries, the conference did not disappoint with a dazzling array of
workshops, sessions, special events, and expositions.

The opening
plenary session lead out by the ESRI Education Team, shared new developments,
including the education community portal (http://edcommunity.esri.com),
the Mapping Center (http://mappingcenter.esri.com), and
ArcGIS Explorer (http://www.esri.com/software/arcgis/explorer).  New curriculum on ArcLessons (www.esri.com/arclessons) and via ESRI
Press were also shared.   Next, Professor
Stig Enemark of Aalborg University,
Denmark
discussed applications of learning and educational programs.  Summarily, Curtis Sumner, Executive Director
of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping discussed GIS and surveying
as the foundation for GIS data and development, respectively.

Throughout
the conference, attendees were busy attending the Education Expo, the Higher Ed
Fair, a GPS Treasure Hunt, the opening User Conference plenary, technical
workshops, paper sessions. Many of the workshops focused on teaching with new
2D and 3D GIS tools on the desktop and the web. 
While a highlight of many paper sessions was the sharing of innovative
GIS activities, programs and curricula. 
The meetings of the Special Interest Groups (SIGs) was even more
exciting as educators with shared passions for curriculum development,
educational research, international development, and technical development
converged for all out share-a-thons.

Be sure to
mark your calendars now for the 2008 conference, August 2 – 5 in San Diego, CA.

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