Advanced Technological Education ·

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In This Issue

Featured Resources in Geospatial Technology

From GeoTEd:

VCCS Geospatial Institute - Summer 2013

This page from GeoTEd archives materials from the 2013 VCCS Geospatial Institute, which was held at Virginia Tech in the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation in Blacksburg, Virginia. Included are the Summer Institute Resources, including a list of the eleven sessions by topic and links to  Links to ESRI Resources for Educators. Many of the sessions revolved around GIS, an introduction to GTS, GPS, ArcGIS, remote sensing, integrating GIS into the classroom, and yearly goals. Visitors will also find Institute Workbook PDF files, all of the original PowerPoint presentations, all of the original Word files (exercises and handouts), and data used for exercises (most folders are zipped).

From GeoTech Center:


Alternative Paths to a Technical Career

The ATETV project delivers web-based videos to connect students to careers in advanced technology. In this episode of ATETV, dual enrollment, changing careers and GIS technology are discussed. Many community colleges offer dual enrollment programs: high school students can receive college credit while still attending high school. Students who participate in dual enrollment programs are more likely to graduate high school, enroll in college and obtain a degree. Community colleges are also perfect for adults looking to change careers. Returning to school provides adults with training in new technology such as GIS. The episode can be watched in full or through the three segments: "Dual Enrollment Programs," "Forging a New Career in Architectural Technology, and "A GIS Program Helps Students Find Their Way." Running time for the full episode is 7:30.


ATE@20 Blog

New Subscription Feature for the ATE@20 Blog

Over the last few months, we’ve had a number of requests for an ATE@20 blog subscription option, which readers noted would be helpful in staying up-to-date on new posts. In response, we have added a new subscription feature and thank all of you for the wonderful suggestion. Once a new blog entry has been released, the new Subscribe feature will send email notifications out to all subscribed users. To sign up, simply log in to ATE Central (or sign up for an account) and click on the Subscribe button on the main blog page.

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Have You Received Your ATE@20 Book for the Holidays?

We are still amazed at the warm reception ATE@20: Two Decades of Advancing Technological Education has received from all our fellow ATE community members! All book orders placed before December 15th should have been processed in time to make it to you before last-minute holiday deliveries. If, for some reason, you have not received your books, please let us know. Additionally, if you would like another round of ATE@20 books to hand out in the new year, please place another order and we would be happy to send them your way. As a reminder, book orders and general inquiries can be emailed to

Community Connection


Archiving: Start Off the New Year with a Plan

Many ATE projects and centers rely on the web to disseminate the resources they create, though not all members of the ATE community have the infrastructure necessary to sustain online access to these deliverables over time. In order to preserve resources created by ATE-funded projects and centers, we would like to remind you that ATE Central offers a free digital archiving service. Beyond preserving valuable material, this service can help support your project or center’s required Data Management Plan.

ATE Central can work closely with project and center PIs to identify valuable resources that are appropriate for long-term preservation. Resources can vary from an entire website or course to a single illustration. Resources may consist of classroom instruction materials, research results, curriculum guidelines, and much more.

ATE PIs and staff interested in using this service can prepare for an easy transition by considering the following:

  • Which resources do you feel are most valuable to your audience(s)? How will you organize and format them for archiving?
  • Are all of your resources saved in a maintainable format? See the ATE Central Handbook for specifics.
  • Have you constructed a logical hierarchy of your resources through the use of folders or naming conventions? These should illustrate the relationship between related resources and will make for a more seamless transition for resources into the ATE Central archive.

For more information on this digital archiving service, check out ATE Central’s archiving guidelines or contact Metadata and Information Specialist, Kendra Bouda at The earlier you start, the easier it will be!

Did you know?

There are about 600,000 U.S. workers in geospatial technology today. This number is expected to reach more than 850,000 by 2018.

ATE Events

Ongoing Events
Integrated Geospatial Education and Technical Training - Remote Sensing Online
Photonics Faculty Development Course: Fundamentals of Light and Lasers Online
CNS-ASU Winter School 2014 Mesa, AZ
2014 Winter ICT Educator Conference San Francisco, CA
ACE Five-day Experiential Learning Institute Apatos, CA
NY - Teacher Wind Energy Workshop Herkimer, New York
Upcoming Events
Emerging Technologies and Technicians Workshop Clearwater, FL
Hands-on Microtechnology in the Classroom Bellingham, WA
Cyberwatch West Ethical Hacking Class Online
CNF TCN Short Course: Technology & Characterization at the Nanoscale Ithaca, NY
Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) Class Seattle, WA
Science Cafe: Citizen Science! Phoenix, AZ
Orientation to ATE Survey 2014 Online
AACC Workforce Development Institute St. Petersburg, FL
Florida Energy Systems Consortium (FESC): 3rd Annual Florida Colleges Energy Education Forum Lake Worth, FL
K-12 Resources in Nanotechnology Online
Conference for Industry and Education Collaboration Savannah, GA
Conference for Industry and Education Collaboraton (CIEC) Savannah, GA
Designing and Using Videos in Undergraduate Geoscience Education Online
AAAS Meeting 2014 - Meeting Global Challneges: Discovery and Innovation Chicago, Il
CUR Dialogues 2014 - Striving and Thriving: Fostering Successful Research Environments Arlington, VA
GIS/CAMA Technologies Conference Jacksonville, FL
Logistics, Trade, and Transportation Symposium: Southeastern Opportunities and Challenges Long Beach, MS

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