Advanced Technological Education ·

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In This Issue

Featured Resources in Geospatial Technology

From From GeoTech Consortium of Western New York: Get the GIST (Geospatial Information Science Technology) Certificate:

Intro Activity: ArcGIS Online Basics – Exploring Severe Weather

This four-page resource is provided by the GeoTech Consortium of Western New York: Get the GIST Certificate and is intended as a professional development activity. During this activity users will learn to navigate and work with a web map by using map tools while exploring severe weather in the United States. The activity includes step-by-step instructions that involve opening and exploring the map, working with map layers, measuring distance, and considering how this activity can be used in the classroom. This resource is one in a series of activities used during the Professional Development Workshop on Integrating Geospatial Technology into the HS Classroom. Other activities are available to view separately. Users will need ArcGIS to complete this activity.

From GeoTech Center:

Meta-DACUM Job/Occupation Analysis for GIS and Remote Sensing

This 81-page resource is provided by GeoTech and includes a Meta-DACUM research chart and lists of DACUM job tasks and skills for GIS and Remote Sensing specialists. "Developing a Curriculum (DACUM) is a process that incorporates the use of a focus group in a facilitated storyboarding process to capture the major duties and related tasks included in an occupation, as well as, the necessary knowledge, skills, and traits." A DACUM can be used in the development of a curriculum and individual lesson plans to ensure class content is directly related to job requirements. This resource lists job related meta-knowledge; meta-skills; meta-behaviors; and meta-tools, equipment, and supplies. The meta-DACUM research chart lists meta-duties and meta-tasks. Some of the duties include manage data, generate data, process data, analyze data, manage software and hardware, manage projects, and more. Some tasks include define data requirements, collect field attribute data, conduct network analysis, develop software applications and web services, conduct quantitative analysis, digitize data, and more.

From Advanced Technological Education Television (ATETV):

Simulation and Game Development; Geospatial Technologies; Civil Engineering

The ATETV project delivers web-based videos to connect students to careers in advanced technology. This episode of ATETV examines simulation and game development, geospatial technologies, and civil engineering. The video can be viewed whole or in three segments: "From Playing Games to Making Them," "Introducing High School Students to Geospatial Technologies," and "Civil Engineering." The running time for the full episode is 8:10.

Community Connection

New From Pew: The Future of Jobs and Job Training

A recent ninety-three-page report released by the Pew Research Center, The Future of Jobs and Job Training, offers an in-depth analysis of jobs and education in an age of automation and artificial intelligence. When Pew Research Center and Elon University’s Imagining the Internet Center asked experts in 2014 when AI and robotics would create more jobs than they would destroy, the verdict was evenly split: 48% of respondents saw a future where more jobs would be lost than created, while 52% said more jobs would be created than lost.

However, by 2106 experts seemed more optimistic in that they feel that education is the key to workers being able to embrace and perform “the jobs of the future.” The report offers insights from these experts and breaks their opinions about the future of job training into five thematic areas – three of which are optimistic and two of which focus on concerns. Not surprisingly for those in the ATE community, the discussion focuses on diversifying educational options, embracing technological change, and focusing on nurturing the unique human skills that AI and machines are unable to replicate. By gearing college courses and vocational training programs toward a blend of online learning and real-world classes, many experts interviewed for the report ultimately expressed an optimistic vision for the future of our workforce. Amongst those who felt more pessimistic, concerns were expressed about our educational systems not being able to adapt rapidly enough to industry/workforce changes, and concerns about placing too big an emphasis on self-directed learning.

Members of the ATE Community will be able to utilize this report in a variety of ways – as data for grant or report writing, to potentially support curriculum development changes, or as a jumping off point for engaging industry partners in discussions related to changes in the workforce landscape.

For those interested in learning more about how to integrate information technology and artificial intelligence into the classroom, the Center for Innovative Research in Cyber Learning's AI Applications in Education is a great resource for how AI can be applied to tutoring, language processing, and other aspects of learning and teaching.

ATE Success Tips: Websites

The web is being accessed more and more on mobile devices. Making your website more user-friendly for phones and tablets can help drive more traffic to your website content and may allow current users to access information more often. Not sure if your organization’s website is mobile-friendly? There are several tools out there that may help, including Google's mobile-friendly test tool.

This step-by-step guide from Google provides a great overview, to help with understanding the steps involved in making a website mobile-friendly.

Did You Know?

According to the Fast Facts Fact Sheet 2017 from the American Association of Community Colleges, more students are taking courses for credit as part-time students than as full time students. Approximately 4.5 million (62%) students are enrolled part time, while about 2.7 million (38%) are enrolled as full-time students.

ATE Events

Upcoming Events
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Eng 2017 AAPA Convention Long Beach, California
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Eng SPIE Optifab Rochester, NY
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News & Reminders

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