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Restore Our Ocean With the 2021 ArcGIS StoryMaps Ocean Challenge Winners

The 2021 ArcGIS StoryMaps Challenge for Restoring Our Ocean, co-hosted by Esri and the National Geographic Society, encouraged high school students, college students, and individuals between the ages of 18 and 24 to create impactful stories that illuminate our ocean’s pressing problems, offer solutions, and inspire change. Explore our six winners below. Continue reading Restore Our Ocean With the 2021 ArcGIS StoryMaps Ocean Challenge Winners

Educator Spotlight: Mapping Globalization

Sylvia McBride has more than 12 years of teaching experience and currently teaches human geography at Castle Park High School in Chula Vista, California. Sylvia is an active member of the California Geographic Alliance. Activity: Mapping Globalization Grade Level: 9 Activity Length: 2-3 class periods Subjects: world geography, globalization, mapping, technology See Sylvia’s video about her activity. Tell us about your activity. I started the project … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Mapping Globalization

Geographic Information Systems: The Missing Educational Technology

By Daniel C. Edelson, Ph.D. May 27, 2014 Author’s note: On May 27, 2014, Esri, the market leader in Geographic Information Systems technology, announced a commitment in support of President Obama’s ConnectED Initiative.  Esri will provide free access to ArcGIS Online to all elementary and secondary schools in the United State.  Under this pledge, schools will receive the same advanced mapping software used by government … Continue reading Geographic Information Systems: The Missing Educational Technology

Mapping your State and Community


Ok, so you’ve heard us talk about GIS (Geographic Information Systems) before on this blog. A LOT.

But let’s be honest: Chances are you’ve probably never actually used a GIS to analyze geographic data and make maps. Most casual geography buffs don’t have their own license for a GIS software package such as ArcGIS, which is usually purchased by businesses or universities. And if you’re not a classroom teacher, then you’ve probably never used AEJEE, either, a free GIS “lite” program for educators and students.

Well, now’s your chance to give GIS a shot!

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