ArcGIS Online is a website tool used to make interactive maps in a fun, easy way. It is highly accessible for high school and middle school students, and aims to help young learners share and create maps about topics relevant to them.
In Geography, gathering data about a place is only one part of the process. This data has a lot to tell us about the relationship between people, their communities, and the planet. To unearth these answers, we must use the method geographers have been using for centuries to tackle just such inquiries - mapping!
For this task, the FGA recommends ArcGIS Online. This versatile tool for online mapping and cartography has many benefits, including a wide variety of available standards-meeting curriculum and free accounts for K-12 schools.
This accessible, two-part lesson is designed to get teachers up and running with ArcGIS for the classroom in no time. If you have never used ArcGIS before, begin with the presentations below.
You do not need an ArcGIS account to follow these tutorials, but if you would like one for use in your classroom feel free to email us at email@example.com.
Part one of the beginner's ArcGIS workshop, this lesson covers all the tools you'll need to create easy interactive maps for the classroom.Download PDF
Part two of the beginner's ArcGIS workshop. This lesson covers StoryMaps - a presentation tool for combining your map with text, audio, video and more.Download PDF
This cheat sheet offers a quick guide to all the buttons and menus in ArcGIS Map Viewer. A great resource to keep on hand while learning the tools!Download PDF
The FGA offers special school visits with experts to take your class through lessons in ArcGIS. These visits are recommended for middle and high school. Our team also offers one-on-one zoom calls to help teachers set up their ArcGIS accounts.
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ESRI, the company behind ArcGIS, provides free instructional resources for getting started and going farther with online mapping. These are available for a variety of subjects to enhance inquiry-based learning for students. Materials for ArcGIS Online require no installations or logins and work well on any connected computer, laptop, or tablet:
The ArcGIS for Schools Bundle is available at no cost for instructional use to individual US K–12 schools, school districts, and states direct from Esri.Read More
GeoInquiries™ are short, standards-based inquiry activities for teaching map-based content found in commonly used textbooks.Read More
A hub of materials designed for educators with little-to-no GIS experience who want to add interactive tools to enhance their teaching across the curriculum.Read More
These guided interactive learning applications give students the chance to work with maps and data on their own.Read More
This database from ArcGIS has open-source map data on all subjects, from all over the world.Read More