In 2021, Alloprof joined Esri Canada’s Partners in Education program to enrich its education resources using geographic information systems (GIS). Check out their apps!
By joining Esri Canada’s Partners in Education program in 2021, Alloprof benefits from a multitude of resources and tools to develop and enrich its educational content. Our partners in education also benefit from support and guidance from our team of specialists in elementary and secondary education. The objective of the program is to provide the necessary tools to organizations with K-12 educational programs, so that young people have access to as many resources and activities as possible.
Alloprof is committed to creating educational materials for students, teachers and parents. The organization also offers tools for ongoing support to help each student achieve academic success.
As of August 2023, the team in charge of Alloprof’s education content production in social learning has already developed over twenty apps to enhance their geography education files. Click here to check out their work: Alloprof Geography Resources (secondary 1 and 2) (in French only). You will find a link to the educational fact sheet that features each app with details on each item.
Interview with Alloprof’s education content production in social learning team
We asked Alloprof's social educational content production team a few questions about their thoughts on the integration of GIS in their educational modules.
How did GIS enrich Alloprof’s education resources?
Adding GIS to our content modules enables students to visualize the concepts presented and to "play" with the data. This allows abstract theoretical concepts to become more distinct with real data and events.
For example, in the module on cities subjected to natural risks (in French only), the student is informed that the vast majority of earthquakes occur at the boundaries of tectonic plates. By using the “Les séismes dans le monde entre 2018 et 2020” map, which is part of Les risques géologiques module (in French only), students can easily visualize this information. This can help them to better understand the subject and to remember it more easily.
What GIS projects are currently underway?
We are working on maintenance for the entire geography program for the first and second years of secondary school. As such, GIS will be included in all the modules as we complete the redesign. Eventually, they will also be included in History, but that's for later.
Which ArcGIS Online tools or apps did your team use?
We use ArcGIS Online to create maps from the data that we import from existing data in the Living Atlas. We also use different apps that are in the Instant Apps tool to help the students to navigate around their various maps. We really like the apps that allow us to add attachments so that we can add pictures of the places featured in our files, and the apps that allow us to create diagrams with the data. This gives students a different way of viewing the data.
How was your team’s experience with the GIS tools that are available to you?
In general, the new Map Viewer's interface is intuitive and a pleasure to work with. However, there are so many possibilities that we may not have tried out half of the tools available. That will come!
The various instant apps are also easy to use and to customize. We appreciated having access to layers of data developed by other institutions specializing in different fields. This enabled us to obtain reliable information and data. Such information would have been difficult, if not impossible, to recreate on our own.
We would like to thank Alloprof’s social educational content production team for sharing their GIS experiences with us. We are keeping a close eye on the development of new projects.
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