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Summer PD for ArcGIS

Summer is a great time to learn new skills to enhance your teaching. This post will highlight new and updated ArcGIS resources and upcoming professional development workshops that you can participate in before the fall.

Summer is the season for learning and growing. Here are 5 PD suggestions for K-12 educators to do before the new school year:

1. Introduction to ArcGIS Online Map Viewer for Educators and Students

Updated Enroute with ArcGIS Online for students and Let’s get started with ArcGIS Online for educators are now available in Map Viewer.  If you are new to ArcGIS, request your account at

A screenshot of the Map Viewer in ArcGIS Online.

The introduction tutorial will show you how to navigate the Map Viewer in ArcGIS Online.

Other resources to try if you are new to the Map Viewer include:

The Map Viewer Basics

Getting to know the Map Viewer

2. ArcGIS Online Analysis (Map Viewer)

Earlier this year, analysis tools were added to the ArcGIS Online Map Viewer application. Try  the newly updated Proximity and Hot Spot Analysis tutorial and learn about crime analysis from our GIS Career Path Lesson series.

A screenshot of hot spot analysis in the Map Viewer.

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use ArcGIS Online tools to analyse crime as part of the Career Path Series on GIS in Crime Analysis - Proximity, Analyze Patterns and Summarize Data tools will be used to explore break and enters that occurred in Toronto in 2019 and how the analysis can help the Toronto Police Service (TPS) make informed decisions.

3. Canadian Geographic Education Summer Conference

On August 23, attend the Esri Canada Education and Research sessions that are described below. Register today!

Workshop 1: Lessons from our Planet with ArcGIS
Studying Earth helps us understand its natural workings and the impact of human actions on the environment. Conserving and sustaining our planet is crucial to protect all it offers. With ArcGIS, your virtual world, you can explore and appreciate the wonders of our planet through maps, graphs, charts and stories. Join us and learn more about ArcGIS software and teaching resources.

Workshop 2: Create, Configure, and Communicate with ArcGIS
Turn your maps into a shareable app using ArcGIS Instant Apps. Quickly build applications that are easy to share and customize. They work on different devices and can be used by students of all skills and grade levels. The best part is that you don't need coding skills or developer expertise to configure your applications. Get started today and create personalized, user-friendly apps from your maps in no time!

4. Esri User Conference Plenary Sessions

The 2023 Esri User Conference was held July 10-14 in San Diego, California. Check out the plenary videos to see how ArcGIS is used by sectors worldwide and the latest ArcGIS news. These videos will allow you to gain a deeper understanding of the world of GIS through interesting, inspiring and thought-provoking presentations.

5. World of Symbols

In this new activity, learn  to understand the world's secret second language. This activity is created to support the English curriculum , but all teachers are welcome to try it.

A screenshot of the title slide of the activity World of Symbols, depicting a flowers and other plants.

Not only for the English classrooms, in this activity, you will learn how to understand the world's secret second language, symbols.

Happy Summer Mapping!

About the Author

Angela Alexander is a K-12 Education Specialist in the Esri Canada Education and Research group. She has over 15 years of experience working with educators across Canada. Angela focuses on producing geographic information system (GIS) and curriculum-specific resources, and conducting and creating custom workshops for educators. She manages the GIS Ambassador Program and is the Technical Chair for the annual Skills Ontario GIS competition. Angela also writes monthly posts for the Esri Canada Education and Research blog, highlighting K-12 educators and partners, new ArcGIS resources and GIS-related events.

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