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Check out the latest ArcGIS Online update

Happy New Year! Discover the latest enhancements and updates to ArcGIS Online that were announced in December 2021. We’ve created a list for K-12 teachers and students to explore.

In December, ArcGIS Online was updated. Here are a few highlights for K-12 educators and students:

  • Map Viewer: Earlier in 2021, the new Map Viewer came out of beta and has been evolving, introducing many new features and capabilities. Map Viewer has been enhanced with new capabilities and features: creative visualizations, new Arcade elements, HTML can now be displayed and edited in pop-ups, 160 new colour ramps, add GeoJSON layers, sketch layers, label enhancements, and more.

An image of the latest Map Viewer showing a map and effects tool bar.

 Try the latest features in the Map Viewer.

  • Scene Viewer: You can now create an app directly in the 3D Scene Viewer.
  • ArcGIS Dashboards: The Table element is now available, allowing you to visualize your data in a more granular way. A new layout panel allows you to view and manage your dashboard’s layout more easily.
  • Sharing and collaboration: Layer status information displays which layers are badged as authoritative or deprecated.

Read more about all the updates in the Esri blog post “What’s New with ArcGIS Online – December 2021”.

Don’t forget to check out the latest in ArcGIS StoryMaps enhancements, as well.

Happy Mapping in 2022!

New to ArcGIS Online?

If you are new to ArcGIS Online, educators can request an account at

Check out the following beginner resources to get started with ArcGIS Online:

For Educators - Let’s get started with ArcGIS Online

For Students – Enroute with ArcGIS Online

This post was translated to French and can be viewed here.

About the Author

Angela Alexander is a K-12 Education Resource Developer on the Esri Canada Education and Research team. She has over six years of experience working with educators across Canada. Angela is responsible for producing geographic information system (GIS) and curriculum specific resources, conducting and creating custom workshops for educators and judging and developing the question for the annual GIS Skills Ontario competition in Waterloo, Ontario. Angela has a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Sociology from the University of Western Ontario and completed the Applied Digital Geography and GIS certificate program at Ryerson University.

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