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2022: It’s a wrap! Covering K-12 teacher stories, ArcGIS resources and much more!

Our posts covered many topics and stories this year. Let’s breakdown the posts of 2022 from the types of posts to the most popular ones to the new series we introduced!

With the year coming to an end, this post will highlight the top posts read by our followers and new content that was introduced in 2022. We will also share plans for 2023. Let’s get started!

Screenshot of blog posts from the k12.esri.ca web site.

The Esri Canada Education and Research blog is a place to find resources, news, events and learn how teachers are using ArcGIS in Canada.

2022 posts by category

The posts fall into three categories:

Resources
As promoters of ArcGIS, we want to ensure we provide ample resources to our readers. This category includes relevant resources to commemorate special days/months like Earth Day and Black History Month.

Teacher Stories
To inspire educators to get started and to continue their journey with ArcGIS, teacher stories are ways we can highlight what people are doing in K-12 education in Canada.

A screenshot of a few of the educators in Canada that we highlighted in 2022.

Teacher stories inspire others to get started and continue their ArcGIS journey.

Events
Providing development opportunities for both educators and students is important to us. Events are a great way to give people hands-on learning experience.

The top 10 most popular *posts as of December 5th comprise of posts that cover resources and teacher stories. Resources (R), Teacher stories (T)

  1. Spring mapping activities to get your students outside (R)
  2. On the Map with Melissa McCoy (T)
  3. On the Map with Joey Raso (T)
  4. On the Map with Scott Alexander (T)
  5. 7 ArcGIS resources for Earth Day (R)
  6. It's time to get started with the (New) Map Viewer (R)
  7. Learning about Treaty in Manitoba through ArcGIS StoryMaps (T)
  8. On the Map with Dr. David Joiner (T)
  9. Modernizing Geography with ArcGIS: No pencils required (R)
  10. Document Black History in Canada with ArcGIS StoryMaps (R)

*The are two posts that are not included in the statistics for 2022, as they were/are posted after December 7th.

New in 2022
2022 brought a couple of new blog post series to promote the use of ArcGIS in K-12 education.

On the Map
This series highlights the ArcGIS work of an educator. These monthly stories will inspire new and current users of ArcGIS in K-12 education.

Modernizing Geography with ArcGIS
Modernizing Geography is a new blog series that highlights how ArcGIS can bring common geography assignments to life.

A female student sitting in front of a computer, completing a geography activity created by Esri Canada’s Education and Research group.

The first post featured how you can drop the pencils and paper maps and opt for an enlightened version of the “The Map of Canada” activity.

Share your thoughts

Tell us what your favourite blog post was in 2022. You can share your thoughts with us at k12@esri.ca.

What’s Next?

In 2023, we want to share more Esri Canada Partner stories to promote how they are using ArcGIS to engage their K-12 audience. We also plan to provide more professional development opportunities for teachers to participate in – like webinars to gain new ArcGIS skills.

Our group will be running the upcoming GIS in Education and Research Conference on March 1st, 2023 at the University of Toronto’s Hart House. Save the date and register in January. We hope to see you there!  

Action Items for 2023

Thank you to all our readers for your support. Happy Holidays! We look forward to communicating with you in the new year!

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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