Attention GIS Ambassadors and future ambassadors! We are happy a new school year has started, and we hope you will get out to schools (in person or virtually) soon to promote the use of geographic information systems (GIS) and the power of maps! This post covers our Back-to-School Map and App Challenge and what’s new with the GIS Ambassador Hub.
We hope all of you had a great summer. Thank you for your support last year! Your time is important, and we appreciate your work to increase the use of GIS in classrooms across the country.
Back to School Map and App Challenge!
This year’s goal is to get more of you engaged in doing GIS Ambassador activities! We’re here to support your ambassador work. That’s why we are launching the Back-to-School Map and App Challenge! Using your account in the GIS Ambassador ArcGIS Online subscription, create a resource that students and teachers can use in the classroom! You can leverage data from your own organization or find publicly shared data and create a map or app with it! If you require an account in the GIS Ambassador ArcGIS Online subscription, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we can set you up.
Check out existing resources as exemplars of what is possible.
Explore existing resources that will inspire you when creating maps and apps for K-12 educators and students!
Back to School Map and App Submissions
Submit your map and app by November 3rd, and we may highlight it in an upcoming Esri Canada Education and Research blog post. Please make sure you include a description of your map/app and the data source(s) on the Item Details page in ArcGIS Online.
The GIS Ambassador Resource Hub
We’ve updated our GIS Ambassador Resource Hub to better help you through your journey as a GIS Ambassador. We have updated steps on getting started, resources, and added a survey for you to share what you are doing to support K-12 education.
The GIS Ambassador Resource Hub is a place for ambassadors to get started and continue their journey in supporting K-12 education in their communities.
Ready, Set, Go!!
We encourage ALL GIS Ambassadors to do at least one of the following activities this school year:
- Create a map or app with their organization’s data or other data that would be relevant to K-12 education projects and assignments. The resources created can be used at school visits and will be highlighted in the GIS Ambassador Hub.
- Provide a presentation/workshop (virtually or in-person). This can be connected to GIS Day, a K-12 teacher/class or another event. We will provide you with resources to use in your outreach.
- Create a video or story map about what you do with GIS in your work or school and, if applicable, what you have done so far as a GIS Ambassador.
- Provide support in K-12 education. This can include but is not limited to working with a teacher or class on a project, data support, development of a lesson or tutorial, or judging/helping to develop the annual Skills Ontario GIS competition question.
Need some inspiration?
Watch our GIS Ambassador video series to see how professionals have shared their GIS knowledge with the K-12 education community in Canada.
Happy Mapping! We look forward to hearing about what you are doing this school year!