K-12 Educators: Fall online sessions to sharpen your ArcGIS Online skills

September 19, 2016 Angela Alexander

Are you ready to learn about ArcGIS Online in order to integrate it into your teaching this school year? Find out how you can register for our fall online sessions that are aimed at users of all levels who want to sharpen their ArcGIS Online skills.

Welcome back to a new school year! The K-12 group has been busy planning opportunities for online sessions to refresh your ArcGIS Online skills and learn some new skills as well.  If you only have a few minutes to set aside and participate, we encourage you to tune in. All you need is a phone, a computer and Internet access.

To start, we’re offering a 3-part series of 20-minute introductory sessions throughout the fall. Additionally, 2 other sessions will be offered for more experienced ArcGIS Online users. Topics and registration links can be found in the tables below. If you can’t attend but would like to receive the follow-up email, register anyways and you’ll receive the session recording afterwards.

Explore the sessions below for more information and remember to register for the sessions you’d like to attend.

Part 1: Getting Started with ArcGIS Online
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
This 20-minute session will investigate curriculum-connected issues, events and phenomena around the world.  You’ll learn how to create a web map using ArcGIS Online.

The sessions below are focused on specific Canadian regions, but you’re welcome to attend at any time that works with your schedule:

Region Time Registration Link
Newfoundland & Labrador 10:30am ET Register here
Maritimes 11:00am ET Register here
Québec 11:50am ET Register here
Ontario and Manitoba 12:30pm ET Register here
Alberta and Saskatchewan 2:00pm ET Register here
British Columbia 3:00pm ET Register here

Part 2: ArcGIS Online – A Tool for Inquiry
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
ArcGIS Online includes a wealth of current data that is ready to use. In this 20-minute session, you’ll learn how the system can be used to work through the inquiry process as we ask, acquire, explore, analyze and act.

The sessions below are focused on specific Canadian regions, but you’re welcome to attend at any time that works with your schedule:

Region Time Registration Link
Newfoundland & Labrador 10:30am ET Register here
Maritimes 11:00am ET Register here
Québec 11:50am ET Register here
Ontario and Manitoba 12:30pm ET Register here
Alberta and Saskatchewan 2:00pm ET Register here
British Columbia 3:00pm ET Register here

Part 3: Storytelling with Maps
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Story Maps allow you to combine authoritative maps with narrative text, images and multimedia content. They make it easy to harness the power of maps to tell a story. In this 20-minute session, you’ll learn how to create your own story map.

The sessions below are focused on specific Canadian regions, but you’re welcome to attend at any time that works with your schedule:

Region Time Registration Link
Newfoundland & Labrador 10:30am ET Register here
Maritimes 11:00am ET Register here
Québec 11:50am ET Register here
Ontario and Manitoba 12:30pm ET Register here
Alberta and Saskatchewan 2:00pm ET Register here
British Columbia 3:00pm ET Register here

Smart Mapping and ArcGIS Online Updates
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 3:00-4:00 pm Eastern Time
ArcGIS Online is quickly becoming a powerful platform for use in the K-12 classroom. Register for this one-hour session that is aimed at all types of ArcGIS users. This session will teach you how to use ArcGIS Online in your classroom to work more effectively with data and present the best possible user experience for students. It will focus on preparing custom data in Microsoft Excel, Apple Sheets and Google Drive in order to bring that data into ArcGIS Online, and use Smart Mapping capabilities to present informative and meaningful maps. We will also go over the most recent (June 2016) ArcGIS Online updates.

From the field into the classroom: Using the Collector App
Tuesday, October 5, 2016 - 3:00-4:00 pm Eastern Time
Esri’s Collector for ArcGIS app is a useful tool for collecting your own data in the field and analyzing the results back inside the classroom. Students can work collaboratively on one map or work on their own mapping project. The app is free to download; all that is required is an ArcGIS Online account. Register for this session that will go through the entire workflow of setting up a Collector project, using the app outside in the field and reviewing the results afterwards. 

Find other ArcGIS Online resources on the Lesson Planner. Contact k12@esri.ca if you have any questions.

About the Author

Angela Alexander

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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