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K-12 teachers: How to request an Esri Press book for your course

As another school year has begun, are you looking for ideas on how you can integrate GIS into your teaching? Find out how you can request a desk copy of an Esri Press book to consider for your course. This program is available to K-12 educators across Canada.

Updated September 23, 2016: We regret that we are no longer able to accept requests for complimentary desk copies. For information about other ways to obtain Esri Press books, please contact

Books are a great way to learn about a topic and to be inspired to try something new in your teaching. Want to learn more about GIS, and find new ways of using it with your students? Well, why not start with reading a book?

K-12 teachers at Canadian educational institutions may request a complimentary desk copy of an Esri Press title to use as a teaching resource in their course. This offer includes a maximum of 3 books every 4 months.

Consider the books listed below or browse by category (Located at the bottom of the web page).

ArcGIS Online

  • The ArcGIS Book: 10 Big Ideas about Applying Geography to Your World
    In an interesting way and with interactive components, this book takes readers on a journey on how to create and share GIS web maps, use new smart mapping capabilities in ArcGIS to make beautiful and well-designed maps, do spatial analysis online, make 3D web scenes, work with mobile GIS and do much more. Also available as an E-Book.
  • Instructional Guide for The ArcGIS Book
    This companion textbook to The ArcGIS Book: 10 Big Ideas about Applying Geography to Your World (Esri Press, 2015) builds on the foundational concepts laid out in The ArcGIS Book. Whether you’re a self-learner, currently teaching or are planning to teach GIS, this guide provides the materials to develop and apply ArcGIS tools and concepts. Using The ArcGIS Book’s structure as a starting point, each chapter provides students and teachers with activities, resources, lessons and data that reflect the interaction between components of ArcGIS Online, as well as GIS applications for publishing to the web and mobile devices.
  • Getting to Know Web GIS, 2nd edition (Available in September)
    The new second edition of Getting to Know Web GIS features detailed, step-by-step exercises that teach readers how to share resources online and build web GIS applications easily and quickly.

Esri Canada’s K-12 Education book worms enjoying a good read.

ArcGIS for Desktop

  • Getting to Know ArcGIS
    Getting to Know ArcGIS, the fourth edition, is a comprehensive introduction to the features and tools of ArcGIS for Desktop. Through hands-on exercises, readers will discover, use, make and share maps with meaningful content. The fourth edition includes new exercises on map sharing and georeferencing, new datasets and scenarios, and an introduction to ArcGIS Pro -- a powerful new component of ArcGIS.
  • GIS Tutorial 1: Basic Workbook, 10.3.x edition
    GIS Tutorial 1: Basic Workbook is a top-selling introductory text for learning ArcGIS 10.3.x for Desktop. The workbook presents GIS tools and functionality, including querying interactive maps, collecting data and running geoprocessing tools. Incorporating proven teaching methods in detailed exercises, "Your Turn" sections and homework assignments, this book is suited to learning GIS in a classroom.
  • GIS Tutorial 2: Spatial Analysis Workbook
    GIS Tutorial 2: Spatial Analysis Workbook provides hands-on exercises to help intermediate-level GIS users build problem-solving and analysis skills. A companion to The Esri Guide to GIS Analysis book series, GIS Tutorial 2 builds on these concepts by exploring spatial analysis methods, including location analysis, change over time, location and value comparisons, geographic distribution, pattern analysis, and cluster identification.

Explore the Esri E-Books that cover different applications of GIS in education and industry.

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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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