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What’s new with ArcGIS resources for K-12 education

Whether you’re an ArcGIS Online novice or an avid user, we have new resources for you to try! These latest resources are from our recent Esri Canada GIS in Education Conference and tutorials that highlight the Map Viewer.

ArcGIS Online is a great tool for teaching and learning that continues to change and evolve. With that, we must provide educators with resources that encourage them to try new and updated apps and functionality. Check out the latest ArcGIS resources our group has created.

Esri Canada GIS in Education Conference
On March 1st, our group hosted the 5th biennial GIS in Education and Research Conference at Hart House at the University of Toronto. It was a good turn out and we were excited to be working in-person once again with K-12 educators.

A group of women smiling.

The K-12 group at the Esri Canada GIS in Education Conference on March 1st, 2023.
From left to right – Angela Alexander, Arabelle Sauvé, Ashleigh Harris, Jean Tong, and Susie Saliola.

The following resources were used in the workshops we facilitated. Thank you to the Esri Canada Partners in Education: Defining Moments Canada and Canadian Geographic Education who worked with us on two of our sessions. One in English and one in French.

K12 workshops in English

  • Back to Basics with Map Viewer
  • Making Sense of the World Through Data
  • Take Story Maps to the Next Level

K12 workshops in French

  • Aller encore plus loin avec ses cartes narratives
  • Comment transformer ses questions en données cartographiées ?
  • Montre-moi tes données

Explore all the workshops facilitated by the Esri Canada Education and Research group.

Get started with the Map Viewer Now!
Many of you may still be using the Map Viewer Classic. However, we encourage you to consider switching over in the new school year or sooner.

We have updated our introductory resources for educators and students to use the latest Map Viewer.

Tutorials for all

For educators

For students

The image shows the map viewer. You can see the list of basemaps available in ArcGIS Online and one of the Pyramids of Giza.

Change a basemap and measure your world in the Discover ArcGIS Online tutorial.

Analysis Available in the Map Viewer

The Map Viewer in ArcGIS Online is now equipped with analysis capabilities! Discover what’s available and how you can get started.

Note: Throughout the year, we will be updating more of our existing resources to the Map Viewer, including the tutorials that include analysis tools.

Find other resources on the Esri Canada Resource Finder to support your ArcGIS journey.

Happy Mapping!

New to ArcGIS Online?

If you are a K-12 educator new to ArcGIS Online, you can request an account for yourself and your students at

About the Author

Angela Alexander is a K-12 Education Specialist in the Esri Canada Education and Research group. She has over 15 years of experience working with educators across Canada. Angela focuses on producing geographic information system (GIS) and curriculum-specific resources, and conducting and creating custom workshops for educators. She manages the GIS Ambassador Program and is the Technical Chair for the annual Skills Ontario GIS competition. Angela also writes monthly posts for the Esri Canada Education and Research blog, highlighting K-12 educators and partners, new ArcGIS resources and GIS-related events.

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