We received some great feedback from the K-12 educators across Canada from a recent survey we conducted in early spring. In this post, find the teachers’ questions and suggestions and our support recommendations.
In early spring, we sent out a survey to K-12 educators in Canada to learn more about how we can best support them. We also wanted to know how they wanted to be communicated to and what type of information they required to feel confident using ArcGIS in their teaching and for student learning.
Thank you to all the educators who filled out the survey allowing us to gain insightful information on how we can provide them with the best support we can offer.
The information we gained from the survey has been divided into different sections based on a topic.
ArcGIS Online account management
Some educators find the creation of student accounts to be a barrier to entry and a source of frustration. They want something that will allow them easy access to ArcGIS Online.
We suggest setting up Single Sign On (SSO) at your school board or school. We put together this resource with tips on configuring ArcGIS for use in K-12: https://arcg.is/1GLHDK.
To start the process, we suggest an administrator or person who has the authority to request the software for your school board or school complete the form at k12.esri.ca/#access.
Educators requested more virtual workshops like the Dive into the New Map Viewer webinar.
They also want us to continue our support at conferences. Good news! There will be more webinars, and we’ll be virtually presenting at conferences this summer and the fall. Look out for an upcoming blog post on this.
Watch the recording of the Dive into the New Map Viewer webinar from last month.
We received the most feedback about support with resources
- Resources are cumbersome/hard for students to follow
We have been creating tutorials with videos to accommodate different types of learners. These include Discover ArcGIS Online, Discover Data, Configure Pop-Ups, ArcGIS Tips and Tricks 6x6, Scene Viewer 6x6
- French resources
Many new resources in French have been created in the last year.
Find French resources, like this lesson on Federal Elections in Canada.
- Easily find new lessons and more beginner resources
Watch this video on how to access and use the Esri Canada K-12 Resource Finder
- Create learning pathways that will build skills toward a larger project
Enroute with ArcGIS Online – allows students to learn the basics of ArcGIS Online and then
move towards creating their first ArcGIS StoryMap.
Fieldwork Learning Path - Learn how to create a fieldwork project using ArcGIS tools (ArcGIS Survey123, ArcGIS Dashboards and ArcGIS StoryMaps) available to K-12 schools across Canada.
How to find Canadian content/data
Use the Data Exploration tutorial to learn how!
Like the Internet, ArcGIS Online includes a wealth of data and information. Find out how to navigate it to ensure you find relevant, trusted, and accurate data for your activities and projects. Discover tips and tricks for finding trusted data and ways to locate maps and apps in ArcGIS Online.
ArcGIS Online is a great place to find Canadian and global content.
How to submit/share their student work
- Teacher creates a group that will be used between teacher and the student
- Teacher invites student to group or ask them to search for group and request access (this depends on the way the group is set up
- Student shares work to group. Then teacher can review and mark it
How to test student learning
Test your students’ understanding of the work using ArcGIS Survey123 and ArcGIS StoryMaps. Read this Esri blog post to learn more about how you create a self-test quiz in your story map.
Skills competition support/resources
Educators who want to give their students a unique experience may want to sign them up for the Skills Ontario GIS competition. This event occurs every spring. Go through the following documents in the Skills Ontario GIS group to prepare your students for next year’s competition.
Connect with the K-12 community in Canada
Sign up for our monthly email list to keep up-to-date with the latest events, resources and read about interesting projects done by teacher champions in Canada. You can also post questions and comments to emails sent.
We want to hear from you. Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or suggestions for resources. Thank you for supporting our work. We will be conducting another survey in 2023.
This post was translated to French and can be viewed here.