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Students, educators, researchers and administrators use our solutions to improve learning, teaching quality, advancement of knowledge, logistics and more.

GIS allows educators to engage their students effectively, and to help them develop the critical thinking and spatial analysis skills needed in today's globalized workforce. GIS can be used by school boards and campus administrators to manage facilities and monitor student enrolment. It can also be used by libraries and museums to make important connections between places, people and events.  It is also widely used for academic research in colleges and universities.

The Education and Research group at Esri Canada offers a wide variety of resources for Educators,  including our Lesson Planner. This can help teachers integrate GIS into their teaching quickly, effectively, and creatively.  The group also provides programs, resources, events, training and career information to help them develop and enhance their skills.

Areas of Focus
  • Teaching: Esri Canada's K-12 Lesson Packs are particularly effective tools for teachers that take the pressure off preparation and allow emphasis to be placed on student learning. For students, this facilitates critical and spatial thinking, creates excitement and assists in building knowledge. The Lesson Planner for teachers can be used at any level to prepare curriculum-related subject content.
  • Learning: GIS allows students to discover geographic patterns, processes and to make cross-curricular connections. Critical and spatial thinking skills are developed through visualizing, questioning and analyzing data.
  • Student Transportation: GIS can assist in optimizing bus routes, and determining the most efficient number of buses required on the road, saving school boards time and money. The latest generation of Esri software solutions include real-time vehicle tracking, which can be used by parents to see online exactly where a particular bus is along its route.
  • Student Safety: GIS allows potential issues of concern, such as school yard supervision, identifying blind spots and dangerous walkways to and from school to be identified and resolved.
  • Site & Demographic Analysis: Based on defined criteria, locations for new schools or other educational services can be identified using GIS.  In addition, areas in need of specialized programs, such as English as a second language can be identified  through demographic analysis of student populations, combined with other external factors. GIS can also be used for predictive modelling, for example to evaluate the impact of future enrollment on a school’s resources.
  • Research: GIS solutions enable discovery of new perspectives in the analysis, visualization and interpretation of spatially referenced information.
  • Facilities Management: GIS enables school board planners to determine where equipment and supplies are located, along with the maintenance information that accompanies each resource. It can also be used to track resource movement allowing schools to minimize waste and reduce costs.
  • Online Community Access: Increasingly, the internet is being used to find a school, a tutor, a museum, a school bus pick-up location and other education-relevant information. GIS software allows members of the public to access this information and more in map form.
Industry-specific Solutions
Lesson Planner: Search for teaching resources including lesson packs (lesson plan, background, tutorial, presentation, assignment and data), tutorials, videos and Web sites that can be used in your classroom.

What our customers are saying...

Access to a range of maps and data on arcgis.com enabled students to uncover important connections between the environment, the population and property values. The ability to plot their findings on a map promoted collaboration while honing the student's research, critical thinking and analysis skills.

- Josette Bouchard Social Sciences Teacher Toronto French School