Lessons resonate longer when interactive web maps and apps support K–12 subject matter. Understanding what's where—and why—helps students in class and beyond.

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ArcGIS map students at Roosevelt High School created  during project focusing on ways to transform their neighborhood of Boyle Heights in East L.A.

Student “Maptivists” Inspire

STEM magnet school students inspired by show how they used ArcGIS to understand and change their neighborhood in Boyle Heights, East L.A..

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Students and teachers in Hawaii use ArcGIS Online in STEMworks projects

GIS supports STEM in Hawaii

STEMworks Hawaii helps students and teachers use ArcGIS for community projects.

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Oakland Unified School District percentage of high school students chronically absent by school and tract in 2010-11

Investing in Schools and Kids

The Oakland Unified School District uses GIS to address chronic absenteeism and further academic achievement.

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Student engagement and learning rise when using ArcGIS Online because it encompasses the understanding of big ideas and concepts.

Enrique Legaspi

Los Angeles area high school teacher

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We believe that GIS helps educators teach better, students learn better, and schools work better. For over 25 years,we've been committed to helping schools thrive with software, curriculum solutions, and support for instruction and administrative uses. Today, we're more committed than ever to provide free online mapping tools and activities for schools.

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Schools Program Blog

Schools program manager Charlie Fitzpatrick reflects on exemplary applications of GIS in K-12 education.

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