Tuesday, May 27, 2014

ESRI to Provide Cloud-Based GIS Software to American Schools

ESRI to Provide Free Educational Software to American Schools

From the White House Science Fair Fact Sheet and Backgrounder, whitehouse.gov:

In continuing its support of education and in line with President Obama’s ConnectED vision of opening new opportunity through technology in the classroom, ESRI will provide free access to ArcGIS Online Organization accounts to every K-12 school in the United States.  This is the same GIS technology used by government and business.

ArcGIS Online allows users to map and analyze data, create and share content, and collaborate in the cloud via computers, tablets, or smartphones.  This commitment expands on ESRI’s successful program in pilot schools at all levels across the country.  This access will allow students to do projects of unlimited content—from global to local.  Students will be building knowledge and skills for college and career as well as building their community.

Education Week presented an article providing more information about the ESRI donation.

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