GIS in Education

CreeGeo Education Project

CreeGeo’s Education Project is confirmed for 2015-2017! Please take a look at our presentation at the OESS Tukwagun 2015.
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CreeGeo Education is now offering the GIS for Educators Certification!

To earn the GIS for Educators Certification, participants must complete seven requirements below, including four workshops, a free online Esri course, a GIS and/or GPS lesson, and a community-based mapping project. For more information, contact CreeGeo Education (705) 268-3594 or



Resources for Educators

ESRI links

Lesson Planner
Search for lesson packs (lesson plan, background, tutorial, presentation, assignment and data), videos and Websites that can be incorporated into your teaching.

Teacher Workshops
Your school or board office may be the best place for training – you can have a member of the Education and Research Group come to you to conduct a one or two day training session for teachers in the area. Through these workshops you will explore GIS and related technologies, resources available to educators and the benefits of using GIS as a tool to teach curriculum.  These workshops can also be customized to meet your specific needs.

Esri K12 GIS Organization
Instructions, maps, blogs, and more.

GIS in School Instruction – YouTube
General introduction to GIS and its use in classroom instruction, plus demos of different tools. 

GeoNet is the place where you can share, chat, and collaborate on all things geo. It’s your chance to connect with other geospatial enthusiasts around the world.

GIS & You – Educators
As an educator, you’re always looking for new and innovative ways to inspire your students. Using GIS, you’re able to leverage the latest technology to equip students with the skills they’ll need to excel in today’s workforce. Students of all ages can benefit from the ability to integrate and evaluate data from many sources to develop new theories and knowledge.

AGO Instruction Docs
A collection of instructional documents to help educators and learners use ArcGIS Online. Click the item name or “Details” link to see more. Click the icon/thumbnail or “Open” to launch the item. Great start for ConnectED Schools!

Blogs about GIS and Education

CreeGeo Education Project
CreeGeo’s Education Project is confirmed for 2015-2017! Please take a look at our presentation at the OESS Tukwagun 2015.
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Other Resources


Free geotools for smart teachers:

– Student Data Mapper, ESRI Schools Storymap, Lat-Long Finder, Sketch-A-Map,  Just a Digital Wall Map

Teach GIS

Teachers and learners of GIS, and related geo-technologies, want to increase the rewards while we lower the frustrations. This site, created by instructors and for instructors, is designed to support our educational community of practice.

Earth Cache: Let the Earth be Your Teacher

EarthCaching is an excellent way to get your students out into the field to learn more about geology! They can become involved by:

  • Visiting existing EarthCache site in the field
  • Researching sites and developing their own EarthCaches
  • Using the database of EarthCaches to study various aspects of geoscience (volcanoes, fossils etc)

So what exactly IS EarthCaching?  EarthCaching is an Earth science/geography-based educational activity that draws from the ever-increasing use of GPS receivers and the growing popularity of geocaching.  Educators and others realize that Earth itself offers its own treasures to uncover and endless opportunities for exploration, discovery, and learning.  EarthCache sites, then, are “virtual” caches that provide the visitor who finds them with new knowledge or insights about the locations itself- an “educational treasure” which is arguable more valuable than a trinket anyway!  Instead of leaving or taking anything from the site, visitors are asked to follow the EarthCache notes, make and record observations while at the site, and then log their visit on the EarthCache Website by reporting what they learned.

Here is the FREE educators guide (PDF 3.8M) that gives you step by step lessons on how to use EarthCaches.  For a free copy of the Educator’s Guide to EarthCaching, email Davida Buehler.

Bear Tracker – See Polar Bears Roam

Using this tool, you can watch polar bears as they travel across the sea ice to hunt seals. Our Bear Tracker shows current and past sea ice extents on Hudson Bay, along with the locations of polar bears (with a time delay for their safety).

Barbaree Ash Duke – Creative Curriculum Integration and GIS in Education

Integrating technology, geography, sciences and more with traditional classroom content is the focus of my work. Geospatial technologies offer many simple ways to connect students to their studies while actively engaging them in their learning. Come explore the possibilities with me!

Using GIS to Teach Common Core

National Geographic Education’s Online Resource Section

The programs of CG Education aim to strengthen geographic education in the classroom. In addition to increasing the emphasis on geography within the school system, CG Education endeavours to increase the public awareness of the importance of geographical literacy.