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The ConnectED Initiative and Esri: Improving GIS and Geography Education in the US

The ConnectED Initiative, announced by the Obama administration in June 2013, is designed to enrich K–12 education by promoting Internet connectivity and use of educational technology. As a contribution to this important educational effort, Esri is donating $1 billion in free access to ArcGIS Online Organization accounts to every K-12 school in the US. This gift will introduce GIS software and associated geographic concepts into classrooms across the country, allowing students to map and analyze data using the same GIS technology used by government and businesses. Esri’s ConnectED strategy aims for the mainstream adoption of ArcGIS Online at 25,000 US K-12 schools, with the goal of providing software access to one million school users by December 31, 2017.

Also check out the following ArcNews columns by Doug Richardson, Executive Director of the Association of American Geographers:

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