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ArcGIS Online: Available Courses, Lessons, and Activities 

There are many free online resources for learning basic GIS skills in ArcGIS Online as well as existing projects and lesson plans that can be directly incorporated into classroom curricula.  Browse the resources below to gain ArcGIS Online skills, find exercises to help educators use in their classrooms, or get inspired to create new projects and exercises with a K-12 school collaborator using ArcGIS Online.  Additional training materials designed specifically for educators are available here.

  • ArcGIS Online: General Courses and Lessons
  • GeoInquiries
    Designed to be fast and easy-to-use instructional resources that incorporate advanced web mapping technology. Each 15-minute activity is intended to be presented by the instructor from a single computer/projector classroom arrangement. No installation, fees, or logins are necessary to use these materials and software.  More GeoInquiry collections will continue to be released.  
    Advanced Environmental Science and Biology Example topics include: megacities, tropical deforestation, wind power, resource consumption, and El Nino.
    Advanced Human Geography  Example topics include: scale, globalization, US demographics, and toponyms. Designed for high school students.
    American Literature Example topics include: Gatsby: Then and Now, Surviving the Wild, Beyond Religion: Scarlet Letter, and Poe & the Red Death. 
    Earth Science Example topics include: topographic maps, remote sensing, climate change, earthquakes, volcanoes, and mountain building. Recommended for grades 6-9.
    Mathematics Example topics include: Rates & Proportions, Rates of Population Change, Euclidean vs Non-Euclidean, and Measuring Crop Circles. 
    Grade 4 Interdisciplinary  Example topics include: time zones, street maps, seismic events, energy production, and biomes.
    US History  Example topics include: The War of 1812, Underground Railroad, World War I, Dust Bowl, and Hot spots in the Cold War. Designed for high school students.
    World History Example topics include: Cradles of Civilization, The Crusades, Latin American Independence, and Africa'sBounty and Borders.
  • Thinking Spatially using GIS
    Thinking Spatially using GIS provides structured lessons in elementary geography using ArcGIS Online software. Recommended for grades 4-6. Approximately 30-60 minutes per lesson. Topics include: world exploration, the animal kingdom, people and patterns, and US tornadoes. These activities may be used without logging in or with your own ArcGIS Online account.
  • Mapping our World
    Mapping our World provides structured lessons in geography, social studies, and environmental science using ArcGIS Online software. Recommended for grades 6-12. Approximately 45-90 minutes per lesson. Lesson topics include: geographic inquiry, geology, climate, population, boundaries, and forces of nature. These activities may be used without logging in or with your own ArcGIS Online account.
  • ArcGIS Online: Guided Projects


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