Schools map out digital future with tech giant Esri
A nationwide initiative to give every classroom in Ireland free access to an online digital mapping platform has been launched.
Esri Ireland is making its €500m software package ARcGIS Online available to more than 900,000 students in almost 4,000 schools.
The software is used in the application of geographic information systems (GIS) and by using it students can learn the skills required to collect and analyse data on a range of topics, including climate change and demographics.
Any device connected to the internet including school computers, tablets and students’ smartphones can access the cloud-based application.
One group of students in Australia even used the technology to help alleviate traffic congestion at their own school.
Pictured announcing Esri Ireland’s ArcGIS for Schools programme are (L-R): Joanne McLaughlin, ArcGIS for Schools Sponsor, Esri Ireland; St Kevin’s College Finglas students, Casey Farren, Colloty and Nathan Furlong; Aideen Croasdell, ArcGIS for Schools Programme Team, Esri Ireland; and Andrew Horan, geography teacher at Saint Kevin’s College Finglas.