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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.

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