GIS Software Free for all Hawai‘i Schools
ESRI, the GIS software industry leader, is offering the new ArcGIS school bundle at no charge to all K12 public, private and charter schools throughout Hawai‘i.
The bundle includes three products:
ArcGIS Desktop (includes ArcGIS Pro Advanced, ArcMap Advanced, Extensions for both)
ArcGIS Online Organization
This combination will provide Hawai‘i Island schools with the highest level of services for the greatest number of users. The software offers enormous utility from elementary level exploration to in-depth localized projects to full-scale professional career training.
The ArcGIS school bundle is currently available in scaled sizes that work well for home school or small club settings up to large district-based configurations. It is also available for youth-servicing clubs such as 4-H, Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs, etc.
Although Maui Economic Development Board’s Women In Technology (WIT) program will no longer manage GIS software distribution as it has in the past, the organization will continue to partner with ESRI to provide teacher and student training, as well as support for local events that encourage geospatial learning and awareness.
“ESRI has been on a mission to help young people discover new worlds through maps and data and use this deeper geographic understanding to improve their communities,” said ESRI Account Manager Craig Clouet.
“Together with the WIT team in Hawai‘i, we have made great strides with teacher training and curriculum development, as well as with students using both project based learning and classroom activities,” he said. “WIT has helped us complete the circle, promoting the Science of Where to the entire K-12 landscape in Hawai‘i.”
New teachers and teachers who have received software licenses through MEDB are encouraged to go online to register for a free school account and license codes.
The Women in Technology program is a statewide initiative of the Maui Economic Development Board, funded in part by the U.S. Departments of Labor, Education, and Agriculture as a workforce development project.