Here at GEO Jobe, students and the academic user community at large is very important to us. We support many users in K-12 and higher learning as schools (K-12), Colleges and Universities around the World are avid users of Admin Tools and Mapfolio, while a number of our staff are also involved with educational groups, institutions, and organizations in many capacities (think YPN and ConnectEd). Indeed it is always great to see how students and new users are leveraging geography and geographic technology in their lives.
Recently, a group of students from the Roots & Shoots U.S. National Youth Leadership Council got to experience a trip to Redlands, CA where they visited Esri HQ and learn first-hand about community mapping as part of their 2016 summer leadership summit. While visiting the campus, the students learned how GIS and Esri solutions (like Story Maps) are important in fulfilling the Roots & Shoots mission. Additionally, the group used the Story Map technology to create a map story about how they can use Esri solutions for their community mapping projects. One student even created a fine community map for Plymouth, MA that shares important community observations in order to address a local problem of road kill and discover possible solutions.
More About Roots & shoots
Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots is the Jane Goodall Institute’s (JGI) global youth-led community action program, comprised of thousands of young people inspired by Dr. Jane Goodall to make the world a better place. The program builds on the legacy and vision of Dr. Jane Goodall to place the power and resources for creating practical solutions to big challenges in the hands of the young people.
There’s also an interesting opportunity awaiting you in the Roots & Shoots online course… Complete the course and mentor young people to lead change in their communities by mapping needs, collaborating with stakeholders, and designing practical solutions in the form of campaigns (and learn a lot along the way). See More
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We are always inspired by stories of youth and those working with youth and how they are using geography, geographic knowledge, and geographic tools in their educational careers and daily lives. We encourage students and EDU programs to adopts our free tools and to explore the Esri EdCommunity and resources available to them including ConnectEd (free online mapping tools and activities for schools).
Are you a student or teacher using our admin Tools or Mapfolio to make your life easier? We’d love to hear from you about what you’re working on.
Keywords: K12, education, GeoEDU, ConnectEd, story maps, community mapping