ArcGIS Online (AGOL) allows you to create interactive maps and apps and share them with the rest of your district and students. Be productive right away with ready-to-use content, apps and templates available for the web, smartphone and tablet. This document has been designed to help teachers, technical coordinators and administrators get started the correct way. Although each district, school or club can ask for access to an AGOL registration code from the Minnesota Department of Education, there is a progression that can be followed that will actually make your life as a teacher easier. Request an AGOL registration code.
Follow the steps below to get started with ArcGIS Online.
Do teachers need an Esri AGOL subscription code to get going? No, in fact the best way to get started is to create a public account. Until you get proficient and want some of the extra advantages an organizational account will provide, using a public account is best. Follow the steps below and start running AGOL in your classroom in no time!
1. Start a free, public account for your classroom on the ArcGIS Online mapping platform website. Sign in by selecting the link in the upper right of the page and “Create a Public Account” in the lower left of the next screen. Select a username and password. Your students will be able to use this same username and password to upload completed maps to this site. You can create a separate public account for each classroom that you teach. Read AGO Strategies for information on public versus organizational accounts.
2. Now get a little experience. Complete five easy exercises at AGOL5x5. Each exercise shouldn’t take more than five minutes. No login is required. These exercises may be done from any Windows or Mac desktop computer, tablet (android or iPad) or smartphone.
3. The Mapping with AGOL web page will probably be the most important AGOL site for teachers starting out. Other resources include items 1-3, which provide help using the public version of AGOL. Item 8 provides information on switching to an organizational account. The district or school tech coordinator may request the required registration codes from the Minnesota Department of Education to start an organizational account. Item 12 is specifically for educators and is an excellent introduction to using AGOL in the classroom. Take advantage of the other videos, tutorials and information available as you learn how to use AGOL in your classroom.
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