This site is an educational portal for information and resources associated with the statewide Geographic Information Systems (GIS) license in the state of Minnesota. Geospatial technologies are one of the three fastest growing technology fields (Source: U.S. Department of Labor). To introduce students to the geospatial tools and skills that will be required for many high-demand jobs of the future, Minnesota through a partnership of organizations and individuals have negotiated a statewide license for ESRI Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software.
The software will be available at no cost to qualified organizations in Minnesota. These include, but are not limited to:
GIS technology in the classroom provides an opportunity to use the same tools used in high-demand careers to examine geographic questions, conduct analysis and explore themes. Students work with data in ways that reveal relationships, patterns, and trends in the form of maps, globes, reports and charts. These skills are invaluable to studies in many subject areas, including science, mathematics, career and technical education, social studies, reading and language arts.
Geospatial technologies are one of the three fastest growing technology fields (Source: U.S. Department of Labor). To help Teachers get a better handle on this GIS software, MDE is partnering with GIS professionals across the state to host FREE introductory ArcGIS Online workshops. Each workshop will cover the same basic GIS and ArcGIS Online material and will include hands-on exercises. The sessions are three hours in length and will be offered at various dates and times around the State. Continuing Education Units will be provided for use in license renewal.
Workshop locations and dates.
Register for one of these FREE workshops.
Set-up and Getting Started
The documents below will assist with setting up ArcGIS software, answer frequently asked questions and provide educators with resources to get started.