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ESRI K-12 Software

This site is an educational portal for information and resources associated with the statewide Geographic Information Systems (GIS) license in the state of Maryland.  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, the GIS Lab through a partnership with ESRI has negotiated a statewide license for ESRI Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software for all K-12 public, private and charter schools.

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.

The ESRI education license will empower Maryland’s education system to produce a workforce trained in the use of GIS technologies used by Maryland’s state agencies. ESRI software is also widely used in the academic, federal, state and local governments as well as in the private sector. Maryland’s education system will be training its future workforce in the software and geospatial thinking processes utilized by most government, academic and private sector entities in the state and across the nation. 

  • List of Software

    Desktop GIS
         ArcInfo (Single and Concurrent Use)
         ArcEditor (Single and Concurrent Use)
         ArcView (Single and Concurrent Use)
         ArcGIS 3D Analyst (Single and Concurrent Use)
         ArcGIS Data Reviewer
         ArcGIS Geostatistical Analyst (Single and Concurrent Use)
         ArcGIS Network Analyst (Single and Concurrent Use)
         ArcGIS Spatial Analyst (Single and Concurrent Use)
         ArcGIS Tracking Analyst (Single and Concurrent Use)
         ArcGIS Workflow Manager (Single and Concurrent Use)
         ArcScan for ArcGIS (Single and Concurrent Use)
         ArcGIS Publisher (Single and Concurrent Use)
         ArcGIS Schematics (Single and Concurrent Use)
         Maplex for ArcGIS (Single and Concurrent Use)
    Server GIS
         ArcGIS Server Advanced Enterprise, with Extensions
         ArcGIS Server Advanced Workgroup, with Extensions
         ArcGIS Tracking Server (Software is available by request only. Implementation Services
         are not included.)
    Mobile GIS
         ArcGIS Mobile
    Esri Developer Network (EDN) for Education (available by request only)
    Specialized GIS
         Esri Aeronautical Solution
         Esri Defense Solution
         Esri Nautical Solution
         Esri Production Mapping
    Business GIS
         ArcLogistics 9.3 (without Data)
         ArcView 3.x (available by request only)
         ArcView 3.x with ArcView Spatial Analyst, Network Analyst, 3D Analyst, ArcPress for
         ArcView, and ArcView Tracking Analyst

How to Request Software

Fill out the following form and click “Submit” to begin the software request process. The necessary forms will be e-mailed to you once your request has been received. If you do not have an ESRI Global account name already, you can create an account at customers.esri.com. K12 schools can request a free ArcGIS Online account here.

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ArcGIS Online

K12 schools can request a free ArcGIS Online account here.

If you are interested in trying out an online version of ArcGIS software before downloading the desktop version, you might consider trying ArcGIS Online. This online mapping platform allows you to create and share interactive maps without installing anything on your computer.  If you are interested in learning more about how to use ArcGIS Online,  ESRI provides a series of introductory tutorial videos, which can be found here. Information on how to use an ArcGIS Online subscription account in your K12 classroom can be found here.

ESRI Virtual Campus

As part of the Enterprise License Agreement, ESRI is also providing an unlimited Virtual Campus Annual User License (AUL), which gives access to online self-paced Virtual Campus courses. These are primarily technology courses in ESRI Software.

To view a full list of ESRI Virtual Campus courses, click here


Interested in ESRI software, but not sure where to start? If you would like to bring this exciting technology into your classroom, but have no experience with GIS or ESRI software, the Washington College GIS Lab is here to help. We offer a range of training courses via Geoworkshops, starting with What is GIS and Intro to ArcMap for beginners and ranging upwards to advanced ArcGIS skills. Any K-12 teacher may register for a course for only $50. All materials may be used without restriction for in-school use.

We are also in the process of developing an Elementary STEM course, which integrates GIS with science, math, engineering, and technology core curriculum, specifically for the elementary classroom. This course will include the same introduction to GIS skills as our standard course, but will also contain valuable tips on lesson planning and applying GIS in a multidisciplinary approach.