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Geographic Information Systems


Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Maryland Statewide GIS license for both K-12 and higher education facilities?

The license is for K-12 only, but also applies to formal after school programs like 4-H, Boys and Girls Club, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts.

Does it include private schools?

Yes. The GIS license covers both public and private schools.

How do you intend to introduce GIS to K-12 schools statewide? Will you be holding seminars, establish a GIS support center, etc.?

We will have a web-based support center where teachers can access information.There will also be a total of ten GIS Specialists in Maryland to whom they can go for technical questions.

Will there be any involvement by Washington College or any other universities in implementing this license – such as providing GeoMentors from faculty or graduate students, or organizing informational seminars?

We plan to recruit volunteers from colleges and universities but nothing formal is planned. We have a Maryland LinkedIn group to try to recruit mentors.  Washington College does offer web-based teacher training and we have prepared web-based curriculum for schools that they can have for no cost.

What do you hope to achieve with a statewide license?

Certainly to overcome cost barriers to implementation of GIS in K-12 schools.

Will your initial implementation of GIS be for administrative or classroom use or both?

Both. Some schools are already using ESRI software for administrative purposes.

Where do you think GIS will best fit into the K-12 curriculum?

Within the STEM and environmental programs, although with the right framework it can also be applied to history, literature, and can enhance student awareness of their local community.

Do you intend to integrate GIS into the K-12 STEM classes?  If so, how?

We are currently participating in a funded project from MSDE to develop Elementary STEM education training for teachers.

Will GIS be included in the state’s career and technical education (CTE) classes?

We are not sure yet if this will become statewide, but at least one school district is already doing this.