In this essay I share the resources that I created for the Closing and Social Hour at the Esri Imagery and Remote Sensing Educators Summit, held April 2021, in the hopes that it will be useful to the community.
Thursday 22 April 2021 - 5pm Eastern / 2pm Pacific Time - Earth Day Digital Mapping and Analysis
This 60-minute event will include exploration of landforms, climate, river systems, human population, and much more, from local to global scale, with fascinating tools and data, as well as some fun Earth-related quizzes and songs! You will come away amazed at the power and ease-of-use of these tools, and be empowered to use them in your own teaching and learning!
Explore new GIS capabilities such as deep learning or new cartographic techniques such as multi-variate mapping through a free workshop at the AAG 2021 Annual Meeting. Whether you’re looking to gain expertise in spatial data science or looking for new resources for your teaching, a workshop is a great professional development opportunity.
In this series of 10 videos, plus 1 "outtake", I created and wear a Map Man costume to explain some reasons why maps are fun, relevant to the 21st Century, and I encourage you to use the ArcGIS system to use, create, and share your own maps.
In November of 2020, Apple released a new processor for their computers called the M1. If you want to dive into it, you can read about the details here (https://www.apple.com/mac/m1/).
The impact for users of ArcGIS Pro, is that there are currently no Windows virtual machine (VM) platforms that support this new processor (this is not the case for virtual desktop infrastructure, or VDI platforms, which have been released and support M1).
Below is a list of the current recommendations and options that are available to users that need to run ArcGIS Pro on a Mac...
You may have seen announcements about Esri’s new ArcGIS Platform launch. We wanted to provide some guidance on what this product is, how it could be accessed, and how it could be applicable to Educators.
What is ArcGIS Platform?
ArcGIS Platform is a location analytics Platform as a Service (PaaS) offering for developers who would like to incorporate location-based services (basemaps, geocoding, routing, visualization, etc.) in apps, products and business systems they build. It is a way for developers to leverage standalone services in a frictionless and easy to use way.
It provides access to location-based services in your API of choice, including open source mapping libraries such as Leaflet, Open Layers, and GL JS, as well as Esri’s web and native APIs.
ArcGIS Platform has a consumption-based business model, meaning costs are related directly to services consumed. ArcGIS Online has a subscription-based model, meaning access is provided for a specific time period; ArcGIS Online also provides additional capabilities and end-user applications to create, share, edit, and analyze maps and data.
ArcGIS Platform is primarily meant for developers who do not currently have Esri technology; it is an alternative to accessing location-based services through an ArcGIS Online subscription.
How can the ArcGIS Platform be accessed by Educators?
ArcGIS Platform is accessed via ArcGIS Developer Subscription.
Bottom Line: Whether you are a researcher wishing to incorporate location-based services in your work, whether you are faculty teaching programming concepts (please continue to enhance development skills in Python, Web APIs and SDKs!), or whether you are a student working on class projects to develop applications incorporating location-based services, you already have access to the services and capabilities of ArcGIS Platform via the Education Institution Agreement (former Site License).
Therefore, please continue to leverage ArcGIS Online and the ArcGIS Developer Subscription available with your Education agreements. ArcGIS Platform is simply a different way for customers new to Esri technology to acquire and pay for the consumption of those location-based services.
If your institution does not already have ArcGIS, please reach out to us to help with the best option for your needs – email@example.com
Explore a series of videos from a course that the author created on the theme Why Maps Matter. Feel free to use these ideas in your own courses, or to share with a family member or friend about why you care about mapping and GIS.
In 2020, we launched the 1-year Learn ArcGIS Student Program, designed to provide access to ArcGIS, along with self-paced learning resources, to higher education Students who do not currently have access through their institution.
We are continuing the program in 2021 and wanted to provide clarity on who this program is designed for.
If you are Student:
If your institution already has educational licensing, you should seek access to ArcGIS via your institution. Please check the following app, which lists colleges and universities in the US which already have institution-wide licenses. For some, there is publicly available URL/information on how to access. If not, please check with your advisor/department. Often, access is facilitated by Library, Geography or other departments/centers.
If you are learning independently of your instructor, outside of a formal course, and do not have access via your institution, then this program is for you! For further details, please check this FAQ. Then sign up to access over 450 self-faced lessons and resources!!
If you are Administrator/Faculty/Staff:
If you are teaching a formal course/degree program, or having students work on research projects, access should be provided by the institution versus this student program.
Therefore, for those of you who already have institutional licenses, please continue to provide access as you normally would. Many of you are implementing these best practices for enabling access to ArcGIS for all students, faculty and staff via your institution’s license. Please continue to follow these best practices; this program should not change any existing workflows.
If you do not have institution-wide access or license, please let us know if we can help – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Late last year Esri released ArcGIS Field Maps, the next generation application for viewing AND editing data on a mobile device. There are already several blogs, articles, lessons, etc. to understand what ArcGIS Field Maps is, so the goal of this blog, is to let educators and students understand why it’s a big deal for them. In an educational context, this is a big development for a couple of reasons:
You are licensed to use it!
Provides the ability to introduce students to only 1 mobile application
Supports more in-depth database and survey design
Start introducing the basics of coding/programming (Arcade expression language)