GIS in K-12 Education in Minnesota

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The Minnesota Department of Education has established a set of graduation requirements in geography that expect middle and high school students to use GIS in the analysis of a local problem. The Minnesota Alliance for Geographic Education ( MAGE) has offered a variety of professional development opportunities for teachers interested in GIS, including Saturday workshops, GeoFest (annual conference) and incorporating GIS in summer institutes. Since 2014 the Minnesota Department of Education and MN GIS/LIS Consortium have partnered in providing over 70 K12 GIS teacher workshops and five grant-funded multi-day workshops. We also began an annual “Educator Day” at the GIS/LIS Consortium October conference. In 2016 we launched a statewide middle and high school GIS map competition. This has been a huge hit with students and has served as a prototype for the current Esri sponsored National GIS mapping contest.

Next step: K-12 one-stop website [This website].

Educator Day!

Websites you may find useful ...

The Minnesota Map Contest Website has links to past Map Competition winning maps, information about how to get started with ArcGIS Online, and information about the Annual Map Contest.

The MN GIS/LIS Consortium Conference will host an Educator Day on October 2, 2019 in Saint Cloud. The entire day is free for educators and will feature hands-on workshops with AGOL, Presentations from teachers who are using GIS in their classrooms, and "geo-mentor" pairing to help you get started!


Several GIS professionals have volunteered to be GeoMentors for educators and students. You may be able to find one near your school who would be willing to help your students with technical GIS questions. To find one, click on the link to the US K12 GIS map and click on tab 4 to see the GeoMentor Map. Detailed information for each GeoMentor is provide by clicking on the map dots. GeoMentor Map.

The Esri ConnectED site leads to variety of subject-focused, standards-based instructional materials is available to enhance inquiry-based learning with students. All activities are free and completely online. The instructional materials require no installations or logins and are device neutral.

There is also information about how US K12 schools can request a free account for instruction.

For More Information, please contact:

Scott Freburg GIS Analyst, K12 GIS Lead

Minnesota IT Services | Partnering with Minnesota Department of Education

O: 651-582-8789,