Students and teachers are set to reap benefits with the decision by Manitoba’s Ministry of Education, Citizenship and Youth to license GIS software for all publicly funded schools in Manitoba. As a result of this decision, students and teachers will have access to GIS software.
Manitoba Education, Citizenship and Youth’s (MECY) mission is to provide access to superior quality education and training to the province’s public and independent school systems and to its post-secondary institutions. MECY is currently developing new social studies curricula for kindergarten to grade 12 (K-12) to ensure relevant educational content in all subject areas. GIS will make a significant contribution to the new curriculum, helping to teach students valuable skills and showing them how those skills can be applied in the real world.
MECY and ESRI Canada’s Schools and Libraries program are working together to
ensure maximum accessibility to GIS technology across the province. Licensing includes unlimited access to web-based GIS training for teachers in Manitoba public schools from kindergarten to Senior 4 (Grade 12). In addition, MECY has selected the ArcCanada data CD-ROM set as a companion resource for ArcView, providing a rich set of lessons and data to support the technology. ESRI’s Spatial Analyst extension for ArcView will provide students with tools to create, query, map, and analyze cell-based raster data, and build and share spatial models. French immersion schools will have access to the French Language Supplement for ArcView.