US: With a vision to provide a free ArcGIS Online subscription to every K–12 school in the United States, Esri has teamed with GISetc to produce the Earth Science GeoInquiry Collection. The instructional material uses ArcGIS Online Web mapping and analysis tools to improve middle school earth science lessons. The collection contains 15 web-mapping activities that correspond with and enhance map-based textbook concepts. High school level GeoInquiries for US history are scheduled to be released later this year.
"Earth Science GeoInquiries provide a substantial change in the way we, as educators, use mapping and geographic analysis with data and concepts from across the science of earth systems," says Tom Baker, Esri manager for education. "Broadly, GeoInquiries introduce mainstream K–12 students and teachers to the power of Web mapping in a standards-based, teacher-friendly activity, complete with modern web technology, live data, and inquiry-oriented investigations."
Activity topics include topographic maps, remote sensing, minerals/mining, rock types, landforms, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, mountain building, freshwater, ocean features, ground wind and temperature patterns, weather, storms and climate change.