Denver Public Schools, USA selected ESRI to provide GIS software for K-12 schools. The district’s K-12 software site license will provide resources to students and teachers including ArcGIS, ArcIMS, and ArcView software; ESRI Virtual Campus courses; and other ESRI products. Denver Public Schools encompasses 147 K-12 schools and more than 72,000 students. The district’s decision to purchase a site license from ESRI follows its mission to give all students the opportunity to obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to become contributing citizens in a diverse society. GIS would enhance many aspects of the district’s instruction, academic projects, and student development programs. Many students really identify with the visual representation of data and use it across a variety of curriculums. The school district plans to implement GIS in different phases using ArcGIS, ArcIMS, ArcView, and software and resources from the curricular packages Community Mapping and Mapping Our World. The district’s GIS implementation would provide benefits to both administrative and classroom divisions.
GIS has already aided Denver Public Schools in redistricting efforts. When the Board of Education districts changed boundaries two years ago, the Planning and Research Office used ArcView software to redistrict the area. ArcView also helps the district determine school boundaries, which keeps track of students as changes occur in schools and surrounding districts. In Denver classrooms, GIS programs are planned that will enable students to learn through maps and data that reach across numerous subjects. Community Mapping and Mapping Our World provide the resources and tools teachers need to successfully implement GIS lessons. The Virtual Campus subscription that accompanies the site license will help teachers learn about the software and the full extent of its abilities.