Educator Guide

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Teaching with interactive maps using online ArcGIS. GeoInquiries are instructional activities that use interactive geomaps for many topics. 

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Key Features

  • Wide variety of subjects covered that align with the students’ curriculum.

  • Scripted lesson plans: Every topic includes a teacher guide, interactive web map, and a student worksheet.

  • Ability for teachers to edit or create their own maps.


  • Maps and data provide a deeper understanding of specific topics and the world at large. 

  • Learners of all ages build skills in data management and analysis while solving problems with geographic information system (GIS) technology.

  • Promoting student engagement.

  • Learning how to interpret maps and its data/students learn skills on reading and interpreting maps and its data.

How these features can be used in the classroom to enhance teaching and learning

  • Teachers can project the lesson for the whole class to see, making it a full-class discussion activity, or it can be modified for students to go through on an individual basis, interacting with the map themselves.

  • Integrate these GeoInquiries into any class or lesson where it's relevant, using it early on in a topic so that students can have these visuals in mind during the rest of the lessons.

  • It's a perfect insert into classes from upper elementary through high school.

Getting Started

  • Potentially visit the Guide first.

  • Download a GeoInquiry and review. Use the GeoInquiries Atlas to help choose.

  • Practice the activity by yourself.

  • Display the map on your white board.

  • Use the GeoInquiry in your class.

  • Consider whether you want to use student worksheets.

Considerations and potential concern of using the tool

Quick lessons may not provide enough depth for any given topic; lessons may need to be modified for independent student use.