Interactive mapping tool launches for classrooms

ESRI Australia

Monday, 20 November, 2023

Interactive mapping tool launches for classrooms

A reimagined National Geographic MapMaker has been launched under a partnership between Esri and the National Geographic Society.

The online mapping tool uses the latest in GIS software to connect classrooms and individuals with essential geographic information and technology for exploration and education. The web-based 2D and 3D app allows users to visually experience and interact with geospatial information about Earth’s interconnected social and physical systems, while also exploring the art of mapmaking.

“We are honoured to continue our partnership with the National Geographic Society to bring MapMaker 4.0 to K–12 students around the world,” said Jack Dangermond, Esri President.

“We believe that mapping is a powerful tool for learning, communication and change, and we hope that MapMaker will inspire the next generation to better understand and care for our world.”

Updates to MapMaker 4.0 reach beyond the scope of a traditional map and provide users with interactive data on a variety of important topics that enrich learning and better illustrate how maps act as powerful devices that allow people to find their way, analyse and visualise complex datasets, solve problems and tell stories.

“National Geographic MapMaker is an engaging educational tool with the power to inspire the next generation of geographers, cartographers and National Geographic Explorers that show[s] how geography influences their lives and work every day, as well as how passion around the geographic approach can address challenges and drive real change around the world,” said Deborah Grayson, Chief Education Officer at the National Geographic Society.

The new MapMaker allows users to form patterns and relationships by layering maps; adding notes and sketches to maps; and saving images for use in papers, presentations or other applications. These layers can be created to educate users; represent various biomes, populations and environments; and view different geographic effects of climate change for innovative learning and exploring.

Students can also explore current and historical maps on topics like earth science (earthquakes, volcanoes, climate) or human geography (population characteristics, land cover, public health), and educators can view additional learning resources created by Esri and National Geographic Learning as well. MapMaker runs on online and mobile platforms and lightweight devices, and is touchscreen-friendly.

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