Passing along this exciting SCGIS@listserv.uri.edu post that was forwarded to me...
I know that many of you are active in working with primary and secondary educators and students, or have kids of your own or teachers in your own families. If so, then see below for exciting news!
It was announced yesterday at the White House that Esri will provide free ArcGIS Online subscriptions for all K-12 schools (instructional use) in the United States as part of the White House's ConnectED initiative. More information is available at http://ConnectED.esri.com and http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/05/27/president-obama-host-white-house-science-fair.
Resources to help schools get started with ArcGIS Online are available at http://edcommunity.esri.com/connected.
In conjunction with this initiative, we encourage GIS professionals to become GeoMentors who volunteer to help schools set up their ArcGIS Online account, provide data for the local community, and provide local expertise. More information about the GeoMentor program is at http://www.geomentor.org.
ArcGIS Online subscriptions for K-12 schools include 500 named users. The July release of ArcGIS Online will include a new custom role ("Student") and new account administration tools for managing student accounts.
Please contact connectEDschools@esri.com with questions.
Joseph J. Kerski, Ph.D., GISP | Education Manager
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