GIS in Schools

Inspire your students develop geographic literacy, spatial awareness, critical thinking and analytical skills with GIS in the classroom

Free online mapping tools and activities for your school

ArcGIS Online allows you and your students to explore and analyse data using maps anywhere and anytime.

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Teaching Materials

A variety of subject-focused, standards-based teaching materials is available to enhance inquiry-based learning with students. All activities are free and completely online. The teaching materials require no installations and are device neutral.

Free ArcGIS Online School Account

New Zealand primary and secondary schools can request a free account for instruction. 

Network of Expertise

The Geography Network of Expertise [NEX] is a Ministry of Education funded professional development initiative that supports a peer-to-peer approach to develop a sustainable networks of geography teachers. Teachers championing GIS for teachers throughout NZ (GIS Champions) are part of the Geography NEX.


Helping to bring GIS Professionals and Educators together to enable GIS to be taught within the New Zealand School curriculum.

World Population

This activity explores the patterns of world population.

Audience: Upper Secondary - Year 11

The Human Development Index

Students will explore the spatial patterns of the Human Development Index (HDI) to identify regional patterns and causal factors in the data.

Audience: Upper Secondary - Year 12

Slowing malaria

Students will investigate causes of disease and ways to control malaria.

Audience: Upper Primary / Lower Secondary

Resource consumption and wealth

This activity highlights patterns of poverty and wealth to address overconsumption and resource extraction.

Audience: Upper Secondary

Tropical Storms

Students will use tropical cyclone information to understand factors that encourage the formation of hurricanes.

Audience: Upper Secondary

Mountain Building

This activity illustrates and explores how global mountain ranges are formed in relation to plate motions.

Audience: Upper Primary / Lower Secondary

Discovering map scale

This activity compares map scales using a satellite image.

Audience: Upper Primary / Lower Secondary

Time Zones

Students will explore time zones using map visualisations and mathematic calculations.

Audience: Upper Primary / Lower Secondary

Operation Overlord – D-Day

Students learn about the geography and significance of the D-Day invasion.

Audience: Upper Secondary

Population dynamics

This activity compares country-age structures to long-term population growth.

Audience: Upper Secondary - Year 11

Plate Boundaries (Cracked Plates)

Students investigate dynamics in the earth’s crust that explain multiple Earth Science phenomena.

Audience: Upper Secondary - Year 11 and 12

Landforms and NZ National Parks

Students will interpret the landscape using topographic maps of NZ National Parks.

Audience: Upper Primary / Lower Secondary

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