Belfast Telegraph

Tech firm rolls out its mapping software free to all local pupils

Launching Esri’s ArcGIS at W5 in Belfast were Caitlin Brady, Ellen McNally and Aiesha Mouhsine of St Ronan’s College in Lurgan
Launching Esri’s ArcGIS at W5 in Belfast were Caitlin Brady, Ellen McNally and Aiesha Mouhsine of St Ronan’s College in Lurgan

By Staff Reporter

Tech firm Esri Ireland has announced a plan to make its digital mapping available to every school here for free.

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The company said more than 300,000 pupils will benefit from free access to its Geography Information System (GIS) online platform, in a move it said is potentially worth up to £100m.

The tech firm will provide ongoing support including tailored lesson plans and mentorship for teachers. Esri Ireland has already rolled out the scheme to schools in the Republic. Its platform allows students to explore climate change, predict future scenarios, explore history visually, conduct field-based surveys and perform many other cross-disciplinary activities.

The technology is already in use in six pilot schools here. The pilot phase involved three Lurgan schools: Lurgan College, St Ronan's College and Lurgan Junior High School.

They worked together on a shared education programme project using Esri's ArcGIS to explore spatial dimensions of sectarian divisions in their town.

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