Land Use Academy

Geospatial Technology Resources for Educators



Quick Links to Helpful Stuff:

Natural Resource Conservation Academy

UConn Green Infrastructure Tour using ArcGIS Online storymap

Relevant CLEAR blogs: CT ECO and Lidar, Where in Connecticut?, CT's Changing Landscape Storymap: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, 2012 Aerial Imagery here and here, and Long Island Sound Land Cover.

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- Intro to CT ECO by CLEAR

- Intro to ArcGIS Online by CLEAR


- Explore the Connecticut Resources listed below.

- Explore the National Resources listed below.

ArcGIS Online

- ArcGIS Online information and resources below.

- Explore Mapping with ArcGIS Online intro document. Created by Esri, this lists sample content, a series of introductory videos and video collections and online resources including courses, tutorials and help.

- Explore ArcGIS Online with Esri's ArcGIS Online Five By Five: Five Activities You Can Do In 5 Minutes Each (No login required)

- Explore different activities and links to many sample maps in Esri's SkillBuilder Activities for ArcGIS Online in Education

- Create a public user account, make a map and save it.


Connecticut Resources

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CT Environmental Conditions Online (CT ECO)

CT ECO is a website designed to share Connecticut's natural resource geospatial information in a variety of ways that provide access to all users.

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UConn Center for Land Use Education and Research (CLEAR)

CLEAR provides information, education and assistance to Connecticut's land use decision makers, community organizations and citizens on how to better protect natural resources while accommodating economic growth. Some of CLEAR's geospatial resources are below. And be sure to keep tabs on the CLEAR blog and CLEAR webinar series.

CLEAR Geospatial Training Program Check out CLEAR's Geospatial Training Program to see training opportunities, Geospatial Technologies 101, and Data Resources to name a few.
Land Cover for the Long Island Sound Watershed and for Connecticut watersheds and towns including land cover and land cover change, forest fragmentation, riparian corridor and ag lands over ag soils.

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UConn Map and Geographic Information Center (MAGIC)

The University of Connecticut Libraries' MAGIC (Map and Geographic Information Center), collaborates with agencies, organizations, and centers to provide the public with access to maps, atlases, gazetteers, aerial photographs, and geospatial data pertaining to the state of Connecticut, New England and the world. MAGIC digitizes public-domain and copyright free maps and resources in order to enable researchers to have digital access to these resources.

Connecticut State Data Center

The Center’s mission is to assist the state in meeting its obligations to provide reliable, timely population estimates and projections, to enable the state to evaluate the accuracy of official federal counts of Connecticut’s population, to enhance state and municipal capacity to develop and evaluate policies, and to plan future development.

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Long Island Sound Resource Center

A CT DEEP and UConn collaboration where you can see 2003 oblique photos (taken from an angle), explore the coastal access guide where you can search by town or map to find places to get to the coast, learn about geology and more.


Beyond Connecticut


If you have ever wanted a picture taken from space of a particular location on Earth, then this is the site for you. The Johnson Space Center maintains a huge searchable archive of low and high resolution photographs taken by astronauts abord the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. You can search and view these images and request image files for downloading.


US Topo Quadranges - Maps for America

Image Gallery including Earth as art galleries

NOAA Digital Coast This NOAA-sponsored Digital Coast website is focused on helping communities address coastal issues and has become one of the most-used resources in the coastal management communities. There is a lot on the Digital Coast website, but you might want to start with the Land Cover Atlas or the Sea Level Rise and Coastal Flooding Impacts Viewer.


The ConnectED Initiative and Esri

In June 2013, President Obama announced the ConnectED initiative, designed to enrich K-12 education for every student in America. ConnectED empowers teachers with the best technology and the training to make the most of it, and empowers students through individualized learning and rich, digital content.

In May of 2014, Esri Pledged $1B in Cloud-Based STEM Software to White House ConnectED Initiative. Read the article here.

What the

Esri ConnectED initiative


  • Online mapping and analysis for all schools
  • Take your students to new places
  • Transform classes with project based learning
  • Dig deeper with data analysis
  • Exercise communication skills
  • Open doors to many careers

Resources to start with

Esri K-12 GIS Organization on ArcGIS Online is for those learning to use online GIS.

EdCommunity Portal includes ArcLessons, ways to connect with others including GeoMentors and teachers, GIS in STEM, resources for how to incorporate GIS in Earth Science, Geography and Math, more.

Esri News For Education publication.

Apply for an organizational AGOL account through Esri's ConnectEd initiative using this application form.