Interactive mapping software can serve many purposes in the education industry. K-12 administrators may need to view school district boundary maps; higher education admissions officials may want to better understand their student population; and teachers at all levels can even use GIS software for students in the classroom.
K-12 Mapping for School Districts
At the administrative level for primary and secondary schools, visualizing school district boundary maps can be extremely helpful for understanding student enrollment. Public school personnel can use boundary mapping to determine school bus routes as well as easily directing parents who have recently moved to the area to the appropriate school for their children.
Private school officials may use sublayers within Mapline’s school mapping software to visualize their enrollment within public school boundaries and to better analyze the locations their students are coming from. This information can also be helpful for partnering with after-school care providers that will be nearest to the largest group of parents.
Higher Education Administration
In the field of higher education, it’s important to have highly accurate data regarding student trends and populations. Interactive mapping software like Mapline allows officials to easily obtain a number of demographic data sets, such as the in-state and out-of-state population, where students in particular programs or majors have come from to attend the college and where students are living in off-campus housing in relation to the university.
Having easy access to this data can help university administrators allocate budgets in the appropriate places, and it can also be beneficial to make available to potential students and their parents as they consider where to spend the next 4 years.
GIS Software for Students and Educators
Using mapping software for school projects at all levels of education can provide a more interactive and data-driven experience for students. Students studying disciplines such as political and social sciences in particular can use maps to present evidence for theses.
A teacher might create a map plotting locations of grocery stores and convenience stores for a discussion on food deserts in the city and the importance of having access to healthy foods. Or students might plot locations of library branches or YMCA facilities to use as compelling evidence to argue for the opening of a new location.
Check out how some schools in New Jersey used Mapline to view and analyze the results of their mock 2016 presidential election.
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