School Mapping Software for Administrators and Educators

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.

If you’re ready to start using Mapline in your school, take a look at our plans and pricing and sign up now.

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Custom Territory Mapping with Mapline

Mapline offers a lot of fantastic features to help you analyze your Excel location data. One of these features is territories. With Mapline, you have the option to use a multitude of existing territories as well as creating custom shapes on your map. Want to understand the advantages of each of these methods? We’ve got you covered.

Available Existing Territories – How to Use Territory Mapping Software

Mapline offers territories for dozens of countries, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe and everything in between. You’re able to select your chosen country or continent and narrow down from that level. Examples of existing territories include: Australian local government areas, postal codes, states and territories and suburbs; China provinces; UK counties, countries, postcode areas, postcode districts and regions; and US zip codes, Census tract maps, congressional districts, area codes and school districts. Find a full list of Mapline’s available territories here.

As you can see, territories vary widely. Using our existing territories is best when you want to analyze your company’s location data in relation to your customers’ own lives and reality. For example, if you want to understand demographic factors associated with customers, you might plot customer addresses and overlay a territory as broad as states or as granular as US Census tracts to view distinct groups of populations and analyze their behavior.

Draw on a Map for Custom Map Making

If, however, you wish to analyze data based on your company’s own indicators, you can use our custom territory mapping to draw a circle on a map (or square or other shape – including irregular shapes) to represent your internal boundaries or delineated sales territories. You’re also able to click on your shape to then see a list of all the addresses located within the shape.

This feature is especially helpful for analyzing sales territories to determine reps’ workload and distribution of both clients and sales personnel.

And there you have it – when to use existing territories and when it’s best to draw on a map to create your own custom shapes. It’s that simple! Want to know what else you can do with Mapline? Browse our features.

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Custom Real Estate Maps

Creating Real Estate Maps from Excel Data

Mapline’s commercial real estate mapping tools allow you to display locations of homes listed by your agency along with plenty of other information about each property. Simply upload your spreadsheet containing all the listing information and get an instant map that plots all your locations with pins.

You’re able to share your map with all your agents and clients so that everyone can view the data. By clicking on a pin, as long as you’ve included listing price, square footage, and any other features of the home in your spreadsheet, you can see this information right away. If not sharing with clients, consider adding notes to pins so that you can remember which features individual clients liked or disliked about each property.

Customizing Real Estate Maps

With real estate mapping software, you can get a personalized view of all the houses you may need to show. Options you can take advantage of with Mapline include the ability to:

  • upload a photo of the property to use as your pin to help jog your memory
  • plot clients’ work addresses or other important locations and use the network coverage feature to only show properties within a specified radius of those locations
  • color code pins to group property features together, such as number of bedrooms and bathrooms or price range
  • draw custom shapes on your map if clients have specific neighborhood preferences that don’t fit within existing zip code boundaries

You’re also able to embed your map of properties on your website so that your listings are easily available for your clients to view as well. To really personalize your client experience, create a map for each client with only their top home choices visible.

Using GIS for real estate puts you a step ahead of your competitors. Find out more about how Mapline can help you develop a visual representation of your property listings for a streamlined workflow and better experience for your clients. Choose a plan and get started today.

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Using the Excel Add-In

Downloading the Excel Add-in

Mapline has an add-in for Excel that makes it even easier to create powerful maps. The only requirement to download it is to be a paying user. To starting using the add-in, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Excel Add-in page to download the add-in.
  2. Follow the steps in the light-box that appears.

Once you’ve downloaded the add-in, you’re ready to start building and updating maps and data sets in Excel. You have three different options available through the add-in: Upload, Replace, and Download.

Upload a data set directly from Excel

Mapline has made it so easy to upload data that you don’t even need to copy and paste your data to create a data set! You can do it all from Excel by following these steps:

  1. Open a spreadsheet in Excel.
  2. Select the data you want to upload and include the headers.
  3. Click the “Mapline” option in your Excel ribbon.
  4. Select the “Upload” option.
  5. Follow the steps in the light-box that appears.

Replace your data set from Excel

If you’re data set is constantly getting updated, then you can replace your old data from Excel with the newest version to always have up-to-date data on your maps. The replace option will delete the old version of your data set, and you won’t be able to retrieve it from Mapline. So be sure that you have a copy on your computer if you don’t want to lose the data. To replace your data set:

  1. Open a spreadsheet in Excel.
  2. Select the data you want to upload and include the headers.
  3. Click the “Mapline” option in your Excel ribbon.
  4. Select the “Replace” option. (Reminder: This will delete the old version of your data set, and you won’t be able to retrieve it.)
  5. Follow the steps in the light-box that appears.

Download your data set from Mapline directly to Excel

If you make changes to your data set within Mapline, then you can download that data set using the add-in. This will allow you to always have the current version of your spreadsheets on your computer. To download a spreadsheet using the Excel add-in:

  1. Open Excel.
  2. Click the “Mapline” option in your Excel ribbon.
  3. Select the “Download” option.
  4. Follow the steps in the light-box that appears.

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Excel Add-in

Jumping between applications can be a head-ache. Fortunately, Mapline provides an Excel add-in! You can update your maps and data sets without ever having to leave Excel. All you need to do is download the add-in and you’re good to go. As you make your changes, you’re just a couple of clicks away from an updated map. Think of all the time you save by updating everything from Excel with just a few clicks! You can’t beat that!

  1. You will need the Microsoft .NET Runtime and the Microsoft Office Runtime. If you are unsure whether you have these or not, then just proceed with installing the add-in. You will get an error message if these are not already installed on your computer.
  2. Download and install the Excel Add-In for Windows.
  3. Open a spreadsheet in Excel.
  4. Click on the “Mapline” tab on your Excel Ribbon.
  5. Select the function (Upload, Replace, or Download) you want to perform.
  6. Follow the steps in the lightbox that appears.
  7. Check out our instructions for using the Excel Add-in to see everything you can do directly from Excel.

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