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Bringing Mapping Technology to Manitoba Classrooms
(GISuser Press Release) (For Immediate Release, Thursday, January 8, 2004) Toronto, ON - Students and teachers are set to reap tremendous benefits with the decision by Manitoba's Ministry of Education, Citizenship and Youth to license geographic information system (GIS) software for all publicly funded schools in Manitoba. As a result of this decision, students and teachers will have access to state-of-the-art GIS software.
"To prepare students for their roles in society, Manitoba Education, Citizenship and Youth has identified technology, along with literacy and communication, problem solving, and human relations, as a foundation skill area to be developed in every subject area and grade," said Colleen Raymond, Education Industry Manager, ESRI Canada. "Development of technology as a foundation skill area will not only enable students to use technology to learn, but will also enhance their understanding of the connections between technology, society, and the environment. ESRI's ArcView is the world's leading desktop GIS software package and Manitoba students will join more than half a million other users worldwide."
Manitoba Education, Citizenship and Youth's (MECY) mission is to provide access to superior quality education and training to the province's public and independent school systems and to its post-secondary institutions. MECY is currently developing new social studies curricula for kindergarten to grade 12 (K-12) to ensure relevant educational content in all subject areas. GIS will make a significant contribution to the new curriculum, helping to teach students valuable skills and showing them how those skills can be applied in the real world.