West Virginia K-12 GIS

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West Virginia K-12 GIS

WVDE has the industry-standard tool for teaching the 21st century skill of spatial thinking with geotechnologies available to ALL educators and students!


Please visit to see what GIS can do for you!


If you would like your own mapping website for your school, called an organizational account, please visit If you have any questions, e-mail Erika Klose (


West Virginia is one of a special group of states and school districts in the United States that provides Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software throughout its entire educational system, allowing every K-12 school and teacher in the state access to ESRI’s ArcGIS software. To start using GIS in your class today, head to our online GIS home at:

To request the FREE desktop software, please send an e-mail to Erika Klose, the WVDE GIS Project Manager, at


GIS Listserv

The WV GIS in K12 Listserv regularly sends out information and resources to teachers learning how to use GIS in their classrooms. To subscribe to the WV GIS in K12 Education listserv, send an e-mail to: LISTSERV@LISTSERV.WVNET.EDU with no subject and the following in the body (not subject) of the message (Make sure you put your first and last name as specified):

subscribe WVGIS-K12-L FirstName LastName



GIS software training is available through the WVDE.  Announcements regarding training are sent out through the social studies, science, and the WV K12 GIS listserv.  Online training is available FREE to WV educators through the ESRI training center.  We recommend you start with the course, Teaching with GIS: Introduction to Using GIS in the Classroom.  You can access it here.  If you are interested in other courses, visit here to see other available courses.  If you are interested in any of these other courses, send an e-mail to Erika Klose ( with the name of the course and your ESRI Global Login, which you create at the website.

Erika Klose maintains a personal blog of GIS training activities at


GIS Lessons

Complete lessons for use in your classroom are available online in a number of places.




Contact Information

Coordinator, Allegra Kazemzadeh (

Office of Middle/Secondary Learning

Phone:  304-558-5325                 FAX:  304-558-1834

1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East, Building 6 Room 603, Charleston, WV  25305