Got spreadsheets? Want to map them? You can easily do so with Esri Maps for Office. I have created a series of 3 new videos describing what Esri Maps for Office is, why it is useful in education, and how it can be used. There is about 20 minutes of content in these videos but it is presented in easy-to-understand demonstrations of the tools using real-world contexts and problems. Because so much work that students and instructors do is in spreadsheet format, such as with Microsoft Excel, being able to easily map that data can be instructive in mathematics, geography, biology, engineering, business, and in many other disciplines, as well as serve as an excellent research tool for you or your students.
The first video describes what Esri Maps for Office is, what you need to run it, and the wonderful and powerful capabilities that it includes. As long as your data includes a locational component, such as names of cities or countries, zip codes, street addresses, or latitude-longitude values, you will be able to map it and analyze resulting patterns. Best of all, your resulting maps can be shared with others.
In the second video, I demonstrate how Esri Maps for Office’s core capabilities can be used. Specifically, I create a map from data that is in an Excel spreadsheet format (on election results by state), classify the data, and publish the map in ArcGIS Online. I also show the data enrichment tools, which allows you to tap into an additional wealth of census, environmental, and other variables from the Esri ArcGIS Online cloud.
In the third video, I show how your newly published maps from Esri Maps for Office can be embedded into PowerPoint slides as dynamic maps. I also demonstrate how to map latitude-longitude points Finally, I show how geographic areas other than standard ones such as countries, states, counties, and so on, can be mapped, such as town boundaries in New England or regional administrative districts in France, for example.
How might you be able to make use of these videos and Esri Maps for Office in your instruction?