Esri Ireland selects Aideen Croasdell as NI & Ireland Engagement Manager for Life-Long Learning

  • Aideen Croasdell will be responsible for delivering the ArcGIS for School programme as Esri Ireland's new Engagement Manager for Life-Long Learning.

    Global geographic information systems developer Esri has been making in-roads in Northern Ireland for some time, making a big splash initially with the rollout of its ArcGIS for School programme to every school in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The scheme provides schools with free access to the ArcGIS mapping platform, training and course materials, and support for teachers using the tools in the classroom.

    Today the company announced the appointment of Aideen Croasdell as the new Engagement Manager for Life-Long Learning for Ireland and Northern Ireland. As part of the role, Aideen will be responsible for the entire ArcGIS for School programme across the island, from ongoing development on the platform to integration into primary and secondary schools and promoting the scheme.

    She will also oversee the development of a new "Teach with ArcGIS for Schools" training course for teachers across the country, and Esri’s GeoMentor programme that helps pair geography teachers with GIS professionals. The goal of the programme is to introduce more map-based technology projects into classrooms across Ireland and Northern Ireland to help stimulate the next generation of GIS enthusiasts.

    Previous mapping projects from Northern Ireland's students have shown the importance of the scheme in the politically and economically divided country. Students from Lurgan College, St. Ronan’s College, and Lurgan Junior High School presented a ground-breaking cross-community mapping project at the world's largest GIS conference last year, which charted public perception of safety on both sides of the area's divide.

    Source: Written based on press release

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