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Schools across Europe will soon have access to online mapping software for delivering better geographic education in the classroom.

Schools across Europe will soon have access to online mapping software for delivering better geographic education in the classroom.

Esri has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with European Schoolnet, an organisation that works with multiple ministries of education - including the Department for Education in the UK - "to bring innovation to teaching and learning throughout Europe".

The MOU will be active for three years. During this time, Esri will advise the European Schoolnet team members on the use of ArcGIS Online, Esri's cloud-based platform, as well as help them develop a series of related lesson plans.

ArcGIS Online will be implemented in European Schoolnet's Future Classroom Lab, a project that allows educators to explore the latest developments in the evolving educational environment.

"The cloud-based capabilities of ArcGIS Online align very well with the other technologies we are using in the Future Classroom Lab," says Benjamin Hertz, project coordinator of European Schoolnet.

"It is a great tool for teachers to help students become enthusiastic about geography and how it is relevant to many other subjects. Lessons with ArcGIS Online bring STEM [science, technology, engineering, and mathematics] education to a higher level."

Based in Brussels, European Schoolnet is a non-profit network of 31 European ministries of education.