Building a sense of place and community with free digital tools

In this hands-on session, educators will learn how to create a collaborative field study using Survey123, a free, Web-based digital survey tool in Esri’s ArcGIS Online software. With this, students can create interactive surveys that allow them to collect data using their preferred device whether at home, at school, or outside in the community. A survey is a great way to gather primary source data on a community’s people and environment. You will also learn how to communicate the results of the survey, using Esri’s interactive StoryMaps.

Target Audience

Educators of all subjects grades 3-12


W02 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

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  • Susie Saliola

    Susie Saliola is an Education and Research GIS Analyst at Esri Canada’s Toronto office where she provides support for various teaching, learning, and research projects, facilitates workshops for both entry-level and experienced GIS users, and works with different partner organizations to create meaningful maps and apps. Susie has a special interest in using GIS for community research, engagement, and development. Susie’s background includes doing GIS work for municipal planning, public health, and international non-profit organizations. She has an M.Sc. in Physical Geography with a specialty in GIS and Remote Sensing from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from York University.


  • Jean Tong

    Jean is the K-12 Teaching and Learning Manager at Esri Canada. She has been in this role since 2007; previously she was teaching grades 7-10 Social Sciences, Geography and History in Toronto, Ontario. She is actively involved in presenting and conducting training workshops about the use of GIS in education to educators, professionals, and the community. Jean has been involved as a co-author on “International Perspectives on Teaching and Learning with GIS in Secondary Schools” Canada chapter, a contributing partner/writer to the McGrawHill textbook “Geography in Action”, involved as a stakeholder writer/reviewer of the Ontario curriculum 2013-2015 Social Studies, and Canadian and World Studies with a focus on spatial technologies, and contributor to Nelson Publishing grade 7 and 8, Geography and History textbooks to bring the use of spatial technologies to their activities and case studies. Because of her work in GIS with K-12 schools, Jean serves as a representative on various committees including the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors (AOLS) Geomatics Recruitment & Liaison Committee, the Ontario Association of Geographic and Environmental Educators Association (OAGEE), and the Ontario Geography Consultants & Ontario History, Humanities and Social Science Consultants’ Association (OG-OH). Jean is a graduate of Canterbury University and McMaster University with degrees in Education and Geography. She also has a Certificate of Applied Digital Geography and GIS from Ryerson University.