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Wisconsin Statewide and Free Software Instructional Programs for 4k-12 Schools

The State of Wisconsin, through the cooperative efforts of the Department of Administration and the Department of Public Instruction, has entered into several licensing agreements for the benefit of Wisconsin school districts. The following are software applications for which Wisconsin school districts may utilize statewide contract terms for their own local use. Each contract and terms of service is different. Districts should review these unique terms prior to engaging.  These software tools ensure equitable access to public and private schools to allow schools to create learning opportunities that are personalized, engaged, applied and equitable.

ESRI Geographic Software Program -statewide agreement


A geographic information system (GIS) to visualize, question, analyze, interpret, and understand data to reveal relationships, patterns, and trends.



The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is no longer the administrator for ESRI licenses for schools. Please contact ESRI directly.



Charlie Fitzpatrick - K12 Education Manager

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Eligible: PK-12 Public Schools -- PK-12 Private Schools -- Formal Youth Clubs.
Cost: Free

Google Suite for Education -statewide agreement

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G-Suite for Education Core Services includes Classroom, Gmail, Drive, Calendar, Vault, Docs, Sheets, Form, Slides, Sites and Hangouts.

Google for Education Privacy and Security Information

Eligible: PK-12 Public and Private Schools
Cost: Free

Microsoft Enrollment for Education Solutions (EES) -statewide agreement

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List of available software through Microsoft Enrollment for Education Solution

Agreement to use Microsoft’s highest volume license program - Enrollment for Education Solution (EES) - offering the most cost effective solutions for school districts. This site has the enrollment paperwork and instructions on how to complete it.

Eligible: PK-12 Public Schools -- NOTE: PK-12 Private Schools should contact their current MS LAR about the Wis EES Agreements
Contact: Your local MS LAR or Jared Wells
Cost: Refer to the price sheets at the website provided above; discounts are the greatest allowable by Microsoft under this agreement

SketchUp Pro Public K-12 Education Grant Program

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SketchUp is 3D modeling software that's easy to learn and engaging for students. 3D drawing can be used for architecture, construction, engineering, urban planning, woodworking, 3D printing, interior design, product design and manufacturing, landscape architecture, commercial interiors, film and stage design, and game design - to name a few topics.

This grant is for the full software version and is installed on Macs and PCs.

SketchUp K-12 Educational Grants information.

Eligible: PK-12 Public Schools -- NOTE: PK-12 Private Schools can get product at discount via Creation Engine Inc.
Cost: Free

Notice: This grant program is ending July 1, 2022. After the end-date, you may purchase SketchUp Pro at Creation Engine Inc.

Autodesk - free software


Autodesk Fusion 360 – 3D CAD Reinvented in the cloud
Explore design ideas quickly and easily with the integrated concept-to-production platform. Connect your entire product development process in a single cloud-based platform that works on both Mac and PC.. At Autodesk, we believe tomorrow’s challenges will be met by today’s students. That’s why Autodesk gives students, educators, and educational institutions free* access to our design software, creativity apps, and learning resources.

Autodesk website provides information on school and home access, student academy and teacher professional learning resource

Free Learning Content
Integrated: Design and fabricate in a single cloud-based tool
Connected: Connect with your team with easy, built-in collaboration
Accessible: Work on your Mac or PC, online or offline

Eligible: PK-12 Public Schools -- PK-12 Private Schools -- Formal Youth Clubs
Cost: Free

Desmos Graphics Calculator -free software

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Best-in-class HTML5 Desmos graphing calculator used by millions of students around the world use for free. Available for download from the App Store and Google Play which is perfect for any 1:1 or classroom cell phone instructional integration district program.  Desmos offers additional activities and creation tools for students and teachers.  Some districts are having students download this tool for upper-level math and science courses for everyday use with check out options for standardized test calculators (i.e. ACT, PSAT, SAT).  Providing high-quality digital tools for all students is an important goal of the Wisconsin Digital Learning Plan to ensure equity and access of digital tools and learning experiences for all students.

Eligible: PK-12 Public and Private Schools
Cost: Free

Website with directions for App download

Academic and Career Planning (ACP) State Software: Xello

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Xello is an OPTIONAL choice to use as an ACP electronic tool. Funding is allocated to pay for the state-selected Xello software for students and staff in grades 6-12 in public school districts. School districts may choose to contract directly with any other vendor to meet the requirements of Wisconsin Statute 115.28(59) and Administrative Rule PI-26. ACP is required of all public school districts that serve students in grades 6-12. Students can use this software to take career-related assessments, explore online career and college profiles, and get information about financial aid and employment.  Learn more at the ACP page on Xello in wisconsin.