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What is Digimap for Schools?

What is Digimap for Schools?

The winner of the Geographical Association gold award, Digimap for schools provides easy access to a huge range of Ordnance Survey’s maps for Great Britain. Schools can access a seamless map that is an ideal tool for geography and cross curricular activities.

Digimap for schools supports;

  • KS1 and 2 geography map skills
  • KS3/4 and A Level mapping
  • Scottish social-studies outcomes; people, place & environment
  • National 4 and 5 geography added value units

What does the service provide?

Digimap for school provides 12 fixed scale map views on the screen. These use digital versions of Ordnance Survey's Explorer, Landranger and MiniScale® products. Also included is OS MasterMap® - Great Britain's most detailed mapping. Road atlas style maps are also included.

The service has been designed for use by both teachers and pupils and is suitable for teaching geography as well as a range of subjects including History, Social Studies, Economics and Business Studies.

How can I use Digimap for Schools?

Digimap for Schools features a number of tools which enable you to enhance your mapping. annotation tools allow you to add;

  • point markers
  • add text labels
  • draw regular and irregular polygons of differing colours and opacity
  • draw lines of differing weights and designs
  • use a buffer tool to create areas of a fixed size enclosing a point or a line
  • add photos to your map
  • measuring tools give you the ability to measure distances and areas on the maps

Any maps can be printed, this includes any maps you have annotated. Maps can be printed at either A4 or A3 size, portrait or landscape and in pdf, jpeg or png formats

You can save a map in order to come back to it later in your next class, or to share with teachers and other pupils. If you have added your own features using the annotation tools, they will also be saved when you save your map. You also have the option to show the national grid overlay on your maps on-screen, as well as have a full screen map.

There are over 60 teaching resources covering key stages 1-4. These have been written by geography experts and are available to use, even if you haven't subscribed to the service.

An annual rolling subscription covering the whole school is available for Primary Schools for as little as £69. For Secondary Schools, the price ranges from £86.25 - £143.75 (based on the number of learners).

If you want more information:

Digimap leaflet (PDF)

Latest newsletter (PDF)

Other useful information

Here you will find news and resources for Digimap for schools, read the Digimap blog and the latest tweets.

Here you can find information on the available GI software packages for schools.

Ordnance Survey products contain a range of map symbols which help you to identify and navigate through the landscape of Great Britain, find out more and download the map symbols to get more from Ordnance Survey maps.

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