30
Jan
2013
1

Sticky fingers not essential

Gold award winning Digimap for Schools has now been optimised for the iPad.  That familiar screen pinch and finger swipe will now navigate you through the scales and seamlessly pan you around Ordnance Survey’s OS MasterMap, the most detailed digital mapping available. 

Designed for use by both primary and secondary teachers and pupils Digimap for Schools is suitable for teaching geography as well as a range of subjects including history, social studies, economics and business studies.  It is an online service where no installation or maintenance is required.  Ordnance Survey has enabled the service to be fully functional on iPads in recognition of the rising popularity of these tablets and their usability, being especially good for primary age children. For optimal performance with Digimap for Schools we recommend using iPad 2 and 3 running 1OS 6.

Digimap for Schools features a number of tools to enhance your mapping. Annotation tools allow you to add point markers of varying designs, draw regular and irregular polygons of differing colours and opacity, draw lines of differing weights and designs, add text labels and change the font size, label polygons, lines and points.  Any features drawn will appear on screen and can be printed.  Measuring tools give you the ability to measure distances and areas on the maps.  Printed maps can be created at either A4 or A3 size, portrait or landscape and in pdf, jpeg or png formats and maps can be saved.  You also have the option to show the national grid overlay on your maps on-screen, as well as have a full screen map.

Additionally, an extensive search gazetteer with over 250 000 place names, enables users to easily centre maps on any location by using postcode, place name or grid reference.

There are also 67 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).

So, this is good news for schools, especially those who are investing in iPads – if you would like to subscribe, register your school at – https://ess.edina.ac.uk

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