The Digimap for Schools service has hit a milestone with 2,000 primary and secondary schools now signed up. This gives hundreds of thousands of pupils access to the latest Ordnance Survey digital data, including our most detailed maps, OS MasterMap.
The fantastic service, developed by EDINA at the University of Edinburgh, is available to all schools in Great Britain. The key resource ensures that teachers and students can access the Ordnance Survey maps as defined in the National Curriculum. As well as our famous OS Explorer mapping at 1:25,000 scale, which is ideal for outdoor activities, there is a new historic map layer, extending its potential for use in schools across a wider spectrum of the national curriculum.
The historic maps, scanned to high resolution by the National Library of Scotland, are from the 1890s and cover the whole of Great Britain. Teachers and pupils can overlay the historic maps over current mapping and compare changes in the landscape.
The Digimaps for Schools website has a huge bank of resources across the key stages to help teachers bring geography to life. The team have recently added a new set of resources for the historic maps layer, with exercises for students ranging from spot the difference between the old and new maps to asking pupils to identify road bridges and by-passes and describe the economic and social benefits. Take a look at the free resources.
It’s not just used for history and geography lessons though, primary schools in West Lancashire have signed up to support their orienteering programme. School sport in West Lancashire is delivered by the West Lancashire School Sport Partnership and their Partnership Development Manager says:
I manage PE and School Sport across a cluster of primary schools and plan to deliver a programme of Orienteering to the schools. One of the barriers to this is the absence of a high quality orienteering map for each school. Digimaps for Schools would not only support us to develop orienteering maps but I have been impressed by the other potential cross curricular opportunities it can provide schools.
Digimap for Schools was launched in 2010. The annual subscription costs just £69 for a primary school and up to £144 for a secondary school. Once signed up to the service, pupils and teachers using Digimap for Schools can create, save and print maps at A4 and A3 size.
To give the service a free trial, visit the website.