#Outdoorclassroom day is on the 23rd of May this year. It comes at a particularly apt time as we see the huge positive wave of young people getting involved in activism to highlight the environmental crisis our world is in.
Digimap for Schools is a fantastic resource for planning and delivering these outdoor classrooms. Our maps can be used to create risk assessments and plan activity locations for the day. It can also be used to show the changes that have happened in you schools location over the past 130 years using our historical maps. The aerial imagery can be used with Ordnance Survey maps to give pupils a sense of place and explore their local area and environment.
We also provide lots of free resources to assist and guide your day. These outdoor education resources are available here: https://bit.ly/2DI0zcA
This resource (above) for example is great for getting pupils to do some biological monitoring and understanding the importance of the species in our environment. This resource was developed for the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence but is also perfect for any KS2 activities in England and Wales.
This week is #WalesOurdoorLearningWeek and we just wanted to showcase some of the learning resources and maps that you can easily create using Digimap.
Obviously maps are a key tool when doing outdoor learning, they help teachers and pupils prepare and plan any outdoor activities. (Also very useful in doing any risk assessments for outdoor activities)
The quality and scale are also brilliant as you can even map you playground and the schools locale to a small scale. The measurement tools and the ability to add text boxes and images also allow the documenting of your activities.
I thought I’d share a couple of tweets and photos we received last week from some of our schools!
It’s really interesting to see the wide range of mediums that our maps are being consumed on by pupils…. we have the full range from paper maps, laptops, desktops and Interactive White Boards.
The variety of maps being used is also very encouraging with Ordnance Survey and Aerial maps being used by schools to explore their local area, but also one of the schools is using our 1890’s historic mapping to explore the impact the Victorians had on todays infrastructures in cities!
As today is #DarwinDay the 210th Anniversary of Charles Darwins birthday, I thought I’d have a dig around some of the Geograph images that are available in Digimap for Schools to see what popped up relating to Darwin.
I came across loads! Images of his sculpture in the Natural History Museum, images of his home, a mural in Bromley dedicated to him and even a plaque in his honour.
Incase you didn’t know, Digimap for Schools hosts 6,029,764 Geograph photos from each and every Grid Square in GB. https://www.geograph.org.uk/
You can very simply search for anything and everything and these geolocated images will appear on the map with the associated image!
Go have a look! there really are some absolute gems in there!
We were recently demo’ing some scenarios of how to use the historical maps with current day Ordnance Survey maps and we thought we’d share the maps we created.
This example is of coastal erosion in Happisburgh in Norfolk. By using the historic maps and our drawing and measurement tools you can trace the coastline in the 1890’s, the 1950’s and the current coastline. You can also use the measurement to see that in some areas the coast has eroded about 150 metres..
I ‘think’ in the GCSE and A-Level NEA’s (though don’t quote me! I’m not a teacher it talks about data presentation and using secondary data sources; and on both fronts Digimap for School more than covers these specifications.
Yesterday we ran a webinar on using Digimap for Schools in Primary Schools. The feedback from the session was so positive and encouraging we have decided to post it on our blog, facebook and twitter pages.
The opportunities for using Digimap for Schools in Primary schools are vast, with some many applications across the curriculum! Please have a look at our video of yesterdays session below:
Over the summer we’ve taken the opportunity to update some of the maps used in Digimap for Schools. The Ordnance Survey have been working with their Mastermap collection and had a slight rejig of some of their classifications and added some new data schema’s. (at this stage you can tell I’m not a professional cartographer ;-))
As a result there have been some additional classifications added to their data which allows for better cartographic representation of the data itself (i.e. they can put more information on the maps). To the casual observer who maybe doesn’t have a forensic eye for detail many of these changes may not be glaringly obvious but we have found a few examples of how the data has changed the maps for the better! We found that some of the best examples of this tend to be in the coastal regions and below is an example of a before and after:
As you can see form the top image the area is simply classified as shingle and rock, whereas the image below is much more refined in giving better classification of the areas.
Anyhow this was just a quick update to let you know that some of the maps may have changed slightly (for the better ;-))
Last week I ran a webinar on “Fieldwork and Simple GIS” with Digimap for Schools. During the webinar someone asked if they can upload data from the Survey 123 app into Digimap for Schools. At the time I wasn’t sure (as I’d never used Survey 123) so I asked the person to send me a copy of the data that they got from the app. I’m pleased to say that within a minute I was able to upload their data into Digimap for Schools!
I’ve since had a look at other app’s and the way they deliver their data and the good news is that Digimap fro Schools can easily handle this!
Rather than write loads about how I did it I thought it easier just to do a quick video to show you. (just click on the below to play)