We’ve put together a series of 4 short guides on using Digimap for Schools. The guides are intended to be worked through over 4 weeks and new subscribers to the service will be sent one each week, post sign-up. Each guide takes just 10 minutes and by week 4, you’ll be making the most of the cross-curricular potential that Digimap for Schools offers.
We guide you sequentially through key features and provide short videos to demonstrate each function. A short practise exercise plus links to some of our lesson ideas are included.
Have a look and let us know what you think!
- Week 1 Maps and Places Get to grips with the essentials of searching, zooming and viewing our range of maps – contemporary, historic and aerial.
- Week 2 Making your mark Find out how to add text, shapes, symbols and images to your maps. Create prints in different sizes and formats. Organise your maps into folders for different classes or projects.
- Week 3 The numbers Check out how to find a grid reference and measure map features. Add measurement labels to any shapes and lines you create.
Week 3 – add measurement labels.
Remember we have lots of resources, written by curriculum experts, with great ideas for using Digimap for Schools. Browse by subject and level at our resources site:
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We really value your feedback so let us know if we can improve these, or if there are any other resources that we can provide to help you get mapping!
Darren Bailey from the Ordnance Survey Education Team has a few CPD events coming up. Â Darren’s event provide a great introduction to Digimap for Schools and using OS mapping in primary schools. Â If you’d like to attend or find out more details, please contact Darren –Â Darren.Bailey@os.uk
Epsom –Â 21/09/2015
Southampton –Â 25/09/2015
Addlestone –Â 29/09/2015
FREE summer course for mid-career specialist secondary geography teachers
Based at the University of Southampton, this course provides an opportunity to gain hands-on experience with the latest technology for data collection and analysis, coupled with an insight into how geographical information is relied upon by industry business and government for visualisation, problem solving and decision making. Places will be filled as valid applications are received, so we recommend that you apply soon.
â€¢ 20 places available
â€¢ Based at the University of Southampton
â€¢ Field day in the New Forest
â€¢ Full day visit to Met Office, Exeter
â€¢ Full day visit to Ordnance Survey, Southampton
â€¢ Gala dinner with all Science for Society teachers at Goldsmithâ€™s Hall, London
â€¢ All tuition, accommodation, food and travel during the course provided. (Delegates fund their own travel costs from home to Southampton).
To apply, visit the Goldsmith’s website:
And download the Science for Society application form.
Last Friday and Saturday (13 – 14 April) the Digimap for Schools team joined the Ordnance Survey on their stand at the GA Conference in Manchester. It was a fantastic couple of days and we welcomed many visitors to the stand. In fact, some people had to come back on the Saturday to see us because the stand had been too busy when they stopped by on Friday!
Digimap for Schools received lots of positive feedback from teachers currently using the service and those interested in signing up. Visitors were impressed with the new enhancements released a couple of weeks ago (read about them here) and were very interested in the new secondary and primary teaching resources recently added (download resources here)
It was an excellent conference for us, providing a great opportunity to meet new and familiar teachers to demonstrate the service and to hear feedback from those already using it.
The Education team from Ordnance Survey also held a workshop on Friday afternoon demonstrating Digimap for Schools. The room was crammed full of eager teachers to hear about the history and development of Digimap for Schools, as well as getting chance to have a hands-on session to have a look at the service themselves.
From the buzz on various blogs and Twitter, I don’t think we were the only people to think that the conference was fantastic, a job really well done by the GA!