Outdoor Classroom Day – 7th Nov 2019

Just a quick reminder that outdoor classroom day is on 7th of November!

Digimap for Schools has lots of free resources to help with outdoor learning as well.  That can be accessed from our free learning resources centre here: https://dfsresources.edina.ac.uk/resources/subject/outdoor-learning-97.

 

To find out more information click the image or link below:

https://outdoorclassroomday.org.uk/…

New Map Skills game by the Ordnance Survey

Just came across this randomly…  This would be a fantastic way of kids learning map skills!

I notice theres a few maps included in the board game, but I’m pretty sure you could print out some Digimap for Schools A4 maps and ‘freshen up’ the game with some more local activities if needed 😉

After all it is only 79 days to Christmas… perhaps a good educational gift idea 🙂

https://www.oakabooks.co.uk/…/geogo-the-os-map-skills-board…

Ordnance Survey #GetOutsideDay (30th September)

This Sunday (30th September) is Ordnance Survey ‘s #GetOutsideDay. This is the perfect opportunity to encourage your staff and students to get outside and enjoy the British countryside and fresh air.

Tehre are lots of walks and guides available on the OS website here: https://getoutside.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/

We just want to remind all our users (and any schools potentially thinking of subscribing) that we have ALL the Ordnance Survey maps for the UK… no matter the scale or the area, we have the map 😉 . ohh and you can print them in a nice A4 size as well…

NEA course and assessment

HI folks, I just wanted to share a link to some of the Geographical Association courses they are running over the next few months especially those that are related to the NEA.

https://bit.ly/2kWx7cu

We’ve been hearing whispers of discontent from teachers over the perceived difficultly in obtaining the higher marks in the NEA.  Many teachers are still unclear as to how the NEA is assessed by the exam boards with many teachers claiming that after external assessment their marks are being reduced and in some cases significantly.

We’d like to give ourselves a little pat on the back here as Digimap for Schools is fantastic for the data analysis and data presentation elements of the NEA.  Pupils can customise their maps with photo’s, graphs, text and secondary data to ensure they fulfil these elements of the NEA.  Even better is that its really user friendly and quick for students to do so!

 

Here’s a few examples of presenting data for NEA.

 

Digimap for Schools and the New OFSTED Framework for Primary Schools

Its been a busy week already! Schools have started back and we are already seeing a big rise in the number of Primary Schools subscribing to Digimap for Schools!

We suspect this has a LOT to do with the new OFSTED framework that began on 1st September. (Apologies now as we aren’t teachers or OFSTED inspectors so our knowledge and understanding is limited!) .

We seem to be gathering from our users that this new framework focuses on a broader Primary curriculum delivery and has less focus on numeracy and literacy. I know this is bad news for many schools as these changes will have ripple effects around schools e.g. teachers now expected to deliver or develop a History or Geography curriculum from scratch.

We’ve received some feedback on the ways Digimap for Schools is helping schools with this transition but would love some concrete examples or lovely quotes to help us spread the word of Digimap!

Please do keep spreading the word to your fellow Primary teaching colleagues!

Digimap for Colleges to be withdrawn 31 December 2019

For those people in FE colleges using our Digimap for Colleges service, the following will be important. Digimap for Colleges is available to Further Education Colleges only. From 31st December 2019 Digimap for Colleges will be no longer be available. Access to the same maps (and substantially more) continues to be provided through our comprehensive […]

Enhancements to Digimap – August 2019

Over the last month or so, following feedback from users of the Digimap service, we made a few additions and enhancements to Digimap.  We will be running a webinar on these early in the new term but here is a quick run down of the new features: Overlays added to OS Roam, including contours, spot heights, […]