Just thought it was worth sharing this amazing testimonial we got this week from one of our amazing Primary Schools!
Today was the launch of our new, updated version of Digimap for Schools.
So… what’s new?
We’ve added Global Maps! The authoritative Collins Bartholomew World Panorama map, providing a clear, definitive, global view. We’ve also added the global, detailed street level mapping from OpenStreetMap.
We’ve also added some new and improved features!
Here’s a quick video showing some of the changes.
Following the announcement of the general election for Thursday 12th December we have taken the difficult decision to postpone the GeoForum, due to be held in Edinburgh on Thursday 12th December. We are aiming to reschedule the event for the spring of 2020 so will post details of a new date here as soon as […]
We are very pleased to confirm the date and venue for our next Geoforum event and invite you to join us for an interesting programme, with a range of speakers and opportunities for discussion. Geoforum will be on Thursday 12th December 2019 at the Bayes Centre, University of Edinburgh 10.30am – 4pm. Please do save […]
On October 26th , the Scottish Association of Geography Teachers (SAGT) held its annual event at the fantastic location of Dollar Academy. This years theme was ‘making connections’ which resonated across the various keynotes and seminar events throughout the day.
Attended by over 100 delegates with around a dozen publishers in attendance, the event was both a useful networking, professional development and clarion call for improving the visibility and relevance of geography as an academic discipline in schools. The very real relevance of the subject was admirably highlighted by the two keynote addresses.
First up was Professor Lorna Dawson CBE , Head of Forensic Soil Science at the James Hutton Institute. A geography graduate, she went on to illustrate how place and location permeate all aspects of her post university professional career and provided a clear and inspirational exemplar of how geography matters in the real world. As a forensics soil scientist she illustrated how her work, founded in geography, is used to help prosecute criminal cases and how she assists fiction authors to improve the science behind their writings – from Val McDermid to Ian Rankin and Ann Cleeves. More soberly, she described a range of criminal prosecution cases in which soil science has been used to implicate or confirm the whereabouts of suspects. As an example of a career path to which geography can lead this was an immediately engaging and exciting one to entice the younger geographers of tomorrow and several delegates requested access to some of Lornas presentation in order to help engage students in the classroom!
In a similar but very different vein, the second keynote speaker, Doug Allan FRGS, Wildlife and Documentary Cameraman whose work includes the award winning polar bear and penguin scenes seen in the David Attenborough documentaries, was also fantastically engaging. Using both stunning visuals from his work (including video footage of a near miss with a a collapsing glacier), and a humorous series of anecdotes of life in the wilderness (anyone keen to ‘mintify’ their peas for dinner might not immediately think of adding toothpaste!), the talk was an impassioned plea to act now to stop climate change and preserve our planet for all its denizens. Geographers are ideally placed to lead the charge and in many ways today’s geography teachers can ride the crest of societal focus on the environment to better engage and enthuse tomorrows geography citizens.
A range of separate seminars in morning and afternoon sessions covered a variety of topics from school resources for learning and teaching to more introspective assessment of the current state of and the future of Scottish school geography and the Scottish curricula.
Finishing off the day was the annual SAGT AGM and a final round of thanks to all participants and delegates for making the day interactive, fun and informative.
Digimap for Schools uses the Ordnance Survey National Grid as part of our service. The National Grid is a unique reference system made up of 100 kilometre grid squares identified by two letters which spans the whole of Great Britain.
The National Curriculum now specifics that 4 and 6 figure grid references are now to be undertaken in KS1 and KS2.
The Ordnance Survey have a fantastic webpage that gives very clear and simple instructions to help with conveying these concepts. The website is available here:
It also has some magnificient YouTube videos which are very short on 4 and 6 figure grid reference.
Always remember this simple tip when learning or teaching Grid References! :
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.
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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
This is a great article which puts some context into why Geographical Information Systems and maps in general have such important real world applications.
I didn’t realise the Ordnance Survey had a Mapping for Emergencies (MfE) service to help out when these emergencies like the Toddbrook reservoir nearly failed!
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…