SUNCAT celebrates World Baking Day!

Today, 17th May, is (apparently) World Baking Day – and SUNCAT likes nothing more than cake (well, maybe kittens). In order to celebrate this auspicious day, here are some weird and wonderful titles that you can find in SUNCAT:

  • Best baking: your complete guide to baking perfection!
  • The Great British Bake Off baking collection
  • Simply perfect holiday baking
  • Baking heaven
  • The Housekeeper’s magazine, and family economist containing important papers on the following subjects: The markets. Marketing. Drunkenness. Gardening. Cookery. Travelling. Housekeeping. Management of income. Distilling. Baking. Brewing. &c.
  • Cake central magazine
  • Cake: a journal of poetry & art
  • Let them eat cake
  • Tease and cake: vintage inspired pin up magazine
  • Cakeboy
  • Cake and cockhorse / Banbury Historical Society
  • Caketrain
  • Meat cake
  • God, the king and the cakes of England

Check out SUNCAT for all your cake / serial needs, and lots more besides! And, then, just to whet your appetite, here are some cakes I baked earlier…

A photograph of various home-made cupcakes

Digimapping your Daily Mile!

We are delighted to present new learning resources that give you some great ideas for bringing your Daily Mile into the classroom. As well offering a simple way to build physical activity into your pupils’ day and clear benefits to physical and emotional health, your Daily Mile offers a hook for building your pupils’ numeracy and research skills.

The Daily Mile initiative was officially launched in 2016 to encourage all schools to get outside and walk or run for 15 minutes a day. The idea began in 2012 when Elaine Wyllie, head of a Scottish primary school, was shocked that a class of pupils struggled to run a lap of their playing field. The children and teachers decided to start running around the field for 15 minutes a day to see if they could get better at it. Within 3 months, every class in the school was doing their Daily Mile and the children loved the freedom of running, jogging, skipping or walking with their friends in all weather.  Hundreds of schools have picked it up and it’s spreading to Europe and North America too!

How can Digimap for Schools help?

Have a look at our Daily Mile resource section for ideas. A few suggestions to get started:

Measuring your Daily Mile!

Measuring your Daily Mile!

  • Plot your route and check the distance with the line drawing and measurement tool
  • Explore your area using a 1-mile buffer – where could children reach by running a mile in different directions? Extend this exercise by looking at aerial and historic maps of your area.
  • Choose a famous route, such as Harian’s Wall or the West Highland Way. Find out the distance and calculate how many Daily Miles it would take your class to complete the route!
  • Add Geograph photos to your maps to see what geographic features have been photographed in your area or find photos of famous landmarks.
  • Research and plot a route, with distance and stopping points, to show tourists around your town.

We hope you enjoy exploring the resources and bringing your Daily Mile into the classroom! Remember, we would love to see photos of the maps you create or of you out and about on your Daily Mile – tweet them to us @digimap4schools.

SUNCAT updated

SUNCAT has been updated. Updates from the following libraries were loaded into the service over the past week. The dates displayed indicate when files were received by SUNCAT.

  • Bristol University (04 May 17)
  • De Montfort University (20 Apr 17)
  • London Metropolitan University (24 Apr 17)
  • National Archives (01 May 17)
  • National Library of Wales (01 May 17)
  • Oxford University (22 Apr 17)
  • Sheffield University (01 May 17)
  • Strathclyde University (01 May 17)
  • Trinity College Dublin (24 Apr 17)

To check on the currency of other libraries on SUNCAT please check the updates page for further details.


SUNCAT updated

SUNCAT has been updated. Updates from the following libraries were loaded into the service over the past week. The dates displayed indicate when files were received by SUNCAT.

  • British Library (27 Apr 17)
  • CONSER (Not UK Holdings) (03 May 17)
  • Cranfield University (20 Apr 17)
  • Glasgow University (10 Apr 17)
  • King’s College London (01 May 17)
  • London Business School (21 Apr 17)
  • London Library (27 Apr 17)
  • National Library of Scotland (01 May 17)
  • National Library of Wales (03 Apr 17)
  • Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (03 Apr 17)
  • Royal College of Music (16 Apr 17)
  • Royal Society of Medicine (13 Apr 17)
  • St. Andrews University (13 Apr 17)

To check on the currency of other libraries on SUNCAT please check the updates page for further details.


Ofsted 3&4 Ordnance Survey Training with Darren Bailey

Are you an Ofsted rated 3 or 4 schools in the Birmingham area?

Ordnance Survey will be running a Free training session, showing you how to make best use of the Digimap for Schools service.  This is taking place on Wednesday 24th May, starting at 2pm, at Birmingham City University North Campus (B42 2SU),   If you would like to come along or send a colleague, then email Darren Bailey to reserve a place – darren.bailey@os.uk

To find out more and register to attend, please email darren.bailey@os.uk

Massive area of updated Aerial Imagery and other Digimap dataset updates in March/April 2017

Aerial Digimap updates March/April 2017 has been a busy couple of months for the Data Team who have been working hard to process a huge area of updated aerial imagery data from the data supplier, Getmapping. The update consists of around 80,000 individual 1km tiles, all captured in 2015, which is approximately 30% of the country. […]

Managing your saved maps

We have recently added the ability to create sub-folders within your Digimap for Schools account, to help you store and organise your saved maps. You could create folders for different classes, projects, dates, places or schemes such as Duke of Edinburgh.

To get started, click on the Map Manager icon on the toolbar:

Map Manager icon

Map Manager icon

 

 

 

 

You will need your PIN to continue. These have been emailed to the main Digimap for Schools contact at your school. Check with them for the number or contact us to request it.

The Map Manager area will open and you will see a list of saved maps. It’s a good idea to create folders first. Click Add Folder on the left and name your folder. When you next create and save a map, you can select any of your folders to save the map within.

You can make the list of saved maps more manageable by filtering. Just enter your term(s) in the four boxes at the top of the list and your list will reduce. In the image below, we have input 7 in the Class box and sam in the name box:

Filtering saved maps

Filtering saved maps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To move maps to any folder, just click a map and drag it to the folder of your choice. You can move multiple maps by checking the boxes to the right of the maps and dragging all of the selected maps to a folder.

We’ve made a short video on this feature:

Click here to view the embedded video.

 

We hope it will be a really useful tool for you. Let us know how you find it and if there is anything we can do to improve it.

SUNCAT updated

SUNCAT has been updated. Updates from the following libraries were loaded into the service over the past week. The dates displayed indicate when files were received by SUNCAT.

  • British Museum (03 Apr 17)
  • Brunel University London (01 Apr 17)
  • Cambridge University (11 Apr 17)
  • CONSER (Not UK Holdings) (19 Apr 17)
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (19 Apr 17)
  • Dundee University (01 Apr 17)
  • National Library of Wales (01 Mar 17)
  • Northumbria University (03 Apr 17)
  • School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) (11 Apr 17)
  • Senate House Libraries, University of London (04 Apr 17)
  • Warwick University (05 Apr 17)

To check on the currency of other libraries on SUNCAT please check the updates page for further details.


An endorsement

We recently received some fantastic feedback on Digimap for Schools from Dr Neil Clifton, a retired chemistry teacher/lecturer in his eighties. When his grandson showed him the service, Neil was so impressed he sent us an endorsement. A lifelong mapping and geography enthusiast, whose son studied geography, Neil enjoys contributing photos to the Geograph project.

We particularly like Neil’s point about the maps helping young people to develop a love for their environment and wanted to share his considered thoughts with you:

 

Every child/pupil/student in every school in Britain should have access to this brilliant facility which has been developed by a team at Edinburgh University in co-operation with Ordnance Survey.

For little more than the cost of a set of text-books, the project allows access to the whole range of Ordnance Survey mapping, right up to the largest scale of 1:1250, (on which even garages, sheds and tiny streams are depicted, and where appropriate, named).

The team has put much thought into the project, which has made it easy to use, and attractive in appearance, so that even young children will enjoy exploring and using it, for locations such as their immediate home surroundings, as well as for locations that they have visited, or hope to visit, in more distant parts of Britain.

A beginner, in perhaps year 1 or 2 in their junior school, might look at a map showing their own school.  And as the child develops and matures, they will trace their own house and the route they follow to get to school.  Then, finding perhaps the location of the local supermarket, where the railway station is situated and so on, their confidence as map-users will increase all the time.  The pond or stream where they go fishing will be found – and perhaps the map will enable the discovery of other possible fishing sites nearby.

The benefits to those students taking geography examinations can hardly be overstressed.  But there are so many other ways in which the use of these maps will help the young person to acquire a love of the environment and a care for its well-being.   It is here that our future botanists, naturalists, photographers, walkers, cyclists, and leaders of the next generation of young people are born.

If any teacher is still unconvinced of the real and lasting value of making this resource available in their schools, I would urge them to look at the (free) trial which shows just a small area of the country.

Dr Neil Clifton, April 2017

 

 

 

Digimap Service Disruption: 16th May 2017

Digimap will be making use of an extended “at risk” period on Tuesday 16th May 2017 and will be UNAVAILABLE between 08.30 and 12.00 hours. We will endeavour to restore full service as quickly as possible. However, during this period it will not be possible to log in to Digimap or to retrieve requested data.  Any […]